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      November 12, 2019

      Tuesday   8:00 PM

      628 Divisadero Street
      San Francisco, California 94117

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      Moonchild

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      Moonchild is a combination of three independent, strong-willed spiritsAmber Navran [vocals, tenorsaxophone, flute, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming], Andris Mattson [trumpet, flugelhorn,keyboards, synth bass, guitar, drum programming], and Max Bryk [alto saxophone, clarinet, keyboards,synth bass, drum programming]. The resulting union yields an ever-evolving fusion of alternative R&Band neo-soul. For as singular as each personality may be, they all participate equally in writing,producing, tracking, and mixing their records, collaborating as true equal partners. Not only do theycreate as a unit, but they also evolve, grow, and transform as one.Our chemistry as writers was pretty instantaneous from the start, explains Andris. The first tune wecame up with, we all sat on a piano bench together and wrote as a unit. Nowadays, each of us has ourown studio setup and are constantly making beats and writing songs on our own. Well often send eachother emails of beats we made and then get together to expand them into full songs. We have so muchtrust in each other during the writing process.As Moonchild, the whole becomes greater than the sum of its partsnever more so than on their fourthfull-length, Little Ghost [Entertainment One].After that first shared piano bench session at the University of Southern California, the group unveiledtheir debut Be Free in 2012. Please Rewind followed three years later, and 2017s Voyager saw themascend to new critical peaks. NPR Music touted the record among, Five R&B Albums You Slept On In2017, and JAZZ FM named them Soul Act of the Year for 2018. Cure toppled 8 million Spotifystreams, and The List exceeded 7 million plays on Youtube.Along the way, the trio performed headline shows everywhere from the United States and Europe toAsia, and supported other tours for the likes of The Internet, Kamasi Washington, and more. As theybegan writing and recording Little Ghost in 2018, the individual progression of each musician informedand elevated the creative process. While laying down tracks at a Lake Arrowhead retreat, Andris dovefurther into the guitar, incorporating it at the core of the new music.The three of us are always experimenting with new programs and gear and trying to improve our craftindividually, he goes on. Ive been so into guitar, so thats a big shift from previous Moonchild albums.The acoustic and ukulele really expanded our sound. The keyboard-driven sounds and horns are stillthere, but theyre intertwined with guitar.The evolution connects to the title, adds Amber. At the end of a stars life, the gas expands into spaceand leaves a really beautiful nebula, and there is one up there called Little Ghost. We thought it was acool concept of expansion, mirroring what we were doing as a group.The first single Too Much to Ask illuminates that expansion. Andris pairs an electric piano patch withthe guitar and ukulele over a skittering groove as Ambers raspy delivery rolls from a near-whisper to asoulful swoon.Its about realizing youre in a relationship with someone whos halfway out the door - who doesntcare like you do, she says. Often you come to that realization one hint at a time, with the all littlethings they dont do.Eliciting a raucous reaction by playing horns together live, the band incorporated more horns than everbefore, according to Max. Not only do horn solos blare and bounce through Money and ComeOver, but they kickstart the momentum on the opener Wise Women where jazz-y shakers and hi-hatsgive way to a breathy clarion call for female empowerment as Amber sings, Go on and prove themwrong.Wise Women is just about making things happen for yourself and not waiting for opportunities tocome, she elaborates.Ukulele and piano converge for a dreamy dynamic on The Other Side, while everything concludes onthe sweeping string outro of Still Wonder. It serves as a cinematic send-off befitting of the 14-trackjourney.Writing together is ultimately therapeutic, Amber leaves off. I hope we give listeners something theycan relate to and find comfort in. Its what music does for us.We were obsessed with crafting this record, concludes Max. It got us really excited every day. Maybeit can inspire others to pursue their own art or anything that makes them feel good.

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