Ivan & Aloysha

Ivan & Aloysha

Dana Falconberry, Ark Life

Wed, March 6, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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Ivan & Aloysha
Ivan & Aloysha
There’s a scene in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan, in particular, questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer, some may say, a holy fool.

Talk of faith and exalted things is rare in indie rock today. Enter Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha. Throughout their second release, the five song Fathers Be Kind EP, the band chart their own course between divinity and disbelief.

“I left my family and my home/to fight the battle on my own I stole a car and drove away/but in my hate St. Paul did say ‘Glorify the Lord above/with your drink and making love Glorify the Lord my son, with your whisky and your gun.”

Ivan & Alyosha began as the solo outlet for Tim Wilson but in spring 2007 the band formed after Tim met Ryan Carbary through a former band mate and mutual friend. Ryan and Tim began playing and recording together and a trip to Los Angeles to work with Eli Thompson (Richard Swift, Delta Spirit) spawned the name Ivan & Alyosha. According to Tim, Thompson is a huge Dostoevsky fan and the name stuck. With that, Wilson and Carbary released The Verse, The Chorus, their debut EP on Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan as Police Woman, The Silver Seas, Teitur). The stand out track “Easy To Love” earned NPR Song of the Day honors as “a propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance.”
Dana Falconberry
Dana Falconberry
Dana Falconberry suffuses the majesty of nature in the orchestral pop‐folk she elegantly crafts in
Leelanau, her inaugural release on Oakland, CA's Antenna Farm Records. Citing influences ranging from
the prints of artist Gwen Frostic, the books of Willa Cather, and the stark, childs‐eye beauty of the
Swedish film Let The Right One In, Falconberry finds lyrical inspiration in her idyllic childhood retreats to
the Great Lakes State's Leelanau peninsula. The result is a set of eloquent verse reflecting upon the
region to which she has returned almost every summer since she was born. "There is this general
feeling of nostalgia, but the album is also about the triumphs of being a kid ‐ a celebration of running on
the beach or in the woods," Falconberry explains.
After a childhood studying classical ballet and modern dance, the Michigan native left home when she
was 18 years old to attend Hendrix College in Arkansas. There she discovered the timeless songs of the
Ozarks and the Delta and devoted herself to songwriting, founding the Little Rock Songwriters Circle in
2003. In 2004, she moved to Austin, TX and joined the indie folk band Peter In The Wolf for a stint. Soon
though, Dana broke away to focus on her own music: stripped‐down songs inspired by dreams,
memories, and landscapes.
Falconberry self‐released her Paper Sailboat EP in 2006 and followed it up with 2008’s more electrically
produced Oh Skies of Grey. In 2010, she returned to a more sparse and organic sound with her album
Halletts, featuring tight harmonies provided by Gina Dvorak and Lauren McMurray. She followed the
release with extensive touring, including several runs through the United States and trips to Europe and
For 2012’s Leelanau, Falconberry was determined to push herself as a songwriter while staying true to
the sound and aesthetic that had earned her a growing fan base in Austin and beyond. While previous
recordings emphasized the sparse and delicate, on Leelanau, Dana’s fairy‐like voice is bolstered by the
exquisite orchestration of a six‐piece band (Dvorak, Karla Mazur, Matthew Shepherd, Christopher Cox,
Lindsey Verrill) who are central to the bountiful soundscapes Falconberry creates. The newly developed
string arrangements (arranged by bandmember Cox and performed by Austin’s Tosca String Quartet)
match the growth in Falconberry’s songwriting approach: “I used to write more about love and
heartbreak, but I find now that I am more interested in complex ideas and subtle emotions rather than
the sweeping melodramatic stuff.”
Ark Life
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Venue Information:
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Denver, CO, 80209