flowers, or die EP
This year has already been a strong one for Leila – following the January run of her collaboration in the opera Magdalene, Leila breaks into 2020 with a new EP that proves yet again, she won’t allow herself to be boxed into just one genre or style of music. The new release, flowers, or die, explores the nuances of singer-songwriter territories, while breaking away from the generic form that this style of music is often critiqued for. In an EP that folds together four lilting, keyboard driven-protest songs, Leila manages to showcase a kaleidoscope of ideas that simply must be listened to on repeat.
All proceeds from the album will go to the clean-energy charity 350.org. In celebration of the release, Lauren Vanzandt-Escobar created a limited edition selection of hand-made paper with embedded etchings in Veracruz, Mexico. Photo by Rodrigo Vazquez, Mexico City.
flowers, or die is out on February 8th via Belts & Whistles Records
// Leila Adu Trio with Jon Toscano & Dylan Greene //
Leila Adu sings her original songs for piano and voice joined by bass-player Jon Toscano & drummer, Dylan Greene, for an set of impressionistic ballads and stridant protest songs that have been compared to Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Tim Buckley. Hailing from New Zealand, Britain and Ghana, Leila has toured the world with recent shows in Paris and Accra, released five acclaimed albums, including two for Italian National Radio and ‘Dark Joan’ recorded by Steve Albini; was voted MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week, and has performed on BBC’s World Service solo, as well as performing in Luscious Jackson on ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’ WNYC’s John Shaeffer describes Leila’s music as “art pop”: “she pulls it off because she is a genuinely good singer, with a velvety, soulful voice, and because she is an accomplished composer who’s written music for symphony orchestras, string quartets, and the like.”
Jon Toscano: www.jonathantoscano.com/
Dylan Greene: http://hunterchee.com/
saturday February 8, 7pm
7pm: Leila Adu flowers, or die EP Release Show with Jon Toscano & Dylan Greene,
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1
Entry: Doors + Donation
8pm: After-party, Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 0
(Adjacent bar next to Stage 1 on Allen Street with After party drinks specials)
196 Allen Street, New York 10002
Lower East Side