Saturday, January 12, 2018
8pm | Doors at 7:30pm
Echoes & Artifacts
was founded in the hills of Northern California by Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Allyson Makuch and California-raised guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Rory Cloud. The name reflects how Allyson and Rory view songwriting and performance; as artifacts of our experiences echoed through time.
Drawing from diverse musical and personal backgrounds, Allyson and Rory engage their collective decades of experience to craft unique and moving songs. At the heart lies Allyson's deep and poetic sense of storytelling, which effortlessly cuts to the core of a feeling, leaving it open on display.
Throughout their arrangements are inflections of jazz, old-time, rock-and-roll, classical, and modern music subtly and seamlessly woven together. This diversity of styles gives their music a wide and refreshingly compelling dynamic range.
In performance, Echoes & Artifacts bring a powerful presence to the stage that is immediately matched by the music they make. Allyson's voice stops the heart in its tracks and wraps itself around the room. Her tone is rich and warm, with a strength that carries the weight of her songwriting with ease. This is, in part, developed out of her years of classical training as a vocalist. Her approach to guitar and musical composition is melodically, harmonically and rhythmically tailored to her sense of phrasing and metaphor as a songwriter. All of these traits are elevated by Rory's confidently intricate and thoughtful guitar work and vocal harmonies.
As a guitarist, Rory surrounds and envelopes the songs in a flowing counterpoint to Allyson's melodies. His facility on the instrument, along with many years of practice and appreciation as a songwriter in his own right, has given him an ability to sing through his guitar. It is a sound that is both thoughtful and understated. It provides a bed of wind that carries the song forward with intention and surprise.
Echoes & Artifacts are currently producing their debut EP to be released early 2019. For more information and updates visit http://echoesandartifacts.com.