Posts Tagged ‘Rasputina’

LIVE: “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, 1/27/13

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Review and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Erika Clark

It was the brainchild of Club Helsinki co-owner Marc Schafler: “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat,” a one-time-only event bringing together four notable musicians, who all now reside in Hudson and whose main instrument is that of four-strings (three basses, one cello), together on the same stage for the first time, for a cabaret-style benefit concert, for a cause all those involved support – the Columbia County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The Helsinki folks opened up the sliding walls between the restaurant and the club in order to welcome the capacity crowd who turned out en-masse to support the cause and witness what truly was a unique, diverse, one-of-a-kind performance.

Melissa Auf der Maur – now a solo artist, but also known for her work with alt-rockers Hole and Smashing Pumpkins – hosted the event. She was joined by Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson and Melora Creager, the other three members of what you could call the Hudson Bass Cartel.

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LIVE: Rasputina @ Club Helsinki, 10/27/11

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Rasputina @ Helsinki Hudson 10/27

Rasputina @ Helsinki Hudson 10/27

No, these aren’t their Halloween costumes.

Cellist Melora Creager and her musical cohorts in Rasputina always dress this way…

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LIVE: Rasputina @ Club Helsinki Hudson, 2/17/11

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Melora Creager

Melora Creager

“It’s 1844. What are you waiting for?,” wails Melora Creager as she leads the revolt against the oppressive Hudson Valley land-baron bastards, the Livingstons. Later on in the evening, her beautiful, haunting voice and dream-like cello playing convinces you that giants did exist… but eventually killed each other off. In fact, she is so convincing and heartfelt, painting musical portraits that drift between historical fact and dream-like fantasy, that she takes you there.

Founder of the cello-driven, classical power-trio Rasputina, Melora is from another place and time. A place and time where the past, future and present all collide in a maelstrom of soaring voices, magnificent twin-cello gun-play, mesmerizing sonics and lyrical folktales.

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