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Woodstock Sessions is honored to present Arc Iris for an exclusive in-recording studio performance/recording hybrid as they capture their reimagination of Joni Mitchell's Blue.

All attendees will receive:
1. full VIP access to the space and artist.
2. fireside hors d'oeuvres with the band
3. all hi res digital media created from the event
4. signed event poster
5. signed Moon Saloon CD


Arc Iris broke musical ground with the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014. The Providence, Rhode Island-based band quickly won over audiences in the US and Europe, supporting artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The group performed at the London Palladium and festivals including Bonnaroo, End of the Road and the Rolling Stone Weekender.

Released on Bella Union in Europe and ANTI Records in the US and, Arc Iris drew admiration for its innovative style and distinctive sound. Its hypnotic, said the Boston Globe. The New York Times wrote of songs that seesawed between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness. The Guardian talked of a shape-shifting treat while new music site The Line of Best Fit proclaimed, Arc Iris is traditional music thrillingly positioned at the nexus of the old and new."

Moon Saloon, due to be released on Bella Union in August 2016, constitutes a natural progression from the first albums whimsical explorations and energetic diversity. Produced by the group and mixed by electronica producer David Wrench of FKA Twigs and Jamie xx fame, the album showcases beat-heavy melodies and textural, groove-riding rhythms. It developed from the bands distillations of musical influences, combining traditional elements with percussive structures and dense, beguiling harmonies.

In many ways this second album captures Arc Iris musical odyssey as a band. It has a heavier sound, more intense, says Arc Iris keyboardist Zach Tenorio-Miller, who makes liberal use of sampling in many of the songs. The group matches an unusual array of organic acoustic instruments with layered electronic sounds.

Lead singer and lyricist Jocie Adams, Tenorio-Miller, and drummer Ray Belli form the core of Arc Iris, all virtuosic musicians in their own right. Adams spent eight years as a key member of indie darlings The Low Anthem, effortlessly zipping from hammer dulcimer to clarinet to bass to vocals, sometimes barely pausing to take a breath. Her 2011 solo debut, Bed of Notions, sparked a musical beginning that became Arc Iris. Joining Adams on Bed of Notions was cellist Robin Ryczek, a conservatory-trained musician who toured with Jethro Tull and founded a rock school in Afghanistan.

To help launch Arc Iris in 2012, Adams teamed with Ryczek and the musically agile Tenorio-Miller, an established indie-rock keyboardist for well-known talents from Gene Ween to the New Pornographers A.C Newman. Later that year Tenorio-Miller brought in his longtime friend Belli. The two toured with Jon Anderson of Yes when they were just 16.

Arc Iris strives to reach the songwriting integrity of the GreatsBob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohenwhile exploding the boundaries of pop music. The group bridges the digital computer music of Radiohead and Bjork to Brazilian Tropicalia, to Bowie-esque performance art.

As the band members see it, Moon Saloon works like a song cycle that parallels the arc of Everymans passage through modern day dilemmas. According to Adams: The album is meant to be cathartic. Theres an imbalance in everyones lives. When theres often so much going on, we yearn for simplicity.

The album starts with Kaleidoscope, mimicking a kind of fanciful stroll down the street, and ends with the title track, Moon Saloon, a delicate soliloquy in a strange, desolate landscape. These pieces bracket compositions that can burst into lilting orchestration or energetic piano chords. The album sometimes offers a sharp counterpoint to the dark, mean-spirited nature of current American political discourse. One example is Paint with the Sun, a paean to those who help others in need. Soaring over each song is Adams ethereal voice, often joined in close harmonies with other members of the band.

On Moon Saloon, the three musiciansAdams, Tenorio-Miller, and Belli are complemented by Robin Ryczek; Max Johnson on bass; Mike Irwin on trumpet; Charlie Rose on pedal-steel guitar, banjo and trombone; and Martha Guenther on background vocals. Josh Page, a member of the group Forte, lent his booming tenor voice to the track She Arose.

The album was recorded in just two days at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA, but speed was essential. When the band members trekked to the studios, a surprise awaited them. Arc Iris received a last minute request to join St. Vincent on a European tour. In order to make the tour, the recording session was cut short. A few days later the group was on a plane to London.

Adams wrote most of the songs during a songwriting retreat on an island in New Hampshires Lake Winnipesaukee several months before the recording session. For Adams, it was a week-long creative rush with no electricity, no running water, no cell phonesjust a bed in a cabin and an acoustic guitar. She took her work back to Providence, where she and Tenorio-Miller worked on the songs, layering sounds, developing ideas, transforming them into the world of Arc Iris, Tenorio-Miller recalls.

Belli crafted the rhythmic backbone, typically based on a close reading of the sound. Rays very musical and extremely patient, Adams says. He pays close attention to the story. It makes sense because hes a writer who is also a terrific drummer. Belli continues to publish essays and short stories between gigs.

Dan Cardinal, who engineered Arc Iris first album, also worked on Moon Saloon at Dimension Sound. The group considers Cardinal an extraordinary craftsman who can intuit musicians quest for the right sound. He reads our minds. He knows what we want before we tell him, says Adams. Plus hes super-relaxed and works very fast.

Arc Iris has attracted numerous fans around the world as the groups stage performances become storied events themselves. Space domes reveal giant golden wings in flight while montages light up the backdrop with evocative images. Above all, the groups love of music is a shared passion that comes alive with each song. As diverse as their musical interests and influences have been, the band members find avenues for producing a blend of soul-satisfying sounds that are truly their own.



1835 RTE 212
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Arts > Magic
Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Experimental
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Music > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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