The Echo Presents
Au Revoir Simone
Sophia Knapp, CALLmeKAT, My Hawaii
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
This event is 18 and over
Au Revoir Simone
Au Revoir Simone present Move In Spectrums, their 4th full length LP, produced by Jorge Elbrecht from Violens . The album blends their distinctly magic chemistry of vintage synthesizers, drum samples and lovely voices in a clear, sharp-focus version of their signature sound, with their most evolved songs to date. The songs are an honest refraction of three lives weaving together in a thirst for life, sensation, truth and love.
Au Revoir Simone was formed in 2003 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as an informal keyboard-playing group at the apartment of founding member, Erika Forster. Along with three friends, Heather D’Angelo, Annie Hart, and Sung Bin Park (who left the band after their first release), the band worked on cover songs in the all-keyboard format. These reinterpreted songs became new, unique compositions and the experience transitioned seamlessly into writing their own material. Word about the group quickly spread among friends in the music scene and the group was invited to play their first concert in New York’s West Village. Taking their name from a line in favorite childhood movie Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, the group made its public debut and many more local shows followed.
In 2004, after posting some demos online, Au Revoir Simone was signed by trend-making UK label, Moshi Moshi, and Rallye, a boutique indie Japanese label. The demos expanded into the band’s first release, Verses Of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation which was self-released in the US on screen printed CD sleeves and hand delivered to indie record stores in New York. The band opened for The Slip and We Are Scientists and played their first overseas show at the prestigious Iceland Airwaves festival followed by UK and Japanese tours.
The success of these tours and placement in popular TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy increased the band’s popularity in the US and worldwide. The band’s 2006 follow-up album, The Bird Of Music, was accompanied by tours with Peter, Bjorn, and John, AIR, and headlining tours of Europe, Japan, and the USA. Features in Vogue, The Guardian, international music & fashion blogs and a strong helping hand from filmmaker and musician David Lynch propelled the band forward for their most successful album yet, Still Night, Still Light (2009).
The band took a break after touring for that album cycle but continued working and writing together. They collaborated on songs with AIR, Johnny Marr, and french pop star Etienne Daho. They starred in and composed the soundtrack for a film directed by Giada Colagrande for Miu Miu and sang in Brooklyn a capella art group Girl Crisis (Chairlift, Class Actress). D’Angelo completed a degree in biology from Columbia University. Forster released a successful solo EP under the moniker Erika Spring. Hart joined rock bands and toured with Uninhabitable Mansions and Pursesnatchers.
Throughout their 10 years of making music together, fueled by keyboards, sine waves and rhythmic pattern, the band has been captivated by the magic that comes with their collaboration.
Sophia Knapp's music is Love, magic and transformation. Acoustic, synthetic and mystical. Experience and imagination. Cinematic sparkle sounds, sensual, emotive and relaxed. Listening to rain and drinking too much champagne. Her most recent album Into the Waves (Drag City) is all these things and more — a pop vocal recording artist for our time.
Known for her alternative pop CALLmeKAT is the internationally acclaimed moniker of Scandinavian musician, composer and singer Katrine Ottosen.
She grew up in a forest in the Danish countryside, where she would always find herself secretly drawn towards an old beat up piano. Now later in life her ongoing love for vintage and analog keyboards shines through in her music, infused with an earthy feel and a rare talent for symbiotic relationship between electric and organic elements.
CALLmeKAT's sonic aesthetic simultaneously intimate, burning and distinctively her own, emerges from a melting pot of sparky fantasy - highlighted by a voice that sets her apart from the masses.
In 2008 CALLmeKAT released the critically acclaimed 'I'm In A Polaroid Where Are You?' (EP) and 'Fall Down', through her own Pixiebooth label.
The word in the press also spread internationally:
"Winning lo-fi pop. Downright bluesy" Interview Magazine
"Outstanding voice, delicate music…Just mesmerizing" NPR/All Songs Considered
"This Copenhagen musician manages to stand out from the pop star pack." Nylon Magazine
CALLmeKAT is a seasoned performer and have been gaining recognition for her natural presence and artistic courage wherever she goes; lately in her second NPR session for Bob Boilen's 'All Songs Considered' (reached over 100.000 views on youtube after a mere 2 months), a feature on NBC – but also through numerous headlining shows around Europe, support tours as well as festival showcases at SXSW, Popkomm, Eurosonic, NXNE, MaMA, SPOT and Nordklang just to mention a few.
Now CALLmeKAT is embarking on a new chapter for her music: These days she is working on the anticipated sophomore album, collaborating with drummer and producer Joe Magistro (Prophet Omega) and notable bass player Sara Lee (Gang Of Four, B 52's), with guest appearances by pals from the road; Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone) and Helgi Jonsson (Sigur Ros).
The album is being recorded in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, in the state of New York and is scheduled for release in the late winter, early spring of 2012.
What happens when you put five inventive musicians in a studio, add an eclectic mix of instruments and stir? You get My Hawaii, a refreshing fivesome who started making music together sometime around 2009. They got so lost in making music and recording their sounds, they almost didn't get around to sharing their ingenious treats with the world. Lucky for us, they are now giving us a taste in the form of an EP set for a Spring 2013 release. "Definition of Friends" was recorded at two studios in LA—The Kitchen and Grandma's Dojo—during 2012, and the world will be glad they didn't keep these sounds in the oven.
How do you describe My Hawaii? You can't pigeonhole these guys—this band takes everyday Betty Crocker ingredients to create dishes worthy of Julia Child. The band grew from Yohei Shikano's dozens of recording projects, many for other bands and musicians. From a catalog of recording sessions, this core group—Justin Deming, Miles Senzaki, Jens Kuross and Daniel Seeff—morphed into a band of their own, soon drawing crowds to their shows in and around LA. Taking the name from a song of the same name by 60s blue-eyed soul faves The Rascals, My Hawaii also draws inspiration from the Beach Boys, Arthur Lyman, Paul McCartney and Harry Hosono. Their unique blend of mesmerizing melodies and tuneful lyrics are now set for release.
As a band and as individual personalities, My Hawaii is open and welcoming, often including guest musicians in addition to the original five. Their shows are just like their makeup: lots of different instruments to create lots of different sounds. Go to one of their shows and don't be surprised to see a harmonium, cassette tape player and melodica as well as the expected guitars, bass and drums. These guys simply love to make music and that love comes through in their performance. You just cannot help but feel absorb their energy and let their warmth envelop you.
As if working tours for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Yoko Ono, booking a multitude of recording sessions, performing in successful live shows and releasing a record aren't enough, the guys in My Hawaii also score films, including live-scoring, testing their talents in other arenas. You just never know what this creatively driven band will do next!
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