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!
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!!
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
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
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]
doors 8p, show 9p
@ R Bar
218 Bowery (btw Prince and Spring)
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.
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.
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.