Sylvana Joyce & The Moment Album Release Show

Sylvana Joyce & The Moment

"Sylvana Joyce is an absolute force of nature. She needs to be seen to be believed...She is a general. She is an emperor. She has been sent from some other dimension to show us the way." - Jimmy Lloyd, NBC

"We were being blown back by the force of her voice and stage presence while at the same time being drawn toward and into the magic of her unique stage personality. People were going crazy by the time she finished." - Concert Review by Laureate Poet Michael Lally

"Equal parts dynamo and siren swirling beneath a petite Eastern European exterior, lead singer and keyboardist Sylvana is basically a human carnival." -Huffington Post

Sylvana Joyce has been hypnotizing audiences along the Northeast with her drama rock – one would not expect such a grand human carnival to emanate from her petite Eastern-European exterior – that is, until the house lights dim. Sylvana’s persona, a Greta Garbo meets Alice Cooper circus leader of epic proportions, gallivants and taunts the audience with her cheeky, grandiose, and expertly divined performances of her original music. Influenced by everything from Rachmaninoff to film noir, her brand of rock touches on many genres, having equally delighted audiences for soul songstress Nikka Costa, internationally touring rock-jazz trio The Aristocrats, and funk-dance Moon Hooch. Sylvana’s palpable talent has also garnered major press from the likes of Huffington Post, MTV, CNN and Time Out New York, as well as an inclusion in the NBC TV show, the Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase.

Equally special and unusual are the hodge-podge of seemingly disparate players who have come together to form her band – a classically trained violinist, a Berklee guitarist with an affinity for metal, a funk bassist/operatic tenor, and a jazz drummer – all with a touch of their styles swirling in the mix. Stranger, still: with the exception of the violinist, a childhood friend from her early days playing chamber music in Manhattan (Sylvana is an accomplished and conservatory trained pianist, herself), all were found on Craigslist. The headline, “Do you want to make playing original music your day job? Join my band.”

It’s that confident headline that can sum up the potential for the group. Only six months since the band’s inception, they were winning international competitions and national coverage from MTV. Their debut record, “For You, Comrade” received critical acclaim from Celebrity Café and Shakefist Magazine, being toted as “one of the top ten indie records of 2012”. Having been accepted to larger festivals such as SXSW, CMJ and Musikfest, the band continues to tour, with regular performances in Boston, Asbury Park, Danbury, and Philadelphia.

Cousin Earth (Formerly Known as Ukulelien) is a Brooklyn-based Progressive Ukulele Rock band. With both an original repertoire and a vast array of covers, Cousin Earth brings both a sense of playfulness and technical ability to the music they perform. From shredding ukulele solos and 4-part vocal breakdowns to interweaving themed medleys, the band is sure to catch the attention of any music lover. Presenting a multitude of styles including Rock, Fusion, Ragtime, Funk, Latin, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, and even Electronica, no musical style is off-limits for this up-and-coming live act.

Cousin Earth was formed in 2013 by Joey Calfa (Ukulele/Guitar/Vocals) and Nate Searing (Drums). The two met while playing in a Frank Zappa cover band in college called the Mothers of Intention. Before founding Cousin Earth, Calfa and Searing went on to play together again in the progressive jam band Mercury Landing. It was in this group that they met the rest of the band: Tara Lawton (Vocals, Melodica, Keys, Percussion), Corey J. Feldman (Ukulele Bass, Bass, Vocals) and Terry Brennan (Vocals, Kazoo, Percussion).

Having played over 170 shows throughout the Northeast United States, Cousin Earth has built their fan base from the ground up. From Maine to Pennsylvania, the band has played with notable acts including Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Future Folk, Andy Frasco, Rustic Overtones, and many more. The group has also cultivated a strong internet following through their fun posts and consistent attention to fans. With over a quarter million views on Youtube, their channel pulls in thousands of visitors from around the world every month. Their music video for “Universoul” has been added to Hard Rock Café’s video library and plays at all their domestic and international locations. The band has also striven to be creative in providing the best experience for their fans including things like “Color-Me-In” t-shirts, choreographed dance moves, and a tap-dancing / light-saber wielding dinosaur mascot who randomly appears at shows and in videos.

On November 20th 2015, Cousin Earth released a self-titled debut EP. The release embodies the intricate musicality, sense of humor, and tight vocal harmonies that have become a staple of their live act. While the band has become known for making big sounds with tiny instruments, their EP also showcases their roots with more traditional instrumentation including guitars and horns. The genre-bending album is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CDBaby, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Pandora Radio. The group is currently in the studio working on a full-length album set to be released in 2017.

Kelsey Warren



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