Adam Torres / Aura Pineda
Adam Torres is a folk singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. At age 20 in 2006, Torres released his debut album, Nostra Nova, featuring 11 idiosyncratic and varied songs. With breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise and simultaneously weathered and young. A self-release, Nostra Nova initially found long-lasting roots in the small Athens, Ohio, community, but didn’t resonate further until much later.
After releasing the album, Torres returned to college to focus on other interests—but he never stopped playing music, writing songs, and performing. Having written more than 100 songs since 2006, he quietly released in 2012 his first music since Nostra Nova through DZ Tapes, a Washington, D.C., cassette label, featuring tape-recorded demos made inside apartments he lived in while in Ecuador.
In 2015, Nostra Nova was reissued and the album finally received its due. Torres's forthcoming LP, Pearls to Swine, maps his complicated history as a songwriter and musician. He embeds his folklore within a lonesome, deeply felt, and moving brand of folk music.
Aura Pineda is a singer-songwriter with Finnish, Filipino, and American roots. Having studied classical guitar and vocal jazz in Finland before enrolling at Berklee, her music echoes multiple genres, including inspiration from her Nordic roots as well as American folk. A dreamer and soul searcher, Pineda strives toward truthful expression, presenting a collage of heartfelt stories that she is in the process of recording as her debut EP.