with Buzzy Lee
with Buzzy Lee
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Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter, Rostam Batmanglij, got his start working on Vampire Weekend's self titled debut which would be the first of three gold records he produced. From there, he went to focus on his successful solo career.Buy Tickets
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Genre: alternative / indie
Ticket Price: $20 advanced / $22 day of show / $35 reserved loft seating
The son of Iranian refugees, Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Rostam Batmanglij was born in Washington, D.C. in 1983. He attended Columbia University where he studied classical music, and simultaneously focused on songwriting, recording, and production in his own time. In his last year there he began producing the first full-length album of his career, Vampire Weekend's self titled debut which would be the first of three gold records with Rostam as producer.
The beginning of 2016 saw Rostam announcing his departure from Vampire Weekend's membership, with a door left open to further collaboration in songwriting and production. It also saw the official release of new Rostam solo music, including the songs "EOS", "Wood", and "Gravity Don't Pull Me".
By the end of 2016 Rostam had contributed songwriting and production to several of the most important albums of that year.
2017 sees further opportunities to hear both new Rostam solo music as well as several unexpected collaborations. And finally, after opening for Brian Wilson at Brooklyn's Northside festival and headlining a sold-out outdoor show at LA's Broad Museum in the summer 2016, the opportunity to see Rostam perform new music in some of the most exciting venues in America.
Buzzy Lee is the new artist project of Los Angeles performer, writer, and actress Sasha Spielberg. Sasha is a storyteller by nature, and as Buzzy Lee, she demonstrates a rare ability to detail a dark scene in just a few words - the novels within the margins, the stark, vivid characters she portrays. She's also a humorist, a writer and singer capable of depicting poignant scenes awash with sorrow and sarcasm, phrased savagely and delicately, her voice at times plaintive, at other times soaring.
Buzzy Lee's debut EP Facepaint, produced by acclaimed electronic artist and frequent collaborator Nicolas Jaar, is a collection of five songs that began, in true Sasha fashion, as voice notes on an iPhone - vague impressions, fraught with restlessness and self-doubt. If you know Sasha, you know that she is equally hilarious and pensive, disarmingly self-deprecating, as comfortable entertaining as she is prone to ruminating. So, of course the collection of haunting melodies on Facepaint derived from and existed primarily as a collection of random voice notes - wistful indulgences, gentle jealousies, interactions reenacted and reexamined.
Talking about the early sketches that would become the Facepaint EP, Sasha explains, “'New Recording 4091' was the thirty second morsel of a melody that made me realize I had a problem with avoidance. On 'New Recording 2072,' I found my distraction through falling in love. On 'New recording 3176' I had found a distraction through the vortex that is Google search, ending up on WebMD - but I knew I had to finish a song my own. And really finish it - which was maybe more terrifying than my WebMD diagnoses."
This is when Sasha’s longtime friend Nico came in, to accompany her in her distractions, traveling the path of her whimsy, following her fantasies and seeing them through - someone who knows both sides of her; the nostalgist and the comedian, the entertainer and the escapist - Buzzy Lee.
"Nico provided the safe space within our always effervescent friendship and creative relationship," she explains, of her partnership with longtime friend Nicolas Jaar. "I ate sandwiches and cried and laughed and reflected and reverted to childhood and here are the songs that sprung from those two weeks lying on Nico’s living room floor. I hope you enjoy. Here’s to finally titling voice notes."
Since releasing her first single "Coolhand" in February, Buzzy Lee has picked up fans at KCRW, i-D, Gorilla vs Bear, Stereogum, and the LA Times, who reported "with a voice that can gracefully maneuver across octaves, Buzzy Lee fills her measures with dramatic flourish that recalls British singer Kate Bush."