CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXIV - TUES JAN 15TH - 7:30-10 PM
MISTY BOYCE
TIM WILLIAMS

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Misty Boyce began studying piano at age 5. Even in the desert, there is a surprising amount of refreshing musicians and teachers, toward whom Misty eagerly gravitated. Classically trained under the eagle-eye of Julliard grad, Leila York, Misty developed the skills that allowed her to delve into jazz rather quickly at age 14, all the while studying the music that she loved (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Radiohead) and composing constantly.

Misty entered college in the year 2002 at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where she majored in Jazz Studies/Piano Performance. Here, Misty put her writing/singing on the shelf as she was consumed with learning the art of jazz, and discovering a world of competition she had not known in New Mexico. She became quite accomplished as a jazz pianist, earning the Three-Arts Scholarship for junior and senior female musicians two years in a row, and auditioning into the internationally competitive "Sisters in Jazz" quintet through IAJE. This year-long honor gave Misty the opportunity to work under jazz greats such as Gerri Allen and Allison Miller, as well as perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and at the Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

After graduating in June 2006, Misty moved to New York City, where she continues to play jazz, but is now focusing on her first loves, writing and performing, and is working hard to make her mark as a truly original artist.

Williams began writing in earnest, demoing an arsenal of nearly a hundred songs in his Brooklyn apartment. With the process set in motion, an unexpected robbery threatened to derail the whole thing. “Paul flew over here to do some pre-production and help me sort through the songs I had composed,” recalls Williams. “The day before he arrived my apartment was broken into and my computer – with all my demos on it – was stolen along with my glasses and beard trimmer.”

In the face of losing months and months of painstaking effort Williams purchased a four-track and demoed the fifty or so songs that he could remember. Eventually 25 were selected to be laid to tape back in England and in July of 2006 Williams headed back across the pond for the two-week long sessions. While the process went along well, when Williams arrived back in New York he felt unsatisfied. Four months later the singer boarded yet another Britain-bound flight for mixing, more programming, and ultimately the addition of two new compositions.

The resulting When Work Is Done, due October 2nd via New York indie Dovecote Records (Aberdeen City, Mason Proper), is a strikingly confident work that boldy drifts from keyboard-laden marches (“To And From Tomorrow”), to earnest Americana (“Lessons”) and fuzzed-out electro balladry (“Out There”). Lead single “Novel,” gleaned from the initial Merchant Heart sessions, is a bright and deliberate pop song with a hell of a keyboard line, proving that Williams has moved on from the often morose implications of Digression. “I couldn't feel more different from the person who wrote it” he exclaims assuredly.

Reflecting on the incident of thievery that threatened the project initially, Williams chalks it up to serendipity. “I think it happened for a reason,” he says. “The songs I remembered are the songs that needed to be on this record.”

LISTEN TO MISTY BOYCE LISTEN TO TIM WILLIAMS
CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXIV ::: Tuesday, JAN 15TH
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - MISTY BOYCE | myspace.com/mistyboyce
8:45 - TIM WILLIAMS | myspace.com/timwilliams
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft MISTY BOYCE & TIM WILLIAMS!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero