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"For a delicious musical treat: Take three young women, pour in a liberal sense of adept musical timing, add hooks sharp enough to catch fish and fold in voices that go together like chocolate and peanut butter you will have the recipe for Kalliope Jones." ~ Tommy Byrnes, Upper Valley Music Festival
Kalliope Jones is the Pavoh Featured Artist of the Week - and is comprised of members, Alouette Batteau, 15, Amelia Chalfant, 15, and Isabella DeHerdt, 17, from Western Massachusetts.
The band Kalliope Jones is a refreshingly eclectic, all original, vocally rich, and emotionally stirring teenage post-rock girl group with exquisite harmonies. They’ll leave you feeling happy, sad, empowered, amazed, inspired and enthralled - all at once. (www.kalliopejones.com)
Formerly known as Belle Amie, Kalliope Jones met at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen MA, a rock and roll camp just for girls. In 2012, they played a number of local venues leading up to a slot at the Iron Horse as opening act for the sold out And the Kids CD release party. In the summer of 2013 they played on both the main stage and the workshop stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, performing their own songs and singing backup for Dar Williams and The Nields. Since then, they have played such venues as the Rendezvous in Turners Falls, the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, and Passim in Cambridge, to name a few. Most recently, they performed at the Iron Horse in Northampton MA as support for Antigone Rising.
Featured Video: Nightlight
Their 2015 video, Nightlight, was released by MTV, People Magazine, and Seventeen, and was voted one of the top ten videos in New England by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, as well as winning Best Music Video at the Ashfield Film Festival.
The Worcester Telegram wrote:
“Nightlight,” by Kalliope Jones: Western Mass.-based teen rockers Kalliope Jones might have made headlines with their unwillingness to let sexist comments just go by unchallenged, but it’s songs such as this that show the band has the spark of something special. Delivering a youthful form of garage rock that’s got a poppy upbeat quality about it buoyed by a bluesy undertow, this song is a veritable anthem for contemporary teen angst and anxiety: “Living the teenage nightmare/who knows I may not make it to the sunrise/I’m living just to get my fair share/and yet I’m stuck with the nightlight on.”
Spring 2016 finds them performing at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and The Center for Arts in Natick, and preparing to release their first full-length CD. The trio write and arrange original songs with professional confidence and skill. At ages 15, 15, and 17, Kalliope Jones are taking their time developing their skills and plan to play music for the rest of their lives.
In addition, one of the members of this western Mass. band recently performed with the Boston Pops. Isabella DeHerdt, junior at Northfield Mount Hermon School, was named a Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops. She auditioned with a performance of her original composition "We are the Light." As a Grand Prize Winner, Isabella will performed an arrangement of her song with the Boston Pops Orchestra as part of its June 7, 2016 "An Evening with Mandy Patinkin" at Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts.
How would you characterize your musical style?
We work to have a sound that is refreshingly eclectic, all original, vocally rich, emotionally stirring, foot stomping, and heart warming! To characterize our music, we use the terms “indie rock” and “glitter punk”. We also can delve into the bluesy and folk area of music sometimes.
What is one thing we should know about you - what's your story?
We all met at the Institute for Musical Arts (IMA) in Goshen, MA. Amelia (15) and Isabella (17) met when we were really young at the IMA Rock and Roll camp together, and Alouette (15) and Amelia met the next year at the same camp. We have been working, writing, and performing together ever since! We have grown up playing music together.
What are your music goals?
Our main musical goal is to have a great time doing what we love! We want to create music that we love to play and connect with our audiences. To do so, we strive to write lyrics that people can connect to/feel empowered by! Because we are still young, however, we just want to have fun, learn, and bring enjoyment through our music to others!
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
Great music makes you feel something. Good music can have the cleanest chord progression, and the best rhymes, but if it doesn’t leave the audience going “wow,” then it hasn’t succeeded. A great song, as Harlan Howard once said, is made of “ three chords and the truth.”
What do you think are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
It can be challenging to be a young musician because sometimes we can show up at gigs where people are expecting a cute kid band that isn’t necessarily good, but draws the audience in because of the novelty of a young band. However, we work very hard to be as good as anyone else, no matter our age or size! Because we are young, we also have a lot still to learn about being artists, and life in general! But we are learning together, and growing as artists with one another every day!
How did you learn about Pavoh?
One of our parents discovered Pavoh and brought it to the rest of the band and their families!
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