Jupiter Nights: Emily Ritz/Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez/Neti-Neti
FINAL SUMMER SHOW! FOOD 7 PM / MUSIC 8PM
At the Basilica Gallery Building
108 South Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534 (right next to the main building on our campus)
Food by Local 111
$12 Advance / $15 Day-of-Show
Discount available to Hudson locals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the code
Jupiter Nights – Basilica’s series of more intimate art/music events in our Gallery space – closes out its summer 2023 season with the the sweet, off-kilter heartbreakers of songwriter and multidisciplinary artist Emily Ritz, the sultry, futuristic fusion R&B of Brooklyn’s Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, and the outre percussion-and-voice combustions of Neti-Neti, a duo of composer Matt Evans and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi.
Emily Ritz is a musician and visual artist newly based in Los Angeles. After several years of touring in Bay Area bands Yesway and Honeycomb, Emily began her solo project in upstate NY releasing her album ‘Pattern Recess’ in 2018. While classic elements of jazz and R&B can be heard, Ritz’s sound is enticingly off-kilter due to her subtly unusual melodic choices and inventive use of electronic manipulation. She uses her voice to weave complex harmonies and avant-garde patterns while delivering poignant and romantic lyrics. Emily released her sophomore album ‘In Love Alone’ in 2021. The record explores the fundamental duality of existence, playing loneliness against catharsis, longing against healing, and solitude against love itself. Arranged and produced in Northern CA by Luke Temple, this is a record of roomy and expansive neo-soul with a psychedelic pop twist. She has since released two self-produced singles and is working on her next album.
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Born into a family of musicians, music was Raina’s first language and it runs deep within her veins. Rooted in Jazz and R&B, the songwriter invites us into her unique sonic world with harmonic nuance and lyrical poetry.
Raina’s cross-genre style is built from the bottom up. With improvisation as a starting point for her songs, Raina draws on her emotionality and leans into her perception of the world around, uncovering hidden depths within daily life and articulating personal truth with vulnerability and bravery.
With over 1M streams on Spotify and a budding global audience, RSG has packed rooms at prestigious venues such as Public Records, Brooklyn Bowl, SOB’s, The Sultan Room and many others.
Neti-Neti is the lo-fi ritual music duo of Matt Evans (drums/ electronics) and Amirtha Kidambi (vocals/electronics) that formed amidst their mutual experiences surrounding grief after the death of loved ones. The duo shapes a vessel for processing this loss using hazy rhythmic interplay, dredging piles of noise, and serene moments of ethereal melodic counterpoint.
Neti-Neti, translated as “It is not this, it is not that” from Sanskrit, is a contemplation on the nature of reality, life, death, birth and rebirth extracted from the Hindu text of rituals The Upanishads. This meditation serves as distillation of the duo’s relationship that emerged from the viscera of a year and a half of exchanging thoughts on the nonlinear nature of grief and its chaotic emotional trajectory, the abstraction of a person without physical form, and the trauma of one’s foundations being shattered, necessitating a total spiritual rebirth.