KXCI, Tucson Weekly & Tucson Music Factory present : Fundraiser for Tucson Night @ SXSW 2013 w/ Spain
Marianne Dissard, Andrew Collberg
311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ, 85701
This event is 21 and over
Josh Haden, son of bass-playing jazz great Charlie Haden, founded Spain in Los Angeles in 1993.
Their debut, The Blue Moods Of Spain, was released on Restless Records in 1995. Born from the
same L.A. alternative rock scene in the early 1990s that gave rise to Beck, Weezer, and that dog.,
Spain's music was a response to the then-current inundation of loud, aggressive guitar rock. With
Blue Moods, Spain became aligned with the "slowcore" subgenre along with bands like Low
and Red House Painters, but their sound drew equally from West Coast jazz, rhythm and blues,
country and '60s soul. The Blue Moods Of Spain garnered the band a devoted cult following
and they toured the U.S., Europe, and Australia. They performed on French TV, and opened for
Cocteau Twins during their final U.S. tour.
In the mid-late 1990s, several songs from Blue Moods were featured in different films and TV
shows. Film director Wim Wenders commissioned the band to write a song for his film End
Of Violence. Spain's song "Spiritual" was recorded by Johnny Cash on his Grammy-winning,
Rick Rubin-produced Unchained, and by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny on their Grammy-
winning Beyond The Missouri Sky.
Spain's 1999 sophomore CD, She Haunts My Dreams, found the band headlining large venues
across Europe. A song from the album, "Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever," was featured
prominently in an episode of the HBO series Six Feet Under.
The third CD, I Believe, was released in 2001, after which Haden took an extended break from
the band. Restless Records released Spirituals: The Best Of Spain in 2003, signaling the apparent
end of Spain.
In 1999, Haden had worked with producer Dan the Automator (Gorillaz) on the Handsome Boy
Modeling School record So… How's Your Girl? lending vocals to the track "Sunshine," a duet
with Sean Lennon. This led to Josh's subsequent touring with Handsome Boy in 2005-2006, and
to his solo CD Devoted (2006), produced by Dan the Automator for Dreamworks Records (later
released on Haden's own Diamond Soul Recordings). In 2007, Josh decided to halt this solo
career and reform Spain with all-new members.
This past May saw the release of their first full-length album of new material in over ten
years, The Soul Of Spain, and they've hit the road again, recently playing shows in Europe and
returning to the States for concerts in celebration of their new album. Omnivore Recordings, a
vinyl reissue label based in Los Angeles, has announced that they will be releasing all three of
Spain's previous records on limited edition colored vinyl in August 2012.
French-born, Tucson-based chanteuse Marianne Dissard was born within sight of the Pyrénées mountains in the South of France but has been living in the American West since the age of 16. Singer, writer of lyrics and poetry, filmmaker and performance artist, Marianne Dissard tours extensively the world over, either solo or backed by her American bandmates. Over the course of four acclaimed albums, unique hybrids of Americana and Chanson, she has collaborated with Tucson's sweethearts Calexico, Howe Gelb, Naïm Amor, Sergio Mendoza, Jim Waters and Brian Lopez as well as with her extended family outside of Arizona, including French chanteuse Françoiz Breut, Berlin choreographer Ami Garmon, Italian composer Christian Ravaglioli and Rhymesayers producer BK-One.
Marianne Dissard's second 'official' album, "L'Abandon" (2011) was released in early 2011 to critical acclaim: "One of the best dark rock records in recent years." (Lucid Culture), "Quelle richesse, quelle diversité, quelle complexité !" (Le Parisien). Produced by Marianne with Jim Waters (Jon Spencer, Little Rabbits) and BK-One (Rhymesayers, Brother Ali) 'L'Abandon' was recorded with Christian Ravaglioli from Italy, Luke Doucet from Canada, Arthur Vint, Connor Gallaher, Sergio Mendoza, Brian Lopez and Thøger Lund. The companion film to the album, 'Lonesome Cowgirls', is a bawdy burlesque remake, directed and acted by Marianne, of the Andy Warhol's 1968 Tucson western, 'Lonesome Cowboys'. Marianne is spending most of 2011 on tour in China, New Zealand and Australia, Europe and North America, including a Pyrénées walking tour with her donkey.
In 2010, Marianne released her 'intermediary' album, "Paris One Takes" (2010) ("8/10″ Blurt, "a fantastic album. 4/5 Stars" Venus Magazine, "Definitely one of our favorite albums of 2010″ Lucid Culture) as a free download in gratitude to her fans. Marianne attended SXSW 2010, blogging about the festival for The Huffington Post and toured the US with Françoiz Breut, including a MOMA performance in NYC.