Winterreise are a band from Adelaide, Australia, playing lo-fi depresso indie tunes. They released a demo at the end of 2011.
Top Hat is an indie-industrial act from Fredericton, NB. It has been strongly associated over the years with a number of local musicians: Sol Martin (of The Fearless Tomorrow Project and Monday's Friday), Lucy Smith, Hollis Bailey (of The Re-Runs), and Dan Legare (Pixley's counterpart in +4 Modifier. Kit also helped record, master and mix Legare's debut solo album, "Covered & Drowned"). Top Hat's debut release, Sampler 1.0, takes cuts from the band's next four albums.
Achim Kaufmann (piano, composer, electronics) was born in Aachen, Germany, and has been living in Amsterdam since 1996.
He is involved in a number of different projects, some of them all improvised, some of them featuring his own compositions: His gueuledeloup quartet (with Michael Moore, John Hollenbeck, Henning Sieverts) "melds elements of the free zone with tenderly executed dreamscape type passages" (allaboutjazz) Their two CDs, gueuledeloup (Red Toucan, 2002) and double exposure (Leo...
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov (Russian: Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов, Sergej Vasil'evič Rahmaninov, April 1, 1873 (N.S.) or March 20, 1873 (O.S.) – March 28, 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. ("Sergei Rachmaninoff" was the spelling the composer himself used while living in the West throughout the latter half of his life, including when he became a United States citizen. However, alternative transliterations of his name include Sergey or Serge, and Rachmaninov, Rachmaninow, Rakhmaninov or Rakhmaninoff.)
fos is the music project of London based Greek artist Katerina Koutouzi. The music is mainly acoustic; instruments include a conch, piano, accordion, harmonium, glockenspiel, daouli (traditional greek drum), pebbles, melodica and vocals. When playing live fos uses a looping pedal to layer the instruments in an organic manner. The music is inspired by the rhythm of the sea. fos has already released two albums on near the exit music.
Rachael Boyd is a musician from Belfast who writes experimental piano and violin driven music with hints of electronica. Her live set consists of looped piano/violin/vocals with electronics. Her influences are a mixture of alternative rock/electronic bands and classical music from the Romantic period such as Debussy and Chopin. Her favourite artists include Balmorhea, Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Brand New, Biffy Clyro, Colour, This Town Needs Guns, Tubelord, Cougar....
Mulgrew Miller is an American jazz pianist born in 1955 in Greenwood, Mississippi who performs in a number of jazz idioms. In a childhood filled with early musical experiences, mostly playing gospel music in his church and R&B and blues at dances. Mulgrew was constantly meddling in jazz piano, and established a trio in high school that would play cocktail parties. Miller admits that they didn't really know what they were doing and were merely "approaching jazz".
Amanda Palmer meets band The Grand Theft Orchestra CD backed in Kickstarter:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/amandapalmer/amanda-palmer-the-new-record-art-book-and-tour?ref=home_popular "hi folks, it's AFP. this is my first BIG, LEGIT studio album undertaking since breaking from a major label. i've spent four years writing the songs for this record, and more recently, putting together the perfect band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, comprised of genius musicians/arrangers/programmers MICHAEL MCQUILKEN, CHAD RAINES, and JHEREK BISCHOFF.