Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld (9:00 PM)

Alain Johannes (8:00 PM)

Tue, December 8, 2015

7:00 pm

Adv tix $18.00 / DOS tix $20.00

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Tal Wilkenfeld - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Tal Wilkenfeld
Tal Wilkenfeld is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. Like a muse-lit meteor, Tal blazed upon the scene as a teen, sitting in with the Allman Brothers within months of her 2006 arrival in New York City. By the end of 2007, she had released her acclaimed instrumental debut, Transformation, hit the road with Chick Corea, appeared on A&E with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and joined Jeff Beck’s world tour for what culminated in her global breakout moment: Her performance at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Festival in Chicago, which has generated more than 10 million YouTube hits.

Unanimous praise reverberated throughout the industry, leading Tal to relocate to Los Angeles and begin a steady recording pace with such artists as Prince, Macy Gray, Trevor Rabin, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Toto, Todd Rundgren and Ryan Adams—in-between high profile tours with Jeff Beck that found her backing guests like Sting, Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Buddy Guy, David Gilmour and Billy Gibbons (and led to her role anchoring Pharrell and Hanz Zimmer on the 2015 Grammy Awards). Ever the growing artist, Tal’s collaborations with Jackson Browne and encouragment from Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock to make her live vocal debut with their bands served as key transitions to her next path as a singer-songwriter. Stellar singing samples include her poignant cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” from the Amazon holiday collection stream, All Is Bright, and her stirring YouTube channel performance of “Chelsea Hotel.”

Tal has now completed the writing and recording of her debut vocal album which she plans to release in 2016. The music is an intoxicating, intimate reimagining of the singer-songwriter idiom, comprised of improvisational music bloodlines, rock energy and intensity, and lyrics rich in both realism and folk symbolism—all delivered via vibrant, revealing vocals and world-class musicianship.
Alain Johannes - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Alain Johannes
Rock writer Steven Rosen has this to say about Alain Johannes and the new album:

Alain Johannes is his own planet, guided by his own orbit and circling his own sun on Fragments and Wholes Vol. 1. On his second solo album, this self-contained artist of stunning pedigree—he has been an elemental part of live and recorded projects with everyone from Chris Cornell and Queens of the Stone Age to Them Crooked Vultures, No Doubt and the Arctic Monkeys—strums all the guitars, bangs all the drums, sings all the vocals as well as engineers, produces and mixes every note of every song.

On his new record—the long awaited follow-up to 2010’s Spark—Johannes is like a mad scientist run amok in a sonic laboratory. Recorded at his home studio where multiple rooms are filled wall to ceiling with a wonderfully strange assortment of bizarre electric guitars, quirky acoustics, vintage stomp boxes and all the hippest and coolest recording paraphernalia you’ve ever seen, the Santiago, Chile native cross-pollinates sounds and scrambles textures in a way you’ve never heard before but swear you have. Heartbreakingly beautiful fingerpicked nylon string guitars dissolve into a deluge of menacing distorted electrics on one song while an ensemble section made up of flutes and saxes, or melancholic slide riffs recalling George Harrison’s most beatific moments and even Led Zeppelin-tempered drum grooves variously inform other tracks.

The music is dark and atmospheric and balances on the singer’s drone-like melodies, which are seemingly wrenched from somewhere deep inside him. His voice is haunted on “Kaleidoscope” and shimmers like heat rising from a summer sidewalk’s day on “Swan and Crow.” He plays this weird cigar box guitar that sounds eerily like a mandolin and when you hear these fluttery-styled Eastern licks creeping through the songs, you’d swear you’re sitting in some smoky Casbah somewhere in Morocco puffing on a hookah and watching turbaned Bedouins riding through the nighttime desert. Johannes makes his electric guitar sound variously like a sitar and even as if it’s being recorded backwards. He doesn’t so much play his Fender Jazzmaster as he stabs at it, poking at it like a cornered animal. From his arsenal of battered, no name, pawnshop electric six-strings, the multi-instrumentalist manages to coax a pastiche of the most charming and chilling array of antique, lo-fi, fuzzed-out, tremolo-laden and EBow-slinky tones.

“It’s like I get on a train and I can’t get off,” Alain Johannes says about the making of Fragments and Wholes Vol. 1. “If I have a false start then I’ll just abandon it because I know I’m not plugged in somehow. I don’t push through because for me most of the time it doesn’t work. This is Vol. 1 because I was listening to the Beatles White album and there’s this and there’s that and this is short and this is long. It’s 12 songs and 34 minutes, which would be so sweet on vinyl. I’m just trying to communicate the world of the song—the vibe of the song and the little mini-universe it’s in as simply as possible. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have thickness and texture. It just means get in and get out. And now for Vol. II? I have no idea what that’s gonna be.”
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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