Poppet creates fully orchestrated electro/baroque pop, forged through dense layers of electronic and acoustic sounds and hinging on her etherial and extraordinarily expressive voice.
Please join us at Whitney Center for the Arts for an evening of compelling female-fronted music. Featuring Poppet (Nina Joly & Molly Raney) on tour from Olympia WA, and Diana Alvarez of Northampton MA.
Doors at 6:45 pm, show at 7:30. Free with suggested donation of $5-10.. All happening in the Cultural Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District Folks!
Poppet is the bold alter-diva of California-raised musician Molly Raney. Before Poppet’s genesis in 2008, Raney spent many years training in a wide variety of musical fields from western classical to jazz to choral to Hindustani (Northern Indian classical tradition) to Gamelan (Indonesian classical ensemble music). She also has an extensive background in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology, from both her childhood lessons and her education at the University of California in Davis. She spent 7 years studying with vocal coach Dr. Rebecca Plack of the San Francisco Conservatory–a major influence on her vocal style and elasticity. This broad musical background, plus her involvement with community freeform radio station KDVS, accounts for Poppet’s own sonic diversity.
Poppet creates fully orchestrated electro/baroque pop, forged through dense layers of electronic and acoustic sounds and hinging on her etherial and extraordinarily expressive voice. In 2016, dancer and choreographer Nina Joly joined Poppet’s live set, integrating contemporary dance into an ominous and heartrending cycle of songs focusing on the human conscience. Nina’s work has been shown by the Saint Paul Ballet, as a guest artist for the Five College Dance Department, at the American College Dance Festival, at the Check Us Out Dance Festival NYC and on international tour with the band Foxygen. In the fall of 2016, Nina will assume the position of Director of Dance at Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT.
Diana Alvarez is a Xicana vocalist, musician, poet, video and sound artist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Diana began performing with a professional variety lounge band at an early age, and later worked as a bilingual studio vocalist and apprentice recording engineer with SeaMyst Productions (owned and operated by the late Linda Flores), the first woman-owned recording studio and music production company in South Texas. After receiving her BA from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York) and MFA from Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York), Diana's first chapbook poetry collection, Consultations with Bruja Juana was published by Toadlily Press in 2009. Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught in a range of venues in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts, including La Villita (San Antonio, TX), La Casa Azul Bookstore (Harlem, NY), Cornelia Street Cafe (Manhattan, NY), and the Academy of Music Theatre (Northampton, MA).
Currently, Diana is a PhD fellow in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York). At Rensselaer, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera as a case study for socially responsible arts practice that descends from contributes to a lineage of women of color artists.
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