There Is No Mountain
The Belle Jar, color
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
This event is 21 and over
There Is No Mountain
There Is No Mountain is a reference to a Zen koan, a lyric from a Donavan song, and an americana/psych-pop duo known for its catchy off-kilter sonic adventures. The Portland, OR-based band toured extensively around the country and released heaps of varied folk/americana material under their previous name (The Ascetic Junkies) before paring the band back down to the core duo (married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon), changing the name to There Is No Mountain and recording a new batch of musical pieces.
Although they say they don't have a particular message or agenda, anyone who hears the couple at work knows they are up to something inspiring. For some reasons you can explain, and for some you really can't, their energetic live show and subtly virtuosic arrangements keep your spirits lifted for days.
The duo sings nearly everything in harmony while Giaritta plays a medley of tom drums and percussive instruments, and Harmon animates his acoustic guitar using nimble fingers and a myriad of carefully chosen effect pedals. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, classical arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic swirls seep through the americana exterior, making their live show a total surprise to any first-timer.
Harmon and Giaritta are travelers at heart - if you can't find them in Oregon, you might check one of the other 49 states (try: music venues, national parks, yoga studios, metal concerts, or the homes of various CouchSurfing friends), abroad, or possibly in outer-space (Harmon hopes to fly in a civilian spaceship before he dies).
There Is No Mountain is a new name and a new sonic direction for a couple of people who've been playing and writing music together for almost a decade - the next chapter in the story Harmon and Giaritta started with The Ascetic Junkies. The band plans on continuing to tour nationally and releasing new material online as often as possible in 2013.
The Belle Jar
The Belle Jar is the project of Ryan James, a singer-songwriter based in Denver, Colorado.
After several years of living and playing in southern California, Ryan returned home to write and record Fall Systems Go, the debut LP. The album was recorded in a combination of houses, churches and hotel rooms over the course of two years.
Ryan sang and recorded all of the instruments on Fall Systems Go. He has now teamed up with Conan Bliss (on drums) and Matthew Vermillion (on bass guitar) for live performances.
'color' is - Culture enriched by music…and that is our goal. Formerly, ‘The Mighty Small,’ Colorado’s band, ‘color’, is the quintessential (!) five person group for all of Denver’s best music digs and personal events. Fortuitously formed in the heart of Denver, 'color' is a manifestation of diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from drum circles in rural Uganda, to classical orchestral performances on big stages around the US. We flavorfully dovetail our sounds into a combination of ‘indie-funk-folk-jazz,’ that is great for breakin’ in your Friday Night Dancin' Shoes. In addition to the pure joy we get from playing music together, we can’t resist the tickle of seeing people brought together as the result of our emanating soundomones. In this way, 'color' is – Community. See you soon!