Cross-genre concert series and musical collective SYZYGY will kick off the fall with an eclectic bill at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 on September 29th. Entitled ‘Danielle & Corn Mo’s Sunday Night Musical Variety Show,’ the event will feature performances by its two hosts and guest artists including Sky White Tiger, Kinga Augustyn, Alyson Greenfield, Avi Fox Rosen and more. The night concludes with a late set by Watson featuring members of Antibalas, EMEFE and The Asphalt Orchestra.
The performance is the second installment of SYZYGY’s acclaimed variety show series, the first of which took place at Le Poisson Rouge and boasted a ‘starry alt-classical cast’ (NY Times) that included Sxip Shirey, Todd Reynolds, ETHEL, Ms. Schwob and Bridget Kibbey.
Hosting the show will be .357 LOVER’s Corn Mo and cross-genre musician Danielle Eva Schwob. A former member of the Polyphonic Spree, Corn Mo is a regular fixture in New York’s indie rock/experimental scene and has also toured with They Might Be Giants, Wheatus and Ben Folds. With an unmatched knack for story-telling and a sensibility that covers everything from Freddy Mercury to the circus and hair metal, his solo show has to be seen to be believed. Danielle Eva Schwob is a London born musician whose “hard edged pop songs” (NY Times) fuse glittering synthesizers and electric guitars with honest lyrics and a thoughtful demeanor. Best described as catchy yet avant-garde pop/rock, her music has earned her numerous awards. Ms. Schwob will appear with her band and Corn Mo will perform solo.
Joining them will be Alyson Greenfield, a singer, multi-instrumentalist and sonic-wizard who writes "satiating and seductive songs" (LA Examiner), as well as classical virtuoso Kinga Augustyn, a stunning violinist “for whom nothing seems too difficult” (Polish Daily News). Sardonic indie songwriter Avi Fox-Rosen will also take the stage for a few songs as will Sky White Tiger frontman Louis Schwadron -a multi-instrumentalist and former Polyphonic Spree member who spent years writing/recording/touring with acts including Radiohead, David Bowie and Sufjian Stevens before launching his psych pop band. Additional special guests will be announced over the coming weeks.
The night winds down with a late set by downtown improvisers, Watson. An all-star group of musicians hailing from Afrobeat stalwarts EMEFE and Antibalas as well as radical street band The Asphalt Orchestra, the five-piece picks up where Weather Report and Tortoise left off. Guitarist Deen Anbar describes the group’s show as an ‘improvised sonic experience.