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Jo Schornikow (of Phosphorescent) House Show, with Rebecca Schiffman

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+++ THIS EVENT IS AT A PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN THE HIGHLAND PARK NEIGHBORHOOD. ADDRESS AND INFO WILL BE EMAILED TO ATTENDEES BEFORE THE SHOW. +++

JO SCHORNIKOW (Melbourne, Australia)

REBECCA SCHIFFMAN (Los Angeles)

Doors: 8pm

Show: 8:30

BYOB

Seating is mostly on the floor. Feel free to bring a blanket or cushion.

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Jo Schornikow is an Australian songwriter with a voice like water. Her debut album on Keeled Scales is called Secret Weapon. A secret weapon is a hidden source of strength; unpretentious good work, a reminder of what to aim for. Like Jo, it is a sideman; a friend, a mother. Jo’s history is rich with unexpected circumstances. She began as a church organist and jazz pianist, a role which took her from Melbourne to New York City. She gigged around the city with a smattering of colorful creatives. She worked as an accompanist of Hugh Jackman, Bobby Rydell and Lana Del Rey among others. She made an EP with King Creosote. She contributed keys to works by The National and Kelli Scarr. Eventually, she settled into her steady role as touring member of Phosphorescent. Yet, not one bit of background could properly equip her for the circumstance that spurred Secret Weapon: motherhood. With partner Matthew Houck (of Phosphorescent), Jo had two children in quick succession in 2014 and 2015. The mandatory transformations of motherhood rendered challenges physical, mental and emotional. Change came like a deluge across every element of Jo’s: kids, a spontaneous move from NYC to Nashville, and a new set of priorities and schedules. She openly admits that for her, motherhood was not just the immediately satisfying splendor so many describe. Wonder, fear and compromise became omnipresent, in daily life and in the music she shares today. In direct contrast to the chaos that child-rearing amidst a music career can be, Secret Weapon pours from a deeply situated place of profound quiet, a place of restraint, contemplation, and healing.

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Rebecca Schiffman’s most recent single "Song for a Writer" was described by Aquarium Drunkard as “a mellotron-infused slice of pop perfection.” Her songs combine imaginative and dryly humorous lyrics with catchy melodies and winding chord progressions. Originally from NYC and now based in LA, Schiffman has released three albums and recently finished co-producing two new songs of hers with Chris Cohen (ex-Deerhoof).

In the past few years, Schiffman released her third album which was recorded with Money Mark and features Nels Cline, shared bills with Baths, Jeffrey Lewis, No Joy, and Selector Dub Narcotic, and recorded the theme song for the Adult Swim TV show, “Squidbillies.” Schiffman is also a painter and freelance writer.

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