Tōth – Tickets – The Lounge at World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA – January 11th, 2020

Tōth

Tōth

Performers:
Tōth
Joanna Sternberg
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
$15.00
All Ages
Tōth with Joanna Sternberg appearing at The Lounge at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA

Alex Toth

In July 2016, Alex Toth was recovering from a broken foot and a broken heart, stuck in his fourth-floor apartment in Brooklyn with cast and crutches. This is where Tōth's "achingly beautiful" debut album, Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, was born.

A few months earlier, Alex and his Rubblebucket cofounder and love of more than eleven years had "consciously uncoupled," after a period of helping each other through devastating challenges. Alex was lightning-struck by sadness. "Almost convalescent" at times, in his words, though rarely still. A jazz trumpeter by training, Alex is always, always writing. And that spring, a new kind of music started to come -- raw, stripped-down songs unfurling without agenda, bent over an acoustic guitar. It never occurred to Alex that he was making an album.

The idea sprouted in songwriting sessions with his friend Kimbra, when she heard this new sound and encouraged Alex to make a record. But it didn't solidify until June 2016, when Alex was onstage with his punk project, Alexander F, and broke his foot. Stuck there in his apartment all summer, Tōth came to life.

Practice Magic and Seek Professional Help When Necessary, due May 2019 from Northern Spy Records (worldwide) and Figureight Records (UK/Europe), is a self-help guide unlike any other -- a breakup album before wholeness, but after anger. The album turns as it goes, through "lush, windswept sonics" (Gorilla Vs. Bear), bebop trumpet solos, and spare guitar, recalling the Beach Boys in one bar and Arthur Russell in the next. It's an album for remembering and letting go -- and discovering what magic remains.

Joanna Sternberg

Joanna Sternberg is a 28-year-old singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist born/based in New York City. When Joanna was 2, their parents overheard them humming the entire melody to “Oh What A Merry Christmas Day” from Mickey’s Christmas Carol at their passover seder. They sent Joanna to piano lessons when they turned 5. Joanna taught themselves how to play the guitar and electric bass when they were 11. Joanna attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. They started studying double bass during their freshman year. Joanna got a full scholarship to Mannes College of Music, and studied classical double bass there for a year and a half. Joanna decided to leave the school and take a year off. During that year they did nothing but stay in their room and draw comics. Joanna has been a freelance musician and visual artist since they were 18-years-old. Joanna finished their double bass performance degree at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, where they got a full scholarship. When Joanna was 23, they began writing songs and learning how to sing. At the age of 24 Joanna started singing in public while accompanying themself on different instruments. Today, Joanna continues to write songs, sing, play instruments, and create visual art. Joanna does not like using genres to describe music or art. They also do not like using the word music to describe music, or the word art to describe art

Venue Information:
The Lounge at World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104