The Bowery Ballroom
Anais Mitchell

Anais Mitchell

Cuddle Magic

Mon, December 3, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

This event is 18 and over

Anais Mitchell
Anais Mitchell
In case you haven't met her, Anaïs Mitchell is not a man. She's a woman, quick to laugh and to cry, a fan of Jane Austen and miniskirts. She came of age reading the diaries of Anaïs Nin and blasting early Ani Difranco records. So it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of her latest album, "I'm a young man!" And it may come as a surprise when, over the course of eleven songs, she seems to be channeling spirits from the Old Testament to modern America—but mostly, well, from the Y chromosome.

Taking on voices other than her own is not exactly new for Mitchell, though. In 2010 Righteous Babe Records released the recorded version of her folk opera Hadestown, a modern retelling of the Orpheus myth, featuring guest singers Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani Difranco and Greg Brown. The album became something of a critical phenomenon in the UK, making "Best of 2010" lists in the Guardian, Sunday Times and Observer.

Young Man in America received similar acclaim, and saw Mitchell take to the road for six months across the US and Europe with a four-piece band, culminating in an opening tour for Bon Iver that wound up in Radio City Music Hall, NYC.

“Terrific….Mitchell is a skilled storyteller..and her delivery gives an emotional complexity that welcomes and even demands repeated listens.” Pitchfork

“A remarkable, genre-defying album” 4* Uncut

“The startling imagery and dramatic musical sweep of the title track’s cradle to grave odyssey marks her out as a true American original” 4* Q Magazine

“Music of rare boldness and reach. A sensational album” CD of the Week, The Sunday Times

“A fierce, melodic affirmation of sadness and grief, love and lust, attachments formed both strong and precarious, Young Man in America is a marvel of a record from start to finish”. BBC Music
Cuddle Magic
Cuddle Magic
Cuddle Magic is a band from Brooklyn, NY. Bassist and guitarist Ben Davis and Christopher McDonald, who plays Rhodes piano and synthesizers, set out to perform some songs of theirs that included lyrics written by Ben’s older brother, Tim Davis, with whom had been collaborating since early childhood. Their first, self-titled album, recorded in a practice room and an art gallery in just a handful of days, also featured clarinetist Alec Spiegelman’s plaintive love songs and a dream-like ballad by singer Kristin Slipp. The band now plays songs by all four composers. Cole Kamen-Green and Dave Flaherty, who play trumpet-percussion and drum-vibes, respectively, have helped to define the band’s quiet storm sound over their three albums. They play dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.

The members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Beyonce, Anais Mitchell, Amanda Palmer, The David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy, new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, Joan Wasser, Zeena Parkins, Rubblebucket, Darius Jones, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary “third-stream” pianist Ran Blake. Members of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Anais Mitchell & The Young Man Band, Amanda Palmer, Lip Talk, Baby States, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Glaspy, The People’s Champs, Yapp!, The Superpowers Horns, No. 1 Kid, The Jill Rabbits, and many others.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/