Friday, November 18
Having previously been enlightened by/subjected to my musical tastes, Marta Wojcik (executive director and curator of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House) was fairly confident that I would appreciate the new record by a relatively unknown artist named Zoe Boekbinder. Marta and her husband Kevin “discovered” Zoe on a recent trip to New Orleans and are borderline evangelical regarding her talents. After listening to the CD that Marta conspicuously placed in my office, I have to say that I may be a true believer.
On her new record, Darling Specimens, Boekbinder blends the seemingly disparate genres of acoustic folk and loop-centric electronic pop to amazingly good effect. Throw in a dash of chamber pop, well-placed horns and some nimble guitar work and you have something that is vaguely reminiscent of tUnE-yArDs, or maybe Sufjan Stevens, while laying claim to a sound all her own. As it apparently wasn’t sufficient to simply turn her friends on to Zoe’s music via MP3, Marta took the next logical step and cajoled her new friend to come to Springfield for an intimate live performance at the Westcott House on Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (937) 327-9291 or become Westcott House’s Facebook friend and RSVP online.