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BEDOUINE
with Gus Seyffert

Songbyrd and Union Stage Present
Downstairs, All Ages


DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM

$15 / $17
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Songbyrd and Union Stage Present

Friday October 11, 2019

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Bedouine, a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer. Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. “Moving around so much caused me at some point to feel displaced, to not really belong anywhere and I thought that was a good title.” Her development was shaped by political landscapes and family opportunities, her adult life patterned by paths of her own. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. They settled in Boston, then Houston, but she split for L.A. as soon as she could. A casual offer to stay on a horse farm took her to the rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a year in Austin, and a trip east to Savannah for a degree in sound design. Returning to L.A., she discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park that started to feel like home. Maybe America is just a highway that leads back to L.A.

Korkejian works with sound professionally, in dialogue editing and music editing, a slice of Hollywood’s sprawling industry. She never set out to be a singer in L.A., taking a zen approach to that part of her life, thinking that if it happens, it happens. “I just kept meeting the right people, who were professional musicians, and even though they were going on these big legitimate tours, they were still coming back to this amazing small scene, still demoing at home, and I immediately felt welcomed to join in on that. L.A. actually made me less jaded.” One day she walked into the studio of bass player / producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys) to inquire about portable reel-to-reel tape machines and ended up cutting “Solitary Daughter in a first take. So they began another kind of journey.

Bedouine has a sound. Sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. Lithe guitar picking and precise lyrical excursions. That mesmerizing voice and phrasing. Working on around thirty tracks over three years, with contributions from a remarkable cast of players like guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash), Seyffert and Korkejian brought a selection of ten songs to Richmond, Virginia. She specifically sought out Spacebomb, approaching Matthew E. White after a show in L.A. He remembers listening to the song she sent over and over, on and off the road, “‘One of These Days’ became our alarm when we woke up for almost all of that tour.” Anticipating this future collaboration, the tracks were created with breathing room for the Spacebomb touch and Trey Pollard’s sinuous symphonic arrangements. Back in California, Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) brought all the elements together in a masterful final mix.

 

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Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Gus Seyffert began studying music at a young age. He started working professionally at the age of 14, playing dinner theaters and jazz gigs throughout KC. At 17, he moved to Los Angeles to study jazz bass with Charlie Haden at California Institute of the Arts. He left college after two years to launch his career.

Living in Silver Lake, Gus expanded into playing different styles of music and became a staple in LA’s East Side music scene, playing around town with his band Willoughby, as well as Inara George, Greg Kurstin, Mike Andrews, The Haden Triplets, and Benji Hughes, among many others. Through his work with top tier musicians and producers such as Greg Kurstin, Joey Waronker, Ariel Rechtshaid, Glyn Johns, and Nigel Godrich, Gus found himself recording and touring with acts such as Adele, Beck, The Bird And The Bee, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, Roger Waters and Sia to name a few.

Gus’ obsession with collecting of vintage instruments and recording equipment led to him spending more and more time in the studio as a producer and engineer. He now owns and operates the recording studio Sargent Recorders in LA where he’s been developing bands, writing, and making records. Some production credits include Beck, Michael Kiwanuka, Bedouine, Dr. Dog, Michelle Branch, Jenny Lewis, James Supercave, Spain, Steady Holiday, and Trixie Whitley.