Pete Lanctot, Alastair Ottesen (solo), Matthew Kiss

Pete Lanctot

Pete Lanctot is a singer songwriter living in Brooklyn NY. His songs are surreal and mysterious narratives often featuring sordid casts of characters who's time, locations and origins are vague, and seem equally likely to be found in present day New York City, a Memphis juke joint of the 1920s or hitchhiking a depression era plains state highway. Musically, Pete's songs carry on the american traditions of blues, folk and country music while avoiding reproduction and derivation, and embrace sonic experimentalism and the avant garde. Traditional blues and ballad forms are bent from their original shapes by untraditional playing techniques, droning accompaniments, and interactive free improvisation within the band.

Alastair Ottesen

Alastair Ottesen writes genre-bending songs that fuse American folk music, rock 'n' roll and 60s pop into a unique blend. Words and melodic invention combine, speaking directly to the heart of the listener. Ottesen's band provides the perfect setting for the songs, surrounding them in both delicately restrained intensity and unhinged psychedelic frenzy.

Matthew Kiss

Raised on love and the waves of the sea, Rockaway, Queens musician Matthew Kisilenko, known by his fans as Matthew Kiss, is consumed by his love for music and consequently has the fervor of a man with the gravest of illnesses, to share this passion with you.

Born on the shores of New York, musicality has been enriched into Kiss' Russian-bred veins from his youth. His mother, a pianist, led Kiss' fingers to keys at the age of three, infusing him with a lasting sensation of musical zeal, which ultimately led him to pick up the guitar at the manly Judaic age of 13. Strumming along to the great influences of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page eventually drove him to create his own poetry, which was in full swing by age 16. He was songwriting by 17, and at the age of 20, continues to consume every crevice of his existence.

The current day influences of Justin Nozuka, the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Damien Rice, and Jason Mraz, have Kiss compulsively evolving as an artist. Swimming in the brilliance of the sounds around him, the impulses of creativity come to him as essentially as water to life.

Floating in the trials of humanity, which revolve themselves around the beauty of nature, Kiss' music reflects upon the simplistic complications of human emotions. Therapeutic in being, he pushes the limits of sound and originality, flooding the strings of life completely.

As natural as his stage presence is, the boldness in Kiss' voice calls forth for immediate attention. Flirtatiously boyish, while maintaining a stern cool, there is an magnetic draw to his voice. "It's almost as if he's singing to just you," one fan points out.

The elements to Kiss' individuality act as a throwback to an era that once prized itself on authenticity, originality, depth, dedication, and most importantly, passion. Kiss' veins run thickly with each, in which his music unquestionably revels.

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