Elizabeth & The Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She's toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, a variety of international award-winning documentaries including Trapped, a Peabody winner; and won the 2015 Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns for Google, Amazon, Sky TV, and "So You Think You Can Dance".
Always writing, Elizabeth has narrowed her vast collection of previously unrecorded material down to her fourth full-length studio album Keepsake, produced by Dan Molad of Lucius and featuring collaborations with Richard Swift (The Shins). Her most personal record yet, Keepsake is about nostalgia and transformation, hope tempered with regret— it’s a distillation of the human experience, a universe unto itself.
Julia Caesar draws inspiration from the transforming music industry, in which femme and queer musicians are pioneering new territory, creating new genres and re-writing the rules of the game. Julia Caesar weaves swelling harmonies through wandering melodies, heavy abstraction and explosive optimism, stirring up what might be trying to hide. Both haunting and deeply familiar, their music cuts deep, and lingers. Combining the talents of Katy Hellman (bass/vocals), Liz Stafford (guitar/vocals), Megan Rice (guitar/vocals) and Steven Lebel (drums), the group experiments with sounds and words, to make the mind bend and the body move. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Julia Caesar has shared the stage with the femme led powerhouses of Caroline Rose, And The Kids, Kat Wright, and Hammydown.
Hailing from the dark and dreary recesses of Southern Connecticut, Kate and Anthony formed Passing Strange in April 2017 after Kate performed solo during an open mic at a bar in Seymour. As Anthony looked on, he thought about how drums would bring depth to the talented songwriter’s creations. He suggested they play together at the same open mic the following week, to determine whether they were musically compatible, and the rest is history.
One of the band's defining moments, without which they might never have come to be, was when Anthony told Kate about the movie "Once." The film is about two musicians who meet randomly, and go on to create music together. The title refers to the many talented artists the filmmaker knew who put off their career by saying “once” they get this and that sorted out, but never succeeded because they had put it off too long. Kate has stated that it was upon hearing this that she felt inspired to go out the next day, purchase a piano, and play the open mic that fateful night.
Currently, Passing Strange is in the midst of recording their debut album. This collection of eleven original songs will showcase a range of styles, while highlighting the raw energy conveyed in the band’s live performances.