Joshua Stamper (Record Release)

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Joshua Stamper (Record Release)

Rosu Lup, Liz & The Lost Boys

Sat, April 5, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:15 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Joshua Stamper (Record Release) - (Set time: 11:15 PM)
Joshua Stamper (Record Release)
Joshua Stamper has been a restless composer and remarkably active collaborator for over twenty years. His work reflects a deep interest in the intersection points between seemingly disparate musics, and a profound love for the intimacy, charm, and potency of chamber music.

Stamper studied music composition and playwriting at Hampshire College and worked extensively with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Lewis Spratlan and Rome-prize winner David Sanford. Equally at home in the jazz, classical, avant-garde, and indie/alternative worlds, he has collaborated with hundreds of artists in both live and recording situations, in the United States and in Europe. He has worked with such luminaries as Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, Twin Sister, Robyn Hitchcock, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh), Lushlife, RJD2, David Hartley (Nightlands/The War On Drugs), Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do The Killing), and Rogerio Boccato (Kenny Garrett, Ben Allison). He has worked as an orchestral arranger and session musician for Sony/BMG and for independent labels Domino, Dead Oceans, Important Records, Sounds Familyre, Smalltown Supersound, and others.

Stamper has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, the Speranza Foundation, and the Eric Stokes Foundation, and was a finalist for the prestigious 2013 MATA Festival. In 2012, Stamper wrote the orchestral film score for ‘Horse & Rider’, an award-winning documentary about two former victims of the sex-trafficking industry in India, their rescue and journey to restoration. He has three albums under his own name: 'Wend' (2010), 'Interstitials' (2012), and 'the skin, the sea, the sound' (2014). Stamper is currently working on the first piece of his four-part ‘Elements’ series, ‘RIVERS’, an artistic exploration of the physical, environmental, cultural, and philosophical/spiritual significance of Philladelphia’s Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.
Rosu Lup - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Rosu Lup
Pennsylvania is as equally famous for its cities as it is for its country side. The northeast hub between New York and DC is fertile ground for a new generation of indie music artists. Philadelphia is the ground zero for this rebirth of east coast sound, and at the epicenter of this renaissance is Rosu Lup. Culling from a rich history of artists that spans a spectrum of genres from rock, to bluegrass, to roots that run deeper than soil, decades of history that have embedded themselves in the change of the color of the leaves that live within the seasons.

Rosu Lup is a culmination of all PA is, and represents the best of its future. There is an excitement in the air as they look to release their debut album “Is Anything Real”. Pulling from the best there is, but also putting their unique spin on it. “In Dreams” and it’s reverb heavy guitar and gentle brass bring out the best in the group, reminiscent of giants like Band Of Horses and The National. “Halloween Ghost” is a back roads tour of the country side in the fall with Bon Iver and Ryan Adams at the wheel. Hell, just to keep things regional, the Boss throws his ghost in to the machine on the guitars behind “Is Anything Real”

Having toured throughout the Northeast, and on the brink of expanding across the continental US, Rosu Lup is the best that the future of music has to offer. Originally recording project for Philly musician Jonathan Stewart, the ideas melded with Josh Marsh as they collaborated via a Craigslist meet up. The world of music is ever expanding, and the coincidental meet up of the like minded musicians has resulted in an album as embedded in the past as it is in the future.

-Matt Shaver
Liz & The Lost Boys - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Liz & The Lost Boys
Folk-rock outfit Liz & the Lost Boys draws from a melange of influences including Ravel, Nina Simone, and Grizzly Bear. Forms and quotations lifted from classical music and harmony borrowed from jazz meet to accompany pop melodies. Songwriter Liz Ciavolino on harp and piano is joined by Dane Galloway on guitar, Eric Huefner on drums, and Will Wright on bass. The Philly-based quartet has been performing in the area since 2011. Their eponymous debut album was released in June 2013, followed by the singles The Forest and the Farmer/February in December 2013. Now they’re back with two new tunes, As If and Explain, to be released in August 2014. Expect rhythms to sway to, enigmatic lyrics, lush harp chords, excursions into atonality, and hummable hooks about your last break up.

“Listening to Liz & the Lost Boys is like sitting down to lunch with a good friend. It’s the complete openness and honesty that shines in Liz Ciavolino’s lyrics, carried on gentle harp strings. The music does not overpower, despite the layered and varying sounds coming from not only Ciavolino - who’s accomplished on both the harp and piano - but from her Lost Boys, who provide the melodic breeze her vocals float on.“
-Shaylin O’Connell of The Deli Philadelphia
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125