Chimney Choir CD Release- (compass) Episode 3: Look North
w/ Language of Fish and Clouds & Mountains.
Sunday, May 19th 2013
Leon Gallery 1113 E 17th Ave, Denver
$10 Suggested Donation
Language of Fish:
Movement and sound. Dance as sound. Movement as space between words. Between space and form. A process-based dance theater performance where space informs performer what to create. "Language of Fish is so about being in the moment that it is probably never the same. But Zimmerman's and Chappelle's ability to inhabit any moment, and a seemingly innate sense of how long a moment sustains, should always make it fresh and entertaining."
-Donald K. Atwood, World Dance Reviews
Clouds & Mountains:
With the ethereal glimmer of sunset clouds and the massive maturity of ancient mountains, the aptly named Clouds and Mountains is the new project of Colorado music scene fixture Macon Terry (Paperbird). Aside from Terry on guitar and vocals, Clouds and Mountains has a variable cast of Terry's friends filling out the sound on record and on stage.
Hello, friends! Thank you for visiting our website. The stars are aligning in the most fascinating ways.
We are releasing our new album '(compass)' in a series of monthly thematic performances at Leon Gallery in Denver. The Series will culminate with the release of (compass) on June 23rd. At the first show in March we looked West and found the first piece of (compass) - a secret code to advance download three new songs. They were delivered along with a note that read:
"Go to Leon Gallery on April 21st, beneath Lyrid's meteor shower. Look South and you will find the next piece of the (compass). Remember, the (compass) only reveals itself to those who look."
Chimney Choir CD Release- (compass)
Episode Two- 'Look South'
Sunday, April 21
Baked goods by Le Reve Patisserie
1112 E. 17th Ave
Soldiering through the near-calamity, the band is a now tight unit of melody, atmosphere and space; not merely the brainchild of songwriter Brandon Decker. Slider’s release marks a newer, more complex sound for the band – think Beck’s Sea Change meets The White Stripes meets The Arcade Fire. Decker crafts songs which find profundity in their naked sincerity. Not quite rock, not quite folk, the acoustic-based psychedelic Americana balladry draws upon a variety of influences; from Leonard Cohen to Tom Waits, from Cat Power to PJ Harvey.
“The band’s intensity, its ability to tap into spooky Old Testament terror as well as pastoral Verde River amble, is what sets it apart from the ever-crowded indie folk populace.” - Jason Woodbury, Phoenix New Times
Calliope of the Future:
Calliope of the Future has seen many iterations of form since its inception in Detroit 7 years ago. Tovio Roberts and a diverse cast of musicans and performers have performed surreal shows on extended european bike tours and American not-so-bike tours. The past couple years have been focused primarily on street performance, recording and cultivating single-inception shows with diverse instrumentation and narratives.
A year ago Chimney Choir recorded their first album, (ladder), at a live performance inside of a small pipe organ chapel. Since then they have toured across oceans and over mountains and under cities in search of their next album. They did not find the album. Instead they found themselves broke, hungry and dazed in the little town of Rees in north western Germany. While sitting on the banks of the Rhein and wondering what they would do next, an old treasure map floated to shore. This message was written hastily on the back:
The compass is hidden in Leon Gallery in Denver. Go to Leon Gallery when the Gibbous moon approaches the Lion's Heart. The compass will reveal itself to those who are looking.
We can't wait to discover (compass) with you piece by piece.
Sabin, a talented songwriter and musician, grew up in Southern Colorado’s blues scene, performing his original music since age thirteen. Now older, wiser and well traveled, he is breaking new ground and vibrating at a higher frequency than ever.
"Sabin's is one of those rare souls who "just has it". His eclectic approach to the blues/folk/rock spectrum is honest and convincing." - Aaron Moreland (Guitar Player, Moreland and Arbuckle)
Homegrown in the deserts and mountains, the plains and cityscapes of Colorado, Natalie Tate’s music has its roots in Americana folk traditions. With electric guitar and enigmatic vocals, she reaches into unexpected places of longing and surrender. Natalie will be releasing her first album on March 29th.
Doors @ 7pm
Show @ 8pm
Suggested Donation $10
** This venue has a capacity of 90 people and may sell out, so come early and stay late!***
It is fine Monday morning here in Denver. Springtime in January. It almost went unnoticed because in the last few weeks we have fallen into a recording vortex. We built a candle lit vocal booth, banged on drums in a giant empty theater, shuffled rhythms with fiddles and harmonicas. There is so much new material that we can't wait to share with you. There will be big announcements in the next few months.
In the meantime there are few sporadic performances in February. This one should be amazing, some of Denver's finest at one of our favorite venues.
w. Two Tone Wolf Pack, Princes Music, Sawmill Joe, Chella Negro
7:00 doors 8:00 show
This Saturday we'll be opening for Paper Bird at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins. Should be an amazing night!
Impromptu music video from our West Coast tour. We shot it on Wednesday somewhere in Southern Wyoming on the drive back home to Denver. A Modern Day Nursery Rhyme.
Quick update from Hwy 101 in California. We just emerged from a 3 day camping trip in the Redwoods and are San Fransisco bound. Due to cosmic circumstances beyond our control - the shows in the Bay Area have been cancelled, added and shuffled around. Here is the schedule! Hope to see you at one of these. Much love. CC.
Tonight - River's Edge - Knight's Ferry, CA 8pm (w/Harmed Bro's and Willy T)
8/24 - Plough and Stars - San Fransisco, CA 9pm
8/25 - Milk Bar - San Fransisco, CA 4pm
We have just returned to Denver from the epic 7 week tour. The Europe experience was nothing less than epic, exciting, exhausting, entertaining, educating and enamoring. We'll be posting video recaps and ramblings at Scissors and Chance - there is already one up, more to come. Tomorrow we start a four show mini-tour of Denver / Boulder with Kyle James Hauser put together by Suburban Home Records and Illegal Pete's. The week after that it's UMS time in Denver - yipee! It's a great week on South Broadway with tons of good music. Plus we've been working hard on some new songs to debut...
In other news - our good friends at Continental Divide Vibe have been doing some really things with the upcoming (ladder) DVD. They have posted "All in your Mind" up on YouTube - Check it out on the right side of this page.
One week left of the European tour! So far we've been to Berlin, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Antwerp in bars, cafes, 400 year old churches and campground cafeterias. Check out the first video update at the bottom, there are more to come... We will fly back to NYC at the end of the month and start making our way back to Denver with shows in Michigan and Illinois. New songs are brewing, sometimes sneaking into the sets.
We love public radio. And a few weeks ago the band had the opportunity to swing by Colorado Public Radio for an interview with Ryan Warner for the Colorado Matters show, check out the podcast below. Mississippi Public Radio also just posted the podcast of our interview with Mary Margaret Miller for the Mississippi Arts Hour. Check 'em out!
We're driving through the middle of Ohio right now - Pennsylvania bound for a show in Slippery Rock tonight. Then it's over to Vermont and New York by the weekend. Europe next week... Oh my.
Good Morning! Just posted a new video to our YouTube channel - 'Meanwhile' from Empty Sea in Seattle, the rest of the show will be up soon!
Furthermore, we will be playing at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington, VT on Thursday, May 24th at 8pm.
Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on Sunday, May 27th at 6pm. Tell your friends! Good times.
We are very excited to be a part of this festival, a lot of great Denver bands in one of the coolest venues in town.
Saturday, April 21st!
Greetings! We made it back to Denver yesterday after a few weeks in the Deep South, perfect spring weather all around. SXSW was a blast, met a ton of good people and saw many songs sung in just about every place imaginable. Check out pseudo-recap / video collage at Scissors and Chance. We are back for a few days and get to play two of our favorite venues in Colorado - the Hi-Dive on Friday (with Lost in the Trees and Poor Moon!) and Jamestown Merc on Saturday. If you haven't downloaded (ladder) yet, it is now available on iTunes, get you a copy! We leave for our debut tour to the West Coast next week - everyone is excited about getting out there, plus Carl Sorensen will be playing most of the shows with us. Yes!
For our show in Seattle on April 6, Empty Sea Studios will be doing a multi-camera HD webcast through their website. The space is amazing and they put a lot of effort into quality of the audio and video. There is a small viewing charge ($4.99) which covers the costs of production. You can purchase advance access through Empty Sea TV - Tune in and transport yourself to Sunny Seattle! April 6, 8pm PST.
Thanks for visiting our web page! We are sitting on a couch in San Luis Sound right now, getting ready to master the new live album (ladder). We've been staying up all night making sound collages from the banter between the songs. We love it! It's going to be... unique. warehouse-gypsy-scrapbook-art-folk--magic chapel-americana-collage.
December 14, 2011
We've got some exciting news to share - This coming January we will be recording an album at San Luis Sounds, in front of a live audience! There will be a bunch of new songs as well as some old staples from our set. AND will be joined by our good friend and amazing percussionist Carl Sorensen, who will be banging on things he found in thrift stores, junk yards, and kitchens. The studio is housed in an old pipe organ chapel and the whole show is being filmed for a DVD to be released in the summer of 2012.
In order to help raise money for the projet, we have partnered with Kickstarter - a great a great online fundraising organization that provides a way for people to support creative endeavors. Please take a minute to check out the video below to see what is planned for the night and how you can help contribute - just $10 gets you an advanced digital download of album, plus a bonus track, and a hand written thank you card in the mail.
(turtle) EP release this Friday, August 19th!
HELLO! You are very welcome here. Take off your coat. Stay awhile. We have just cooked up some stew for you to listen to.
We are just back from an amazing 6 week US tour, and now we are ready to release a brand new EP - (turtle). The release show will be this Friday, August 19th at Eron Johnson's Architectural Antiques - which is consequently the most fascinating and intimate live music venue in the Denver Metropolis. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. We'll have a handful of guests, food and sets from Radical Knitting Circle and Science Partner! $10 Suggested Donation- no one will be turned away. E-mail email@example.com for directions and to RSVP.
Also, check out this review from last week's Westword of our first EP - (feather):
“David Rynhart drew from a diverse pool of influences, including folk, blues and Eastern European music, on his excellent solo effort, By the Hollow Tree. He also founded the traditional Irish quartet Bodha. Kevin Larkin, one of Rynhart's bandmates in Chimney Choir, released music under the Pineross moniker, which fused Irish, Spanish and American Western music. So it's no surprise, given their affinity for all types of music, that these two multi-instrumentalists and vocalists (along with the equally talented Kris Drickey) would do something quite special. With impressive harmonies and acoustic instruments throughout the disc, Chimney Choir creates music that at times sounds like decades-old backwoods folk ("Goin' Down South") and conjures early Harry Nilsson ("Come What May") at others. There are just five songs on this debut EP, and they're all keepers.”-Jon Solomon, Westword (August 2011)
Greetings from the Warehouse where we're doing some recording for the next EP!
This week we're very excited and proud to be a part of the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase. It's the 11th annual showcase and features over 300 performers over a span 4 days in Denver's Baker neighborhood. Come support your local bands and check out the UMS webpage (here). We might be debuting a new song or two...
Chimney Choir plays the Irish Rover (54 S. Broadway) at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22.
We're camped out on in the internet here for a few hours in Burlington, Vermont. The shows have been incredible and we'll be making our way to Michigan in the next few days. There is a new blog post up with some tour ruminations and a video collage:
We'd also like to spread the word about some of our friends in Mississippi who are kickstarting a Farm on Wheels. They are raising money to build a mobile "Farm-on-Wheels" - a rolling greenhouse, chicken coop and more that will serve as an educational outreach tool for the Gaining Ground Institute throughout Mississippi and the south. We'll be donating half of our download sales to the cause for the rest of the month at our bandcamp page. So if you buy an EP you'll be helping spread the word for a more sustainable world!
Here we sit in Cullowhee, North Carolina after a fun show with our friends Katharine Whalen and her Fascinators last night. The week in Mississippi was incredible - read about it at our brand new blog page!
There will also be videos and pictures posted there along with random thoughts and such. We've got the next few days in Carolina before heading straight to New York City for a week. Hasta pronto amigos!
Good morning world!
We are proud to announce the release of our debut EP, (A Strange Feather). It is currently available for download at our bandcamp page for only $5! (bandcamp is a safe and secure way to support musicians). We recorded most of the songs at a warehouse in South Denver over a long April weekend sampling everything from ladders and chairs to bike wheels and suitcases.
This Friday we kick off the 6 week summer tour starting in Taos, New Mexico. We'll be rolling from there through the Texas plains and the deep South, up through the Piedmont and into the buroughs of New York, across the Green Mountains and Appalachia to the trading post of Detroit. Check out the tour dates for a list of them all!
Kevin, Kris, David
Good news! Our debut EP will be released on May 6th, available to anyone in the universe with an inter-web connection - we will also be selling physical copies at the shows. We've got a few Denver shows coming up before embarking on the 6 week summer tour. Don't miss the May 6th EP release at the Walnut Room with our friends the Tanukis! In the meantime, there is a free download of "Come What May" on the bandcamp page below. The tune will be a part of the EP as well as a part of the compilation "Feels Like Coming Home" being put out by Special Passenger records in the summer of 2011. Tons of great bands from across the country wrote songs for it, check it out: http://feelslikecominghome.com/
Download "Come What May": chimneychoir.bandcamp.com
Also posted are the summer tour dates, hope to see you out there!
Kevin, Kris, David
New website coming soon!
Exciting news...We have finished tracking our debut EP and happily declare that we are throwing ourselves an EP Release Party on Friday, May 6th at the Walnut Room!! The incredible Tanukis will share the night with us, along with another act t.b.a...The show kicks off our epic 6-week cross-country tour, the dates of which have just been posted. It is highly likely that we'll be in your vicinity! Hope to see your friendly faces....