The Bowery Ballroom
Ane Brun

Ane Brun

Gemma Ray, Elin Ruth Sigvardsson

Mon, May 7, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

Ane Brun
Ane Brun
Ane Brun is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist originally from Norway. Since 2000 she has lived in Stockholm, Sweden, where she started her own independent record label, DetErMine Records. Her debut album "Spending Time With Morgan" was the first release in 2003 and received great reviews, being released all over Europe. As well, it was nominated in the Swedish Independent music awards "Manifest" that year. Ane's fifth album, "Changing of the Seasons," was released in 2008, produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Björk, Múm, Bonnie Prince Billy, Coco Rosie, Maps, and more). Ane's first live DVD "Ane Brun Live at Stockholm Concert Hall" was released 2009. Along the way Brun's received the Norwegian Grammy for best Female Artist, was nominated as best Norwegian Act on European MTV Music Awards, Best Norwegian Song of the Century (Norwegian National Radio), and best Swedish Female Pop Artist at the Grammys.
Gemma Ray
Gemma Ray
"Wondrous. A true alternative to the wan psychadelic folk of today's lady-pop troupe" – MOJO

"I recently went to see Gemma Ray in concert and was really impressed by her unique blend of songwriting, voice and musicianship. Not to be missed!" - Jimmy Page

"Blowing sugary femme-pop out of the water. Gemma Ray is untouchable" – NME

"An eerie aural kaleidoscope that conjures up thoughts of what an album by Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las produced by David Lynch would have sounded like. Though it echoes with references to mid-'60s melodramatic pop, it's of the moment and a delight." – Wall Street Journal

"Had Phil Spector forced his girl groups in a more noir-soundtrack direction, this might've been the result. Ray has a truly impressive feel for vintage pop flourishes, layered to lavish effect. And all those details are what you're supposed to be paying attention to, right up until the blade hits your back." SPIN

"Her aesthetic may be retro, but the tough, moody perspective she brings to vintage song structures feels fresh and ultra modern" – BUST

"If Pulp Fiction were remade to include a church scene, then London's queen of all things noir Gemma Ray would provide the soundtrack and possibly a part as Uma Thurman's best mate." - Live Review by Phil Alexander, Editor MOJO
Elin Ruth Sigvardsson
Elin Ruth Sigvardsson
Elin Ruth Sigvardsson was born on a cold winters day, in a small town called Mönsterås, located by the windy Swedish eastcoast. The year was 1981, and it wouldn´t take long til she wrote her first song. A song that lyrically mainly contained notes about the weatherchanges and different words for poop. At the age of four, she started to play classical piano in Suzuki school, where she developed her talent for playing by ear. As the years past, she became a headstrong and naive teenager who one day decided to snatch a spanish guitar from her fathers home studio, spray paint it red, and learn enough chords to be able to write a proper pop song with associated sad teen lyrics. There, alone in her room, her songwriting started to take off for real, and she found a new playgound in Musicworld where she could go when the real world wasn´t fun enough . This world turned out to be a place she constantly keeps revisiting.

Today she´s 28 years old, 6 feet tall, passionate about owls, accents, red lipstick, high heels, tatoos, psycology, humor, old pianos, cooking for friends, old houses with towers, feminists, beer, bob dylan, stars, the sea, good storytellers and seasonchanges. She still doesn´t no much about notes or music theory, but keeps playing by ear and is deeply in love with music.

- Her country rock-tinged debut album Saturday Light Naive (2003) was produced by Lasse Winnerbäck, one of Sweden's biggest rock artists. Critics and audience alike agreed that the 21 years young singer, guitarist and songwriter Elin had emerged a fully-formed artist. The debut album spawned four nationwide radio hits, two Swedish Grammy nominations, two Rockbjörnen nominations, a P3 Guld-nomination, great sales, great reviews and a prize for Newcomer Of the Year by The Swedish Music Publishers Association.

- The follow-up, Smithereens, was recorded during a short but intense period and went straight to number one in the Swedish album sales chart.

- In 2008 Elin released her third album, A Fiction. She joined the heavyweights with her natural authority & sincerity on this concept album. It includes Saviour, a duet with Swedish singer Magnus Carlson from the band Weeping Willows. After that Elin spent alot of time touring in different constellations: Solo, with her band, and with "The two Man Show" (toghether with guitarist Carl Ekerstam). She toured Sweden, and also visited Washington, Denmark, Austria & Germany.

- During the spring of 2009 she quit the co-work with Bolero Records/Warner Music, and started her own record label, Divers Avenue Music. She recorded her fourth album, Cookatoo Friends, with herself as producer and main musician, and Rolf Klinth as engineer. Cookatoo Friends recieved brilliant reviews & the first single, Love (feat. Lars Eriksson), went straight up to #5 on Swedish topcharts & stayed on highest radiorotation during the whole summer. The second single, Bang, became a hit on one of Swedens biggest national radiostations, P4.

Elin about the new album, Cookatoo Friends:
Musically “Cookatoo Friends” is fuzzy and playful and contains more humor than before. I haven’t forced this album into one specific genre but let my songs take off in their own direction. I initially intended to record the entire album with a live band, but ended up playing most of the instruments myself, in order to keep as much of the demo feel as possible. It felt uncomfortable at first, but I discovered that it was a very fun and way to work. I´m not an instrumentalist, but I can still make the instruments sound, and that itself has created a different sound compared to my previous albums. I also feel more grounded now and have gone deeper into my own expression. Some of the tracks though, were recorded live, with Magnus Olsson on drums, Calle Ekerstam on guitar and Markus Lundgren on bass. Ane Brun, Lars Eriksson, Edith Backlund, A Beautiful Friend among others appeared on vocals.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/