Grey Reverend, Jen Goma, & Eliot Krimsky
Grey Reverend, Jen Goma, & Eliot Krimsky
Grey Reverend is the solo project of songwriter L.D. Brown. He began the project in 2005 while living in Philadelphia P.A, focusing on guitar and voice as a primary means of expression. Raised on a variety of musical genres, L.D. began playing the saxophone at age 9, but didn’t discover his main instrument, the guitar, until the age of 22… L.D’s first years in Philadelphia as a musician were spent performing and recording with artist such as Steve Gunn, The Late Jack Rose, Chris Powell of ManMan, and Cynthia G Mason. L.D was also studying music theory on his own and learning from his mentor, the legendary guitarist Pat Martino.
A sea change occurred in L.D’s approach to the guitar when he was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Focal Dystonia, which limited the use of both of his hands and temporary sidelined his career… Determined to find a way to keep playing, “Grey Reverend” was born out of a desire to write his own music from simple song formula while maintaining a textural complexity which he found to be lacking at the time in contemporary acoustic music. In 2006 L.D. moved to New York City, where he currently lives, and spent most of his early time there writing songs and performing them for Rats and People in the subways. “It was a good experience”. Grey Reverend music has been showcased on MTV, ABC ,NBC, HBO ,BBC and other networks worldwide, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as The Huffington Post
Besides currently working as musical director, guitarist and vocalist with “The Cinematic Orchestra” UK, L.D. has released three GR records (since 2011) and has collaborated with a wide range of artist throughout the world. He claims that music is one of the ‘purest’ ways to connect with people.
In describing Grey Reverend’s sound, David Garland of WNYC radio in New York put it eloquently when he said “As Grey Reverend, LD Brown makes compelling songs with reverence for the grey, undeﬁned areas of style, and without concern for standard musical, or social expectations.”
A modern bluesman…
Jen Goma is a performer and creator of music, videos and theater living in NY. A self-propelled multi-media artist with “serious chops… (and) undeniable charm” – Pitchfork Music, her solo debut album as Showtime Goma “shows how she can cause – and helm – a commotion while working with beats borrowed from R&B and pop.”- Rolling Stone. She is currently alongside Kristine Haruna Lee in the Soho Rep. Theater Writer/Director labs and is a member of the bands A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Roman à Clef. Goma was also a member of People Get Ready, a band that has mounted shows at NY institutions, The Kitchen and New York Live Arts, in addition to providing live original music for Jodi Melnick in the Fall For Dance festival. She recently finished a tour opening for of Montreal with Nancy Feast (Teeny Lieberson of the band TEEN), she has also collaborated with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Jherek Bischoff.
NPR Showtime Goma premiere: http://www.npr.org/2017/05/03/
Showtime Goma Collaboration with George Langford of Javelin: http://www.thrdcoast.com/read/
Eliot Krimsky is a composer and songwriter, co-founder and lead singer of the band Glass Ghost, keyboardist, and media artist. Glass Ghost has been called “delicately brave” by Andy McCluskey of OMD, and “weird and mournful yet highly rhythmic” by Time Out New York. The band has been featured on NPR, HBO and has played shows with the likes of Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors and Sharon Van Etten. In 2015, Glass Ghost did an interactive new-media performance at Lincoln Center presented by Performance Space 122. Krimsky also works regularly with Open House — a band/performance collaboration with Steven Reker, Ryan Seaton and Matt Evans. Their piece “Rememberer” will have its Washington D.C. premier at ADI and its N.Y. premier at BAM for the Next Wave festival. Mr. Krimsky has played with Meshell Ndegeocello as well as the band Here We Go Magic — with whom he’s played numerous shows — including at the 02 Arena London and at the Montreal Jazz festival. Krimsky’s music has been featured for film and television on HBO and at the Sundance Film Festival. He recently composed the original piano and string score for the feature film Supergirl. His music has also been featured for dance for choreographer Beth Gill’s “Portrait Study” – which opened for Laurie Anderson in her own Live Ideas festival. Krimsky is currently working on a solo album as well as a new Glass Ghost album. https://eliotkrimsky.com/