Copal on NPR!

News flash! NPR included our song Shadows on today’s Morning Edition! Y’all sound great on the radio: thanks to the musicians who were featured on the studio version of Shadows–Karl Grohmann, Isabel Castellvi, Christopher Brown, Engin Kaan Gunaydin, Hannah Thiem! And thanks to Garrett Baker and FlipSwitch PR for getting it placed there! Click on the NPR logo to listen (last few seconds of the news brief.)

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Copal in the new year

We’ve been on somewhat of a performance hiatus since our December 8th show at the Knitting Factory… working on new music, individual projects, and building snowmen, when there’s snow to be found. Some new songs that we tried out at the Knitting Factory, as well as at the CoSM Halloween Party, were well lauded, and we’re considering bringing those to your ears soon… Oh the suspense.

Copal performing Dec 8th at Knitting Factory, BK!

Get ready for this epic opening night of the 8th Annual Sephardic Music Festival, at Knitting Factory!!!

Copal brings their classy steampunky beautiful sound of strings and beats, Cannibal Animal Machine will make you dance and bang your head, and finally The Sway Machinery will play their signature sound of Afro Beat grooves mixed with Jewish Cantorial influences. Special guest dancer Rio will be joining Copal and Cannibal Animal Machine to get the party going with her unique mix of modern ethno-fusion bellydance!

Organized by Erez Safar | Diwon | Bancs

@Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY (Lorimer L, G; Marcy JMZ)
advance tickets at http://sephardicmusicfestival.com/events

2 of the best gigs

Just before the hurricane, Copal performed 2 of the most amazing, wonderful, inspiring gigs in awhile! Both were in trio format. Both gigs were with some of my favorite musicians. And we made magick!

Gig 1: Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM): Deities and Demons Masquerade Ball on Sat. Oct. 27

Hannah Thiem (violin, vocals, electronics)
Rob Chamberlain (drums, electronic drum pad, vocals)
Lorenzo Wolff (bass guitar, antics)

Beautiful party. We performed in the library at CoSM’s haunted mansion. The first song we played was a riff on a song from my solo project, called “Invitation”. That song morphed into a 20min song that had moments sounding like Radiohead (omg Rob Chamberlain has a beautiful voice! I mean, I knew that, but in this context, wow, so perfect!!!). The first time we really explored vocals live for Copal. Lorenzo was experimenting with a fuzz wah pedal on his bass which gave so much more texture and depth to his bass. Awesome. It was a very inspired set, with lots of improvisation, new songs that we’ve been working on (Roses have Thorns, Doll’s Last Waltz), and very organic sounds. People seemed to really be enjoying–so much happening at once at the party, but many stayed for our entire 1 hr set and really got their dance on. One gentleman came up to us afterwards, and said he had just come from a Dead Can Dance show in Toronto, and he enjoyed our music WAY more. Amazing!

Gig 2: Xavier and Kim De la Vega (Siracusa)’s elaborate wedding at the Grand Marquis Hotel in Old Bridge, NJ on Sun. Oct. 28

Hannah Thiem (violin)
Liron Peled (doumbek, dumset, throat singing)
Raymond Sicam III (cello, throat singing, vocals)

I met Xavier and Kim last May at Rakkasah Spring Caravan. Kim has danced to Copal and Xavier has photographed us. They’ve become die-hard fans! It was of course an easy YES to their request for Copal to perform at their wedding the following year in October. What a gorgeous celebration!

Rakkasah Spring Caravan

Awesome weekend at Rakkasah Spring Caravan! We had such a lovely time performing with such beautiful amazing dancers. Sera Solstice, Rio, Lauren Robbiani, Aria, Surraya, Yame, Charo.. And we enjoyed bringing up special guest musicians Liron Peled (Raquy and the Cavemen) and Pete List (Beatbox Guitar). Thanks to Michelle for having us there again this year!

 

photo: RavenWolfe Photography

Happy Spring!

What? Spring already in March? I (Hannah) just returned from performing at SXSW in Austin, TX. The weather was actually warmer in NYC when I got back… strange times. What a fun festival. Hoping to bring Copal down next year! Winter–or spring as it were, is a great time for development–we are currently working on new music, a new stage show, new visuals, etc. Looking forward to some great shows this year, to be announced soon… WE HEART YOU!!

I [heart] my gypsy valentine.

Won’t you be our gypsy valentine? Saturday, Feb. 11, Copal cruises to Lower East Side’s Mehanata Bulgarian Bar to offer a gritty grungy high-intensity gypsy crossover dance party–par for the course from those orchestral debutantes in pinstripes and combat boots.. Also, featuring the darling dangerous dancer RIO!

[note: this party is also a sendoff for our fiercely badass bass player Lorenzo Wolff who is heading to Boston to be part of a major 2.5-month musical operation with the Lisps.]

Saturday, Feb. 11th
doors: 8:30p
Copal dance party featuring dansah RIO: 9p
tix: $10 at the door, 21+

@ Mehanata Bulgarian Bar
113 Ludlow Street (btw Delancey and Rivington) LES, NY

http://mehanata.com/
http://copalmusic.com/
http://www.riverraqs.com/

Vintage Vagabond Xmas Ball with Sxip Shirey MCing + This Way to the Egress!

where vintage meets vagabond in a curious pairing for the wayward adventurous folk. make merry and dance the night away with fabulous musical acts, be entertained by darling dangerous dancers, all with a vagabond steampunk flair.

::Wed. Dec. 14::

Vintage Vagabond Xmas Ball + Xmas Jewelry/Vintage Market

featuring:
orchestral vagabond debutants in pinstripes: COPAL
vaudeville musical transgressors: THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS
your host, a singular unexpected genius: MC SXIP SHIREY

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dangerous damsels with flair: RIO + ALI LUMINESCENT

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vendors:

Opulent Antiquity [Layna Roberts]
http://opulentantiquity.com/

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vagabond characters…

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doors 8p, show 9p
$12/door, 21+

@ R Bar
218 Bowery (btw Prince and Spring)
Soho, NYC

Dorian’s Parlor Fall Masquerade, November 26th

Dorian’s Parlor, the world’s premier Steampunk Event, returns in glory on November 26!

Tickets on sale: http://doriansparlor.ticketleap.com/dorians-parlor-fall-masquerade-november-26th/

Featured Performers:
Copal: www.copalmusic.com
Fashion show by The Leather Lair: www.theleatherlair.com
Special appearance by The Cavalcade of Fancy Ladies
Release party for Steampunk, by Brute Force: http://www.bruteforceleather.com/
Special Fashion Show by Fume Noir
DJ for the night, DJ Kiltboy: www.djkiltboy.com
As always, your MC for the night, G.D. Falksen: www.gdfalksen.com

November 26th
http://www.doriansparlor.com/

Dress to the nines in Dandy, Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Neo-Vintage, Black Tie, 18 Century, Victorian, ball gowns, and creative attire, and dance the night away.

This is an event worth the travel, as there will be nothing like it elsewhere. Dorian’s Parlor is located at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia right on the corner of Broad and Locust St., 3 blocks south of City Hall. Easily accessible from the Broad Street line and Septa Bus 27 and 32, and a short walk from Suburban Station.

$25 gets you admission, a drink ticket, and Hors D’oeuvres.