kal cahoone was raised in colorado and studied piano as a young child. Her mother had a passion for folk music (bruce cochburn, judy collins, gordon lightfoot, leonard cohen, the fairport convention, tim buckley) and Kal never imagined that one day she would also be a fan.
A friend and admirer of members and wives of local bands like the denver gentlemen and 16 horsepower (now woven hand) in her early 20′s she was inspired to create but wanted out of denver and the states.
After receiving a degree in Spanish she ended up in valparaiso chile, living on a hill (cerro alegre) in total solitude with nothing but a typewriter and a Beautiful view. Here she began writing songs, at age 26.
Six months later she took a bus across the Andes, arriving in Buenos Aires. Within a few days she met composer Christian Basso and they began recording together and eventually married. Thier song “The Movement” can be heard in the film “Dot the I” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. She also took up accordion, which was easier to travel with than a piano.
Some years later she returned to Denver and immediately formed band Tarantella with John Rumley (Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and Hush) where they also shared a meaningful co-writing situation. Since 2000, kal has recorded with Lilium, and has appeared doing back-up vocals for locals Munly and Roger Green. Kal has been onstage to play keyboards for Woven Hand and has appeared with The Denver Gentlemen.
Long time hipster crush, Elin Palmer of the Lee Lewis Harlots, is finally breaking out with her own heart fluttering solo project. Born in Värmland Sweden, her music roots stem back to the folk music of Sweden. Typically hired for her precision with the violin and Nyckelharpa (an ancient Swedish instrument) she is more of a “multi-instrumentalist”; even rocking out some guitar for the newest album.
Elin has had the pleasure of working with a lot of acclaimed artists throughout the years, including 16 Horsepower, The Czars, Wovenhand, Basia Bulat, M.Ward, The Fray, and Kal Cahoone. She was also a core member and one of 3 string arrangers for Munly, in his former group Munly and The Lee Lewis Harlots. Elin has toured and played for Eric Bachmann (of Archers of Loaf) in the band Crooked Fingers, as well as performed arrangements by Tom Hagerman of Devotchka and toured with the band as a performing musician— including a performance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Being a well-established working musician for years now, Elin’s projects highlight her beautiful vocal and instrumental arrangements with ethereal Scandinavian accents flavoring her own (and oh, SO refreshing) take on indie rock. Her few solo performances have already thrown her to the top of Denver’s music heap with a sellout crowd on her video release show at the Hi-dive.
Her first solo album “Postcard,” produced by local legend Bob Ferbrache of Absinthe studios, has recently been released.
From the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Gora Gora Orkestar brings an eclectic mix of gypsy roma and american brass band music. Our sound ranges from traditional folk dances to powerful vocal ballads.
The tiny hamlet of Manitou Springs, Colorado sits just below the soaring heights of Pikes Peak. A place frequented by thousands of tourists each year, it is a mecca for flatlanders and southerners longing for the cool mountain air and the remarkable views. It is also a haven for gifted songwriters and musicians. Among the most capable of these writers is Conor Bourgal, who along with his twin brother, Ian, and an interchangeable ensemble of musicians, form a group called the Changing Colors.They are a band that sings of longing and beauty, hope and regret. Their latest album, Ghost of Red Mountain takes its entire theme from the legendary story of Manitou resident Emma Crawford. Sometime in the early 1900's Crawford’s coffin was washed down onto Main Street from it’s perch above town on Red Mountain. The story is the source of Manitou’s biggest festival – the internationally renowned Emma Crawford Coffin Races held each Halloween. Bourgal chose to look beyond the gothic story and to bring a hardscrabble pioneer woman’s life to light.