SHAINA KAPELUCK - VOCALS
ROSS LIPTON - KEYBOARDS
DARIAN SCATTON - HARP
ALISON STOUT - SYNTH
Tadzio is an ensemble of Philadelphia/DC based musicians who share an interest in creating evocative sonic landscapes that blend warm acoustic tones (harp, piano, flute, percussion) with electronic instrumentation. The project originally formed around the collaboration between Ross Lipton (pianist), Darian Scatton (harpist) and Mandy Katz (vocalist) in the winter of 2009. From its earliest stages, the ensemble’s main focus was exploring the gray area between the open-ended narratives of modern art music with the emotional directness and intimacy of songwriters such as Nico and Bjork. The realization of this project was 2013’s Queen of the Invisible LP (Edible Onion Records), a song cycle loosely based on a collection of Herman Hesse poems. In the following years, there were a few line-up changes; Shaina Kapeluck (vocals) and Alison Stout (synthesizers, flute) rounded out the permanent line-up. From 2013 to 2018, Tadzio scored several theatrical productions (Nighthawks), dance pieces (Nanina Kotlowski-Silent Scream), radio productions (Superscience Me) and dramatic reading performances (James Joyce Bloomsday-Vienna 2018).
The Sick Room
BLIGHT.Records April 23, 2019
BLIGHT.Records October 26, 2018
The Complaint (instrumental EP) is produced by Ben Schurr featuring members of DC projects such as Luna Honey, Forgetter and Teething Veils. Centered on the topics of death, sickness, memory and anxiety, the music culls from a variety of influences— from Gregorian chant, Javanese Gamelan and Arvo Pärt to Gary Numan and late-career Scott Walker. The Complaint was made in fairly short burst of time at BLIGHT. Studios with Lipton and Schurr indulging in their more spontaneous impulses, utilizing chance and improvisation juxtaposed against the compositions, having members of the BLIGHT. family drift into the studio to add perspective and ideas. These collaborations have imbued Tadzio’s recent releases with a discordant lushness that recalls both the soaring verticality of a symphony hall and the distorted hum of a basement noise show.