CROSS-POLLINATION CXXXVII - TUES APR 10TH - 7:30-10 PM
THE KIN
PAULA VALSTEIN

The Kin is a partnership of two brothers from the small town of Adelaide, Australia, who have found their way to New York. They drive around in a 1977 VW bus, known as ‘Daisy’ that has no heat. They have Scottish blood and play to a highland marching style of rhythms. Thorry plays the guitar with a knee-jerk drive that forms the backbone of the music, while Isaac lays down swirling dynamics with a Rhodes piano. Their voices are compelling individually; Thorry hits the angelic high notes and gravelly low notes, while Isaac croons softly one moment, then sings out like a town crier. But you don't fully understand The Kin until you hear them sing together. They start out in unison, trade off leads and slam into bracing harmonies. They change the subject when you talk of style and influences, then talk your ear off about their musical heroes.

Raised in beautiful and unpredictable Israel, Paula started playing classical piano at the age of 5, 4 hours a day. She began to compose original music at the age of 6, using favorite poems from her mother’s huge library books.
At 14, she realized she had no real friends, her best friends being the gifted Chopin, Debusy and Bach.
At 15, Paula shocked her teachers at a school classical concert when she snuck her band in to sing her rock music. The audience stood to their feet but the teachers took valium to recover.
That night ignited a passion for Paula to continue to perform her original music live! She has played at all the top major festivals in Israel: Festival of Jazz and Love (Jerusalem), The International Jazz festival at the Red Sea 2003 in Eilat, The Opera house of Tel Aviv playing with bassist Omer Avital, and has also played at many of the largest rock venues in Israel . Her influences range from Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Chick, Billy Holiday, Leonard Cohen to PJ Harvey, Tori Amos and Radiohead. Since her arrival to New York, she has integrated into the east village singer/songwriters scene, resulting in a strong following. Her band includes some of the most talented musicians in NY, Emek Rave-bass, Bashi Nickens- drums, Greg Pettito – e.guitar, and Paul Evans-sax. Currently, Paula is working on her first album.
"Music for me is a passion that I have been breathing since I can remember. It is what I am, it is my truth, and nothing in this world has ever moved me more, to touch people in any other way".

LISTEN TO THE KIN LISTEN TO PAULA VALSTEIN
CROSS-POLLINATION CXXXVII ::: Tuesday, APR 10TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - THE KIN | thekin.com | myspace.com/thekin
8:45 - PAULA VALSTEIN | walkintomadness.com | myspace.com/paulavalstein
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft THE KIN & PAULA VALSTEIN!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero