Church Sessions with Chelsea Wolfe

Spaceland & Levitt Pavilion LA Present

Church Sessions with Chelsea Wolfe

Deradoorian, Sarah Jaffe

Fri, February 8, 2013

8:00 pm

First Unitarian Church - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

This event is all ages

***Tickets will be $20 at the door **Tickets purchased on day of show at the door will have $2 facility fee applied ** **Acoustic performance** * Seats are first come, first serve*

Chelsea Wolfe
Chelsea Wolfe
Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe's sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk, a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life's darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within.

In a way, Wolfe is on a journey to the surface of her own music. 2012 finds releasing her first acoustic emanation on Sargent House, a collection of once-orphaned songs given a home. The experience is a secret shared, a side of our heroine rarely seen or heard, and the making was as intimate as it gets: recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe's L.A. home, co-produced by her bandmate Ben Chisholm, with players Ezra Buchla (viola), Andrea Calderon (violin) and Daniel Denton (bass).

In 2013, Wolfe will deliver her fourth album, which will expand upon the acoustic record's themes: the elements and natural disasters, humanity, love, desolation. At the same time, the new full-length will mark a significant change as Wolfe and Chisholm (who makes glitched goth-soul as Revelator) bring more electronic elements into the fold. The albumh will also feature the other members of Wolfe's live wrecking crew, guitarist Kevin Dockter and drummer Dylan Fujioka.

Disparate as these two developments are, they perfectly embody Wolfe's growth as an artist, the inside turning outward, her recent European outing and Summer U.S. tour with Russian Circles providing an apt contrast to her more cloistered childhood. Her rare romanticism began early, but it was always a private affair. At 9, she'd watch her father playing country music and sneak into his home studio to record skewed keyboard covers (The NeverEnding Story theme was a favorite) and originals.

Wolfe long lacked the confidence to share her work, but in 2009 she embarked on a three-month stint abroad with a nomadic performance troupe. After performing in cathedrals, basements and old nuclear plants to whoever would listen, she returned home with a new drive. She began toting around an 8-track and recording as the mood hit, eventually editing her findings into 2010's stunner LP, The Grime & the Glow. Described as both healing and harrowing, enchanting and narcotic, the album established Wolfe as a force on the rise.

Inspired, Wolfe then relocated to Los Angeles and recorded her second album, 2011's Apokalypsis LP, which found her in an actual studio. The songs captured therein maintained the strikingly visceral elements of her debut. Praise came for the record's revelatory dirges and cavernous sound, and moreover for Wolfe's newly showcased songwriting chops. Her onward march through music only seems to deepen the experience. Whether stripped bare or fully backed, Wolfe carries a serious heaviness of sound offset by that ever-present counterweight: transcendence of spirit. - by Chris Martins
Deradoorian
Deradoorian
In July of 1986, somewhere near Sacramento, CA, there was a crash and then a cry. Angel Deradoorian was created and nearly killed within her first minutes on Earth, but her quick-thinking father removed the umbilical chord from her blue face and she breathed life...and with it came an inexorable passion for music. 22 years later Angel releases her debut EP; a strikingly beautiful snapshot from a life of music.

Angel's family of musicians--her mother and father were in a killer sax & piano duo in the 70s--were more than happy to indulge her nascent love of music. At age 7 she began taking piano lessons and extended her learning abilities to flute and guitar. At age 15, she left high school to become a serious musician and started touring with professional bands. At age 20 she joined Dirty Projectors--whom she records and tours with to this day. And at age 22, Angel has finally decided to release her own music on Lovepump United under her last name, Deradoorian. The Mind Raft EP is astonishingly mature, dark, beautiful, and unexpected--if only because seems to have tapped into something far older and wiser than her 22 years would suggest. Whether it's the guitar, bass flute, or her stunning voice, Angel's musical proficiency is boundless. This is as promising as a debut can get.
Sarah Jaffe
Sarah Jaffe
If there is one thing that Sarah Jaffe will never have to contend with it is the idea that she is a female singer for females. There was once a time that being a female singer meant you would undoubtedly be put into an all too snug box. Is she an angry singer? An activist singer? A singer for the victims or the singer your mom bonds with you over? To be honest, when Sarah's new LP Suburban Nature is released on May 18th she will insert herself into and destroy all those boxes simultaneously, because Sarah is a truth singer …and no matter who or what we are, we all need, and want, our singers to be truth singers. Growing up in Red Oak, Texas might not be ideal circumstances for breeding the kind of talent that is encompassed in Sarah's songs, but it does beg the question of nature verses nurture. What we have in us before we are even us, and what we interpret because of life circumstances. Writing since her early teens, many of the songs featured on Suburban Nature were written long before she could even enter the clubs were they are now performed. Interestingly enough the first single Vulnerable, was written when Sarah was only 17, long before even the material on her first EP, the acclaimed Even Born Again, was produced. Even so, it comprises everything that matters about her voice. If there is one thread that flows through all of Sarah's work, it is grappling with the self-serving cycles that are in all of us, and the aftermath that those needs deal out. "I'm a fan of life's wicked ironies. These things that reveal the truth from an aerial view nowhere near your perspective of the situation, and through these realizations you find redemption." And so it is with Suburban Nature.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church - Los Angeles
2936 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA, 90005
http://www.uula.org/