Christine Hoberg

Christine Hoberg

New York vocalist and composer Christine Hoberg will return with her forthcoming LP, World Within, in Winter-Spring 2014. The follow-up to her 2011 Moonlight Never Shined So Bright this new album was recorded in Christine's Brooklyn home with an analog forefront.

"This album is about my fascination with worlds that exist within each other. I have very vivid dreams. We rest ourselves and awake in another world for hours each day. We spin on a tiny globe and can see the stars and forget that we are looking through a darkening atmosphere at suns that are much greater than ours. They have their own tiny planets and, odds are, other lives awake on those tiny spinning planets. We are marching around in a tiny universe. We have tiny microbes crawling on our skin making us their tiny universes. Every last human being grew inside the soul and capsule of a woman's soul and self. We have an emotional and spiritual world we move within solely on our own. A world within a world. We are all held together inside of other worlds. Awake and asleep and awakening again without end into other worlds again."

Hoberg's 2012 collaboration with Flight Facilities on the song, "Clair de Lune" has helped launch both artists' careers, going viral and gaining nearly 2 million views. It also reached #17 on the year-end Triple J charts, went Gold in Australia, was featured on an episode of Grey's Anatomy and was given promotion by American musician Alicia Keys. Hoberg continued her collaborative efforts in early 2013 by releasing the electro-pop synth-heavy track, "You Can't See Me" with Milwaukee-based production duo Kiings. This track has been well received on many popular music blogs, (The Line of Best Fit, The Kollection, Hilly Dilly). The creative songstress was picked by Spin Magazine out of over 1,500 as a contender to play the Spin stage at SXSW, becoming one of the top five finalists in the US. She is a regular at the popular NYC venue Rockwood Music Hall, has just finished a European tour Fall 2013 and is planning a US tour to coincide with her album release.

Mary Alouette has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about her, and just might be New York City’s best-kept swag songstress secret.

Her first year as a solo artist is off to promising start after releasing her debut EP, Midas, in April 2012.

She shows serious vocal and musical talent, as her voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer. Also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Mary has laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound.

Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, blend floating, jazzy vocals with poignant lyrics. Manipulation of electronic beats, synth pads, acoustic bass lines, and glitchy textures shapes a modern orchestration under the gypsy jazz guitar’s hot rhythms and haunting acoustic licks.

Born Mary Kavalauskas, she adopted the name Mary Alouette in part as a pseudonym so she could sing without a visa in international jazz clubs, but moreso as an homage to her favorite singers, namely Maria Callas, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone, who also performed under stage names. Other influences include Kate Bush, the jazzy hip-hop grooves of Hiatus Kaiyote, the raw, emotional beats of Burial, and the cool of Berlin’s Modeselektor.

Currently, her band is one of New York City’s most original acts, with a compelling musical experience that places her in a spot all her own. She performs in music clubs in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and in Brooklyn, while songwriting by day in her Bushwick loft.

Her gypsy jazz performances have warmly welcomed sold-out crowds in venues throughout the Washington-Baltimore area, and seasoned NYC gypsy jazz players call her to lay down vocals for their latest albums.

Alouette presently works as an assistant audio engineer and producer at ishlab, a music studio in Brooklyn. She started the position in an effort to brave her naïveté when it came to music production and to further explore her love for electronic music. After practicing mixing and recording techniques, she was quickly offered the opportunity to work independently on projects and assist in sessions with platinum and major label artists.

In 2011-2012, Alouette held an Artist-in-Residence position at Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts in Maryland, among a select handful of rising young musical artists. This provided her the opportunity to work with national and international musicians, as well as industry professionals. She recently concluded her residency with performances on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and at Strathmore Hall.

The blazing tempos and exotic melodies of Django Reinhardt’s 1930’s gypsy jazz lure Mary, especially after working on a vineyard in the South of France and growing up singing from the American songbook. She has lit up festivals along the East Coast with various gypsy jazz ensembles in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Montreal, Canada.

Performance has always been a part of Mary’s personal expression, nurtured by her childhood in musical theatre, choral performances of Mahler and Beethoven at Carnegie Hall, and singing the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. The decision to pursue opera at McGill University in Montreal, then and in Austria and the Italian Alps, began as a motivation to build her voice. She also soon immersed herself in Montreal’s diverse, lively, electronic and world music scenes and worked with digital composers while at McGill. Mary also taken to street art, bombing stencils as a visual representation of her music. An authentic vision has materialized and it’s made a strong impression.

Alouette won Washington Area Music Association’s New Artist of the Year 2012 and Debut Recording 2012 (Midas). Her song, O, Be I Your Bluebird, placed as a finalist in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition.

Presently, Mary Alouette is working on a new album to be released in Spring 2013.

Frances Cone

Hailing from the low-country of Charleston, SC to the top of New York state, now Brooklyn-based Frances Cone, creates an indie pop that harkens back to old time folk and blues. With rich harmonies, soulful, smoky vocals, and lyrics that both comfort and challenge, the band subverts tradition to live in a world of delicate sensibilities and mesmerizing heartbreak, reaching a place that sings you through the ups and the downs, remarking on the heavy while lightening the load. Their influences have an incredible range - from Rufus Wainwright to Local Natives, Feist to Fleetwood Mac - and they are not easily categorizable, making their voices heard loud and clear in what can be a very crowded scene. Fronted by Frances Cone, she is joined onstage by Jeff Malinowski, Andrew Doherty, and Aaron Shafer-Haiss. Already acclaimed by the likes of Vanity Fair, American Songwriter, Paste and Brooklyn Vegan, their reach is proving far and wide, their authenticity and captivating melodies undeniable.

An avid fan of Billie Holiday and Mazzy Star, Dani Mari was born to sing. Her music is fueled by personal narratives embedded in the craft of classic story telling and the emotional insight of a most unlikely "old soul". Audiences across the United States and throughout Europe have gravitated toward her beautifully haunting voice and the simplistic elegance of her lyrics which transcend our current snap shot of popular music. A frequent guest at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live and Deli Magazine's pick for one to watch as this generation's up and coming singer/songwriters, Dani Mari is set to release a wider body of work with boutique art label, Someplace Called Brooklyn.


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