Guy Mendilow Ensemble Album Release + Fall Tour Dates by Chris Baum

Guy Mendilow Ensemble's long-awaited studio album for The Forgotten Kingdom is finally here! Stream/purchase/download at https://goo.gl/dGnrBa

From the press release: 

Embark on a musical trek through a nearly lost world with Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s "The Forgotten Kingdom". Journey through former Ottoman lands starting in Sarajevo and winding through Salónica in a narrative-driven performance reimagining the historical record of Sephardic communities of the Balkans and Mediterranean. 

In this sweeping adventure brought to life by an "international tour-de-force" (Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North America, music and storytelling conjure an
imagi-nation lost to war, recorded in a language that blends archaic Spanish with Turkish and Greek. The bittersweet yearning of fado, the rhythmic and emotional intensity of flamenco combine with cinematic arrangements stirring those familiar with the culture and those new to it. 

Rendering stories and songs of an older age with drama, 
humour and heart, The Forgotten Kingdom finds highly resonant, deeply moving connections to contemporary struggles, debates, and dilemmas. It’s a performance that "explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement" (Hebrew Union College, OH).

Read the full press release at guy.rockpaperscissors.biz/dispatch/pu/23087.

To learn more about the project, visit guymendilowensemble.com.

Fall Tour Dates

  • 10.11 Maryville TN @ Clayton Center for the Performing Arts (Lecture & Masterclass)
  • 10.12 Maryville TN @ Clayton Center for the Performing Arts
  • 10.30 - 11.1 Sheridan WY @ Wyo Theatre (Songwriting Residency)
  • 11.2 Sheridan WY @ Wyo Theatre
  • 11.3 Gambier OH @ Kenyon College (Lecture & Masterclass)
  • 11.4 Gambier OH @ Kenyon College
  • 11.5 Belafontaine OH @ Holland Theatre
  • 11.7 - 10.8 Urbana IL @ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Educational Shows)
  • 11.9 Urbana IL @ Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
  • 11.10 - 11.11 Petrolia ON @ Ontario Contact
  • 11.16 Hartford CT @ Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • 11.17 Storrs Center CT @ Von Der Mehden Recital Hall (Lecture & Masterclass)
  • 11.29 Wellesley MA @ Wellesley College
  • 11.30 Cambridge MA @ Club Passim
  • 12.11 - 12.13 Boston MA @ Sumner School (Songwriting Residency)
  • 12.16 Boston MA @ Kroc Center (Celebrity Series)

guymendilowensemble.com/tour

Bent Knee Audiotree + Daytrotter Sessions by Chris Baum

Live footage from Bent Knee's June performance at Schubas in Chicago just dropped via Audiotree. The full session is available at https://audiotree.tv/sfs/bent-knee.

  1. Terror Bird https://youtu.be/DfM-Zofse54
  2. Leak Water https://youtu.be/xPmlQnPyPA0
  3. Time Deer https://youtu.be/9E0eni7_W9w
  4. Way Too Long https://youtu.be/xsy_kZwBGO0
A stunning, near-spiritual performance.
— Audiotree

Daytrotter also recently published live audio from our April recording session in their Davenport, IA studio. Listen at https://www.pastemagazine.com/bent-knee/horseshack-april-21-2017.html

Bent Knee October Tour Dates:

  • 10.14 Philadelphia PA @ Blocktoberfest
  • 10.15 Baltimore MD @ Metro Gallery
  • 10.16 Lancaster PA @ Tellus360
  • 10.17 Asbury Park NJ @ The Saint
  • 10.20 Philadelphia PA @ Bourbon & Branch

bentkneemusic.com/tour

 

Time Deer Video Premiere // July + August Tour Dates by Chris Baum

Bent Knee has unveiled a new animated film for Time Deer, the third single from Land Animal, via Highlight Magazine. The video was directed and animated by the Japanese artist Riki Nitabaru, who said this about the project:

"The story centers around a deer that travels through time, trying to find the cause of humanity's problems in the modern world. In my take, just as the deer finds the cause of all strife, the world starts to cleanse itself. The deer becomes a receptacle of all living things, and it morphs to become a brand new being that encompasses all life forms."

Riki previously directed a music video for Good Girl (from Bent Knee's 2016 album Say So).

Upcoming Bent Knee Tour Dates
Jul 14 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Jul 15 Nashua, NH @ Riverwalk
Jul 17 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Jul 18 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
Jul 19 Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
Jul 20 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Jul 23 Dekalb, IL @ The House Cafe
Jul 24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Jul 25 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Jul 27 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Jul 31 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Aug 01 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Aug 02 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre
Aug 04 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
Aug 05 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Aug 07 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Aug 10 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
Aug 13 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Aug 15 Dayton, OH @ Jimmie's Ladder 11

iZotope Feature // Live Video Premieres // US Tour Dates by Chris Baum

I recently sat down with iZotope to discuss the differences between writing for the studio and writing for the stage. One of my favorite audio software companies sponsored a Bent Knee concert filming at The Record Co. earlier this year, and they're premiering two new live videos from that session alongside the article.

https://www.izotope.com/en/community/blog/artist-stories/2017/07/interview-experimental-rock-band-bent-knee-on-the-intersection-of-songwriting-and-live-performance.html

 Bent Knee's US tour starts up again this Friday. Dates and details at bentkneemusic.com/tour

Land Animal — Out Now by Chris Baum

"Land Animal" has arrived! Bent Knee's fourth studio album is out now on InsideOutMusic/Sony. We're incredibly proud of this record and can't wait for you to hear it. Stream/purchase at http://smarturl.it/bentkneelandanimal

To celebrate the release, here's a live take of "Terror Bird", the opening track on the record. https://youtu.be/XIcTchfB8To

Early praise:

"As easily as the music makes you marvel, it provides delirious release." -NPR

"In a class all their own." -Rebel Noise

"Uncompromising, imaginative, and bold... one of the most incredible and vibrantly unique records this year." -Ethos Live

"Land Animal is one thrilling, inspiring, often terrifying ride." -PopMatters

"Throwing off the shackles of genre... truly the definition of experimentalism." -Consequence of Sound

"A wild, thrilling, utterly bewildering journey." -Belwood Music

"The most exciting upcoming act of the 2010s." -Prog Talk

"An exercise in controlled chaos, in an all-encompassing vibe that manages to squeeze all parts of Bent Knee into optimal expression." -Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"An exhilarating gust of fresh air." -The Prog Report

"A perfect balance has been struck between innovation, accessibility, cognitively stirring discourse, emotional engagement and sheer, unmitigated entertainment." -Metal Discovery

"A complex, thought-provoking art installation appreciable on multiple levels.” -Rock at Night

"It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. Bent Knee have done just that." -Substream Magazine

Terror Bird | Live at The Record Co.

Land Animal Album Stream (Consequence of Sound) by Chris Baum

Thanks to Consequence of Sound, you can now listen to Bent Knee sell out and cash in on our "major label debut"! Land Animal comes out Friday. The article and full album stream is at goo.gl/um712a. Preorder the record at smarturl.it/bentkneelandanimal.

A bit of insight on the album —

Life on earth primarily evolved out of the ocean, a habitat in which organisms freely move in three dimensions. Creatures outside of that environment, however, engage in a constant battle with gravity. Why didn’t we remain in the water? Land animals are explorers; survivors. In the midst of great struggle, we trudge ever forward. Each song on Land Animal tells the story of human survival in its own way. As complex social issues and technological breakthroughs continue to shape our evolution as a species, they echo our early efforts to step foot onto land.

Early praise for Land Animal:

"It’s very rare that an artist or band comes along that changes your perspective on music and art. Bent Knee have done just that." -Substream Magazine

"A perfect balance between innovation, accessibility, cognitively stirring discourse, emotional engagement and sheer, unmitigated entertainment." -Metal Discovery

"An exhilarating gust of fresh air." -Prog Report

"An all-encompassing vibe that manages to squeeze all parts of Bent Knee into optimal expression." -Heavy Blog Is Heavy

"As easily as the music makes you marvel, it provides delirious release." -WBUR

"A complex, thought-provoking art installation appreciable on multiple levels.” -Rock at Night