GRACIE AND RACHEL
7 PM Doors
7:30 PM Concert
The Blackdome Music Festival opens with its first season on June 24 featuring performances by Jiji, Hite and Gracie and Rachel.
Orchestral pop piano-violin duo, Gracie and Rachel, crafts intricate tunes combining classical string elements with haunting, fierce vocals, augmented by sparse but powerful percussion. With the release of their latest single, "Tiptoe," Gracie and Rachel's NYC audience has expanded quickly into markets across the country. "Tiptoe" was premiered by NPR-affiliate WNYC Soundcheck followed shortly thereafter by a WNYC Soundcheck In-Studio Session with John Schaefer. Gracie and Rachel's forthcoming self-titled debut album is a penetrating record about questioning realities, anxious introspection, and self-exploration, which flows freely between virtuosic violin textures to sylphlike melodies, highlighting uniquely stimulating songwriting.
Hite is the new project from Julia Easterlin and the follow up to her collaboration with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure on their #1 iTunes world charting album, Touristes. The debut album from Hite entitled Light Of A Strange Day is set for release March 24th on Six Degrees Records. Described as "rooted in folk yet still using the language of art rock and electronica", the album was produced by Shahzad Ismaily (Lou Reed, Carla Kihlstedt, Marc Ribot, Sam Amidon). Her earlier work combined looping and layering her voice to create her music. This record, she says, “is a natural progression, away from loops and into more flexible, expressive forms of storytelling." Growing up in Georgia and moving around to Boston and ultimately settling in NYC, Julia cites references for her own songwriting from the southern Appalachian folk music she grew up listening to as well as alternative pioneer Bjork.
Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation. In October 2016, she was awarded First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A recent tour in Hong Kong consisted of performances collaborating with a performance Artist, a traditional Chinese instrument ensemble, and an Erhu player in art galleries, clubs, and even on a moving trolley. She also performs her own compositions, incorporating electronic media and acoustic music. Her music is influenced by her regular activities as a DJ, where she highlights the electronic dance styles of happy hardcore and Berlin experimental electronica.
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