Monday, December 14, 2015

Alela Diane unveils Cold Moon @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, tonight

Alela Diane and guitarist Ryan Francesconi are opening for Joanna Newsom at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Singer/songwriter Alela Diane and fellow Portland-based guitarist Ryan Francesconi (who arranged Joanna Newsom's "Have One On Me") have uniquely collaborated to create Cold Moon out now on Rusted Blue Records/Believe Recordings.

The two musicians talked at a friend’s show in October 2014, chatting about how they were both experiencing creative standstills. Ryan was lacking inspiration to make more instrumental music, and Alela was at a loss for how to dive into writing a new record after the birth of her daughter. A few days later, Ryan asked Alela if she would be into collaborating and then sent her several recordings of intricate guitar pieces. Alela listened on repeat while staring out the window at the changing leaves, initially unsure how to sing even a note over what she heard.

Eventually, something clicked. Words came first, and with words, melody followed. Throughout the winter, Alela made trips across town to Ryan’s house to woodshed the songs over cups of tea.  Before they knew it, they had a record – a collaboration of voice and guitar with intangible moods and resonances. And so rose the Cold Moon.

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi are currently on tour in Europe (see dates below) and will open for Joanna Newsom at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on December 14. For more Alela Diane info, go to her site

ON TOUR opening for Joanna Newsom:

12/14 Toronto - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
12/15 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
12/16 Chicago - Chicago Theatre
12/17 St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theatre
12/18 Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre

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