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

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

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..