Chris Pureka

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Postby Turk » Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:36 am

It's good to see you around here, Penguin.

This thread prompted me to visit the Pureka site where I heard some great tributes by Matt Morrow and Gillian. Unfortunately, I couldn't get Penguin's song to play. :cry:

http://www.chrispureka.net/
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Postby tuckatangent » Sat Sep 23, 2006 11:08 pm

Hey, I tried to register at chrispureka.net's forum, but the activation email I received had "hacked ..." instead of a legitimate url. HELP!
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Postby Fool On Fire » Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:02 am

Just received my copy of Dryland on Monday, and I've listened twice since I opened it. It's lovely. It's not a whole lot different from Driving North in terms of scope or sound or instrumentation/production, but Chris is so good at what she does that it doesn't really matter whether or not she pushes the envelope...I'm just happy to hear her singing and playing. The two tracks that stand out most to me thus far are "Come Back Home" and "Momentary Thief."

It's what's becoming classic Chris...beautiful songwriting, lilting melody, guitar that sneaks into the back of your thoughts when you aren't paying attention.

she done good,
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Postby libraryliz » Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:32 pm

Thanks for the review, Elise.
I was wondering how it compares to Driving North. I figured it probably wouldn't be worlds apart, you know?
I haven't bought it yet but will probably so that one of these days. It'll be on my wishlist, I guess!
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Postby Nicoleee » Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:52 pm

I can't listen to anything BUT Dryland yet.

These Pages on repeat ovah and ovah . . . . :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby tuckatangent » Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:49 pm

I do love this record, it's very beautifully produced, but am disappointed that it sounds just like Driving North, in terms of pacing, rhythm, etc. I think the only songs that stand out as different are These Pages and, I believe, Compass Rose. Especially since I just listened to Driving North last week, it felt almost like I was putting in the same record. I love it, but wish the rest of the album were as standout as the two songs. I'm sure my argument will gain credibility once I actually learn the names of the tracks, lol. It's beautiful, but an echo, IMO.
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Postby penguin » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:36 pm

Hey Pattynet Friends,

You might have heard that Chris's Martin DC1E guitar was stolen from The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, on Monday night. Because a $1500 loss is a serious one for any young folk musician, I've set up a fundraiser to help Chris recover. If you'd be interested in contributing (even if it's just a few dollars), it would be very much appreciated. You can donate via PayPal or by check by visiting http://www.chrispureka.net. Thanks!

Matt

P.S. If you know anyone else who would be interested, please feel free to forward this message.
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Postby ScottG » Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:08 am

I just saw that Chris' song "Come Back Home" is on the February PASTE Magazine sampler CD. Way to go Chris.
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Projected endlessly, it’s so FUCKING beautiful!!!"
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Postby Gerry » Thu Mar 22, 2007 10:40 am

I went to a house concert last Sunday where Chris played to a packed house. She said she had not played in awhile and it felt good to get back to playing. Here are some pictures from the show.

Enjoy!
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Postby Gerry » Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:04 pm

An interview from August but I thought it was worth posting.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2007

Full Chris Pureka Interview

M: I've been listening closely to your new album Dryland in preparation for talking to you and was at times overwhelmed by the sadness I felt listening to it. It was uncomfortable- I had to walk away from the speakers repeatedly and I had a markedly unproductive few days. (I mean this as a compliment.) Being myself so debilitated by proximity to your work, I wonder what place melancholy has in your daily life. Some people I know who's art goes deeply into a specific emotional palate embody totally different energy outside of the creating process, others seem always to be living inside their pieces.

Do you agree with my impression that your songs are sad?

CP: I think that many of my songs are sad, yes. And I think that my sad songs do come from my immediate experience or my personal sadness. I don’t think that the people that know me are surprised that the songs are sad. I often use songwriting as a tool to get through difficult times. And then, it’s almost as though once I put the melancholy into the song, it’s not in me anymore. I get it out of my system. It’s my way of processing it.

That said, however, I don’t think that all my songs are sad. In fact, on Dryland, I think that there is a theme of hope threaded throughout many of the songs. While they topically are dealing with sad subject matter, I don’t think that they are fatalistic. I think that “Compass Rose” is a good example of this.

M: Because your songs are so introspective, I imagine you hunkering down inside yourself to write. How important is it to you to jam with other musicians? Does your receptivity to other musician's input change as a piece matures?

CP: I am, for the most part, very private about my writing process. It is so personal and so vulnerable that I can’t imagine it a different way. I have never co-written and I don’t play new songs for anyone until they are mostly done. When I have something as a full draft, I will bring it to other people for feedback about the song and its arrangement. While I was writing Dryland, I was rehearsing for shows with 2 of the players on the record, Sebastian Renfield and Merrill Garbus. I would bring them new songs and we would work out instrumentation for the live shows. Their input was really helpful in honing the final vibe, tone and arrangements. The songs had the chance to evolve and mature in that way. That was an ideal way for me to work. I am about to hunker down and just work on writing for a few months, and so I hope I am so lucky as to have something like that again.

M: I noticed you recorded with some very strong players on Dryland. (Allison Miller, David Goodrich) Had you worked with either of them before? Anything interesting to know about anyone else who appears on the album?

CP: I had not worked with either of them before, no. It was great working with both of them and I really appreciated their creative input. In addition, Sebastian and Merrill both came in and recorded their parts that had evolved with the songs, so their parts all came in a much more organic way. I tried to match players up with specific songs in terms of their styles and their strengths.

Lyndell Montgomery of the Ember Swift Band also played on a few tunes and she will be performing with me at the Iron Horse show on Tuesday. (as well as Merrill Garbus).

M: Do lyrics and music evolve together or does one generally come first? Do you have any writing rituals?

CP: The music almost always comes first for me. But the music and lyrics do also evolve together. I start playing around with some chords and then I start humming some melodies. Usually some lyrics evolve out of that. The lyrics have to be framed by the cadence of the melody, so I find it very hard to write the lyrics separately from the song. I don’t sit around all day just writing lyrics in a notebook.

As far as writing rituals- the most important thing is that I have found is that I have time to work on something for a few hours every day for many days. That is the only way that I am able to sort through the weak ideas and develop the strong ones. It takes me a while to complete a song. I have also found that I need my own space to write. I have been living on the road for the last year and as a result my productivity has slowed to a crawl. I can’t write on the road.

M: I imagine you are an intellectual generalist, and that when you were doing science every day, you needed to do music off the clock. Now that music is your bread and butter, do you find yourself needing to carve out a place in your life for left brained ways of knowing? Do you miss science?

CP:I do miss science. I especially miss talking about science. I miss being surrounded by intellectuals. I miss learning in that way. And it was a really nice balance for me, being able to work in the lab during the day and come home and play music at night. But I wasn’t able to tour the way that I needed to with that set-up. And doing music full time is rewarding in an entirely different way, so I am happy that I am focusing on music right now. I also don’t feel like I have closed the door on science. If I ever miss it too much, I will seek it out again.
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Postby disco_fred » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:46 pm

So, Nicole and Gillian graciously brought my disco-dancing ass to see Chris Pureka play last Thursday in Northampton.

In all honesty, I wasn't really keen on listening to granola folk music, but I wanted to spend time with these 2 beautiful, fun-loving ladies, so I was in.

I had a terrific time. Chris Pureka can really sing, and her songs are very sad and passionate. I am a new fan.

Don't get me wrong -- I was looking around to see if maybe there was a glittery disco ball hanging somewhere or some dancers that would emerge from the side stages in matching outfits. It never happened (dangit!) but I was completely impressed, moved, and will have to now I-Tune this talented lady.

And now Gillian and Nicole must attend a concert of my choice. I'm thinking something like Ashlee. Hmm?
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Postby gillian » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:01 pm

disco_fred wrote:And now Gillian and Nicole must attend a concert of my choice. I'm thinking something like Ashlee. Hmm?


Good luck with that!

Seriously, though, it was so great hanging out with "disco fred"... I've been waiting a long time to meet him and we all had a great time. I'm glad we could make a new Chris P. fan along the way too. Can't wait to hang out again!
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Postby gillian » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:51 pm

Update on new CP releases...

There is an EP coming out Jan 20th that will include a new song, some live recordings, and a studio recording of "Wagon Wheel".

New merch will be available next week... 2 t-shirts and a poster.

Then recording for a new full-length release starts in February!
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