This event is Free! Celebrating the opening ceremony of Press Play Fair at Pioneer Works.
Featuring collaborations by:
Maia Friedman (Dirty Projectors / Uni Ika Ai), Renata Zeiguer, Opal Hoyt (Zenizen) & Zoe Brecher (Sad13 / Kalbells / Sammus) with special guests Loni Landon Dance Project
with DJ Haram (Discwoman)
Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool)
Harmony Tividad is 1/2 of songwriting project Girlpool. She has spent her life wandering looking for answers to realize there are none. Soon, she will sing again, and the illusion of answer will re enter her mind like a whisper or prayer, only to leave once more after driving by McDonalds on her way home.
Ellen Kempner (of Palehound)
Lead by fierce vocalist and prolific creative force Ellen Kempner, Boston’s
Palehound, formed in 2014, Palehound has taken their plainspoken, technique-
heavy indie rock from the basements of Boston to festivals around the world.
The band’s critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Dry Food, landed them on
numerous “Best Of 2015”. Their critically acclaimed sophomore album, A Place
I'll Always Go, released in June 2017 on Polyvinyl Record Co., is a frank look
at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out
rock showcasing songs that breathe Kempner’s evolved maturity.
Palehound has toured extensively, including runs with Waxahatchee, Big Thief,
Torres, M Ward, Mitski, Jay Som as well as their own headline tours.
Maia Friedman (Dirty Projectors / Uni Ika Ai)
California born and bred, Maia Friedman is a songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist living in New York City. She began singing at age 7 in the North Fork, CA Girl Scouts, later graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Music Composition, and has continued singing, writing, and performing ever since. Maia is the founder of the band Uni Ika Ai, and is currently a guitarist and vocalist with Dirty Projectors. She has also collaborated and toured with Bobby, Toebow, and Anawan.
Renata Zeiguer is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, the daughter of Argentinean and Philippine immigrants. An NYC native, she grew up playing classical and jazz music, beginning on the violin and the piano at age 6, and listening to her grandmother play ragtime and tango music obsessively on a baby grand during family visits in Buenos Aires.
She began writing music as a kid, with mostly instrumental compositions that evolved from hourslong improvisations while seated at the keys after school. Initially drawn to composers like Prokofiev and Debussy, she grew to like songs that could be sung, falling in love with the great early 20th century American jazz standards, Brazilian tropicália, and the Beatles. She eventually expanded her compositions into lyrical song writing while studying at NYU, where she met long-time collaborator and producer of her upcoming debut, Adam Schatz. Since joining New York’s independent rock scene as an original member of Schatz’s band, Landlady, Renata has sung and played violin and keys on many projects including Ava Luna, Twin Sister, Leapling, Cassandra Jenkins, The Relatives (Ian McLellan Davis), Christopher Burke (Beach Fossils), Quilt, Skaters and Ex-Reyes.
In 2013, Renata self-released an EP entitled Horizons, a ghostly bouquet of “wildflowers growing tall and fast, decorated with percussive rattles, fiddles, bird sounds, harmonies, and passages for light to travel through” (DeliMagazine). Since then, Renata has been performing under the name Cantina. Her music is both wonderfully dreamy and strange – there is an ambiance that exudes a kind of dreamy exotica, a “timeless portal where Les Paul and Mary Ford meet Os Mutantes and the Pixies.” Some may hear a sort of weightless negative space where Joe Meek’s “I Hear a New World” meets Kate Bush.
Renata’s debut full-length entitled Old Ghost was released on Northern Spy in February 2018.
Zoë Brecher (Sad13 / Kalbells / Sammus)
Zoë Brecher, 28, has been playing drums since age 9. She has toured the U.S. and internationally with Sad13 and Sammus; played nationwide with Oberhofer, Total Slacker and others; and will soon be seen on NPR’s Tiny Desk with Kalbells, with whom she will be touring later this year. With various groups, she has supported Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Deerhoof, And the Kids, Sunflower Bean and many others. She is a regular contributor to TomTom Magazine, where she profiles drummers and also conceived and produces a feature called “Show Us Your Kits” that discusses what equipment specific drummers use and why. Her solo project, for which she writes all the songs and plays guitar and sings, is HUSHPUPPY.
She graduated cum laude from Skidmore College in 2012, where she majored in music, founded three bands and co-hosted a female-music themed radio program.
Opal Hoyt (Zenizen)
Opal Hoyt is a Brooklyn-based singer, producer and band leader. When she's not standing up web experiences for clients like Samsung during the day, she's writing or touring with her band Zenizen. She plays keyboards mainly but can find her way around a bass and produces experimental beats on the side. Recent show favorites were a short tour run down to SXSW with Anna Wise & Madison McFerrin and five East Coast dates with Speedy Ortiz that featured Soccer Mommy & Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. Zenizen is gearing up to launch their debut LP as a follow-up to the 'Australia' EP whose physical is available from Don Giovanni Records. She has also been featured on recordings/live shows for Suzi Analogue, Black Spade, Quin & more.
Loni Landon Dance Project is inspired by pure movement. It is highly physical, dynamic, and challenging while delivering a seamless, effortless execution. Landon encourages dancers to contribute their emotional currency to the integrity of the work. Loni Landon - projects contributes to the scope of their own personal human emotional spectrum and shed their performance persona. Loni aims to deliver dynamic shifts of energy and raw emotion, to her audience.