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The Whispering Tree
September 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Preservation New Jersey is pleased to welcome The Whispering Tree back to the beautiful setting and acoustics of the historic landmark 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!
Called “one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC” by Deli Magazine, The Whispering Tree (www.thewhisperingtree.com) are singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour. Together, they craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics and a panoramic musicality.
Invisible Forces, the fourth recording by the fiercely independent twosome, was self-produced, fan-funded and recorded at Elie and Eleanor’s home studio in Beacon, NY and at Old Soul Studio in Catskill, NY. The album explores a deeply personal and political landscape, with themes of hope, despair and social consciousness.
The lead single, Fat Cat has antecedents in Elie’s French background and the old-time gypsy jazz tradition back in his hometown while the satirical, anti-capitalist sentiment of the lyrics is firmly rooted in the protest songs of the folk revival.
Other album highlights include the impressionistic These Houses, a song describing the haunting beauty of abandoned places; the revelatory Heavy, which with elegant grace, connects New Orleans-style jazz with the 1960s rock and pop harmony vocal tradition; the darkly foreboding environmental ballad, Garden; and the sweetly rousing protest song Bells.
With their deep-reaching sound, haunting vocals and vivid lyrics, this Franco/American duo have been captivating audiences around the world since meeting at music school in London. Since its 2007 inception, The Whispering Tree has issued two albums and two EPs, and toured nationally and internationally. The duo has also earned prime critical acclaim from The Big Takeover Magazine and NYC’s The Deli magazine, among others. Other marquee career moments include being Kerrville New Folk finalists; Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project winners; and Eleanor and Elie having the honor to lend their voices to Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt’s album, A More Perfect Union.
Their eponymous debut EP and subsequent full-length album, Go Call The Captain were heavily influenced by their travels abroad, which have taken them from their home base in New York to South America to a seven-month gig in Macau (China). Go Call The Captain was named one of the year’s most luminous albums by The Big Takeover Magazine, and NYC’s The Deli magazine called The Whispering Tree one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC.
After relocating to the Hudson River Valley, The Whispering Tree released their follow-up EP, The Escape and were honored to lend their voices to Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt’s, A More Perfect Union. While working on new material for their fourth release (due early 2018) The Whispering Tree have released several singles re-imagining classic rock tunes as plaintive, harmony driven folk songs and have returned to Europe for tours in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.The Whispering Tree tastily combine wistful folk, mellow rock and pinches of gypsy jazz and bluegrass into a compelling compilation of tightly written tunes. – Keyboard Magazine
Easily one of the strongest bands to emerge from the New York indie music scene…The Whispering Tree has burst through the glass ceiling, demanding the respect they deserve as one of the most talented duos to take stage in NYC. – Deli Magazine
The Whispering Tree manage to be extremely accessible without compromising the intelligence of their music. To say that Kleiner sounds like an edgier version of Tift Merritt, or Shelby Lynne in a pensive, cosmopolitan moment, doesn’t do justice to the originality of her songwriting or her unaffected, disarmingly direct vocals. The band were amazing.– Lucid Culture
Winner, 2017 Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project
2017 Kerrvile New Folk Finalist
2017 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase
Two time North East Regional Folk Alliance showcase artist
North East Regional Folk Alliance Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase
Two time Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
Performed on Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt’s “A More Perfect Union”
Featured on “One Tree Hill” and “The Client List”
First place Songdoor International Songwriting Competition
To Purchase Tickets
- $20 for General Admission
- $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
- $5 for School and College students with ID
- $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**
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