Pavo Pavo, Cornelia Murr, Greg Uhlmann

Pavo Pavo, Cornelia Murr, Greg Uhlmann

Sun · December 16, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

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Pavo Pavo
Pavo Pavo
Pavo Pavo is the recording project of Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg. On their 2016 debut, Young Narrator in the Breakers, Eliza’s effervescent soprano was compared to "a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy" (Pitchfork), and the elegant, symphonic arrangements were described as "weightless pop that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future" (Stereogum).

Mystery Hour, the second album, is a focused, widescreen development. Channelling the narrative drama of Oliver and Eliza’s changing relationship, it is an uncategorizable record that’s both maximal and compact, a fever dream filled with cinematic imagery and rooted in acute emotion, written as the two were separating after a six-year relationship.

Their journey began at Yale University, where the duo both studied music, and met playing in the same string quartet. Since that time, Eliza and Oliver have become prolific and vital collaborators at the intersection of classical, experimental, and pop music. Eliza has worked closely on new music with Meredith Monk, Julianna Barwick, John Zorn, Caroline Shaw, and Ben Frost. Oliver has arranged strings for tracks by the Dirty Projectors, Helado Negro, and Wet, and is a member of Kevin Morby and Vagabon’s touring bands.
Cornelia Murr
Cornelia Murr
On her debut album Lake Tear of the Clouds, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Cornelia Murr taps into the bucolic spirit of the Hudson Valley in upper New York State. Working with producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Murr conjures a hazy blend of folk and cosmic soul music, her voice floating over ghostly soundscapes that bring to mind the fantasias of Broadcast, Stereolab's most pastoral moments, and the spooky romance of Beach House.

Murr was born in London and resides in California as a dual citizen, but spent much of her childhood moving through the United States, from Colorado to Massachusetts, California to New York City and upstate New York. It's the latter locale that most informs the spiritual geography of the album, which invokes the cyclical journey of water from the highest point in the Adirondack Mountains to the valley below and out to sea. Like that water, Murr's voice flows with a liquid grace.

Though she's collaborated with other musicians, including Elvis Perkins, appearing on his 2015 LP I Aubade, and songwriter/actress Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle), Murr has long written and recorded her own compositions. While in the past she brought her songs to life via obsessively detailed, harmony-laced demos recorded to her iPhone, the new album represents the fullest, and most public, expression of her songcraft.

Recorded primarily at Palomino Sound, the record showcases Murr on vocals, Omnichord, mellotron, pocket piano, electric/acoustic guitars, whistles, and percussion. She's accompanied by contributions from James; piano and keys by Bo Koster of My Morning Jacket; Lola Kirke on vocals; Naomi Greene on vocals and electric harp. Bassist Shane McKillop and drummer Justin Flint, both of Amo Amo, comprise the rhythm section. Spiritual support, Murr notes, was provided by Palomino Sound studio dog Frita, who earns a special thanks in the liner notes alongside Kirke. Originally intended as a four-song EP, Murr found herself with a wealth of songs, many of which she'd been workshopping for years. Encouraged by James, whom she calls "the perfect producer," Murr realized she had a full-length album on her hands.

Often sounding like she could be transmitting from some inter-dimensional sock hop or theTwin Peaks Roadhouse, Murr's songs are transfixing and moving. From the Cocteau Twins-eque "Tokyo Kyoto" to the girl group evoking "Who Am I To Tell You" to the Old Weird American folk of closer "You Got Me," Murr alchemizes personal experiences, reflecting on the need to claim personal space, and translating her inner reserve to listeners. Rounding out the album is a cover of Yoko Ono's 1973 feminist anthem, "I Have a Woman Inside My Soul."

Murr has long kept her songs close -- shielding them from "roommates and lovers" -- but Lake Tear of the Clouds represents her desire to no longer hide herself or her music away. Both intimate and psychedelic, the album explores womanhood and the personal revelations that accompany maturing into oneself. "I've spent so long/In a silent space scream/Now I've forgotten how it feels/To know someone's listening," Murr sings on "Billions." But Lake Tear of the Clouds presents Murr's voice as one well worth hearing.
Gregory Uhlmann
Gregory Uhlmann
Gregory Uhlmann is a Los Angeles based guitarist, producer, and composer with an inclination towards mixing the prickly and the beautiful. His debut album, Odd Job, was released in the U.S on Dog Legs Music in 2016 and in Japan on Moorworks in 2017. Chicago Reader described Odd Job as “...a lush brand of chamber pop, eschewing excess and eccentricity in favor of a quest for pure beauty". Having written for various chamber ensembles as well as scored for dance and film, his compositions have been performed at REDCAT, Tutti Festival, and The Poetry Foundation. He also likes to make flower pots and cups out of clay.
Venue Information:
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Los Angeles, CA, 90039
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