My new single is out! Montagues and Catapults is a critique on how society so easily buys in to greed, vitriol, dishonesty, gluttony, and environmental destruction in order to fuel our desire to hate others, and a call for the disaffected and disillusioned to lay down their walls and cross picket lines so they can join to fight these poisons with compassion, patience, generosity, and gratitude.
I am so incredibly grateful to all those who have helped make this possible! Thank you so so much for breathing life into my fantastical whims.
Ariel Wang – songwriter, guitar, vocals, violin
Lewis Patzner – cello
Terrell Liedstrand – mandolin
Matt Montgomery – violin (solo)
Kevin Gordon – bass
Tim DeCillis – drums
Corey Mike – violin (intro)
Mia Bella D’Augelli – violin
Jacob Hansen-Joseph – viola
Recorded and mixed by: John Finkbeiner at New, Improved Studios
Mastered by Myles Boisen
There’s nothing I love more than a good house show – there is much less boundary between artist and audience, the atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and everyone is there to have fun and enjoy good music. That’s why I am so stoked to be having my single release show at the legendary Ridgeway House, home to musicians for almost three decades. The era is ending, as the tenants are soon to be kicked out, so I feel extra blessed that they have made room for a show for me and some of my favorite bands – Little Arcs, La Dee Da, and Whiskerman. This will also be a music video shoot, so don’t forget to see if you make the final cut! See you all there!
On May 18, I will be playing a secret show, as part of the Moonstruck concert series, with Lewis Patzner (cello/composer), Jaren Feeley (organizer, pianist, composer), Noor Al-Samarrai (poet), and the band Little Arcs. I will be premiering a brand new collection of pieces reflecting the various aspects of Oakland, as well as performing some songs.
For map, please visit: Moonstruck Community
The recording process is almost over, and it’s time for mixing. In between sessions, the band and I took a hike with photographer Brittany Powers up into Sibley, a lesser-known park in the East Bay hills but, in my opinion, the most beautiful and adventurous.
Every time I go into these hills, I am inspired by the beauty and majesty of nature. Here it’s easy to hide from civilization and find my inner animal, and through that, the music.
First, there will be two singles, and then, an album release – set for September (when else is better to show the harvest?). Can’t wait to share these new sounds with all of you!
As some of you know, I am also a violinist/fiddler, and I’ve been playing with a group called the Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra for over a year now. We are becoming much more active, and have a great show planned this coming April 13, 2019, at 8:00pm at Peralta Station Annex (3003 Peralta Street, Oakland). We will be playing two of my songs (one which has never been played before) backed by an entire string orchestra! And, as this is a group of composers, arrangers, and performers, we will be playing exclusively pieces written by and/or arranged by members of the group, including Lewis Patzner, Crystsal Pascucci, Kevin Gordon, Matt Montgomery, Brian McCune, and more! If you want to listen to unique, home-grown music, and support DIY Bay Area music, this is the hot spot. See you there!
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!