Janel & Anthony,
April 5, 2013, 6 pm/EST - Free
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"Two absolute virtuosos...Exquisite...4 stars" - Downbeat Magazine
“They are sonic experimenters, often improvisational and almost always hauntingly, eerily beautiful.”
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.
Genre: Post-Jazz / Experimental Rock / Ambient / Electronic / 21st C. GlobalJanel 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!"
“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?”
“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.
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
April 6, 2013 - Orion Studios with Les Rhinoceros
April 6, 2013 - Coward Shoe Janel joins Hume’s Britton Powell for a composition of his
May 18, 2013 - Goethe Institute DC Listening Lounge audio collective party
For up to date information, please visit: http://www.janelandanthony.com/live/