LAFAWNDAH (Bay Area Headline Debut!)
Lafawndah's journey to her current incarnation as a devotional pop polymath has wound as unpredictably as her compositional style. Her traversing of musical and artistic milieus has been defined by a freedom of tone, surrealist sense of space, an assured manipulation of formal and psychological tension.
After two acclaimed EPs (2014's self-titled 'Lafawndah' and 2016 Warp release 'Tan'), Lafawndah will release her debut album, 'ANCESTOR BOY', in Spring 2019. Meanwhile, she has continued to generate a cinematic body of work touching from a fascination with the counterpoints between music, body, and space (just as with her ever-evolving live performances). Most recently, this collaboration has resulted in Le Renard Bleu, an album and and companion film made with legendary composed Midori Takada (alongside long-time film collaborators Partel Oliva), as well as self- directing her own astounding music video for Joseph (a song co-written with Jamie Woon).
Further, Lafawndah’s HONEY COLONY mixtape series has put the full extent of her dense, baroque, maximalist production and arrangement style on display, drawing thrilling new potentials from fellow travellers Klein, Bonnie Banane, Kelsey Lu, and Kelela.
Throughout Lafawndah's music, one can trace the influence of artists such as Meredith Monk, Carlos Sara, and Andy Kaufman as much as musical antecedents AR Rahmann, Missy Elliott, or Geinoh Yamashirogumi, all while feeling and sounding only like herself.