this past weekend, we shot a video for the song War Cry from the new unreleased album. the concept was a collaboration between Singer Mali, movement artist Jennifer Hicks, body/makeup artist Magdalena O’Connor, and tireless creative genius & Hostage Heart director Michael McQuilken. the shoot involved mud, fire, & lots & lots of brambles.
here are some behind-the-scenes stills:
we’ll be looking forward to sharing it when it’s ready for public consumption . . .
today we head out on a short, sweet, & apparently extremely rainy east cost minitour ~ it’s a trio tour with a one-of-a-kind configuration: me, tony on bass/es, & my brother raky sastri (of you won’t) on drums. we will be touring with april fish, all the way from new zealand ~ a dear friend, & a brilliant composer of carefully-crafted prog-art-pop rapture (so thrilled to have her here).
the dates & details:
fri 10/2 ~ Derwood, MD ~ House Show
this is an early evening house concert. if weather permits, we’ll have it outside.
(sorry Boston, we are not doing a show in you in this unique trio configuration, BUT Pawtucket is not all that far ~ if you want to see this particular line-up, come to RI!)
we will also be playing in Boston on fri 10/9 as part of Org: House Concert. this gig will also be with april fish, as well as schooltree, & we’ll be playing as a quartet with dylan on drums. space is limited so please email [email@example.com] to get the address & to RSVP.
hope to see some friendly & new faces on the road & at home!
we just released a brand new song!
we took part in a project curated by music blog Foundwaves to write & record a song based on a chapter from Alice in Wonderland (the book had it’s 150th anniversary of publication this year). we got Chapter 10, The Lobster Quadrille.
here’s what i told Foundwaves about the song-making process:
When Foundwaves contacted me about having Jaggery involved in this project, I realized I was one of those people who have never actually read Alice In Wonderland, so I got myself a copy and got educated. Much of the song came together quite organically with the band. I spent some time at the keyboard with the lyrics included in the chapter and came up with a chorus melody, and a few basic verse melodies. Rachel (viola) suggested we put the chorus in 5/8, and Petaluma (backup vocals/harp) worked her vocal harmony magic. Dylan (drums) came up with an alternating 1 2 1 2 3, 1 2 3 1 2 shaker pattern. Together we broke down the individual verses and challenged ourselves in exploring different meters and different rhythmic deliveries. I hear Tony’s bass solo as the musical interpretation of the reluctant snail, who finally — with the return of the distinct bass line — joins the dance.
I think what we ended up with is an experimental kids song (that, of course, has a quintessential Jaggery build towards the end). We have yet to play this one live — it will definitely be a challenge switching between all the different parts, but we look forward to it (maybe invite us to play it at your kid’s birthday party, just kidding).
Listen and read more about the process below:
You can also listen and download (for free or pay-what-you-want) via our bandcamp page:
artwork by Serpentes Designs
We hope you enjoy listening to it as much we enjoyed creating it.
~ greetings fellow earthlings ~
we’ve been laying low over the summer, fiddling and twiddling with every possible aspect of the new album (the mixing, the mastering, the title, the artwork, the song order, etc etc ETC) but one thing has at last been decided: the release date.
so ~ if you happen to have your 2016 calendars already ~ mark down Thurs Jan 7th for a very special CD release spectacular at Oberon. over the fall there may be presale options that may have bonus tracks. there may be vinyl. we’ll keep you posted.
in the meantime: we have shows coming up around the East Coast (see the SHOWS page of this site, as well as our Facebook page), we’re now on NoiseTrade, & we’ll be releasing a brand new song through Foundwaves this Tuesday. so keep in touch.
warm greetings from Jaggery Camp ~ Singer Mali here.
Delightedly & relievedly, we (pretty much almost) finished tracking the new album this past weekend ~ and so, for the remainder of this month, we turn our attention to an extremely and truly and very special and exciting show coming up for us in Boston:
We will be presenting a concert at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Friday, May 1st, featuring new material inspired by the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci. We’re calling the show Jaggery Presents The Beautiful & The Grotesque and it coincides with a visiting exhibit at the MFA of rare Leonardo drawings, some of which have never been shown before in Boston (Leonardo and The Idea of Beauty).
This is a “big-deal” show for us — I’d say the biggest deal show we’ve ever had, and it’s been in the works for months. We’ve been immersing ourselves in everything da Vinci ~ the fella was pretty much a genius, and it’s more than a little daunting, to say the least.
That being said, we’ve jumped in neck-deep ~ almost every member of Jaggery will be creating their own piece for this one, we’re planning some never-before collaborations, and in general, THE SHOW IS GONNA ROCK LIKE . . . LIKE . . . like . . . well, I can’t think of a suitable Leo reference that would work well here, but heck, just look at the poster!
We are particularly honored to have the spectacular Rabbit Rabbit (Carla Kihlstedt/Matthias Bossi) start off the night, with special guests joining them, including bass wizard Jon Evans, who we’ve had the privilege of working with as engineer and co-producer on the new album!
So – THE BASICS:
where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161) (we don’t know what that number means, but that’s how the museum refers to the Remis – we aren’t aware of the museum having 160 other auditoriums, pretty sure the Remis is it)
465 Huntington Ave • Boston, MA 02115
when: Friday, May 1st @ 7:30pm
info & tickets HERE
We REALLY REALLY hope you can make this one! We can’t wait to share the new songs (well, actually, at this stage we really can wait as they need rehearsing & some still need to be written) as well as the process of seeking inspiration from the remnants, the clues, the artifacts of the process of this very ambitious, revered, brilliant, remarkable artist/inventor/scientist and true Renaissance man.
Come party with us like it’s the fourteenth to seventeenth century!!!
hope you can make it!
We are very excited to announce that we’ve begun recording a new album! We’ve been working with the fantastic, ears-of-gold engineer/producer/bassist Jon Evans ~ whose credentials make us blush with excitement and nervousness (look him up) ~ at his beautiful, window-lined, magic-making studio on Cape Cod. This is the first time we’re recording at an actual studio (that is not Mali’s basement) and working with a bona fide professional to over-see the process. It’s been an incredible experience so far. Here are some photos:
We will be thrilled to share the fruits of our labor with you when this thing is ready. We’re estimating a late summer or fall album release and will keep you posted on our progress here.