ALELA DIANE & RYAN FRANCESCONI
The two musicians talked at a friend's show in October 2015, chatting about how they were both experiencing creative standstills. Ryan was lacking inspiration to make more instrumental music, and Alela was at a loss for how to dive into writing a new record after the birth of her daughter. A few days later, Ryan asked Alela if she would be into collaborating and then sent her serveral recordings of intricate, beautiful guitar pieces. Alela listened on repeat while staring out the window at the changing leave, initially unsure how to sing even a note over what she heard. Eventually something clicked. Words came first, and with words, melody followed. Throughout the winter, Alela made trips across town the Ryan's house to woodshed the songs over cups of tea. Before they knew it, the had a record - a collaboration of voice and guitar with intangible moods and resonances - a collection that calls you to respect and be hopeful.
A wintry music born in December. And so rose the Cold Moon.
Alela Diane is a critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter from Nevada City, CA curretly living it Portland, Oregon. She's released four albums including 'The Pirate's Gospel' in 2007, 'To Be Still' in 2009, 'Wild Divine' in 2011 and 'About Farewell' in 2013.
Ryan Francesconi is a composer, guitarist, balkan musician, programmer, and cyclist living in Portland, Oregon. Recent projects include arranging Joanna Newsom's 'Have One On Me', a solo guitar record 'Parables', and 'Road to Palios' - his latest album of duets with Mirabai Peart released by Bella Union.
Three years ago, Vikesh Kapoor performed at Howard Zinn’s memorial service in Boston, in front of Zinn’s family and colleagues (including Noam Chomsky). Roused by Zinn’s lifelong battle against class/race injustice, Kapoor spent the next two years in Portland, Oregon working on his full-length debut record. The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It’s a worker’s tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.
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