Eliza Rickman will perform with Gracie Minnis at The Vault April 3.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available at http://www.thevault204.com

Eliza is a nationally touring artist whose unique and haunting sound combines the lilting sweetness of popular vocalists like Feist or Annie Clark with the gritty sensibilities of PJ Harvey and the playfulness of Kurt Weill.

Eliza recorded her first full-length effort this winter with Chicago-based engineer Mark Greenberg (Andrew Bird, Wilco, Mavis Staples). The album is anticipated for release in early 2012, and highlights Eliza's talent for writing string arrangements, and includes contributions from percussionist Kevin O'Donnell (Andrew Bird's 'Bowl of Fire') & bassist Tom V. Ray (Neko Case, Jakob Dylan).

Two music videos were made in 2010 with Mindfruit Films for songs off her toy piano-based EP, 'Gild the Lily' (2009). The first video ("Cinnamon Bone") was completed in the spring, and is a reverse effect, slow motion short film about a young woman reliving her heartbreak through the seasons. All effects for the video were analog only, and this unique concept landed "Cinnamon Bone" a spot at 2011's SXSW Film Festival. A stop-motion video for "Black Rose" was released six months later.

Shenandoah Davis will perform with Ian Cooke at The Vault April 7.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at http://www.thevault204.com

Seattle's Davis and Denver's Cooke will be bringing both of their uniquely classical-tinged pop music to Farmington.

This show is part of a six-week tour the two singer-songwriters will be making together this spring that includes a stint of shows at Folsom State Prison as well as a variety of other unusual venues ranging from performance halls to house shows.

Both Davis and Cooke grew up studying their respective instruments in a classical setting: Davis began studying the piano at age 4 and went on to participate in choir and opera studies through high school and college.

Cooke took lessons on the cello for 10 years and gives credit for his complicated chord progressions to the Bach Cello Suites.

Both also cite Gershwin and parlour music from the 1920s and 30s as being extremely influential in creating their two unique brands of music, which have been labeled everything from orchestral folk to avant garde to classical pop music, for any of which a valid argument could be made.

But while Davis' music veers more towards the side of sonic landscapes often paired with string quartets and lush harmonies, Cooke describes his most recent release, Fortitude, as “Queen meets Yes” and combines polyrhythms and unorthodox song structures in a style almost reminiscent of prog rock, only with a cello at the helm.

This collaboration and trip marks Cooke's first foray into the realm of touring as a solo musician, although in Denver, he has supported acts including Rasputina, Blonde Redhead, The Decemberists, and The Dresden Dolls, and was voted #1 in the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Poll.

Davis has spent most of the last three years on tour, including a four-month extensive tour of the United States in the fall supporting her sophomore endeavor “The Company We Keep” (which was ranked in the Top three Self-Released Records by the College Music Journal), and has also toured Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Portugal.

Often flanked by a rotating cast of musicians, she will be performing solo on this tour, aside from some collaborations with Cooke and other surprise musicians appearing for portions of the trip.


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