"WINTERMUTE" The latest collaboration from MITCHELL LEONARD & RICH CRESCENTI Release date January 31, 2017 at www.mitchellleonard.com Premiere performance - February 3, 2017 at Our Wicked Lady
(Brooklyn, NY) The third collaboration between Barrelhouse Jazz pianist and composer Mitchell Leonard and indie rock producer and drummer Rich Crescenti, 'Wintermute' will release on January 31, 2017 via digital download through iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and www.mitchellleonard.com.
A musical score that follows two strangers along separate paths on a cold, snowy night in the city, 'Wintermute' combines humanity and technology by being "playgrammed" - tracked live and then manipulated digitally as MIDI information.
The duo will also premiere "Wintermute" with a live performance at Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237) on February 2, 2017 at 9PM as part of the "Thursdays for the Cause" series - a SAVI (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program) Benefit Show. All proceeds of the door plus a percentage of bar sales from the evening go directly to the SAVI Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. For more information, please visit www.ourwickedlady.com.
Leonard and Crescenti first met while playing in clubs throughout the American Southwest. Years later, they reconnected in New York to make music together. Their first release, ‘The Barrelhouse E.P.,’ grabbed listeners in the summer of 2013 with its distinctive style of snaps, claps, percussive piano and gritty vocals. As New York grew on them, their collaboration revealed a darker, moodier side with ‘Already Too Late.' ‘Wintermute’ is their first collaborative foray into instrumental composition, conjuring the quiet melancholia of winter that settles across the city.
Mitchell Leonard is a Brooklyn-based pianist, composer and Barrelhouse Jazz artist. During his teenage years, he worked as an accompanist for traveling theater companies. Since then, he has played hundreds of live shows as the front man for the bands Dimonet and Critch, worked as a keyboardist at the legendary Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles alongside veteran producer Ron Nevison and recorded several albums of his own works. You can hear his music at www.mitchellleonard.com.
Rich Crescenti has been playing music since he was 9 years old and making recordings for nearly 20 years. Throughout his career as an engineer, producer and drummer, Rich has worked in such world-class recording institutions as Soundtrack NY, Firefly and Premier Studios. As a drummer, he's been the foundation of several bands including Jones Fracture and Brooklyn favorite Bugs in the Dark. Check out his work at www.richmakesrecords.com.