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Elizabeth and the Catapult

Elizabeth and the Catapult

Alternative / Folk Rock / Indie Brooklyn, NY  US

Shows

  • 2014

    Oct 12

    Brattleboro, VT, US | 4:30pm

    Early show! Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/695824830491625/

  • 2014

    Mar 30

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 8:00pm
  • 2014

    Jan 25

    Vienna, VA, US | 7:00pm

    https://jamminjava.com/events/elizabeth-and-the-catapult

  • 2013

    Nov 1

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 5:00pm

    4th Annual Tinderbox Music Festival! Headlined by Deerhoof and featuring amazing female fronted bands from all over on 2 stages!!

  • 2011

    Dec 16

    Hudson, NY, US | 6:00pm

    True to the title of Sonya Kitchell's 2008 album This Storm, the 22-year-old singer songwriter's life has been in constant whirlwind mode since the release of her critically acclaimed 2006 breakthrough, Words Came Back to Me. She has performed with everyone from Angelique Kidjo to, India.Arie, and Madeleine Peyroux. But, her career picked up international steam when jazz legend Herbie Hancock tapped her to tour the world with him in 2007. Slowing down after an exhilarating year on the road with Hancock, Kitchell found a much needed quieter place to write and record the six songs on Convict of Conviction, her 6-track EP debut. In the winter of 2008, the multi-talented singer retreated to the countryside to write her new songs. Collaborating with bassist/arranger Garth Stevenson and producer Stewart Lerman, Kitchell recorded the new collection. "I felt like working with Herbie had finally crept its way beautifully into my songwriting, in its own way." Calling the collection a time capsule, Kitchell explains that it perfectly captures the emotions and stirrings of a winter away from the limelight. Sweetening her compositions, Stevenson wrote string arrangements which came out of a small duo tour the two did together in February 2009. They pulled together a string quartet and it clicked. Kitchell and Stevenson played several shows with the new ensemble and recorded the EP in a single afternoon. Back in 2003, one of her compositions won two awards at the 2003 DownBeat Student Music Awards,- and at the age of 14, the youngest by four years - Kitchell was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2004, Sonya was spotted by the artist-friendly Velour Music Group, which signed on as her management and record label. Kitchell recorded and released the EP Cold Day and began sharing bills with such artists as Taj Mahal and Tuck & Patti. In 2005, as advance copies of her full length debut Words Came Back To Me made the industry rounds, the album so impressed the principals of Starbucks Hear Music that they decided to make it their second-ever release in their Hear Music Debut CD series. Kitchell's worldly voice earned her attention not only from excited critics but also from Hancock, who invited her to perform with him and his all-star band at the Sonoma Jazz Festival in 2006. The two developed a warm rapport and Hancock tapped her to join his group as he toured in support of his Grammy winning album River: The Joni Letters; Kitchell also sings on "All I Want" on the Amazon versions of the album. The keyboard great later invited Kitchell to tour the world with him. In a unique tie in to that experience, she appeared at NYC's famed Carnegie Hall as part of "The Music Of Joni Mitchell," a live tribute to her idol. The title of Elizabeth and the Catapult's Verve Forecast debut album Taller Children reflects the unique blend of pop playfulness and grown-up introspection that defines her distinctive songwriting. Such memorable originals as "Rainiest Day of Summer," embody a vibrant mix of open-hearted wonder, whimsical humor and forthright emotional insight, merging classic pop melodicism with an array of acoustic textures, jazz twists and orchestral flourishes. The quality of the songs-including a memorable reading of the Leonard Cohen classic "Everybody Knows" - is matched by intimate, effortlessly soulful performances by this Brooklyn trio, which also includes guitarist Pete Lalish and drummer Danny Molad. Although the bulk of Taller Children was recorded with producer Mike Mogis (noted for his work with the likes of Bright Eyes, M. Ward and Rilo Kiley), several of the album's performances were drawn from the homespun demos that the band recorded in drummer Molad's home studio. The resulting album strikes a vital balance between lush sophistication (with such elements as Elizabeth Ziman's elegant string arrangements) and spare, unadorned simplicity. The qualities that make Taller Children such a refreshing surprise have already made Elizabeth and the Catapult a beloved favorite on New York's downtown club scene, where the threesome's winsome tunes and energetic, surprise-filled live shows have won them a large and devoted local fan base. "I'd hope there's humor to both of our albums, but they're actually quite different from one another," says Elizabeth Ziman, the singer/songwriter/keyboardist behind Elizabeth & the Catapult. "While Taller Children has the sarcastic lightness of a Woody Allen film, the new record's more in the vein of Kubrick or Lynch. It's a bit darker, a bit more tongue-in-cheek - another side to who we are." As it turns out, Elizabeth read Cohen's Book of Longing collection from cover to cover while working on the Lincoln Center song cycle - performed last spring for a commission from NPR's John Schaefer - that gave The Other Side of Zero its title and a handful of tracks. As the pages sunk in, one particular theme stood out: Cohen's struggle to meet Buddhist goals in a monastery, which Elizabeth felt paralleled her own coming-of-age struggles while living and growing up in New York City. The Other Side of Zero is Elizabeth & the Catapult's rawest set of recordings yet. Unlike their thoroughly-demoed debut - an album that took two years to complete - the Zero sessions boiled down to a month of recording with producer Tony Berg and such respected sidemen as guitarist Blake Mills and Tom Waits' longtime touring keyboardist, Patrick Warren The title track, led by a lean, winding piano line, builds to a spine-tingling crescendo alongside the honey-dipped harmonies of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings - a collaboration that was completely unplanned. Not that you'd notice, considering how seamless it sounds. Visit sonyakitchell.com Visit elizabethandthecatapult.com

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Label: Verve

Manager: Knit Stitch Media

Bio: Combining elements of jazz, pop and funk, this New York City-based group creates a singular sound with memorable melodies and unique, sophisticated harmonies. Fronted by the clear sultry voice of singer songwriter Elizabeth Ziman, they are attracting a buzz from the music press.

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