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!

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/

Copal is writing new music…

Yes, that’s right. We’re taking advantage of the hot summer months to explore new sonic territory, expand our creative horizons, and delve in deep on the writing front. And spend some time out of NYC… we’re all traveling a bunch too. Isabel is escaping the heat to dive into midwest and west coast waters, Hannah’s spending some time in breathtaking Iceland for a fresh air break, Lorenzo is headed down south for some western flair, Rob is teaching at a rock camp, Tripp might be traipsing about with multi-percussion in various city fronts–to be very cryptic and unspecific… In between all that, we’re buckling down the hatch and writing like mad (recording too!) Hence, we’re taking a slower pace on the performance front. We’re looking forward to sharing our new creations with you in the near future! (Shall we say Sat. August 20th with Fishtank Ensemble at Drom?!)

Copal goes to the Steampunk World’s Fair 2011…

Have you been to a Steampunk event? How about a Steampunk *FESTIVAL*?

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/

May 20th-22nd
Crowne Plaza Hotel
110 Davidson Ave.
Somerset, NJ

Copal LIVE on WFMU radio + win tix

This Saturday, May 7th we’re performing LIVE on WFMU.org from 6-7:30p EST. Tune in to catch a full live Copal set on the radio + interview, and a chance to win tickets to our NYC Drom show next Thursday!! For those not in NYC, we’re also giving away copies of our latest album Into the Shadow Garden.

Here’s the details:
Go to http://wfmu.org at 6p EST on Sat. May 7th and click on the live audio stream link at the top that best suits your needs. This downloads a file that will then open in iTunes for you to listen to WFMU via the Internet.

Or… for those in the NYC-area, listen on 91.1FM in NYC and northern NJ. The station also broadcasts on 90.1FM in the lower Hudson Valley.

Tune in to the show for details on how to win tickets to our NYC Drom show, or win a copy of Copal’s new album.

Delhi 2 Dublin + Copal rocked the Middle East Up!

Wednesday’s show at the Middle East Up was off the chain. Seriously. Such amazing energy and vibrance. Packed house. Awesome energy. We could have gone on for hours at that rate. DELHI 2 DUBLIN, Copal, Vadalna, Brian Carpenter & the Confessions. A night to remember. Thank you to everyone who came out to support and partake! We LOVE Delhi 2 Dublin!!! Let’s bring them back to Boston soon..