Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:
Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
The human touch makes a noticeable difference. Listeners invariably respond to that tactile bond between the musician and the music.
To put it simply in the parlance of our times, you know when itâs realâŠ
GRAMMYÂź Award-nominated Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Jarle Bernhoft emphasizes this personal connection on his fourth full-length offering and first as Bernoft & The Fashion Bruisesâthe aptly titled Humanoid. Recorded as a full band, the record unlocks a soulful spirit buoyed by simmering R&B grooves and powerful pop hooks. In assembling this bold, bright, and brilliant body of work, the artist surveyed the landscape and made a conscious decision to go against the grain.
âSo much current music is computerized and machinelike,â he affirms. âI felt like I should go the other way and create human music again. Itâs imperative to keep in touch with organic life, so I dove into those soundscapes. I rediscovered that touch. By ample use of guitars, drums, and bass, Iâm trying to smash people out of Facebook and back into real life.â
If anybody can do it, itâs him. Since making his solo debut on 2008âs Ceramik City Chronicles, heâs quietly amassed a catalog celebrated by fans and critics alike, spanning full-length offerings Solidarity Breaks  and Islander  as well as EPs Stop/Shutup/Shout It Out  and The Morning Comes . Highlighted by âCome Aroundâ and âNo Us, No Themâ [feat. Jill Scott], Islander received a 2015 GRAMMYÂź nomination in the category of âBest R&B Album.â Along the way, he performed on Ellen and Conan in addition to earning acclaim from NPR, USA Today, and many more.
Joined by The Fashion Bruises, the process for Humanoid commenced in old school fashion. Rather than rush into the studio, they spent time woodshedding in the rehearsal room. The shared chemistry flourished.
âWe did this all as a band,â he continues. âWe didnât use computers. We really played through everything. The Fashion Bruises are such an integral part of the sound. The days of playing solo arenât over, but Iâm definitely taking a break. The goal was to keep this like a live performance.â
They recorded at Oslo Klang in Norway for only two weeks with Bernhoft behind the board in the producerâs chair as his infant son crawled around the space.
âThereâs nothing better than having a baby crawl around your feet when youâre playing guitar,â he smiles.
The group introduced the album with the first single âBuried Goldâ [feat. Raelee Nikole]. Over a funky beat driven by lively guitars, he locks into a hypnotic duet with Raelee. Their voices entwine in an undeniable back-and-forth, speaking to a central theme.
âThe song represents what the album is about,â says Bernhoft. âItâs a dialogue between an optimist and a pessimist who are both engaged in fisticuffs daily within me. Iâm shifting between disillusionment and re-illusionment, which is the state of things. I remember when the Brexit vote had just come in. Not too long after was the American presidency vote. Itâs was if the world was unraveling. I felt torn between wanting to pick up the gloves and fight or just saying, âFuck the world.â Both of my viewpoints come across. Raelee really shines on it too.â
Elsewhere, handclaps, acoustic energy, and warm reverb bottle a sun-soaked sensibility on the West Coast-inspired âCalifornia,â while âDonât Give Upâ offers up a powerful send-off highlighting the expanse of his voice.
In many respects, the title track remains the perfect representation of Humanoid. A hummable guitar riff gives way to a lively chorus thatâs downright impossible to shake.
âIt says something about the man-and-machine relationship,â he admits. âIâm not sure whether to be optimistic about it or not. Youâll see people at dinner or in a cafĂ© staring at their screens and not acknowledging each other. Iâm thinking of how we interact, talk to each other, and whether or not weâre enhancing our lives or amputating them with these interfaces we use. Iâm trying to find people, but I canât see them behind their screens.â
In the end, Bernhoft has got the power to make people put down their phones, get up, dance, and maybe even think.
âYou can dance to this one, but you might have some deeper thoughts,â he leaves off. âAll said and done, Iâd love to just reintroduce a connection.â
This Massachusetts born, Maryland raised lady was exposed to the arts at a very young age. She was surrounded by a family of creatives. She wrote her first mixtape at twelve years old using a karaoke machine and cassette dubbing. The music showed great promise of competent songwriting skill and the resourcefulness foreshadowed her genius. She delved into various artistic forms thereafter including acting and dance. The skill set continued: music and video production, crafts, poetry, marketing, choreography... Although told to choose one path, Jazzo was determined to merge her various skills into one career recording.
Over a year we witnessed exponential growth of the Jazzo brand. After becoming a ReverbNation CONNECT artist, Jazzo was able to land a few public relation opportunities. It began with an interview and feature from OAG Management's Music in the Spotlight Tour in January 2016 which turned into a distribution deal with Galactic Worldwide for her single "Nightmare on M Street". She began performing shortly thereafter with the band, Mixed Ancestry and completed over 30 superior shows in just short of a year. She pioneered an artist showcase in Baltimore entitled, "Jazzo Jams" which highlights the best underground talent in the DMV area. She was invited to SESAC as a writer and publisher and is now a RAW Artist. She won HITM Group's Unsigned Hype Artist Competition 2016 with her unique vocal looping and live production skills. She was recently nominated for two Baltimore Crown awards: Best New Artist, and Vocalist of the Year. She started 2017 with her promotional tour for Cygnus - EP which was a collaboration with CYGN, super producer from Lille, France. She is now self-managed, creating her own publishing company and label "Epiphable".
Her drive and imagination is unmatchable.
Jazzo has so much more to show you.
$18.00 - $20.00