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Janel & Anthony,
stars of DC's internationally acclaimed experimental music scene, creators of 2012's genre-defiant ambient gem,
Where is Home (Cuneiform),
to perform on DC's most revered public stage

April 5, 2013 @ John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
[broadcast live on the internet]


April 5, 2013, 6 pm/EST - Free
Janel & Anthony @ Millennium Stage
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600
Presented by Listen Local First

For those unable to attend the DC concert: this performance will also be viewable online via


"Two absolute virtuosos...Exquisite...4 stars" - Downbeat Magazine

"Captivating" - Washington Post

"A beguiling, thoughtfully crafted album... 4 stars"
- BBC Music Magazine’s classical-music.com

"Ethereal...conversational magic" - The Village Voice

"Their music is timeless" - The Huffington Post

"Akin to a fairy-tale forest encased in glass." - Philadelphia City Paper

“They are sonic experimenters, often improvisational and almost always hauntingly, eerily beautiful.”
 Washington City Paper

Sharing the inclusive spirit of jazz and 21st century classical music, elegant experimentalism is the hallmark of Janel and Anthony's lush, orchestral sound. While they began in the DC suburbs, Janel and Anthony have captivated live audiences around the world by blending styles to create a unique aural experience, unconstrained by genre. Sophisticated, yet accessible, their music is wholly evocative of Washington D.C.'s rich and eclectic culture.

Janel and Anthony is the collaborative venture of two of the fastest rising stars in DC's burgeoning experiential music scene: Anthony Pirog, an omnivorous guitarist, with influences ranging from surf to experimentalism, and Janel Leppin, a conservatory trained cellist steeped in North Indian and Persian classical music, free improvisation, experimentalism and jazz. Acclaimed performers in their own right, the duo came together to form Janel and Anthony in 2005 and the result has been sonically spectacular.

Given the many facets of its members tastes and interests, Janel and Anthony's music is difficult to categorize. The textures and tones create a sound both timely and timeless. The elements of electronica, looping and lo-fi timbres mingle intimately and majestically with acoustic instruments and melodies reminiscent of folk tunes and blues. Their music is global in its sonic, instrumental and emotional reach, while somehow remaining intimate.

The performance features compositions alternating with brief improvisational encounters, artfully employing the use of loops and electronics. The duo features Pirog on electric guitar and Leppin on cello. While exploring themes of restlessness, homesickness and feelings of disorientation, the music is deft and focused, shimmering with vivid professionalism.

Leppin and Pirog each grew up in Vienna, Virginia. While they attended the same high school, they did not begin playing music together until college. They have collaborated on two albums, 2006's Janel and Anthony, available on Cricket Cemetery Records and 2012's Where is Home, available on Cuneiform Records. Janel and Anthony toured the East and West Coasts in the summer of 2012 and are excited to hit the road again in support of Where is Home, which continues to receive accolades and attention worldwide.

Anthony Pirog is a studied yet unorthodox guitarist with a degree in guitar performance from NYU. Pirog has played in bands ranging from surf and roots rock to hard rock to experimentalism and jazz. He leads his own jazz and classical ensembles and has played shows all over the country. Janel Leppin studied cello performance at GMU with a minor in World Music with a focus in classical Indian and Persian music. Also working in experimentalism, she led her contemporary chamber group Ensemble Volcanic Ash in a performance at this year's Washington Women in Jazz Festival. In June, Janel will perform selections from her upcoming solo record at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art.

Local kids grown into professionals, the opportunity to perform at The Kennedy Center is a landmark step for these up-and-coming experimental virtuosos. [text by Nathan DeWitt]


Janel & Anthony :: Where Is Home

Cuneiform Records

Genre: Post-Jazz / Experimental Rock / Ambient / Electronic / 21st C. Global

Janel and Anthony is the collaborative venture of two of the fastest-rising stars in DC’s burgeoning experimental music scene, Anthony Pirog, an omnivorous guitarist, and Janel Leppin, a conservatory trained cellist steeped in North Indian and Persian classical music, free improv and jazz. For Where Is Home, released on Cuneiform Records, the duo have created a lush, orchestral work investigating the treacherous emotional terrain at the hyper-mobile heart of 21st century America. Drawing on everything from Hindustani ragas and surf rock licks to Appalachian laments and post-bop harmonies, the album alternates between intricately lapidary, electro-acoustic soundscapes and brief improvised dialogues. Transcending music genre as well as geographic locale, Where Is Home is rooted equally in the 21st century’s global village and in DC’s vanished past.

"Janel and Anthony are an important step in the evolution of music. They both exist on so many levels, each piece is like a hundred doors opening up!" 
- Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)

“Janel & Anthony - guitars and 'cello respectively - play a haunting and humbly virtuosic form of music wherein the elements of electronics, looping, and lo-fi timbres live both in intimacy and in majesty in the same house as acoustic instruments and folk/blues-inspired melodies.  As such, it is both timely and timeless, drenched as it is in intoxicating atmosphere; wan, quiet voices submitting to waves of sonic drama. Who could possibly resist it?” 
- Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers)

“Where Is Home is one of the most stunning records this year and will surely be a much spoken about record for some time. Where Is Home is a mind blowing record that will stay in my listening rotation for years.” - Sound Colour Vibration

“It’s two absolute virtuosos, Janel Leppin on cello, loops and electronics; Anthony Pirog on guitar, loops and electronics. The result is a marvelous surprise at every turn, as the duo creates atmospheres that at times evoke the music of Steve Tibbetts, Brian Eno, even sountrack music.
4 stars" - Downbeat

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Recorded by one of DC's most respected musical acts, and released on one of the most longstanding and widely respected record labels in international avant-garde music, Cuneiform Records, based in metro DC, Where is Home represents one of the most impressive, powerhouse musical collaborations in recent DC history. Headquartered in downtown Silver Spring, MD since its founding in 1984, Cuneiform Records is an internationally acclaimed label that specializes in genre-defiant music – rock, jazz, electronic, chamber rock, beyond-genre & more – by leading avant-garde artists from around the world. In recent years, the label was named one of the best contemporary jazz/Creative Music labels in the world in several international critics polls (New York City Jazz Record/USA; El Intruso/Argentina @#2!; Music Jazz-Italy, Downbeat-USA). In addition to Janel & Anthony, Cuneiform's roster includes such fast-rising stars as John Hollenbeck's The Claudia Quintet, Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground, Steve Moore, and The Ahleuchatistas, in addition to such long-established avant-garde icons as Wadada Leo Smith, Soft Machine, Richard Pinhas/Heldon, Univers Zero, David Borden/Mother Mallard Portable Masterpiece Co., Robert Wyatt and more.



April 5, 2013 - Millennium Stage, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
(800) 444-1324 or (202) 467-4600

 April 6, 2013 - Orion Studios with Les Rhinoceros
2903 Whittington Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 646-7334

April 6, 2013 - Coward Shoe Janel joins Hume’s Britton Powell for a composition of his
322 Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201 

May 18, 2013 - Goethe Institute DC Listening Lounge audio collective party
812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-1200


For up to date information, please visit: http://www.janelandanthony.com/live/