THE BOWMANS + DUO DEL SOL
Event tags: Pappy's, Music, Pioneertown, Pappy And Harriet's, Concert, Americana, The Bowmans, Duo Del Sol, Uruguay
730pm: THE BOWMANS + DUO DEL SOL free show!
July 18, 2013
We decided that we like it when we're described as an Indie Americana
duo from the eastern Iowa Mississippi flood plain, now migrating
globally while still holding onto New York as our most returned-to home
(and mailing) address.
We're ambitious sisters who have learned
how to get along well enough to tour just about non stop over the last 3
years. Our music is championed by U.S. record label Mother
West (NYC and LA) and European Label Rounder Records, now Continental.
Our music has been featured in U.S. Starbucks stores, in an Italian
documentary film, by the Memphis Ballet, on the Cayamo jouney through
song cruise (Thanks, Paste Magazine!), Amoeba Music, and many other
nooks and crannies.
The music is dynamic, hopeful, joyful,
heart wrenching, and straight. No, not straight. It's hard to
pidgeonhole, really. And even Sarah and I have differing perspectives on
what the music's about.
" 'The Bowmans reveal an enchanting blend of voices... Clearly there
are no boundaries that keep the Bowmans fenced in as they find
themselves "On the Road," a pastoral slice of Jesse Sykes-style rustic
pop where they discover (but don't care) that "the road may take a toll
on you." "
- Steve Appleford, LA Weekly (Jan 30, 2008)
"'Their music resonates with a distinctive personality all its
own'their gentle demeanor finds them wistful and whimsical. It's a sound
that brings the Roches to mind ' but only when those Roche siblings
reveal their more sobering side. "
- Mare Wakefield, Performing Songwriter Magazine
"The harmonies are indeed stunning' the choral purity of their voices
lends a hymn like quality to the songs'the strength of the material and
those amazing voices... has ensured The Bowmans have a growing
following on the New York folk scene."
- J. Alder, Americana UK
Sarah likes to say that The Porker
Song, which "Claire" wrote when "she" was eight, is our most popular
song. I feel like I can't take credit for it's "genius" as she calls it,
because it feels like exploiting my former self. It's just a song about
a pig (anyway)!
Claire (me), thinks that Sarah writes songs to
create or inform her future self with their wisdom. She writes what
she's not yet able to hear so she can reflect later. She probably
doesn't agree with me about that, but she offers a lot of hope and
insight, and expertly expresses it through what I believe to be an
amazing talent in the craft of songwriting. Or is it an art? Or is it
not an art until it all comes together?
We're harmony based. We
both like to sing a lot so we make sure there are a lot of harmonies to
keep us both vocal as much as possible. (It's like we're fighting for a
melody line.) And I like to play toy instruments. And we both draw from
influences as old as Palestrina and as current as Gillian Welch to
create our harmony structures, which are so ingrained in us that we have
to analyze them later to figure out where they may have originated.
And I should have let a professional write this description, but here it is for now until it gets edited.
Dúo del Sol \Dew-oh-dell-soul\, noun: 1. Expansive kinetic energy no longer capable of holding back. 2. Music that reflects a worldview, distilled into a voice for modern ears. 3. A journey of visceral emotion across a rugged landscape.
Violinist Javier Orman, a native of Uruguay, embodies an array of influences ranging from J.S. Bach to Radiohead. Javier's musical associations include Gustavo Dudamel (a fellow graduate of El Sistema) and Christopher O'Riley (NPR's "From the Top"). In 2009, he founded Kidzymphony, an El Sistema-inspired orchestral program in Charleston, South Carolina, that continues to nurture over fifty young children in music each year. Javier lives in Santa Monica, California.
Guitarist Tom Farrell was born in Woodstock! (Illinois) While at Northwestern University, he studied with Oscar Ghiglia, protege of the legendary Andrés Segovia, at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. On occasion, Tom's passion for life has led him toward unexpected job choices, including milking and herding sheep in the Italian countryside and driving a Good Humor ice cream truck in the sweltering midwestern summers. An invitation to play on a presumably 'indie-film' project placed him on the soundtrack, along with Christina Aguilera, of Will Ferrell's feature film 'Casa de Mi Padre,' co-starring Gael García Bernal.
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