Words cannot express how excited I am to be back to writing and creating music. The journey through music school was inspiring, educational, painful, fun, and now I am ready to move on to the next chapter of my musical journey. It has helped me realize the things I truly value, and the direction I see my path heading. It has helped me see what those wiser than me have known for far too long – that we are at a crux in the human experience.
Our western world has been in awe of the material goods, luxury, and tools we have been able to create, relishing in the comforts and stability it can provide. Many others are joining in now. Still, it has been lacking in many ways in creating truly rich lives. People are devouring experiences, in lieu of material goods. We are just now seeing the costs we have paid, and can no longer pay. We are refusing to be cogs, so we can discover our own humanity. At the same time, there is a growing divide as too few have too much, and too many can no longer live stable lives. The middle is falling out from underneath us, and the cycle of humanity has turned to a place many civilizations have seen before. What to do?
My goal for each and every show I perform and produce is to give you music and art which can inspire you, soothe you, make you question your beliefs, create a space to gather with friends and loved ones, and give you an opportunity to reach out to a stranger. The only expectation is kindness.
This is a time when it is more important than ever to gather with our dearest loved ones, and also our greatest enemies. What life has taught me is true evil is actually rare, and pain, fear, ignorance, and laziness are much more common instigators of those nefarious acts we as people have all committed, some acts worse than others. This is not politics, but a call to people to try their best to be the best they can be, and to be open to an ongoing discussion of what the best of people truly entails. We can all be just a bit more humble, because we can be taught something by everyone. We are all better when we can come together, and the things we create together are much more rich, powerful, and beautiful.
Hope to see you at Ivy Room on February 7th, 2019, at 7:30pm, where hopefully we can have a transcendental human experience together. Or, at the very least, get a delicious drink and spend some time with some good humans.
I am very excited to share with you the launch of an organization I have co-founded, the Arts and Music Catalyst Collective (AMCC), and its branch, the Femme Freak Folk concert series. Femme Freak Folk focuses specifically on creating events which showcase the wide range of women’s musical expression. All too often, women artists are lumped into a single genre, but the diverse cast presented at the Starry Plough (Berkeley) this Saturday will showcase the powerful individual expression of each woman-lead band. We are on at 10:45pm, but make sure to come early so you don’t miss out on the other amazing acts! Also, make sure to try the delicious food the Starry Plough kitchen serves until 10pm!
Saturday, October 13 7:30pm, show 8pm
Starry Plough Pub, Berkeley
$7-20 sliding scale
Advance Tickets can be found at Eventbrite for $10.
The Bay Area Arts and Music Catalyst Collective serves to support local Bay Area music (beyond just female artists), with the aim of:
– offering grants to emerging artists and artists struggling financially (with funding from the local tech companies)
– founding a concert series sponsored by local tech
– to build bridges across and within communities to support the local music and arts scene, so that artists/musicians can thrive within and grow beyond the Bay Area.
This list is for Ariel Wang band news only, but if you want to subscribe to the AMCC email list to keep up on the exciting news and future events and shows we have coming up, just reply to this email and I will add you.
See you all Saturday!
It feels good to be back, finally finished with school and excited for what’s coming. I get to share a bill with some of the finest musicians I know, who transcend what it means to be a folk artist. Join us at the Brick and Mortar on Wednesday, June 13, for a Femme Freak Folk Fest. 8pm.
A few moons ago, Terrell Liedstrand, Lewis Patzner, and I wandered into 25th Street Studio in Oakland. Hours later, after some magic camera waving by Jamie Turner, we walked out with a beautifully shot live music video of my newest song, “Fear”.
If you like what you hear…
Check us out LIVE at Cornerstone Berkeley on Tuesday, November 7th at 8:30pm.
- Backed by the Town Quartet (of which Wangster Lewis Patzner is a member)
- Featuring a surprise musical number
- New merchandise available for purchase
Hope to see you there!
Being in school makes summer even more special again. I love what I do there, playing chamber music and in the orchestra, taking private lessons, surrounded by people who are work really hard on their craft. Summer, though, is the time for self-direction and extended creativity (or, I have tons of free time now). I’ve also just moved, and for once have a specific room designated to the playing and creating of music and art.
I’ll be bringing new tunes to you at the Octopus Literary Salon on August 2nd, with my special talented bandmates Terrell Liedstrand and Nick Nirva. The show begins at 7:00pm, and opening up the night is Des Moines band In Rooms, followed by the very talented Rebecca Kleinmann & Alex Conde. I play last, but come early! The night of music is absolutely worth it.
Poster and Photo by Ariel Wang
I’ve been mostly hibernating lately, and out of this deep forest expedition into new music, I’ve got a few more songs for you, all diving into the changing sounds that began with the year that birthed my second EP “Cat Faze“. I’ll be performing some of them for the first time at my show Friday, March 4th at The Starry Plough. Unfortunately Terrell can’t make that show, but I’ll be joined by Sarah Glass (harp, keyboard, and guitar), Lewis Patzner (cello), Nick Nirva (bass), and Tim Decillis (drums).
Hannah Werdmuller’s new band Django Moves to Portland (sploof on my part on the flyer), with members of Chonk!, will be opening the night. Some of you may have seen her solo act already, but even if you have you won’t want to miss out on the grooves this collective will shake.
Also sharing the bill is The Rugs, a band hailing from Chico, who”straddle several genres, producing alternative rock music with the occasional pop flair”.
Headlining the night is “rock n’ roll, folk, world, americana, funk, psychedelic, alternative” band Rainbow Girls. “With soaring harmonies and a slew of instruments, these gals weave their way through multiple musical genres, from rock n’ roll to folk, Americana to funk, psychedelic to soul. The ladies came together at an underground open mic in Santa Barbara, CA in December of 2010 and spent the following summer busking and couch surfing around Europe. Since then they have morphed from an acoustic street band into an electric, foot stomping spectacular, complete with plenty of mayhem, the juggling of instruments, and an entire spectrum of original music.” – About, Rainbow Girls
See you all there!
Friday, March 4th 2016
The Starry Plough 3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
I spent yesterday with Kim of Ghost Town Jenny with every intention of putting up flyers for our show together at Awaken Cafe July 24, but instead we ended up having lunch and browsing many antique stores. Part of the magic of music is that it’s connected me to so many cool people, and lovely new friends – notice a theme on this blog here? It still continues to blow my mind.
On another note of meeting cool people, I went to the Space Station to check out a house show (they do know how to do things there) and California Diamonds silenced the room with their beautiful harmonies and intricate guitar playing.
I won’t say much more for now. At this show I’ll be showcasing new songs, and you will get to hear two other ethereal beautiful bands create moving music.