Zee Avi plus guests

Spaceland / Levitt Pavilion LA / KCRW Present

Zee Avi plus guests

Henry Wolfe, Joey Dosik

Fri, September 21, 2012

8:00 pm

Echoplex

Los Angeles, CA

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is all ages

Zee Avi
Zee Avi
Zee Avi is just 23 but she's an old soul. A huge talent in a petite frame bringing a universal message from the unlikely birthplace of Borneo, an ancient island east of Malaysia which remains an untouched, natural paradise, an apt description of her songs.

Born in the tiny town of Miri in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Zee grew up near the South China Sea in a liberal, encouraging household where her father owned an energy consultancy. "I was bred to be a lawyer," she says, but music was in her blood. Her father's father sang and played double-bass, accordion, violin and guitar in bands.

With an eclectic pool of influences that range from such eccentrics as Cat Power, Regina Spektor, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Daniel Johnston and Chris Garneau, to jazz greats Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, to classics like Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin, this self-described "rock lover at heart" captures the dark, bittersweet qualities of romance with a crack left open for hope and optimism.

The songs on Zee Avi's debut are about an outsider's desire to belong and the tentative hope of moving on, filled with regret and loss, but boasting an impish, worldly wise sensibility. "I tend to be a loner," she nods. " 'Honey Bee' is about a romance between two nonconformists who are different from the rest of the hive, and are trying to avoid the pressure to be like everybody else."
Henry Wolfe
Henry Wolfe
Los Angeles songwriter Henry Wolfe lives in the past. His assuredly understated debut LP "Linda Vista" looks back to pop music of bygone days for inspiration, from Tin Pan Alley to the 1970s heyday of the singer-songwriter. Produced by Nico Aglietti and Aaron Older (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) the album was mostly recorded in live takes with Wolfe and his backing band playing together in the studio. The result is a loose dressed-down affair, a mash-up of Chet Baker and Neil Young that My Old Kentucky Blog calls "...the perfect confection of Broadway sass and breezy California folk." Released in 2011, Linda Vista has garnered enthusiastic reviews from Rolling Stone (3.5 stars), American Songwriter and Nylon, among others, and led Wolfe to tour extensively across the US for the first time. Recently a track from the record called "Someone Else" was featured in the ATO Pictures film "Terri, starring John C. Reilly.


"On the surface, the melodies Wolfe performs with his five piece could pass for the slightly unorthodox methods of a young Randy Newman... his words are pungent, with the smarts to charm a middle-aged lady into convincing him to drive her up to Margaritaville. This is middle-of-the-road seventies pop of the highest order with a wink of nostalgia thrown into the mix. But the music is anything but ironic - Wolfe's slick strums and pacific rhetoric are just a way to communicate the pains of unrequited love." -LA Deli

"3.5 Stars... Though Wolfe's songs are classically pop Linda Vista is situated in one of Tin Pan Alley's darker corners. There's a sense of perpetual defeat in Wolfe's parched tenor, adding a layer of pathos to his brittle pop." -Rolling Stone
Joey Dosik
Joey Dosik
When asked about the people that played on the recently released EP “Where Do They Come From?”, Joey describes his comrades as “top notch musicians and people.” The core of the group is made up of some of Dosik’s best friends and greatest collaborators. Josh Lopez (www.facebook.com/joshua.lopez.140) is a force to be reckoned with on the guitar in any group he plays in, JP Maramba (www.facebook.com/jpmaramba) provides the most solid foundation in the low frequency spectrum, and Mike G (www.facebook.com/cymbalguy) brings an immediate signature sound to all his endeavors. Together the group has created a cohesive sound that is both fresh and timeless. Some of the guest artists to grace the recording are Gabe Noel aka Janitor (www.mp3d0wnl0ad.com) playing bass on one track as well as cello on two tracks. Joey says about Janitor, “he’s one of my favorite artists that I’ve ever met in my life.” Gabe’s new project Thelma and Janitor is something special to keep an eye out for. Another great addition to the EP is Miguel Atwood-Ferguson who plays a string arrangement on one of Joey’s tracks. Dosik describes Miguel as “a total beacon of light in this city and definitely the most inspiring artist I have ever met in my life.” His presence on the album has brought together years of a developing musical relationship as well as an everlasting friendship. Finally, not on the record itself, but a long time comrade and constant source of inspiration to Dosik is Theo Katzman (www.facebook.com/theokatzmanmusic). Joey describes Theo as his brother in arms, and says that Theo has been his greatest inspiration to get this music out. Both as a friends as well as a collaborators, Katzman and Dosik have a long and fruitful future together. With this kind of talent and support behind this incredible artist the sky is truly the limit.
Venue Information:
Echoplex
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026