ALELA DIANE support: OMAR VELASCO Donnerstag, 7. März 2024 KULTURKIRCHE, Köln-Nippes Einlass 19:00, Beginn 20:00 Freie Platzwahl. Known for her “immaculately beautiful indie-folk songs” (Paste Magazine), Portland singer-song writer Alela Diane recorded her cathartic and ethereal sixth studio album, Looking Glass, during a time of personal transition. Diane, who has been a full-time musician for fifteen years and has toured extensively in Europe and North America, recorded Looking Glass during the same weeks that she and her family were selling the Portland house she bought at the age of 26, with the money from her first royalties contract. Diane’s family had now outgrown the house, but the leaving was bittersweet for her. While living there, she’d been married, divorced, and married again, and become the mother of two children. The emotional and logistical chaos of that moment in her life—along with pandemic-related childcare struggles—meant that finishing this record required a profound new level of discipline, with Diane logging practice sessions at 6am each morning. (One of Diane’s other recurring themes are the joys and strains of motherhood, especially for an artist.) The result is an album that represents a new artistic achievement for Diane. Looking Glass is the first of her records to be produced by the celebrated Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, The Decembrists). The album was arranged by her longtime friend and fellow musician Heather Woods Broderick. Notable guest musicians include Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Scott Avett (The Avett Brothers), Eli Moore (Lake), Mikaela Davis, Luke Ydsitie (Blind Pilot), and Ryan Fracesconi (Joanna Newsom).
Based in Los Angeles,
Omar Velasco is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who draws inspiration from a range of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Milton Nascimento, Mercedes Sosa and folk luminaries like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Silvio Rodriguez. Omar honors the sounds of the past while conjuring his own eclectic and distinctive blend of multicultural musical flavor. Born to a Jewish American father and Mexican mother, he proudly represents the richness of his upbringing in his music.