- Start: 17 June 2015 8:00 pm
Gabrielle’s formal training began at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. Herbst continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition under the tutelage of Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld. Her work has already been showcased at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, as well as Roulette, who in 2014 commissioned and premiered her first opera, Bodiless.
Herbst’s experience writing for chamber orchestra and mixed instrumentation inspired her to develop a repertoire of short-form, vocal-centric compositions under the name GABI. These were driven by solitary explorations in early 2013 with a dual-track loop pedal. The nine songs composed for Sympathy embrace the vast potential of the human voice as instrument, story, and landscape.
Sympathy was recorded in the studio where she was joined by her band Matthew O’Koren (percussion), Rick Quantz (viola), Josh Henderson (violin), and Aaron Roche (electric guitar / trombone). With production by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost), these open-ended sessions yielded a suite of compositions that capture that Gabrielle’s metamorphosis into GABI via an intimate exploration along the edges of song-form.
Driven by Sandy Davis’ haunting, yet soothing vocals, pecas is a dreamy,
cinematic take on what can loosely be described as indie rock. Previously, the Hudson Valley resident played bass for New Paltz psychedelic folk rockers, Breakfast in Fur, and co-founded the former indie pop duo, Young Neighbors.
Originally a solo recording project, pecas has slowly morphed into a five-piece band which, though true to the debut album, has an energy and sound of its own.
Pecas’ 2014 debut album Dwelling was written, recorded, and mixed almost entirely by Davis. Dwelling touches upon the themes of “out-of-placeness” and the ephemeral nature of home and friendships. The songs are at times whimsical
and at times melancholic as they tie together a blend of sparkly guitars, minimalistic piano lines, xylophone, claps, and whispers.
Dwelling features a cast of Hudson Valley musicians including, Breakfast in Fur guitarist Mike Hollis, upright bassist Ryan Young, and drummers Roger LaRochelle (Johnny Monster Band, Breakfast for the Boys), Joe Ruotolo (Royal Psalms, Blue Museum), and D’Jean Vasciannie (Prismatic Mantis).
The live incarnation of pecas features drummer Joe Ruotolo of Royal Psalms and Blue Museum, guitarist John Burdick, of the Sweet Clementines, multi-nstrumentalist and producer Kevin McMahon of Pelican Movement, and Owen Shaer on bass. Sandy Davis jumps between guitar and keys and sings lead vocals.