Monday, April 8, 2013 at 8:00pm
A rare, intimate benefit evening with Keaton Henson, in his first U.S. appearance. Natureboy opens.
Keaton Henson is a virtual stranger whose anonymity is no accident. He has never toured, posted on social networks, and rarely leaves his hometown or his bedroom.
As a boy Keaton's heroes were artists and illustrators like Edward Gorey; his heroes now are songwriters like Randy Newman and Loudon Wainwright. All three reveal the kind of artist Keaton strives to be: someone who understands the power of honesty, even when it is heartless, and how only that can make one's art truly heartfelt.
Shortly after leaving school Keaton fell in love hard and got his heart smashed to pieces. He became even more of a hermit in his solitary world. Keaton didn't even leave home to work - instead, he started selling art online. Eventually he uploaded a few songs and other people started listening – and talking. Keaton Henson’s debut album, Dear..., was released quietly in late 2010, in a limited edition run, hand-made by Keaton. Amidst a growing audience and critical acclaim, Keaton chose not to perform or promote his record in a conventional manner – he was simply compelled to write the next album. Birthdays sees Keaton Henson removed from his comfort zone. Relocating to L.A., Keaton set up a temporary cave in the studio, recreating his bedroom’s isolation, but allowed others into the fray this time, including members of Band of Horses (Tyler Ramsey), The Raveonettes (Sune Rose Wagner), Alberta Cross (Sam Kearney), as well as French horns and a ten-piece string section.
His debut graphic novel, Gloaming, addresses spirits lost in a city, seeking escape, taking us from folklore and magic to a new kind of mystery. Further new mysteries await Henson: for he has taken tentative steps in returning to the live arena, firstly performing one-on-one for fans from within a dollhouse, as part of an art gallery exhibiting his work. Incredibly, Keaton recently played two debut live gigs, both located in a dusty old cinema museum in South London. Unannounced, tickets sold out in little over an hour, and were greeted with 5-star reviews. Now he is playing live in the USA for the first time, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
Natureboy is the musical project of Sara Kermanshahi. The project continues her musical collaboration with Cedar Apffel (Masterface | House on A Hill) who produces her records. Starkly emotional and strangely evocative, her music weaves modern loops and samples with folk elements to create a haunting synthesis of moody, intelligent, melodic music. Natureboy will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, BeachHouse, Cat Power, and Bon Iver.
A former member of Seattle's House On A Hill, Sara created Natureboy upon moving to Brooklyn in 2007. Natureboy is quickly gaining a fan base of loyal and excited listeners. She's been playing a steady stream of gigs in New York, Chicago and Boston sharing the stage with a number of esteemed artists such as Cate Le Bon, Magnolia Electric Co., Mirel Wagner, Laura Gibson, School of Seven Bells, Tiny Vipers, Sharon Van Etten, and Marissa Nadler. The band embarked on a 15 date European tour in late 2010, playing cities such as Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.
Natureboy's live performances are as captivating as her recorded music. Onstage, Sara closes her eyes, curls up her toes, and gives herself completely to the music. Her unique, natural vocal style and skillful guitar playing feels vulnerable and almost threatening. The band builds on the power of her sound with tastefully-woven waves of guitar, synth, bass, and drums.
Natureboy's music has been featured on Brooklyn Vegan, in Esopus magazine, on KEXP, KCRW, RCRD LBL and was recorded live by NYC Taper. Sara recorded a Daytrotter Session this summer. The debut album was included on many best of 2009 lists including Kevchino.com, The Sky Report, and Musicology NYC. She has also been featured in a number of publications like Deli, Wears The Trousers, Largehearted Boy, Vivoscene, The Wounded Jukebox and Performer.
$15 tickets guarantee admission but not seating, which is limited.
Doors will open at 7:30PM.
All ticket sales benefit the Housing Works mission of fighting to end AIDS and homelessness.
The first member to email firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a free pair of general admission tickets.