London Update

Next level UK Hip Hop chart success Murkage is a late addition to the Invader Music Video Special next week at the The Book Club in Shoreditch and if you’re new to them you can check out the recent Guardian article, Behind the music: Political music tries to break down barriers – on the streets and on the radio. The event is free and features Live performances and Video playbacks by: Murkage, Leila Adu, Golden Rabbit, Mademoiselle Mademoiselle.


Award-winning video director Alyx Duncan is a kiwi to keep your eyes on; her new feature film The Red House is out on the international Film Festival circuit this year and her production of Leila Adu’s video single ’Bluebeards and Monsters’ will be screened at the Invader Music Video Special on Thursday as a world première.

Thursday 28 June
8PM
Invader Music Video Special

Murkage + Leila Adu + Golden Rabbit + Mademoiselle Mademoiselle
The Book Club
100 Leonard St
Shoreditch
London

FREE ENTRY

Invader Music Video Special FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/473006169392888/

Pianos in New York

Photo Melissa Cowan
Styling Jasmine Sparrow

Expanding from Leila’s own brand of doom-pop expect blossoming layers of warm synths, a dose of intergalactic vocal cords accompanied by stellar NYC drummer Federico Ughi and of course, a stint at the good ol’ piano. Previously engineered by Steve Albini and recently voted MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week — don’t miss Leila playing songs from her new unreleased album before Summer shows in New Zealand, London and Berlin.

Thursday May 10
7-8PM
Pianos, NYC
158 Ludlow St
New York

Tickets: LEILA ADU 7PM Pianos Tickets

Kiwis in NYC

FEBRUARY 29th
Kiwis in NYC
Art, Poetry, Performance by many New Zealand Artists
CURATED BY HAMISH KILGOUR

Leila plays new songs from her upcoming avant electronic pop album alongside fellow New Zealand artists in New York: Jay Clarkson, Sandra Bell, David Eggleton, Otis Mace, Jamey Danger, Hinemoana Baker, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Stu Kawowski, The Mad Scene, Unsuccessful Underground Comic Strip, CAPSUL, & other surprise guests…

PROJECT SECRET ROBOT
389 MELROSE ST
BROOKLYN
NY 11237
Btwn: Flushing and Knickerbocker
Morgan Avenue L or Jefferson ave L
~donation

Philly


Tom Scheponik & Rosie Langabeer

Made the most of the vertical time space continuum by resonating with a fellow kiwi who is gracing Philadelphia with her musical presence, Rosie Langabeer. Tom and Rosie played a duo followed by my solo at the benefit for Subcircle movement theater company at Christ Church Neighbourhood House (yeah, not the NZ Christchurch – the Philly one.) We caught the feeling in the streets a bit…

Occupy Philly

Free Tibet protest in Philly

Around the world in 80 days…



So, as I found out the hard way, America is different from Europe, mainly because of this (see above.) Not that that’s a bad thing for your mind but your arteries might complain a little later down the line.

I flew to Rome to start the European leg of the “Ode to the Unknown Factory Worker” CD release tour with drummer Daniele De Santis. While in Rome we also shot a video for his electronic project MDF (Midi D’Un Faune.) for the “Prendi Uno” single – out in May on Italy’s foremost electronica ‘Minus Habens’ label (Aphex Twin, Brian Eno…) – aided by a small classy dog, very Italian.





MDF video shoot, Rome




Rome




Pisa




Leaning Tower




Sicily




Goodbye Sicily




Berlin

We had a wonderful time in Italy, Berlin and London and Alison Blunt even shot the footage of our show in Berlin, for our ‘Fortuna’ video, shot by Boston Fielder ‘Fortuna’ Music Video

We recently heard of the devastating earthquake in my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. I’ll be over there for a bit seeing loved ones.

Travel Diary

ATLANTA

Bakery

Joyscout

LOS ANGELES

Waberi

Pulp Fiction parking lot

Leimert Park by night

Winter in Leimert Park

Kaos 3333

Rehearsing with Oddrocker at the Kaos Network

me, Ben Caldwell & Orlando “Oddrocker” Greenhill at the Kaos Network
— Caldwell says “the Sanskrit term for chaos is ‘where brilliant dreams are born.’”

California Dreaming

‘Ode to the Unknown Factory Worker’ drops tomorrow and is being sold from boutique stores to Amazone and Best Buy! In the meantime, I’m gearing up to go on tour, playing in LA and NYC with concerts in Rome, London and Berlin in between. I’m really looking forward to playing at the Mezz in LA, as I had such a great visit last Spring playing with Voice on Tape and Howard Amb at the wonderful and now defunct artist space, Echo Curio. RIP. I also got to go to DISNEYLAND which I thought I would hate (I’m more of a Warner Bro.s, Mel Blanc kinda girl) but I loved. It was totally surreal, like being stuck inside one of those ‘Disney Read Along Books’ that had matching cassette tapes played chimes when it was time to turn the page. “You can fly, you can fly, you can fly!” I’m a total wuss and got very scared on the futuristic ride (the name of which I have traumatised out of my memory.)

On the news front, I’m also going into the studio in London to start to realise some new songs from a twelve song demo into a new album…

Cool people I met last year

Gidday,

So… of course I meet squillions of people who are cool every year. That means, I’ll focus on some artists whom I met whilst on tour etc.

Dearling Physique is a name you’ll be hearing a lot in the near future, they played at Urb Alt Fest last Summer and here’s their amazing new video!

Orlando “Oddrocker” Greenhill of Millions of Shaved Heads and more. I played a gig in LA with this dude and after one rehearsal he had the songs down.

Howard Amb – the nicest musos you could hope to meet in LA with an uncanny propensity for drinking bottled green tea

Maigin Blank in Chicago – super chick with a radio voice and DIY stylz (p’rhaps coz she spent some time in Chch as a teenager…)

Rachel in LA does heaps of stuff like VJ mashups, member of Dubbumba… um – yeah – rocker but here’s a ten second tribute

Met Twin Shadow at Urb Alt Fest last Summer too; they are a neat band from New York, currently garnering international acclaim and the members are real sweethearts

I was racking my brain to think of someone I met in Italy, as I lived there over two years but that was early in the year and my long term memory is getting a bit rusty… then it hit me! In Bologna, at Scuola di Musica Ivan Illich, I did a gig with the duo of Gianni Gebbia and Eiko Ishibashi. You can see them in Tokyo here:

Based in Atlanta (like Janelle Monae) maybe there is something in the water because the Dolldaze could sing the spots off a leopard. See for yourself:

I could go on but that’s enough for now. Stay tuned for more posts such as “Cool people I already knew that I saw last year,” “People I thought were cool who turned out to be tossers” and “People I suspect are cool but haven’t actually met yet”

 
P.S. I must confess at this point that I base my definition of cool on The Fonze and Madonna in Desparately Seeking Susan… Doesn’t everyone?

End of year report

OK, so I’m more of a “what’s next?” than a pat yourself on the back kinda girl. That means I have to make myself look at what I have achieved with the support of some beautiful people. Here’s a short chronological list:

— Toured to UK, Italy, New Zealand and US with Dark Joan album (see below)
— Launched Dark Joan video in London with director Stephen Bain, Nisha Madhan and school children from Ambrit Rome
— First shows with other musos in the US – Orlando Greenhill in LA and Federico Ughi & Andrew Weeks (New York) for URB ALT Fest 2010 @ 92Y, New York
— Produced ‘Ode to the Unknown Factory Worker’ album in Rome with drummer Daniele de Santis (Jan 18 2011 global release date)
— Had stunning shots with world-class Atlanta photographers Tania Calderòn (see above) and Leon Dale
— Recorded a new demo album of electro pop songs in the US
— Started this blog for photos, videos and impressionistic splashes of thought
— Transitioned with the sheep from facebook group to the snazzy new facebook musician/band page