Anna Von Hausswolff

The singer / pianist Anna von Hausswolff hails from Sweden, the land of midnight sun, black metal and Ingmar Bergman. Her album Ceremony is primarily inspired by the death of her grandfather three years ago, and is informed by Anna’s childhood, when she and her sister sang in choirs and spent so much time around their father, the renowned avant-garde artist and composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff, as he worked with artists ranging from William S. Burroughs to Union Carbide Productions. To record this tribute to her grandfather, Anna, a unique and powerful singer, accompanies herself on that most sacred of instruments, the church organ. The result is a striking and deeply felt work that combines intimacy and majestic grandeur. Other Music Recording Co. (distributed by Fat Possum) released Ceremony in North America on July 9, following a U.K. / E.U. release by City Slang on June 17.The voice perfectly combines total knowledge with a wild and natural feeling, reality with romance.
Would You like to compare it with something from real life? Immediately book a visit to the most spectacular views that Mother nature has to offer, the Angel falls for example - or pay a visit to the Choir of Angels in where Joan As A Police Woman and Anony Hegarty is singing.

Beneath the voice; the arrangements. the piano playing of Anna gives a dramatic and melodic fundament to her voice, the tones that rises from the wooden coffin of the piano are bleeding; con-genially ringing. Instrument and lyrics in harmony. Everyone that gets the opportunity to experience Anna turns out to be missionaries for the good cause. Anna performed her debut gig in the autumn of 2008. Since then, the rumour has spread; being signalled off the rooftops of Göteborg. One show has been added to yet another show; the connection between them all is Anna´s total lack of inhibitions.
Whenever it is time for a concert, she is likely to give everything. And more.

On August 14th, Anna performed - as part of Way Out west - within the mighty brick walls of the church of Annedal. The large crowd was spellbound, and the rumour spread faster than a forest fire throughout Sweden. Sara Martinsson interviewed Anna in P3Pop, Björn Schagerström did the same in Groove. GP Unsigned reviewed her MySpace, Tramsessions caught her singing in a tramcar. A so forth.

But still, everything that has already been said is only the small introduction to what soon is to come!

Everyone that listens to Anna von Hauswolff wants to hear more in the very same instant. In February 2010, the first cd-ep of Anna will be released on the eclectic Kning Disk label. This up-and-coming release has yet to find a name, but it is, of course, already the talk of the town, and eagerly longed for. The lucky few that already has had the chance to listen in, is rambling about in a haze of happiness of what Anna and producer Henryk Lipp (Blue for two) has come up with.

When the record is due, I am sure there will be miles after miles of good press-media written about Anna and her record, the praising words of her art will overflow the pages of the papers. Just as it should be. There are but a handful artists of today that invites to such a total love. The simple explanation is that her music is like that; it makes you worship without second thoughts.
It makes writers like me totally forget about sense and objectivity.

But, if you already have heard the music of Anna, you know what I am talking about...

Noveller is the solo project of Brooklyn-based guitarist and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the electric guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer.

She released her first two full-length albums on Brooklyn noise label No Fun Productions in 2009. Noveller’s latest full-length, ‘Desert Fires’, came out via Lipstate’s own imprint, Saffron Recordings, in July of 2010. Saffron Recordings also released a split LP between Noveller and unFact (David Wm. Sims of the Jesus Lizard) last year. Lipstate is currently working on the follow-up to ‘Desert Fires’ to be released by Weird Forest in 2011.

Recently, Lipstate performed at the Suoni Per Il Popolo fest in Montreal, Decibel Festival in Seattle, and Unsound Festival in Krakow. Noveller has toured the U.S. and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, Man Forever, Aidan Baker, and Emeralds.

She has previously performed as a member of Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella. Lipstate has also participated in Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, and Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble.

Her short films screened at the SXSW film festival in 2006 and 2007, and earned Lipstate the “Diamond in the Rough Cut” award for exceptional emerging filmmaker at Cinematexas 2006. She debuted a new film, ‘Interior Variations’, at the New Museum as part of No Fun: Infinite Sound and Image in May 2009. The film also screened at the 12th Kyoto International Film & Video Festival in Japan, and as part of the ‘New York Avant Cinema Series’ at the 23rd Singapore International Film Festival. Lipstate’s film works were showcased in the Women of NY Cinema screening as part of the 2009 NY Eye + Ear Festival in Tribeca.

Lipstate received a BS in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin in December 2006, and currently resides in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.


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