Thursday, May 04, 2006

Grassroots music strikes a note

Pieces of East
Folk, World genre - based in Austin, TX

Pieces of East draws inspiration from Indian classical music and American folk music. This band brings together a very creative mix of Eastern and Western instruments and vocal styles. As Laura points out, Pieces of East has listened to the 'voice within' and can be an inspiration to many who see a future without boundaries.

Lead Vocalist and Songwriter
Laura Giammona's voice is soft, surreal and haunting, at times reminiscent of Enya. Not surprising that she was picked among several applicants for the Old No. 9 Songwriting Scholarship winning a weekend workshop with Grammy Award nominated songwriter Eliza Gilkyson.

Gutarist and vocalist Anuj Timblo has long revered Eric Johnson, ever since he was a kid growing up in Bombay. And Bass guitarist Pat Cieply's 'One Hand Clapping' group used to regularly open for Eric's Electromagnets in the 70s. How funny this world of ours is- in 2004, Pieces of East opened for Eric Johnson at the First UU Church in Austin.

They have performed with diverse acts such as grammy nominated virtuoso guitarist Eric Johnson, Terry Bozzio from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, billboard-charting singer/songwriter Patrice Pike as well as the Tosca String Quartet from David Byrne's 2004-05 tour.

Invited to several national music conferences and festivals that include South Park Music Festival (Fairplay, CO), Nemo Music Festival (Boston, MA), Northgate Music Festival (College Station, TX), Go Girls Music Showcase (Houston, TX), Ladyfest, TX (Austin, TX), Midwest Entertainment Conference (Lexington, KY) and Pecan Street Festival (Austin, TX).

Pieces of East [Web Link]

Laura Giammona - Vocals, Piano
Anuj Timblo - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboard
Abhinit Bhatt - Tabla, Percussion, Beat Vocals
Pat Cieply- Bass
Will Kidd- Drums & Percussion

Coming here near you ... May 13, Revolution Cafe & Bar, Bryan at 9pm. Opening music by The Last Minute. Email me for details.


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