Theo Eastwind Band, Gabriel Royal, The Meetles, Mountain Animation, Yaz Band, The Saw Lady (Natalia Paruz), Gillen & Turk

Sojourn Records Presents "Subway Musicians For Sandy Victims"

Theo Eastwind Band

Gabriel Royal

The Meetles

Mountain Animation

Yaz Band

The Saw Lady (Natalia Paruz)

Gillen & Turk

"Subway Musicians For Sandy Victims" is produced by Theo Eastwind

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Suggested Donations

Part of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help victims of Frankenstorm Sandy. "Subway Musicians for Sandy Victims" is produced by Theo Eastwind and presented by Sojourn Records.

Theo Eastwind Band - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
Theo Eastwind Band
If you can get a New York City straphanger to purchase your CD in the 30 seconds it takes for their next train to arrive, you're damn good. Theo Eastwind's intoxicating lullaby style is guaranteed to hook you in, wrap you up, and stop you dead in your tracks.

Described as "New York's Own" by The Village Voice, Theo is the essence of a self- made man. He arrived in this country with nothing. He ha
s since gone on to form his own production company, TheoSophical Music, from which he has produced three albums. He has also attracted a sizable following of devoted fans by playing in the subways and clubs of NYC were he has sold over 20,000 CDs.

The story of Theo Eastwind begins in Vienna, Austria. Theo's mother cleaned office buildings and his father worked for the city library as well as conducted a small local orchestra in the 17th district of Vienna called The Hernalser Chamber Orchestra. Theo received his musical roots from his father, but was never given any attention or support towards his talent as a musician.

Dyslexia and strabismus in his left eye (corrected later in life through a surgical process) made school extremely difficult for Theo. He quickly grew impatient and dropped out of school in the ninth grade. He then enrolled in a trade school and started an apprenticeship for a degree in the confectionery arts. There, a new passion and talent for baking was found. He specialized in Viennese and French pastry and various types of bread.

In 1995, Theo answered an unemployment notice seeking a baker to run a Viennese bakeshop called "Lipizaner" in New York City. He was given a round trip ticket to fly to the Big Apple, but by the time he arrived, the business had lost all its backers and the venture had fallen through. Theo was left on his own in a strange city with his life savings in his pocket. His only possession was a beat-up old guitar strapped to his back.

He was too proud and stubborn to return to Vienna, but his savings quickly ran out. With no place to live, and without knowing a soul in this new country, the reality of the tough city was now setting in. Down and out, strolling through the subway, a voice captured his attention. A man, Carlton, was singing a cappella for money. This subway musician inspired Theo to do the same.

He began by singing cover songs by Nirvana, Sade, Live, Fountains of Wayne, and Oasis. He was inexperienced, shy, and could barely make five cents in three hours. Theo realized he had a lot of hard work to do if he was going to eat and pay the rent.

Theo furiously practiced day in and day out, determined to cultivate his musical technique. Out of his effort to simply survive, he stumbled across a gold mine of talent. He began, with no formal training, to write his own music and lyrics. Today, his extraordinary voice conjures up images of Jeff Buckley, David Grey, and Sting, and his captivating songs elicit comparisons to Dave Matthews and Nick Drake. His guitar playing is raw, passionate, and loaded with heart and soul. Put all these elements together and you have the alchemical Theo Eastwind.

In 1998, Theo joined forces with bassist, Steve Brown, who became his close friend. Together, they played and became regulars in such New York clubs as Under Acme, Mercury Lounge, The Livingroom, CB's Gallery, and The Cutting Room. They also started writing commercial jingles freelance as a business.

Ruth Dibbel, a mutual friend, then loaned them a generous amount of money. Enough to set up a project studio. A company was born, TheoSophical Music. With all the music Theo had accumulated over the years, he and Steve immediately began recording their first album, the shimmering and soulful, W.I.P. (Work in Progress). Their second album, Oh La La Li… in 1999, was dedicated to Nick Drake, one of Theo's biggest inspirations. Oh La La Li… showcases Theo's raw, expansive talent and intimate lyricism that can reduce a room to silence.

Theo's third album, One, was recorded in 2000. One is richly textured and emotionally diverse. Jamie Lamm at Fearless Music, NYC, produced and mixed the album. One was a collaborative effort of many talented and accomplished artists, including Matt Johnson (former drummer for Jeff Buckley), Steve Holley of the Saturday Night Live Band, Billy White (electric guitarist from Dokken), Steve Schlitz from Longwave, and many more.

After One was released, the band went in different directions and Theo branched out on his own. He collaborated with several different artists including Soul Farm and Rachel Sage where he had the opportunity to play at such clubs as Irving Plaza, The Bottom Line, and the Hard Rock Cafe.

The O, released in 2006 is an impressive recording clearly demonstrating Theo's appeal to both an alternative and more mainstream audience. Featuring the instantly memorable "Set Up", The O is a startling and refined recording produced by the multi-talented Mark Ambrosino at the Madhouse Studios.

Theo is however a committed advocate of artists working in the subway and will release a live CD recorded entirely on a subway platform. Working again with Mark Ambrosino, this will be Theo's first release as a Sojourn Record's artist. A new and innovative NYC-based independent label, Sojourn Records will be releasing Theo's live CD in the summer of 2009.
Gabriel Royal - (Set time: 11:05 PM)
Gabriel Royal
Gabriel moved to New York in 2010 from Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been creating music and practicing his craft since. He's a musician, song writer, and educator. You may have seen him while waiting for the L train, at a private event, or on the dance floor at one of his concerts. With every opportunity Gabriel captures his audience and creates an undeniable atmosphere, one in which you want to be part of.

He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
The Meetles - (Set time: 10:40 PM)
Mountain Animation - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Mountain Animation
Mountain Animation: Zack Orion and Scott Murphy building mountains out of a pile of notes.
Yaz Band - (Set time: 9:50 PM)
Yaz Band
A native of Osaka Japan, Yasuyuki "YAZ" Takagi lives in Brooklyn New York since 1992. He formed his own band called "YAZ BAND" in 2002 and has been playing in New York Metro area.

Yaz Band is a four piece group which plays classic R&B songs written by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Marvin Gaye as well as original instrumental tunes influenced by Grover Washington, Jr., Maceo Parker and The Crusaders.

As an official member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority sponsored "Music Under New York" series, Yaz Band has performed at various New York City subway stations..

YAZ BAND has gained further exposure and recognition “above ground” as performed at the Lincoln Center's “Out of Doors” Festival and at the historic "Apollo Theater" , both in New York City. Additionally, audiences have had the pleasure to hear his energetic and soulful playing at many venues throughout the metropolitan area. Yaz's popularity has soared to the extent that he has also appeared on television in his native Japan and New York City's smooth jazz radio station.
The Saw Lady (Natalia Paruz) - (Set time: 9:25 PM)
The Saw Lady (Natalia Paruz)
Natalia Paruz, affectionately known as the 'Saw Lady', has spent over a decade bringing the rare art form of playing music on a carpenter's saw to audiences around the world.

She performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta (performing George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children'), at the Spoleto Festival in the orchestra of 'Monkey - Journey to the West', with the
Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, the Riverside Orchestra, the Amor Artis Orchestra and at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with PDQ Bach composer Peter Schickele and with the Little Orchestra Society.

November 2007 marked her Carnegie Hall debut as a musical saw soloist and June 2008 marked her Madison Square Garden debut.

Television appearances include FOX (Good Day New York), ABC (Good Morning America), MTV (Andy Milonakis Show), VH1 (Behind the Music), History Channel (Tool Box) PBS (New York Voices).

Film appearances include 'Dummy' with Adrian Brody. Natalia's saw can be heard on the soundtracks of films such as Another Earth/Mike Cahill, El Carnaval Sodoma/Arthuro Ripstein, American Carny/Nick Basile and I Sell the Dead/Glenn McQuaid.

Radio performances include NPR (A Prairie Home Companion), XM Satelite Radio & WBAI.

Natalia received citations of honor from the New York City Council, the New York State Senate, NY State Assembly and a medal of honor from Paris, France.

She was chosen by Time Out New York, the Village Voice, the New York Press and the New York Resident for their Best of New York lists, and was featured in articles by the New York Times, the Boston Globe and Metro New York.

Natalia has recorded on Capitol Records, Universal Records and Atlantic Records with such artists as John Hiatt.

Natalia's goal is not only to preserve the rare art form of playing music on a saw, but to also try and push it forward through the invention of better playing technique, fine-tuning the instrument, educating composers about the possibilities of composing for saw, and bringing the instrument to public awareness. Natalia has also commissioned a number of new works for musical saw from contemporary composers.
Gillen & Turk - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Gillen & Turk
"Gillen and Turk combined their efforts with spectacular results." — David Malachowski, Daily Freeman, Kingston, NY

"pointed, socially conscious songs bolstered by some impressive musicianship" — Greg Haynes, Times Union, Albany, NY

"unvarnished social commentary with folkified hoot-and-holler melodies" — Sing Out! Fall, 2008

Fred Gillen Jr. and Matt Turk first began working
together informally, having enjoyed each other's music at various events in the Hudson Valley. After some inspiring shows together they decided to team up as Gillen & Turk. Soon after that they received world-wide notice in an Associated Press article that featured the duo auditioning for the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York in Manhattan. In May 2008 Gillen & Turk released their first duo CD Backs to the Wall and spent part of the year touring nationally, with the recording supporting the tour. The CD was well-received by critics and fans, and by early 2009 the first pressing was nearly sold out. The song "Fall Down" from the disc also appeared on CMJ's 10,000 copy 2008 Player Compilation CD. In the summer of 2008, Gillen & Turk were featured on the television show NYC Soundtracks, on the MSG network.
Gillen cut his teeth as bassist in the popular roots-rock band Rain Deputies in the mid- nineties, before going solo in 1997 and releasing his first CD Intentions As Big As The Sky. As a solo artist he has since released five other full-length CD's and two ep's. His latest CD Coney Island has been well-received by local critics and fans. Building up a strong following by playing at every small venue in the Hudson Valley, Gillen was voted "Best Folk Artist" for three consecutive years by readers of The Westchester Weekly. In 2002 he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts grant to cover expenses for his first European Tour. He also has served as President of Hudson Valley non-profit music collective Tribes Hill for three years, and has released two CD's with his Woody Guthrie- inspired traveling hootenanny Hope Machine. In his spare time Gillen produces and engineers other regional artists' CD's at his studio Woody's House in Croton -on- Hudson, NY.

A soulful vocalist who first picked up the guitar in grade school, Turk also plays mandolin and lap steel, and adeptly combines various musical styles. As a member of The Hour he learned his craft in the fertile NYC jam-rock scene of the early nineties. He teamed up with Pete Seeger as part of The Street Singers, a group that taught folk music to schoolchildren in and around New York City. Turk was greatly inspired to write songs of social justice by Seeger and by his three-year stint working for God's Love-We Deliver. As a solo artist Matt has released three albums, including 2002's highly-acclaimed What Gives, and 2006's, Washington Arms. In October 2006 he released the free digital single, "The Fog of War," which featured musical contributions from Seeger and Rob Morsberger. A video of "The Fog of War", directed by W.L. Jackson was released on the internet in February 2008. Turk's performance of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with Matter Music and Gaby Moreno was produced by David Dobkin and appeared in the 2007 Warner Brothers film "Fred Claus" starring Vince Vaughn and Rachel Weisz. Turk co-founded the world music group Mandolin Caravan with drummer Kevin Hupp; their first album, Desert Soul, was released in 2003. Matt Turk is a musician-in-residence for Manhattan's Congregation B'nai Jeshurun. He is an artist-in-residence at Westhab's Coachmen homeless shelter in White Plains NY where he teaches folk music to homeless children in his community.