LEYA

NYC-based duo LEYA is harpist Marilu Donovan (Eartheater, Julie Byrne) and violinist/vocalist Adam Markiewicz (PC Worship, The Dreebs).

The group aims to deconstruct the traditional connotations of the harp and violin by luxuriating in the deviant juxtaposition of ugliness vs. beauty. By altering the sound of their instruments through unorthodox tunings, extended techniques, amplification, and effects, Donovan and Markiewicz are able to mine the depths of their darker, more unsettling capacities. Falsetto and whispered vocals complete a texture that can be equally haunting and unsettling.

The duo achieves this deeper contrast via an intention towards pop songs with simple, transparent forms. The slow, drawn-out compositional pace brings them closer to “ambient” territory, enhancing the evocative qualities of the instruments while floating carefully between eerie dissonance and the angelic higher stratospheres of transcendent beauty. It is both ancient and singular in tone, but remains open to the influences and ideas of the modern day underground in its structural simplicity.

In 2018, the duo released ‘The Fool,’ available on NNA Tapes, and a full length soundtrack for the erotic film ‘I Love You,’ directed by Brooke Candy and produced by PornHub.

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Live Dates

Aug. 8th, 2019
Brooklyn, NY
The Glove
Aug. 9th, 2019
Boston, MA
Dorchester Art Project
Aug. 10th, 2019
Montreal, QC
Tara's House
Aug. 11th, 2019
Montreal, QC
Brasserie Beaubien
Aug. 12th, 2019
Toronto, ON
Pamenar Cafe
Aug. 13th, 2019
Cleveland, OH
Mahall's
Aug. 14th, 2019
Chicago, IL
Hideout Inn
Aug. 15th, 2019
Indianapolis, IN
State Street Pub
Aug. 16th, 2019
Lexington, KY
Institute 193
Aug. 17th, 2019
Atlanta, GA
The Bakery Atlanta
Aug. 18th, 2019
Athens, GA
Hendershot's Coffee
Aug. 19th, 2019
Birmingham, AL
The Firehouse
Aug. 20th, 2019
New Orleans, LA
Circle Bar
Aug. 21st, 2019
Houston, TX
Rudyard's
Aug. 22nd, 2019
Austin, TX
Max's Garage
Aug. 24th, 2019
San Marcos, TX
Monkie's Vintage
Aug. 28th, 2019
Denton, TX
BackYard On Bell
Aug. 29th, 2019
Dallas, TX
Tradewinds Social Club
Aug. 30th, 2019
Nashville, TN
Proper Saké
Aug. 31st, 2019
Athens, GA
The Mill
Sep. 1st, 2019
Richmond, VA
Shockoe Atelier
Sep. 7th, 2019
New York, NY
Bowery Ballroom

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