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  • NEKO CASE DEBUTS AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL AS PART OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION'S 2007/2008 SONGBOOK SERIES
  • Nov. 16, 2007
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007, AT 8 PM

    Acura is the sponsor for the concert - All Acura vehicles park for free for the evening

    KCRW is the Media Sponsor

    Singer/songwriter Neko Case brings her unique musical style and lyrical prowess to the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m. Her debut performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall includes selections from her fifth solo and critically-lauded album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. The special evening features Case on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, along with a bevy of talented musicians including: frequent musical foil Kelly Hogan on backing vocals; longtime bandmates Jon Rauhouse on pedal steel, banjo, arch-top and Hawaiian guitars, and Tom Ray on stand-up bass; and Canadian cohorts Paul Rigby on guitars and Barry Mirochnick on drums and percussion.

    A true artist, poet, and visionary, Case has developed a style that defies generic categorization. Though she played in punk bands, she has long been entrenched and heavily influenced by the sorrowful tales of country music and the passion of gospel. Her intricate and dynamic vocal stylings have resulted in the observation that she is, according to NPR, "quietly re-writing the rules of American song. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood - two years in the making from conception to completion - is lyrically reflective and self-assessing while embodying a familiar yet foreign tone.

    Each year since its inception, the Songbook series has brought Walt Disney Concert Hall audiences some of the most cherished evenings of song. The remainder of the 2007/2008 series includes: Bernadette Peters: "Just a Broadway Baby" on February 17, 2008; and John Pizzarelli: "Dear Mr. Sinatra" on March 16, 2008.

    NEKO CASE grew up in Washington, attended art school in Vancouver, left home and quit school at the age of 15 and submerged herself in the world of country, gospel and punk music. She claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. More than anything she thrives in the spaces between her music. Her early affiliations include contemporary gigs in distaff punk trios Maow and Cub, as well as a longer (and continued) stint in powerhouse Canadian pop group the New Pornographers. Although she maintains an affinity for punk music and its offshoots, it was the discovery of an obscure spiritual album by Bessie Griffin & Her Gospel Pearls that provided an important paradigm shift for her early on. Since the late '90s, the bulk of Case's energies have been devoted to a thriving solo career. Following three critically-lauded studio albums, 1997's The Virginian, 2000's Furnace Room Lullaby and 2002's masterful Blacklisted; a quietly potent kitchen-recorded EP, Canadian Amp (2005); and 2004's brilliantly conceived concert collection The Tigers Have Spoken, Case re-emerges in 2006 with her latest, Fox Confessors Brings the Flood. Through Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, she has created a record that's confessional, poignant and, ultimately, an honest representation of where she is today.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007 at 8PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Songbook Series

    NEKO CASE: "BITTERSWEET COUNTRY"

    NEKO CASE, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar

    KELLY HOGAN, backing vocals

    JON RAUHOUSE, pedal steel, banjo, arch-top and Hawaiian guitars

    TOM RAY, stand-up bass

    PAUL RIGBY, guitars

    BARRY MIROCHNICK, drums and percussion

    The concert is generously supported by Acura. Complimentary parking is being offered to all Acura vehicles entering Walt Disney Concert Hall that evening. KCRW is the Media Sponsor.

    Tickets ($35-95) are on sale now online at LAPhil.com, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full-time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Adam Crane, 213.972.3422, acrane@laphil.org; Lisa White, 213.972.3408, lwhite@laphil.org; Photos: 213.972.3034