Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, currently living and composing in Brooklyn, New York, began writing and performing in the late '90s in Olympia, Washington, the epic heart of the Northwest independent music scene. Her debut album was released by K Records in 2000 and she has since released a dozen solo and collaborative albums and EPs on K Records, Kill Rock Stars, and various domestic and foreign independent labels. Zeitlyn will be releasing her new solo album, Changing Light, in spring 2014.
A dedicated genre-defier, Zeitlyn's songs and recordings have always pushed towards transcending the technical limitations of lo-fi and the assumed boundaries of independent music. Her songs and her voice will get to you in ways you didn't know you could be gotten. Don't worry, that's a good thing. Though known mostly as a solo artist, Zeitlyn has always sought the creative company of unique collaborators, from multimedia artists to orchestral composers to dance music re-mixers. With lyrical poise and unabashed emotional honesty remaining at the center, Zeitlyn is dedicated to incorporating innovative instrumentation, art, and beautiful thoughts of all mediums into her work.
Julia Easterlin weaves jazz, electronic music, and unexpected instruments (such as Scandinavian Tupperware) into performances that have been described as “mesmerizing” and “Ella Fitzgerald meets Stomp.” Her current work involves using a looping station to create tracks in front of the audience, incorporating instruments, vocals, hand claps, tongue clicks and the serendipitous sound events that only a live setting can provide. Easterlin was the lead soprano for the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensembles (2006, 2007), performing with Allen Toussaint, the Neville Brothers, Coolio, Kurt Elling, and James Moody. In 2008, she was presented with DownBeat’s Young Jazz Vocalist Award.
Established in Boston in 2004, the Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of the best new and developing indie artists and established acts currently playing the city's clubs. The shows feature sets from DJ Carbo, (Fenway Recordings founder Mark Kates) along with occasional special guest DJs. In March of 2012, the Sessions collaborated with MTV Hive to launch “Live from Boston,” a series of live-streamed shows that kicked off with a blistering, sold out set from Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings. Others that have played the Sessions include Kurt Vile, Ted Leo, Cibo Matto, Kate Nash, Echo and the Bunnymen, MGMT, Yeasayer, Wolfmother, and Cold War Kids, among hundreds of others. The series continues on as one of the best sources for fresh, new live music in Boston.