• Feb 29 2020 | 8:30 pm

    Wooden Rings & Blow Wind Blow: Dual Record Release

    Local singer-songwriter projects Wooden Rings and Blow Wind Blow will both release records this leap year, February 29th, at Elastic Arts. Doors open at 8:30 PM with sound healer Jay Taylor creating a sonic landscape throughout the audience, which dovetails into the first song of Blow Wind Blow's set at 9:00 PM. The show continues with sound healing, projection, and light play by light artist Rachel Winslow and filmmaker Brian Wilson. Heliocentric, the vinyl record self-released by Wooden Rings, was made possible with support from the 3Arts Foundation, support from listeners, and was pressed locally at Smashed Plastic.

Wooden Rings:
Wooden Rings is a singer-songwriter project formed by Ramah Jihan Malebranche, a Haitian immigrant to Chicago. They have released two EPs, Wooden Rings (2012) and Twisted & Tangled (2013) which explore lush fusions of American folk, progressive rock, and romantic classical music through guitar led songs. Nathan Staley (drums) and Alex Breskanu (fretless bass) structure and color the forms, originating from the guitar, as Elizabeth Arakaki (vocal and keyboard) purifies the sound with her harmonic glow. “The eerie, methodical construction of Wooden Rings’ music sounds characteristically Chicago. This lush, multilayered brand of chamber pop might not be the most popular sound in town, but its roots can be found in acts who’ve grabbed national and international acclaim…the vision is precise and haunting in its beauty and strength.” -Chicago Tribune. (bio photo attached)

Blow Wind Blow:
Blow Wind Blow is the music of Ryan Suzuka (vocals/ukulele/harmonica), amplified into appropriate proportion with the help of bandleader Rami Atassi (lead guitar). This band is here to display the beauty, power, and depth of someone who lived through his entire youth without knowing he had a musical voice. In one moment you experience his accumulated ache and the next, a thunderous declaration of purpose. This band is creating rocking indie pop that owes as much of its creation to the ethereal falsetto of Skip James and command of Son House, as it does to the lush vulnerability of Camera Obscura and rootsy melodic drive of Neko Case. Welcome to the wonderful world of Blow Wind Blow!

Jay Taylor:
Jay Taylor is a sound healer and educator of Nutrition, Fitness, and Mindfulness. His explorations in Shamanism and using sound to capture, shape, and heal the mind have produced a sonic experience that leaves an impression on the listener. It is Jay’s philosophy that everyone is trying their best all of the time and that expanding our version of ‘best’ can be accomplished through the release of stress, healing of trauma, and the loving consideration of the body. Learn more at currentvibrations.com

Rachel Winslow:
Rachel Winslow is a photographer and light artist who works in film cameras, polaroids, lomography, expired film, photobooths, and light projection. She creates unique light play performances using interference, refraction, prismatic and kaleidoscopic effects created by placing and manipulating objects into the light’s path. The result is a live, light performance, paired with live musical performance. Browse some photographs at rachelwinslow.tumblr.com