Wednesday, June 4
Graph Rabbit in 9th Ward with Sonny Baker
Tickets: $10 on sale Fri 5/30 at Tickets.com, Babeville Box Office (M-F 11a-5p), Rust Belt Books, and Terrapin Station, or charge by phone 888-223-6000
7pm Doors 8pm Start
Graph Rabbit returns to the 9th Ward with opening artist Sonny Baker
Snowblind, the debut release from the Brooklyn-based duo of artist/composer Austin Donohue and experimental pianist Shy Kedmi is a deftly nuanced album, sweepingly cinematic at times and hauntingly minimalist at others.
Snowblind follows an unnamed character through a loose-knit narrative. This character wanders through a surreal, minimalist snowscape, falls in and out of sleep, follows deceptive birds, argues with a river and eventually surrenders to the silence of snowfall. The production on
Snowblind is minimal – one finger picked guitar, one curiously small analog synth (known as a Pocket Piano) and Donohue’s singularly beautiful voice send it all soaring, with the eerie rattle of sleigh bells, melodic metallophone, and an Estonian handbell ensemble lacing the songs with unexpected tuned metal textures.
“Performing the album live front-to-back with no computers is a risk but we wanted to take it,” explains Kedmi. “It’s the only way we can really bring the world we’ve created to our audience,” Donohue adds. In addition, the band has created a video backdrop to accompany their live show, which allows them to take advantage of performing at gallery spaces and theaters. The combination of music and video takes the live show to a whole new level that speaks to Donohue’s background as a filmmaker.
“Both sparsely ultramodern and tenderly human. Snowscapes, astral planes, falling down the rabbit hole…you feel it all…look no further than Snowblind.”
– My Old Kentucky Blog
“Rife in both confidence and conviction, Austin Donohue and Shy Kedmi have seemingly found the perfect equilibrium between the dreamy scenery of Beach House and the ambient wonder of Jonsi and co, and what’s more add a healthy dose of Thom Yorke for good measure…Two practically unknown musical newcomers have crafted a piece of such dazzling vision and accomplishment.”
– Sputnik Music
“A tenderly sublime lullaby with twinkling notes falling like drops of melodic water and delicate falsetto croons gliding blissfully over top”
– Creative Loafing
Date(s) - 06/04/2014
341 Delaware Avenue