All news is old news, so here's some new news: Ed Pastorini (he of 101 Crustaceans) will finally release a record under his own name, a collection of vocal/piano songs called Strange Lures. Of the record's 15 tracks, four were recorded live at Merkin Hall in Carnegie and debuted as part of John Schaefer's progressive New York City radio program New Sounds (episode #3087) on WNYC in 2010. Strange Lures will be out March 27.

Pastorini is working on several other projects but this is the right time for this one. Put an old newspaper into the fireplace and let it spin.

Elysian Fields are hard at work on an album to be released in the first half of 2018. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Jennifer and Oren (along with drummer Chris Vatalaro) recently contributed a track to the compilation Vanity Of Vanities--A Tribute To Connie Converse, released this month on John Zorn's Tzadik label. They are joined on the compilation by the likes of Karen O, Jeff Tweedy, Big Thief, Mike Patton, and Laurie Anderson, with everyone chipping in a unique take on this lost songwriter's catalog. Elysian Fields work their magic on "Man In The Sky."

From the Tzadik site: Connie Converse was a remarkable composer who worked in the 1950s and 1960s. By 1974, depressed over her lack of recognition and success, she packed up her belongings and drove off never to be heard of again. Little known in her lifetime, she is now viewed as a pioneer of the modern singer/songwriter genre. This exciting compilation collects fifteen of her most unique and soulful songs performed by an all-star group of contemporary singer/songwriters. Featuring an informative essay by musician and Converse scholar David Garland, Vanity of Vanities is a heartfelt tribute to one of the unsung heroes of contemporary songwriting.

Vanity Of Vanities can be purchased directly from the Tzadik site. You can also purchase the album from Amazon.



La Mar Enfortuna Lead a Haunting Guided Tour of Sephardic Music at the Jewish Museum
By Delarue (New York Music Daily — November 10, 2017)

Elysian Fields contributed a track to English post-punk band The The's Radio Cineola: Trilogy box set, which can be ordered here. The duo recorded "Gravitate To Me" from The The's 1989 album Mind Bomb.

La Mar Enfortuna (Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow of Elysian Fields) are making a rare appearance this fall at The Jewish Museum in New York City. The sephardic group will perform on Thursday, November 9 (7:30 – 9 pm) at Scheuer Auditorium in a concert presented by Bang On A Can. Get [TICKETS].

Jennifer and Oren spent a fruitful summer finishing up the writing for their next record, and Elysian Fields go into the studio the end of August in upstate New York to begin recording for the new album!

In case you missed it, the opera Jennifer starred in last year won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for music. The opera — Du Yun's 'Angel's Bone' — was called "an appallingly good work" by The New York Times. Over the summer, Jennifer, along with the rest of the cast, recorded this original opera, which comes out October 7 on VIA Records.

Jennifer collaborated with her old Lovage running buddy Dan The Automator to make this breezy summer tune, which debuts as an Amazon Music Original today (6/23).

You can purchase or stream Nathaniel Merriweather's "Summer Lovin (feat. Jennifer Charles)" HERE and read about it in VIBE and MXDWN.

Director Stephan Littger has finished production on a new Elysian Fields video for an older Elysian Fields song:

EF are back from the West Coast and will return to Brooklyn on June 10th for a night at The Owl [TICKETS]

The Pulitzer prize goes to Du Yun's Angel's Bone. Jennifer starred as the girl angel, in Du Yun's epic opera about two angels that fall to earth (a fable about human trafficking). Jennifer is thrilled for Du Yun, and proud to have originated this unusual role.

Here is Spin Magazine's take: "The Pulitzer Prize Winner for Music Is an Ambitious, Punk-Influenced Opera About Human Trafficking"

EF will take a trip to the West Coast this spring, making their first appearance in San Francisco in 15 years at Hotel Utah on 4/26. Get [TICKETS]

Elysian Fields has a new video! "The Animals Know" is the third video from Ghosts Of No and the second from director/illustrator Steven Mertens (who also created the video for "Channeling" in 2014).

Jennifer guest spots on the debut album by Tredici Bacci, co-writing and singing on "Drowned." Tredici Bacci is the project of musician and composer Simon Hanes that channels his love of '60s/'70s soundtrack music, tipping his hat especially to Italy and the likes of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai. The group's new album, Amore Per Tutti, is out via NNA Tapes, and you can hear it here.

EF has premiered a new video with French newspaper Libération. It is for the song "Higher Power" from Ghosts Of No and is directed by Lance Scott Walker. See their story HERE

Elysian Fields will play in Brooklyn this weekend before another trip overseas:

10-09-2016   The Owl Music Parlor   Brooklyn, NY

10-13-2016   Le Guingois   Montluçon, France

10-14-2016   Usine à Gaz   Nyon, Switzerland

10-15-2016   Les Abattoirs   Bourgoin-Jallieu, France

10-16-2016   Akwaba   Avignon, France

10-18-2016   La Chapelle   Figeac, France

10-21-2016   Ebullition   Bulle, Switzerland

10-22-2016   Sas   Delemont, Switzerland

10-23-2016   La Crypte   Lagorce, France

10-25-2016   Le Poste à Galène   Marseille, France

10-26-2016   La Ferronnerie   Pau, France

10-27-2016   Le Rocher De Palmer   Bourdeaux, France

10-28-2016   Château Rouge   Miramont-de-Guyenne, France

10-29-2016   Le VIP   Saint-Nazaire, France

11-02-2016   TBA   Paris, France

EF also made two radio appearances in Paris before getting out on the road:

Sunday 15 May, 8:30PM on France Musique: [LISTEN]

Monday 16 May, 9:00PM on France Inter: [LISTEN]

The new album Ghosts of No is out and available in the EU on LP, CD and digital from French label Vicious Circle: www.viciouscircle.fr and in the US as an LP, compact disc and download from elysianfields.bandcamp.com

Coinciding with the release of Ghosts of No is the video for its closing track "Shadow Of The Living Light," shot by Lance Scott Walker in the Mojave Desert.

Jennifer Charles can be seen onstage in New York in Du Yun and Royce Vavrek's new opera Angel's Bone. You can buy tickets here. See the New York Times review:

Review: In 'Angel's Bone,' Terrified Seraphim at the Mercy of Mortals
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (New York Times – January 7, 2016)

Elysian Fields will have a new album out on 4/29 called Ghosts of No. It is their 10th record and will be accompanied by a video on its release date for the song "Shadow Of The Living Light," shot and directed by Lance Scott Walker in the Mojave Desert. See the shows page for tour dates in New York, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Pre-order is up at elysianfields.bandcamp.com and vinyl can be had from Vicious Circle in France.


Elysian Fields celebrating 20th anniversary by playing their entire discography across 7 NYC shows
(Brooklyn Vegan – October 27, 2015)

New Brooklyn venue The Owl opened by Elysian Fields members in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
(Brooklyn Vegan – October 27, 2015)

ELYSIAN FIELDS: October 29 2015 – October 31 2015
Night Life (The New Yorker – October 2015)

Elysian Fields celebrate 20 years with new video + concert series at their new venue The Owl starting Thursday (10/29)
By Zach Weg (The Deli Magazine – October 26, 2015)

Elysian Fields' New Music Video Will Purr You To Dreamland: BUST Premiere
By Kaya Payseno (BUST – October 14, 2015)



Elysian Fields celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band with a retrospective concert series at the new Brooklyn music space The Owl Music Parlor, along with one show at their home base of recent years, Le Poisson Rouge. Each of the concerts will feature an Elysian Fields album played in its entirety, and you can expect many of their longstanding collaborators and cohorts to appear every night. Individual tickets are on sale below, as well as a limited number of special series packages for all of the shows at The Owl.

The Afterlife (2009) at The Owl Music Parlor – November 14, 2015 7:30 PM [TICKETS]

Last Night on Earth (2011) at The Owl Music Parlor – November 19, 2015 7:30 PM [TICKETS]

For House Cats And Sea Fans (2014) at The Owl Music Parlor – November 21, 2015 7:30 PM [TICKETS]

The Owl Package (All 6 shows at The Owl Music Parlor) [TICKETS]

PHOTOS: Live Music Venue and Bar 'The Owl' to Open on Rogers Avenue
By Rachel Holliday Smith (DNAinfo – September 2, 2015)

Washington, DC area people can see Elysian Fields opening for Mercury Rev at The Rock & Roll Hotel on October 16 [TICKETS]

The video for "Channeling" was directed and illustrated by Steven Mertens:



Elysian Fields is in Europe and they have a new record out! The album is called For House Cats And Sea Fans, and it is the ninth offering from the duo of Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow, who have been making music together now since the early '90s. This album is a bit of a reflection of the no wave music on which they cut their teeth in New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and there are guest appearances on this record that reach into that world, with sax and vocal work from James Chance, longtime friend and collaborator J.G. Thirlwell and a cover painting by John Lurie.

EF also made a radio appearance this week in Paris. They played two songs live in the studio:

Frank, You Ruined Me (10:21)
Next Year In Jerusalem (33:12)

You can hear a stream of the event here

Check the shows page for their dates in France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. They are there through the end of April, and you can find more information on their new record right here.

Ed Pastorini is an underground legend in New York City, where his brilliant, off the map compositions have drawn praise from writers and musicians alike in a career that began in the late 1980s. He is known as a solo artist, making appearances around New York City both on piano and on guitar, and 101 Crustaceans is his band.

Nearly a decade in the making, Train Bolt Roller features only six songs, but it is decidedly an album — not only because of the epic length of each of its tracks, but because of the full circle of birth to death that it carries us through as listeners. It sinks in slow, and benefits from repeated listens. Ed's songs are helmed here by Indigo Street (guitar), Oren Bloedow (bass) and Ben Perowsky (drums).

"Ed Pastorini has been an almost mythical figure on the New York music scene – a reclusive genius whose songs are brilliant, and quietly subversive. Full of unexpected chord changes and an emotive quality that creeps up on you, they seem to come from several traditions at once – or none at all. The only problem with Ed's music has been that so few people know it. Now, finally, that will change." — John Schaefer, NPR

"Your ears and your spirit have grown ten sizes. Favorite living songwriter. Period. Train Bolt Roller is a bruiser of a record, and a great introduction to the brilliant treasure chest that is Ed's (mostly unrecorded!) song catalogue." — Jennifer Charles, Elysian Fields

His music is bristling with odd dissonances, but also contains moments of consonance made all the more precious by the twisted, tortuous paths by which they are arrived at. The only comparisons I can think to make are to Captain Beefheart and to Slint, but to my ears, Pastorini is better than either of them.Thomas Bartlett for Salon.com

Listen to Ed perform live (solo piano) on WQXR's Cued Up program here