Elizabeth & the Catapult
Julia Caesar, Passing Strange
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Elizabeth & the Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She's toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, a variety of international award-winning documentaries including Trapped, a Peabody winner; and won the 2015 Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV, and "So You Think You Can Dance".
Always writing, Elizabeth has narrowed her vast collection of previously unrecorded material down to her fourth full-length studio album Keepsake, produced by Dan Molad of Lucius and featuring collaborations with Richard Swift (The Shins). Her most personal record yet, Keepsake is about nostalgia and transformation, hope tempered with regret— it’s a distillation of the human experience, a universe unto itself.
Julia Caesar draws inspiration from the transforming music industry, in which femme and queer musicians are pioneering new territory, creating new genres and re-writing the rules of the game. Julia Caesar weaves swelling harmonies through wandering melodies, heavy abstraction and explosive optimism, stirring up what might be trying to hide. Both haunting and deeply familiar, their music cuts deep, and lingers. Combining the talents of Katy Hellman (bass/vocals), Liz Stafford (guitar/vocals), Megan Rice (guitar/vocals) and Steven Lebel (drums), the group experiments with sounds and words, to make the mind bend and the body move. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Julia Caesar has shared the stage with the femme led powerhouses of Caroline Rose, OHMME, And The Kids, and Kat Wright.
Passing Strange was born from the shadowy folds of human emotion, a passion for music, love, freedom, and truth. The musical stylings of this unique duo are laced in jazz, bedazzled in blues, and brewed in a vat of vintage rock.
Hailing from the dark and dreary recesses of Southern Connecticut, Kate and Anthony formed Passing Strange in April 2017, after Kate performed solo during an open mic. As Anthony looked on, he thought about how drums would bring depth to the talented songwriter’s creations. He suggested they play together at the same open mic the following week, to determine whether they were musically compatible, and the rest is history.
One of the band's defining moments was when Anthony told Kate about the movie Once. The film is about two musicians who meet randomly and go on to create music together. The title refers to the many talented artists the filmmaker knew who put off their career by saying “once” they get this and that sorted out, but never succeeded because they had put it off too long. It was upon hearing this that Kate felt inspired to go out the next day, purchase a new piano, and play the open mic that fateful night.
Listening to Passing Strange, one can hear traces of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor. Their influences are even broader – Kate lists Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Brand New as her musical inspirations. Whereas Anthony lists The Deftones, Marilyn Manson and The Doors.
On piano and vocals, Kate is self-taught, playing for 11 years. She has been involved in music since grammar school, where she played drums.
Anthony has been playing drums for 30 years, and got his musical start playing in various original bands. Before helping to form Passing Strange, Anthony had all but given up on ever being involved in a project as gratifying as those from his glory days.
In the summer of 2017, Passing Strange recorded their debut album The Water And The Woods at Dobas Music Studios in Hamden, Connecticut. This collection of 11 original songs showcases a range of styles, while highlighting the raw energy conveyed in the band’s live performances. A portion of the sales was donated to To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
The following year, Passing Strange placed 3rd in the 2018 CTNOW’s Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for both Best New Band and CT Song of the year “Pacific Northwest.”
In July of 2018, the band’s second album, Come Whatever Storms, was released.
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