CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXXV - TUES APR 1ST - 7:30-10 PM
PAUL BASILE
MISTY BOYCE

Fresh from the wilds of the Alaskan bush, Paul Basile (pronounced like the herb) returns to New York with four long, dark winters worth of songs and a brand new album, "Skeletons. The disc was recorded in the woody confines of a small bedroom in his Bethel, Alaska home - a world away from where he got his start.

While earning an incredibly practical degree from an Upstate New York college, Basile played in a folk duo whose aim was to impress girls with the four chords they knew between them. After graduation, he headed west to Billings, Montana in the fall of 2001. There Basile began writing more seriously and held a weekly gig at The Beanery, a local bar. The Billings press soon took notice and called his music "hypnotizing."

Not finding the contrast between New York and Montana drastic enough, Basile headed further west (and way north) to Bethel, Alaska. His quirky new home provided little outlet for an aspiring musician. But it was in this rough and rustic environment that Basile took a hobby and made it a passion. He earned his living writing and dog mushing but left plenty of time for music. Basile became a veritable song factory, creating music that combines quiet, stirring imagery with tremendously catchy tunes. By the fall of 2005 the coffeeshops and conference halls of Bethel, Alaska were packed with fans singing along nearly every weekend.

Armed with a duct-taped Martin and his gravely voice, Basile writes and sings earnest songs about people loving, people being wronged and people trying to do right. His style is often likened to those of Bright Eyes and Richard Buckner. The songs are steeped in all things Alaskan, but speak to a broad audience, dodging cliche at every turn. They are rustic American folk-rock songs for anyone, anywhere.

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.

LISTEN TO PAUL BASILE LISTEN TO MISTY BOYCE
CROSS-POLLINATION CLXXXV ::: Tuesday, APR 1ST
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - PAUL BASILE | paulbasilemusic.com | myspace.com/paulbasile
8:45 - MISTY BOYCE | myspace.com/mistyboyce
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft PAUL BASILE & MISTY BOYCE!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero