• Young musicians attempting to break into the world of jazz are generally confronted with numerous obstacles, including the public’s expectations regarding the music’s legacy and originality. Discerning listeners are rarely graced by performers who appropriate well-known music of the past, transforming it into something entirely contemporary.

    Two musicians who have made it a goal to impart their love of classic jazz repertoire and the pursuit of en vogue sounds and image are vocalist Kristin Slipp and pianist Dov Manski. The duo’s new recording, A Thousand Julys, presents their unique take on compositions made famous in the golden age of vocal jazz recordings with an approach unlike that which has been heard previously.
  • Cuddle Magic is a band and songwriting collective from Brooklyn and Philadelphia that performs lush, playful songs with wide-ranging instrumentation including strings, percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, clarinet, keyboards, guitars, and many voices. Cuddle Magic balances folk timbres with surprising atonal harmonies, pop song-craft with Steve Reich-inspired rhythmic complexity, and direct emotional lyrics with dense wordplay.

    Conservatory-trained, yet folk musicians by temperament, the members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Beyonce, the David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy (formerly of the Mammals), new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, the progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary ?third-stream? pianist Ran Blake. Members of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Railbird, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Baby States, Ronald Reagan, Bird Fly Yellow, Margaret Glaspy, The People?s Champs, Girls Guns and Glory, Lake Street Dive, Petal Shield, Split Red, Yapp!, The Superpowers Horns, and many, many others.
  • Twins of El Dorado is a modern art song ensemble featuring vocalist Kristin Slipp and trumpeter Joe Moffett. A highly experimental and self-sustaining duo, Kristin and Joe work collaboratively, creating texts that they set to music, taking the idea of the “art song” in new and interesting directions. Twins of El Dorado has performed in various settings, from small library and gallery spaces to acclaimed venues such as The Stone and Issue Project Room in New York and Jordan Hall in Boston. The duo’s debut album [portend the end] was officially released on Prom Night Records on March 1st, 2013.