ALLUVIAL PLAIN ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT
ALLUVIAL PLAIN is a jazz trio (piano, upright bass and drums) plus a female lead plus a Motownesque girl band; altogther, something a little uncommon.
Lead singer, Aruna Antonella Handa, writes the songs and the band collaborates for the arrangments. Expect a variety of styles: from a country ballad (but with a twist), to a jazzy tango, from the blues with Motown girl-band backing to atmospheric, discordant mood pieces. Songs about elephants, riots, love, outer space, addiction, inner space, and bones.
The band formed in Toronto in early 2018. The singers, aka the SIRENS, first sang together on a cold, cold night in 2017 on the streets of Toronto for Nuit Blanche. As Independent Project #89, they sang Handa’s song cycle Have You Seen My Sister? into the dawn. They have been singing together ever since.
Handa met Kristian Podlacha (piano) in the now closed Common café on Bloor St. in Toronto’s Annex. She was intrigued because he was composing music, headphones on, keyboard attached to his laptop, right there in the middle of the café. She met Raphael (drums) at Gallery 345, where she saw him performing free improv in Casey Sokal’s soirées. She knew she would love playing with him. (And she was right.) She met Chris at the soirées too. He was listening and playing free, and making it look easy. Grounding. Bass. Alluvial Plain is Chris Adriaanse (upright bass), Alejandra Ballon (Siren), Aruna Antonella Handa (Siren, composer), Caitlin Holland (Siren), Kristian Podlacha (piano/guitar), Raphael Roter (drum set) & Jennifer Wakefield (Siren).
HIDDEN BONUS WHEN YOU BOOK ALLUVIAL PLAIN.
You get two bands: ALLUVIAL PLAIN AND THE SIRENS. (That’s cool and cost-effective.) To hear the SIRENS, (the singers in the band) with some of their a cappella material, check out thesirens.ca.
(Both bands will be going into studio this winter to record demos. Stay tuned.)