Olivia Kaplan / Gregory Uhlmann

Bootleg Theater Presents

Olivia Kaplan / Gregory Uhlmann

Alan Hampton

Tue. May 1, 2018

8:00 pm

Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage

Los Angeles, CA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Olivia Kaplan
Olivia Kaplan
In 2003, Olivia Kaplan picked up her father’s Guild acoustic guitar and taught herself Cat Stevens’ The First Cut is the Deepest,“...only it was definitely the Sheryl Crow version.” While one may hear influences of that first Sheryl cover, Kaplan’s melancholic but open-hearted music aligns her more naturally with songwriters like Angel Olsen and Cat Power. She recorded her first EP, Goddamn, I Miss You (2014) upon returning to Los Angeles from studying music at McGill University in Montreal. Since then, Kaplan has established herself as a frequent performer and studio vocalist on a range of music projects across the city with artists like Dzang, Shannon Inouye, and Dessert. A keen emotional note-taker, Kaplan’s songs are thoughtful responses to relationships made or observed, and human situations to which she’s borne witness. Her grounded vocals combined with a minimalist approach to instrumentation embody a desolate closeness, capturing the desperation that comes with attempts at modern empathy.
Gregory Uhlmann
Gregory Uhlmann
Gregory Uhlmann is a guitarist, improviser, composer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles.

"A guitarist to take note of in L.A.'s creative music scene" -LA Weekly

"Uhlmann's solo debut is "It's Not Your Fault," a rapturous chamber-pop gem" - Buzzbands LA

“Words and music sometimes feel uncomfortably forced together in art song, but here they are organically joined, with each enhancing the other, and leaving the listener breathless at the haunting beauty of their union.” - Poetry Foundation (of works for chamber ensemble and voice, "Omen" and "Scavenger Loop")

“There are moments of abstract harmonic complexity and beauty that are unmatched, to my ears, by any bands around today." - Jeff Parker (commenting on "Fell Runner")

A guitarist and composer with a marked propensity towards mixing the prickly and the beautiful. Uhlmann aims to seamlessly incorporate influences from the rich history of American improvisers, West African music, minimalism, noise, and anything else he finds on the internet (especially cat videos). His output as a leader/co-leader includes the projects and bands, Fell Runner, River Song Quintet, Pocket People, Typical Sisters, ISTANBUL, Walsh/Uhlmann, Tom Foolery, Aquadeer, and different iterations of his name followed by trio, quartet, septet, etc.. As a sideman he is a member of Joe La Barbera’s Global Community Quartet, Andy Clausen’s SHUTTER, Andrew Lessman Trio, Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion, Michael Mull Octet, and Trevor Anderies’s Quintet.

Recent works as a composer include pieces for dance, song cycles, chamber works, and many songs.

His teaching has included workshops at CalArts, University of Oregon, University of Nevada (Reno), Denison University, and more. He holds a BFA in jazz guitar from the California Institute of the Arts where he also studied composition, West African music, Gamelan, North Indian Classical music, and Brazilian music.
Alan Hampton
Alan Hampton
Alan Hampton is a singer/songwriter/bassist who’s toured, written, and recorded with several leading artists in a variety of genres, such as multi Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, and Meshell Ndegeocello. He has performed on several late night shows with Andrew Bird, Fiona Apple, and Sara Bareilles, and frequents as the house bassist on A Prairie Home Companion, hosted by Chris Thile.

His music has appeared on a number of records, films, and TV shows. The title track from Erimaj’s “Conflict of a Man,” was featured on HBO’s new series Insecure. “Still,” one of many collaborations between Hampton and Grammy nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato, was performed on French television in Manu Katche’s One Shot Not. His vocals are featured on a Hexum/Hampton cowrite entitled “This Time of Year” in the opening scene of A Cinderella Christmas. Most recently Hampton top lined “Places That the Mind Goes” which is scheduled for release on 311’s next record, produced by John Feldmann.

In addition to writing and contributing dozens of songs for other artists, he’s also produced several records, two of which are his own: The Moving Sidewalk, and Origami For the Fire, which received critical acclaim from Ben Ratliff of the New York Times.

“Alan Hampton is a songwriter who makes you reach for platitudes about ‘good music’ — how people don’t write adventurous or honest pop songs anymore, how it’s all archness and monotony now, how our harmony-starved ears have shrunk….He does that because he’s got loads of talent.” New York Times
Venue Information:
Bootleg Theater - Bar Stage
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
http://www.bootlegtheater.org/