LIVE: Cuddle Magic & the Daredevil Christopher Wright @ Putnam Den, 11/8/12

November 19th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

A terrific triple-bill at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs – Railbird, Cuddle Magic and the Daredevil Christopher Wright – on Thursday, November 8, included this fab collaboration.

Call it Daredevil Magic?


LIVE: Cuddle Magic with Phyllis Chen @ Caffe Lena, 5/28/11

June 3rd, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Cuddle Magic

Cuddle Magic

When Cuddle Magic played in the region before – at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs and opening for Lost In The Trees at Proctors in Schenectady – the audiences were a bit thin.

Through constant touring over the past four years and the release of two acclaimed CDs, the Brooklyn/Philadelphia collective has been picking up fans along the way, and their Caffe Lena debut last Saturday night had twice as many fans as both of their previous Nippertown appearances combined.

This time out Cuddle Magic was joined in a collaborative effort by the exquisite pianist Phyllis Chen, who is one of this country’s leading performers on – believe it or not – the toy piano. Before you dismiss the notion of someone playing the toy piano seriously, keep in mind that Chen is a conservatory trained pianist and student of the world-acclaimed classical pianist Andre Watts.

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Win FREE TIX to Railbird/Cuddle Magic @ Indie 8th Step, 10/23/10

October 20th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Sara

Last month, the venerable Eighth Step at Proctors tried something different when it launched the Indie 8th Step, a new series of concerts spotlighting adventurous independent rock bands.

The opening volley of the series featured a simply magnificent performance by Lost in the Trees (read our review). Opening the show was Philadelphia/NYC trio Cuddle Magic with a special guest appearance by Sarah Pedinotti of Railbird.

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Live: Lost in the Trees @ the Eighth Step, 9/24/10

September 28th, 2010, 5:01 pm by Greg

Lost In The Trees

Lost In The Trees

There weren’t a whole lot of people in Proctors’ GE Theatre last Friday for the launch of the Eighth Step’s new Indie 8th Step series, which aims at bringing young indie pop and rock bands to the venerable coffeehouse.

“Hey, the whole front row is empty. Come on and sit down front, so we can be more family-ish,” declared vocalist-guitarist Ari Picker, frontman for Lost in the Trees.

No one moved.

“Or you can just stay where you are, and we can be divorced,” he added. The crowd laughed. Then they got up and moved down front.

The small number of folks in the theater didn’t seem to bother the members of the Chapel Hill band, and from the very start it was clear that the lucky ones in attendance where going to be treated to something special.

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Be Here Now: Cuddle Magic @ Spring Street Gallery, 12/16/09

December 15th, 2009, 3:08 pm by Greg


Featuring some of the Northeast’s finest instrumentalists and songwriters – including Ben Davis, who also lends his considerable musical talents to Saratoga’s own RailbirdCuddle Magic plays carefully arranged acoustic avant-pop music with rhythmic
sophistication and an undeniable groove.

Drums, hand percussion, violin, trumpet, ukulele, clarinet, vibraphone, electric piano and banjo are just some of the ingredients to be found in the group’s eclectic, yet potent mix.

Beginning as a small chamber ensemble in the fall of 2006, Cuddle Magic has slowly accrued a cast of a talented songwriters and instrumentalists from New England Conservatory’s fertile musical community and grew into the large ensemble that exists today. Bandmembers hail from Philadelphia, Boston and NYC.

Cuddle Magic’s sophomore album, “Picture,” is slated for release on February 9, on FYO Records, but you can catch a sneak peek at the songs when Cuddle Magic drops into the intimate Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday (December 16). Showtime is 8pm, and admission is $10.

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