RAQIA at East Village Coffee Lounge
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East Village Coffee Lounge and Kiki Wow present an evening of live music featuring RAQIA on Saturday, February 15, 7pm-9pm.
RAQIA is an instrumental trio formed in Los Angeles in the summer of 2018. Consisting of guitarist Tad Piecka, violinist Gregory Allison, and keyboardist Jon Bernstein, this ensemble draws influences from a wide array of genres including ambient, folk, world fusion, and jazz.
In an age of rising chaos and encroaching darkness, RAQIA seeks to create sanctuary and connection with the natural world through music. Weaving between structured compositions and open improvisation, this is music of and for the elements.
Guitarist Tad Piecka, coming from a background of post-rock and black metal, here infuses his lightning fast finger-picking skills with a strain of folk and Americana, enhanced by his focus on the 12-string acoustic.
Violinist Gregory Allison combines his experiences with folk and chamber pop with his training and background in Carnatic music, bringing a fluid and emotional fire to the group’s sound.
Jon Bernstein, primarily known for ambient and cinematic soundscapes and sound design in the audio drama space, here focuses almost entirely on piano, drawing from styles that range from neoclassical to pop music.