Rose & the Nightingale CD Release
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
Rose & the Nightingale
New York-based Rose & the Nightingale, a "distinctive new group with a bright future," (Santa Barbara News Press) play the New York CD-Release Event for their debut album Spirit of the Garden at SubCulture in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 8 at 9:00 pm. Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band’s warm sound of three part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. The band’s current project, Spirit of the Garden, inspired by botanic gardens, blurs the boundaries of jazz, folk, world, and chamber music. The performance features poetry exploring the nexus of spirituality and nature by living American poets from all over the country as the lyrics. Rose & the Nightingale live performances have proven to uplift audiences with the power of the quartet’s fiery rhythmic energy, sublime harmonies, lyrical beauty, and staggering talent. Onstage, the band is a great demonstration of female strength.
Spirit of the Garden is officially released May 7, 2013 on Sunnyside Records (www.sunnysiderecords.com).
Maria Neckam is a New York-based vocalist and composer and one of the most original young voices on the international stage. The New York Times describes her as “a jazz singer of composure and purpose” and “clear-water tones”, NPR simply as “lovely”. Hailed as “a natural wonder” by Le Monde and “a valiant trailblazer” by JazzTimes, DownBeat compares her with Joni Mitchell, Mahler and Schoenberg and says she “functions as a coequal instrumentalist and deft storyteller, using a clear fluid voice to convey raw emotions with philosophical detachment.“ Maria has performed all over the US and Europe with her band that features much sought-after talent such as pianist Aaron Parks and bassist Thomas Morgan. In 2010 she made her Sunnyside debut with Deeper, a session that led All About Jazz to name her one of the most significant “New Discoveries” of the year. Describing herself as an artist who uses her vocal and composition skills to cross lines, Maria embraces her youthful energy when she rocks out, but always stays grounded in her musical savvy. As All About Jazz has noted, “She has a natural ability for heartbreaking emotion, in much the same way that Billie Holiday did.” Her latest album Unison, released June 2012 on Sunnyside, captures her in all her kaleidoscopic splendor, delivering a program of exceptionally divergent original songs that sound unlike any other singer on the scene.