Symphonic Sundays with Mother Falcon: Kelli Scarr
Show DescriptionFor four Sundays in June, The Austin based orchestra Mother Falcon makes the stage at Joe’s Pub their home, and bringing their pop – symphonic sound to New York and collaborating with a diverse line up of talent.
Mother Falcon are still coming down from a six-performance run at this year's SXSW, where they were cited as one of Bob Boilen's "15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013" , and Stephen Thompson tapped them as his “favorite young band of the festival's opening night” on NPR's "All Things Considered" .
While fans and critics alike have delighted in the band's 2011 debut LP Alhambra, the highlight of their recent Austin shows was performing material from their upcoming new album You Knew, due May 7th.
Mother Falcon will move to New York City for the month of June, and to Los Angeles all of August, to promote You Knew.
Born in Austin, Texas, Mother Falcon began to coalesce around multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Gregg while the members were still teenagers, coming together via orchestral and chamber music classes. Composing as a collective, the 18 piece ensemble includes several multi-instrumentalists, and most players contribute vocals as well. Guitarist/pianist Claire Puckett, accordionist/pianist Tamir Kalifa and percussionist/saxophonist Issac Winburne form the creative core along with Nick Gregg.
In addition to the You Knew release, Mother Falcon are putting the finishing touches on the score for the indie documentary Star Nation, about the international spectator sport culture surrounding the video game Starcraft.
Kelli Scarr was raised in Folsom, California, the old gold rush town now more famous for its prison than its prospectors. She left the west coast to attend music school in Boston and eventually landed in Brooklyn. Kelli ventured into film scoring and in 2010 received an Emmy nomination for her score to Jeremiah Zagar's intimate documentary In A Dream. Prior to the nomination, Kelli performed as a solo artist opening for the musician Moby on his world tour. Her acclaimed debut solo album Piece was released in July 2010. For her sophomore album Dangling Teeth Kelli brought in Scott Metzger on guitar, Andrew Southern on bass and Taylor Floreth on drums and Joe Rogers as producer. The record reached a diversity that truly captured its vast view of influences. Rooted in the traditions of American folk, Dangling Teeth reflects the diversity of iconic artists such as Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Patti Smith and Rickie Lee Jones.
“Kelli has a voice that draws me closer to a song: it's too alluring to stay in the background but gentle enough that it never feels demanding.” -NPR Music