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.)
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!
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!
Dorian’s Parlor, the world’s premier Steampunk Event, returns in glory on November 26!
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
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.
We just finished a killer studio session at Seaside Lounge recording some new tracks. We turned up the heat, the viscosity, the loquacious strings to 11, the gritty, the down and dirty rhythms, and pulled a few new instruments out of the closet. New tracks out later this fall.
Stay tuned for that.
Also, we’re on tour next month with Ashia & the Bison Rouge (Ashia is the darling of Vagabond Opera and also a former Cirque du Soleil performer) bringing her mix of Eastern European Chamber Pop all the way from Portland, OR. There will be a few more shows tucked in there, but for reasons we can’t reveal, remain unannounced. Stay updated by keeping tabs on our tour calendar.
On May 20th-22nd in Somerset, New Jersey, you’ll find more performers and shows than ANYWHERE in the Steampunk world… All in a friendly, welcoming festival atmosphere! Copal is part of this 3-day event featuring live entertainment, sideshows, inventions, mustachioed dandies, dances, formal balls, cabarets, competitions, contests, discussions, duels, Queen Victoria herself, and much more! Some of our favorite bands will be there: Not Waving But Drowning, Bury Me Standing, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, What Time is it Mr. Fox?, Murder By Death, Jason Webley…
Copal is performing the following shows (with special guest percussionist Liron Peled):
Saturday, May 21:
11a: Courtyard Stage (feat. Rio)
12:30p Main Stage (feat. Rio)
8p Courtyard Stage (feat. Irina Akulenko)
Sunday, May 22:
12:30p Courtyard Stage (feat. Rio)
Check it out! http://www.SteampunkWorldsFair.com/
Crowne Plaza Hotel
110 Davidson Ave.
Expect sassy breaks and steampunk class with Copal, an orchestral world-steampunk band described as “artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing” (Maximum Ink), and Not Waving But Drowning, joyful gypsy cabaret described as a “rollicking steampunk hoedown” (New York Magazine), as well as glitch-folk and post-national bass with DJ Joro Boro. Beautiful tribal dancers Irina Akulenko, Rio, and Darlinda Just Darlinda add fierce glamour to the stage.
$10/adv, $12/door and day of show
More details: FB event.
What a beautiful thrilling evening we had at L’Etage on Sunday nite in le’ ol’ Philly. This Way to the Egress were particularly entertaining with their gad-about gyspy songs and tales and theatrics. Awesome to see Taylor equally rocking it out on cello, accordion, guitar and voice. Impressive. Rio was entrancing with them, especially on a puppeteer/marionette act with Sarah–that was very entertaining and I totally didn’t see that coming.
Sidetracked were hilarious. I got to hear them rehearse and warm up their lines in the green room, and couldn’t stop laughing, while I applied spirit gum to my face to apply my lace mask. Needless to say, Kimberlie (of Sidetracked) goes to all gigs equipped with spirit gum–and it usually is generously used by burlesque dancers who arrive with pasties but no glue with which to affix them. Sidenote… and unimportant in this case. But regardless, that mysterious mask that Hannah was wearing, was indeed affixed with pastie glue. Anyway… moving on…
We LOVE Rio. Let’s just interject that here. She is a dynamic and lovely performer, and has boundless amounts of energy–and her goal for every evening is to get the crowd dancing. Well, we certainly had that at the end. We managed to get everyone to push back the chairs and embark on a dance fest as only fans can do to Amulet–the drummer from This Way to the Egress did some very fancy moves, lots of great dancers who were getting down with our most upbeat song of the set. Fun! Philly, we love you, and we’ll definitely be back… after we catch up on our beauty sleeeeeep…. <3