Sun Jan 14 2018

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

SPACE

1245 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202

$20.00 - $35.00

All Ages

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Mary Fahl, the former lead singer of October Project, has never sounded more hopeful or intimately personal than on her new album, "Love & Gravity." It is a gently spare, artfully meditative record about finding love later in life while maintaining a sense of optimism amid the chaos surrounding us. 

There's a hard-won sense of survival to her music and life now. "Sometimes you get another chance at things. You've got to believe in love. I'm not a pessimist," she says. "Love & Gravity" is a new milestone for Mary, who sang with the popular, progressive-rock band October Project in the 1990s before embarking on a fascinating, from folk-to-classical-to-world-music-and-beyond journey that has now peaked with her new solo album. It is filled with flowingly candid, folk-etched ballads that are produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who also produced Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah.”

The new songs are "road-tested," Mary says, and were part of her solo shows in recent years. "The orchestrations are very spare because that's the way the songs were written.”

Mary's learning curve continues to grow, and so does her self-determination. "I really am my own momentum now," she says, alluding to her need to be taken on her own terms. "This really is a record from an older person's sensibility. It's from someone who has lived a lot."

Although the songs came out of solo performances, she has backup musicians on the album who include drummer Shawn Pelton (from the "Saturday Night Live" band), guitarists Cranston Clements and Chris Bruce (who has played with Seal and John Legend), and bassist Byron Isaacs, pianist Glen Patscha and singer Fiona McBain from Ollabelle. 

"Love & Gravity” represents Mary’s crowning achievement so far. There's a reason why Allmusic.com has called Mary a "completely unique artist of her era." As she sings on the final track of her new album, "Some things are meant to be and dreams do come true."

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Mary Fahl of The October Project

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  • Mary Fahl

    Mary Fahl

    Alternative Rock

    "Sounding like no other singer of her generation" (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s cult band OCTOBER PROJECT, an East Coast chamber-pop group that recorded two poetic albums for Epic, selling over 300,000 albums. With what the Boston Globe dubbed "a voice for the gods" Fahl wraps you up in that rich contralto of hers and transports you to every corner of a song with power and subtlety.  As a solo performer, she has recorded albums for SONY Classical and V2 Records, and has written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song ("Going Home") for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. With a repertoire of beautiful melodies and sumptuous textures that includes songs from October Project, her acclaimed version of "Dark Side of the Moon," and her own elegant songs which draw on classical and world music sources as well as thinking man’s folk-pop, all Fahl needs to sound cinematic and lush is a guitar, a spotlight and a glass of water.  It may help if you close your eyes.  For this upcoming show, Fahl will also perform songs from her long-anticipated, soon-to-be-released album, “Love and Gravity”.  A pre-lease of this new CD will be available at the show.

     

SPACE

Mary Fahl of The October Project

Sun Jan 14 2018 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

SPACE Evanston IL
Mary Fahl of The October Project
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$20.00 - $35.00 All Ages

Mary Fahl, the former lead singer of October Project, has never sounded more hopeful or intimately personal than on her new album, "Love & Gravity." It is a gently spare, artfully meditative record about finding love later in life while maintaining a sense of optimism amid the chaos surrounding us. 

There's a hard-won sense of survival to her music and life now. "Sometimes you get another chance at things. You've got to believe in love. I'm not a pessimist," she says. "Love & Gravity" is a new milestone for Mary, who sang with the popular, progressive-rock band October Project in the 1990s before embarking on a fascinating, from folk-to-classical-to-world-music-and-beyond journey that has now peaked with her new solo album. It is filled with flowingly candid, folk-etched ballads that are produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who also produced Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah.”

The new songs are "road-tested," Mary says, and were part of her solo shows in recent years. "The orchestrations are very spare because that's the way the songs were written.”

Mary's learning curve continues to grow, and so does her self-determination. "I really am my own momentum now," she says, alluding to her need to be taken on her own terms. "This really is a record from an older person's sensibility. It's from someone who has lived a lot."

Although the songs came out of solo performances, she has backup musicians on the album who include drummer Shawn Pelton (from the "Saturday Night Live" band), guitarists Cranston Clements and Chris Bruce (who has played with Seal and John Legend), and bassist Byron Isaacs, pianist Glen Patscha and singer Fiona McBain from Ollabelle. 

"Love & Gravity” represents Mary’s crowning achievement so far. There's a reason why Allmusic.com has called Mary a "completely unique artist of her era." As she sings on the final track of her new album, "Some things are meant to be and dreams do come true."

Mary Fahl

Mary Fahl

Alternative Rock

"Sounding like no other singer of her generation" (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s cult band OCTOBER PROJECT, an East Coast chamber-pop group that recorded two poetic albums for Epic, selling over 300,000 albums. With what the Boston Globe dubbed "a voice for the gods" Fahl wraps you up in that rich contralto of hers and transports you to every corner of a song with power and subtlety.  As a solo performer, she has recorded albums for SONY Classical and V2 Records, and has written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song ("Going Home") for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. With a repertoire of beautiful melodies and sumptuous textures that includes songs from October Project, her acclaimed version of "Dark Side of the Moon," and her own elegant songs which draw on classical and world music sources as well as thinking man’s folk-pop, all Fahl needs to sound cinematic and lush is a guitar, a spotlight and a glass of water.  It may help if you close your eyes.  For this upcoming show, Fahl will also perform songs from her long-anticipated, soon-to-be-released album, “Love and Gravity”.  A pre-lease of this new CD will be available at the show.