Lily & Madeleine - Afternoon Show

MOKB Presents & Do317 Present - Afternoon Show

Lily & Madeleine - Afternoon Show

Shannon Hayden

Sat, February 9, 2013

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

Do317 Lounge

$10.00

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This event is all ages

Lily & Madeleine
Lily & Madeleine
The Weight of the Globe

Written by a pair of teenaged sisters over the course of their summer vacation and recorded with a band in just a few days, The Weight of the Globe is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz at a pivotal moment in their lives. Madeleine’s off to college, Lily’s sure to follow soon after, and both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions—between a love for the hometown they’ll be leaving behind and their burgeoning wanderlust.

When the sisters began writing together just over a year ago, nobody expected their first song, “In the Middle,” to rack up a quarter of a million YouTube views. The Internet is obsessed with what’s new and what’s next and so it would have to seem a little incongruous for social networks and content aggregators to embrace gimmick-free, black-and-white footage of an unplugged duo crooning a bittersweet and understated melody.

But there’s something inherently incongruous about the music of Lily & Madeleine, a pair of slight teenagers with singing voices this assured and worldly. The Weight of the Globe sounds like something out of another age, not the work of a pair of sisters born less than two decades ago and raised in Indianapolis, the Midwest of the Midwest. No wonder that, on the strength of their viral video performances, the sisters managed to sell out the first two live shows of their career and quickly recruit the help of Asthmatic Kitty Records to release the EP.

The recording project that became the Weight EP started with producer Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, The Fray), who had fallen in love with the duo’s earlier YouTube videos, and immediately got in touch to invite the sisters into the studio. The sisters started writing their first original tunes over summer vacation and Paul introduced them to bassist and songwriting partner Kenny Childers (Gentleman Caller) who helped them to refine the material.

But Paul’s main agenda, in producing the record, was to stay out of the way. He was especially keen to invite songwriting sidemen like Kenny and drummer Wade Parish to sit in on these sessions because he knew they’d respect the material. In working up the arrangements, the watchword was discretion: to play softly, to leave plenty of space in the mix, to allow the focus of the music to remain firmly on the Jurkiewicz sisters. Rather than shine a musical spotlight on the duo’s voices, the thinking went, simply allow them to glow. Rather than weigh the songs down with ornamental settings, open them up.

Each song on The Weight of the Globe was written as a discrete, self-contained folk-pop statement, but thanks to the almost real-time circumstances of recording it, the EP holds together like a collection of interconnected short stories. Taken as a whole, the songs chart a journey from love to disillusionment to heartbreak. The songs return to the same places, psychologically and literally: the narrator’s weariness in “Tired” persists into “Things I’ll Later Lose” (“I’ve been hearing things, and I’ve been losing sleep”); the lyrics of “Back to the River” seemingly return to the same mythic river that flows through “In the Middle.”

But that’s just the way it worked out, thanks to Lily & Madeleine’s spare, direct poetic language. There’s nothing calculated about The Weight of the Globe. It’s as sincere as it is precociously sophisticated—and it marks the auspicious debut of a spectacularly talented musical family.
Shannon Hayden
Shannon Hayden
Shannon Hayden is a classically trained cellist who has never been content to stay strictly within the confines of the traditional course of study. Having achieved early success in competitions both at home and abroad she quickly began to experiment with other forms of music as well as other instruments. Working with renowned cellists such as Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, with whom she began a graduate level course of study at the age of 18 at the Yale School of Music, did not keep her from playing lead guitar in rock and experimental bands or writing music for amplified cello. She feels that musicians who want to consider themselves artists should go beyond mere craftsmanship and constantly look to expand the repertoire of their instrument, fulfilling the needs of the era within which they actively participate. When not performing her own pieces, Shannon focuses on 20th century and contemporary works and has enjoyed working with composers Ezra Laderman, David Lang, percussionist/composer Andy Akiho, Fay Wang and tours occasionally with Eric Genuis. She is currently touring in support of her second album, Solid State Cello, and hopes to meet other artists with similar interests whose focus is continuing to stretch the boundaries of virtuosic classical music by composing for and embracing technologies which she feels are underutilized. Shannon also shares her parent’s passion for sustainable living and alternative energy and spends as much time as she can at the family’s off the grid organic vegetable farm.
Venue Information:
Do317 Lounge
1043 Virginia Ave #215
Murphy Arts Center
Indianapolis, IN, 46203
http://www.do317lounge.com/