Youth In A Roman Field
Youth in a Roman Field wants to help you break the rules. The bastardized string quartet-meets folk band-meets jazz combo from singer, songwriter, and multi- instrumentalist Claire Wellin incorporates sounds of "Appalachia, cayenne pepper, & ghosts." The band includes collaborators Tiffany Topol, Scott Stangland, Cassidy Stirtz, Katrina Lenk, and Jamie Mohamdein. Their debut album, 'Of Grit and Grace,' was released in May of 2012, and the EP 'Suits for Children' was released in October 2014. Originally out of Chicago, they are currently making a home in New York City and will release their second full-length record April 20.
Claire brings a solo version of the band across the country this Spring, weaving string loops with soaring violin melodies and powerful vocals. Part singer-songwriter, part solo-chamber orchestra, the show offers an intimate translation of the inventive songs on the band’s upcoming record, Storm Conductor.
"Listening to Youth in a Roman Field, it's not hard to imagine the band in a shady glade singing its timeless, melancholy folk — the accordion makes the fantasy list toward the french countryside. The songs are clear, simple, a little sad and swept with romance. Frontwoman and bandleader Claire Wellin has a clarion voice that goes from naive to soulful, on songs that touch on belle époque cabaret music and early American folk music." -Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune
“Idiosyncratically accessible artistry- a stylistic intersectionality incorporating folk, jazz and classical influences informs Wellin’s take on singer-songwriter vulnerability with a type of understated theatricality that makes Youth in a Roman Field an original presence loaded with potential.” -Jamie Lee Rake, Milwaukee Shephard Express
“Claire Wellin engrosses with her delicate ebb and flow of strings and vocals before erupting into a spirited cascade of harmonies over a rich instrumental tapestry.” -Digital High
Olive Tiger is the result of collaboration between Olive Kiley (cello/guitar/vocals), Jesse Newman (violin), and Dane Scozzari (drums). Rooted in the folk tradition, Olive Tiger has grown from those origins to incorporate influences from jazz, hip-hop, rock, classical, and electronic music. The result is somewhere between St. Vincent, Andrew Bird, Joanna Newsom, Rasputina, and tUnE-yArDs. Olive Tiger, at its start, began as a much larger group led by Olive. Wanting to incorporate her cello and her loop pedal, the music took on a new shape and sound, requiring the detailed attention of a smaller group. Now a trio with frequent guests, Olive Tiger is currently working on their debut album, due fall 2015.
Leila Crockett is a long time New Haven resident, with an early background in orchestral and jazz trumpet. Leila composes all pieces on guitar and piano with many influences, though she has studied many composers spanning from 1920 to 1940. Her writing style draws heavily on socially conscious ideas and personal experience which often comes off as honest and raw. Her voice has been compared to torch singers of old and has been referred to as angelic.