SAUCE: Sessions at National Sawdust
Fleeting Femme, Awksymoron, Motyka, and Barraco Barner
Created by Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ella Joklik in 2018, Fleeting Femme is music for sitting on fire escapes, rooftop star-gazing, and holding a loved one close. Best described as indie-folk, their creative influences include Joni Mitchell, Sharon Van Etten, and Sufjan Stevens. Ella is most interested in fostering human connection through personal lyricism and intimate production. They are currently finishing material for a debut EP, expected spring 2020.
Awksymoron is the lifelong musical project of Brooklyn native, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and pro whistler Athena Matsil. In the fall of 2018, Awksymoron became a quartet, featuring drummer Theo Chapman, bassist Griffin Jennings, and guitarist Soleil Solomon. Their music is self-described as witty, whistly pop rock with Latin and jazz influences, which aims to alter traditional pop song forms, showcase the dynamic range of Matsil’s voice, and create original music that is simultaneously vulnerable in its lyrics and sonically digestible and fun to dance to. Since the formation of this iteration of Awksymoron, the band has performed at many venues throughout New York City and the Greater New York region.
Motyka is the solo project of Brian Joseph Schuh, a Brooklyn-based producer/singer-songwriter and electronic musician. Hailing originally from Buffalo, New York, Brian has grown up surrounded by music. He is a classically trained vocalist and saxophonist with a bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music. Having produced and engineered projects for a variety of artists around New York City and upstate New York, Brian has also performed in choral settings with such groups and projects as David Lang’s Mile Long Opera and Os Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Sxip Shirey’s The Gauntlet. Motyka’s second album, If All I Do Is Wait, was released on July 19th on his independent record label, Room on a Hill.
Barraco Barner is the musical project of Justin Felton, a skinny-armed man from Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. His unique oeuvre takes from influences as disparate as natural sunlight, rat kings, and your mom, with clever songwriting chops spawned out of a contradictory desire to be anonymous yet recognized. Felton specifically caters his music to “all my kings and queens who’ve considered Invisalign” and “my shooters who wipe...and wipe and wipe and wipe and wipe and wipe...and there’s still poop”. After releasing his first project Don’t Put Off For Tomorrow What You Can Put Off For Months If Not Years back in January, he’s mostly stayed home. He is set to release a follow up in the fall and stay home some more.