MELA & LAURA DUNN aboard the barge in Red Hook August 25 from 1 - 5 pm.
Melanie Closs of MELA hooks up with Laura Dunn for an afternoon of Music aboard the Barge during Museum open hours. Music sets at 1 & 3 pm.
Laura Dunn from "Ghosts of Xmas Past" combines creepy folk music with runaway melodies and surreal lyricism aboard the Waterfront Museum stage. They sound like "Emmylou Harris singing in a haunted house."
Hear Mela. MELA is a folk band of original tunes that features an eclectic mix of piano ballads and world-inspired tunes about distant lands and lovers. Mostly inspired by Irish ballads and traditional world folk, the sound ranges from emotional pop ballads to sing-along drinking songs, Hungarian modes about Indian love affairs, tight Andrews Sisters sounds with ukulele, found lyrics and sweeping lullabies that make the most sense when it’s raining outside.
After a journey around the world busking, teaching, and culminating in a musical performance piece in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, singer songwriter Melanie Closs formed MELA based in Brooklyn, NY. Her vocal styles rooted in theatre give her voice emotion and color, and her world travel experiences inspire her dramatic harmony-driven tunes.
“played alluringly...gentle, insinuating...”
Yvonne Korshak, review of Green Theatre Collective's As You Like It, featuring original music by MELA.
The name MELA comes from an international nickname that Melanie Closs took on while traveling in Asia. It is also a Sanskrit word that means "gathering of people" or "festival". MELA is an experience filled with joy and friends, a true world festival in itself.