Monday Night Residency with Kan Wakan

The Echo Presents

Monday Night Residency with Kan Wakan

The Donnies The Amys, Omar Velasco

Mon, February 4, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

This event is 21 and over

Kan Wakan
Kan Wakan
Kan Wakan is an emerging Silverlake-based group formed in January of 2012 by composer and multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Linev. Linev teamed up with guitarist/producer Peter Potyondy and singer Kristianne Bautista to establish the bands early line up.

The project began as an effort to fuse classical minimalism and experimental soul within a more accessible sonic environment. The subsequent addition of three new members not only facilitated this experiment, but also injected a whole new palette of colors and textures to draw upon.

Vocalist Kristianne Bautista weaves bittersweet melodies through an intricate forest of instrumental orchestration, at times demanding the listeners rapt attention and at times subtly evading it, allowing the string arrangements of Gueorgui Linev and violinist Dannon Rampton to take center stage, while drummer Randy Wagner and bassist Ian Anderson firmly navigate the fourth dimension. The result is a cinematic and oddly danceable bricolage of soul, americana, textural post-rock, ambient psychedelia, and western romanticism.
The Donnies The Amys
The Donnies The Amys
The Donnies The Amys are an indie pop band from Echo Park, California. They've been in lots of other bands, but one day they quit those bands and started one together. In January 2012 they released thier self-titled debut album, which they recorded between frisbee golf games in LA in the summer of 2011. Their music has been featured on Grey's Anatomy, KCRW, and Daytrotter. They are currently writing a new album, and composing the score for a film, "King of Norway." Amy is also drumming with Fiona Apple on her world tour this year.

"The glorious confluence of singer-songwriter Donnie Stemp's emotive paeans and drummer Amy Wood's artful rhythms. The pair have already capitalized on their collaboration; their debut album (which you should have by now) is a collection of agile indie-pop that leaves you hankering for Stemp's next couplet."
-KEVIN BRONSON, Buzzbands.LA

The Donnies The Amys "travel across a lot of different terrain with their music, with the duo sounding like a much more nuanced Jack and Meg, like the boozy love notes of the poets to the damned/themselves, like the crumbling of brittle dreams, like strange, new-age folk."
Omar Velasco
Omar Velasco
Omar Velasco's debut EP See Lion Run is brimming with warmth and polite nods to pop and folk icons old and young. Powerful, immediate lyricism and nimble guitar work are at the forefront, while swirling landscapes of worldly beats, history-drenched tones, and quietly building song structures create the backdrop. Title track "Sea Lion Run" explodes like a war cry, colored by snippets of spoken word and conjuring images of a vast desert landscape in the moments before nightfall. Says Velasco, "That song in particular was very exciting for me to see unfold. It was a departure from more traditional song structures and arrangements, and it was freeing to simply be guided by an aesthetic and a feeling." The opening piece, "You're Mine," chronicles an inner struggle between fate and choice, set against a tumbleweed-strewn, Morricone-esque soundscape, while "O Marigold" gently refashions the acoustic ballad blueprint by way of echoed vocals and deft wordplay.

"All of the songs have their own distinct sentiment," explains Velasco. "'They're all very dear to me, and they all required me to be honest with myself in different ways. I've come to realize that what's most important is to find the golden thread of one's own truth in music, as in life, and follow that."

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Omar has been working with recording artists A Fine Frenzy, Jonathan Wilson, and numerous other artists, musicians, and producers.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com