with opener Twain
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Tōth is a new project of Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist songwriter Alex Toth, known for collaborating and writing with Kimbra, Alexander F, Rubblebucket, Cuddle Magic and others. As Tōth, he presents his most vulnerable songs and performances yet, often sung in a style reminiscent of Arthur Russell, while also adding trumpet and guitar. Forthcoming debut album Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary comes out May 2019 on Northern Spy Records (worldwide) and Figure Eight (EU/UK). The album is mixed by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim).
For this special performance, Tōth will be comprised of:
Clarice Jenson – cello
Hannah Epperson – violin
Jeremy Gustin – Drums / percussion
Ryan Dugré – Bass
Alex Toth – singing, trumpet, guitar, loops
“Drifting, dreamy songwriting… a beautiful, sighing return, reminiscent of Cocteau Twins ” – Clash Mag
“Tōth presents heart-breaking vulnerability portraying the turmoil of unrequited love with a video drawing inspiration from Charlie Chaplin’s iconic performance art” – The Line of Best Fit
“Alex Toth is winning” – NPR First Watch for “No Reason”
See more at tothtunes.com!
In July 2016, Alex Toth was recovering from a broken foot and a broken heart, stuck in his fourth-floor apartment in Brooklyn with cast and crutches. This is where Tōth’s “achingly beautiful” debut album, Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, was born.
A few months earlier, Alex and his Rubblebucket cofounder and love of more than eleven years had “consciously uncoupled” after a period of helping each other through devastating challenges. Alex was lightning-struck by sadness. “Almost convalescent” at times, in his words, though rarely still. A jazz trumpeter by training, Alex is always, always writing. And, that spring, a new kind of music started to come: raw, stripped-down songs unfurling without agenda, bent over an acoustic guitar. It never occurred to Alex that he was making an album.
The idea sprouted in songwriting sessions with his friend Kimbra, when she heard this new sound and encouraged Alex to make a record. But it didn’t solidify until June 2016, when Alex was onstage with his punk project Alexander F and broke his foot. Stuck there in his apartment all summer, Tōth came to life.
Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, due May 2019 from Northern Spy Records (worldwide) and Figureight Records (UK/Europe), is a self-help guide unlike any other — a breakup album before wholeness but after anger. The album turns as it goes, through “lush, windswept sonics” (Gorilla Vs. Bear), bebop trumpet solos, and spare guitar, recalling the Beach Boys in one bar and Arthur Russell in the next. It’s an album for remembering and letting go — and discovering what magic remains.
Cellist and composer Clarice Jensen is the artistic director of ACME, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she studied with Joel Krosnick, Harvey Shapiro and has taken master classes with many composers such as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Roger Reynolds.
Armed with her violin, loop pedal and voice, sonic weaver Hannah Epperson arranges musical landscapes without indulgence or over-saturation. As a solo performer and collaborative artist, she has joined forces with a versatile cast of collaborators across a spectrum of genres and disciplines. More recently, these creative explorations have included composing and performing for interdisciplinary film and dance projects across the country and in New York, where she now resides. Hannah’s breadth as a collaborative and compositional powerhouse stems from from an eclectic experiential and educational background: from learning Appalachian folk tunes by ear with a cowgirl in Utah to travelling through Scandinavia and Europe as an accompanist; or from touring her solo project by sailboat with permaculturists to accompanying Flamenco dancers in Spain, before finishing her Honours Degree in Human Geography and representing Canada at World Championships for ultimate frisbee in 2015 and 2017.
The versatile and collaborative journey of this Salt Lake City born violinist informs the creative compositions she offers in her solo projects. Hannah‘s unique approach to composition and performance earned her one of British Columbia’s Peak Performance Project awards in 2013 and international recognition as a powerful songwriter whose compositions weave classical emotion together with the raw energy of indie music. Her sound crosses genres and will continue to offer various levels of musical and emotional exploration to the same listener at different times.
Hannah Epperson’s debut LP - Upsweep - was released in September 2016 as Volume I of a two volume exploration in bifurcated songwriting and production.
Ryan Dugré is a freelance guitarist and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2007 he has been active performing, recording, and touring with artists and bands such as Joan As Police Woman, Rubblebucket, Landlady, and Eleanor Friedberger. He released his first solo record Gardens in 2016 on Brooklyn cassette label Very Special Recordings. The Humors, which comes out March 8th on Birdwatcher Records, marks Dugré’s second collaboration with engineer Sam Owens (Sam Evian).
Ryan has performed internationally at festivals including Le Festival d’été de Québec, Bonnaroo, Haldern Pop Fest, as well as NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert series and BBC 6 Radio with Marc Riley. He has also performed as a guest artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Eliot Fisk’s Boston GuitarFest at New England Conservatory of Music.