Eleni Mandell – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – June 26th, 2019

Eleni Mandell

Eleni Mandell

Saleka Night

Wed · June 26, 2019

8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$15 ADV / $17 DOS + Fees

Eleni Mandell
Eleni Mandell
Wake Up Again , inspired by teaching songwriting in two southern California women’sprisons, poses some tantalizing and probing questions. But none is more key to the album than the one that closes the album, finishing off the wistful waltz of the title song.
“Some songs were written there, while I was teaching and participating in the assignments that I gave,” says singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell, “others are portraits or amalgamations of two or more inmates or were inspired by something I heard them say.”
Working with the inmates provided many epiphanies for her as a person, and proved fertile for her as an artist, as captured in the 11 songs on this album, her 11th studio release. In many ways it’s the culmination and fulfillment of all the strengths as a writer and performer going back to her start under the tutelage of Chuck E. Weiss, Tom Waits and other top chroniclers of people in the shadows.
“I was inspired by the stories, and surprised by the laughter I heard there. And I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was, by how many different kinds of people were there: teachers, lawyers, nurses, and also people who grew up in poverty.”
The result is a set of compellingly personalized portraits and vignettes, probing looks into the lives and minds, the regrets and guilts and hopes of those she met, but ultimately also of her. And us.
Wake Up Again is out June 7, on Yep Roc Records.
Saleka Night
Saleka Night is a classically trained, Indian-American musician who started playing piano at the age of four. Throughout high school, Saleka stuck by her long-standing plan to attend a music conservatory and become concert pianist. But as graduation loomed closer, she had second thoughts. On the drive to school every day with her sisters, Saleka’s father would pick the music, playing everything from Frank Sinatra and Etta James to Kanye West and Lauryn Hill. Those influences, especially Lauryn Hill, began to seep into the young musician. Feeling a desire to push the boundaries of classical piano, Saleka’s practices became a vehicle for improvisation and exploration of the chords she was learning and the music she was hearing. A passion for songwriting was born. The conservatory plan gave way to Brown University, and there began Saleka’s journey as an R&B singer-songwriter.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/