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.)


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

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!

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

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


dangerous damsels with flair: RIO + ALI LUMINESCENT



Opulent Antiquity [Layna Roberts]


vagabond characters…


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:

Featured Performers:
Fashion show by The Leather Lair:
Special appearance by The Cavalcade of Fancy Ladies
Release party for Steampunk, by Brute Force:
Special Fashion Show by Fume Noir
DJ for the night, DJ Kiltboy:
As always, your MC for the night, G.D. Falksen:

November 26th

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.

Copal + Ashia and the Bison Rouge on TOUR!

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.

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?!)

Darkwave Friday Night with Copal + Black Tape for a Blue Girl

For the best Friday night on the town ever, get your American darkwave, ethereal ambient and neo-classical experience with Black Tape for a Blue Girl, progenitors of the ethereal “darkwave” sound in the 90′s, and staking out new territory with their 10th studio album “10 Neurotics” featuring Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls, with more of a rock/dark cabaret sound. Expect sassy breaks and class with Copal, an orchestral world-steampunk band described as “artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing” (Maximum Ink). Jaggery, a Boston-based art-rock collective weaves harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit into a universe of its own, lead by Mali Sastri with one of the most beautiful voices in modern music. Closing the night is Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, Boston’s 2010 Live Artist of the Year nominee, and Deli Magazine’s pick as Best Indie band of 2010, this band is “wildly unusual and diverse in material and presentation” (Boston Survival Guide).

Friday, June 3 @ Littlefield (Gowanus, Brooklyn); 622 Degraw Street, btw. 3rd and 4th ave [near Atlantic Terminal] doors 8p, show 9p

advance tix:
$10/adv, $12/day of

click here for directions to Littlefield.

Jaggery 9p
Copal 10p
Black Tape for a Blue Girl 11p
Walter Sickert + the Army of Broken Toys 12a