It's Saturday night and we all yell,"Hurray!"
Why, it's time for another fine Jenkins soiree.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Brain Cloud on March 15
This concert is sold out as of 3/5/13. See you next time.
THE BRAIN CLOUD
Tamar Korn - vocals
Dennis Lichtman - mandolin/fiddle/clarinet/bandleader
Raphael McGregor - lap steel guitar
Skip Krevens - guitar
Andrew Hall - upright bass (Jared Engel will be on bass for this concert)
Kevin Dorn - drums
“My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down... When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around.”
(Bob Wills – the King of Western Swing)
Born in 2010, the Brain Cloud is the brain-child of
multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman and vocalist Tamar Korn. Regarding
the diverse influences in their sound, which could loosely be described
as western swing, says Lichtman, “Western swing is a quintessentially
American music – a meeting point of all American musics that had come
before it – jazz (from ragtime through swing), bluegrass, Appalachian
old-time fiddling, Tin Pan Alley, country, Mississippi Delta blues,
western cowboy songs... By embracing the shared elements and emotions in
those styles, rather than compartmentalizing them by genre, the great
western swing musicians of the late 1930’s and 1940’s formed something
new and thrilling, and which happened to reach an absurd level of
The Brain Cloud draws its inspiration from this fearless
smashing-together of genres. Live shows are where the band excels.
Tamar’s voice is reminiscent of an old 78 rpm record, and she brings
lively spirit and improvisational freedom to each song – not to mention
her jaw-dropping “muted trumpet” and “violin” vocal solos. And Lichtman,
equally at home on mandolin, fiddle, and clarinet, leads the band’s
arrangements in a way that keeps the audience (and the band) excited to
see what’s coming next. That is, if the audience hasn’t already left
their seats to crowd the dance floor.
The band’s self-titled 2011 debut album captures their remarkable sound
in ten cover songs from a diverse range of influential musicians from
the early- to mid-20th century. Their follow-up CD, Outside Looking In,
scheduled for an April 2013 release, will focus more on the band’s
original material, from Tamar’s gospel-inflected “In the Beginning” to
Lichtman’s dirge-like “Trigger Blues.”
In early 2010, Lichtman joined forces with Tamar Korn, whom he had known
for two years as bandmates in the now-defunct, old-timey jazz outfit
the Cangelosi Cards. Their mutual love of a wide variety of American
roots music led them to form The Brain Cloud initially as a side project
to the Cangelosi Cards. Since then, the Brain Cloud has performed at
Lincoln Center and festivals throughout the Northeast, and has found
success among the swing dance scene in New York and elsewhere. The Brain
Cloud performs every Monday at Barbés, in Brooklyn, and the first
Wednesday of every month at Manhattan’s Rodeo Bar, in addition to
concerts, festivals, and swing dances.
House Concerts is located in Manhattan's Upper West Side. To reserve a
seat(s) for the concert on March 15, please email Sandy Jenkins for
details and directions at Sandilion49@gmail.com.