||New Canaan, CT
Chris Pureka (and sometimes: Merrill Garbus, Lyndell Montgomery, Julia Read, Liz Kelly)
Manager: Christen Greene Christen@Fauxpasproductions.com 413.695.6986; Booking: Christen Greene Christen@Fauxpasproductions.com 413.695.6986; Publicist: Cara Wodnicki, Press Here Cara@PressHere.com 212.246.2640; Artist / Band Member: Chris Pureka Chris@ChrisPureka.com 203.550.1866
|# Years Experience Performing Live:
|# Live Perfomances Past Six-months:
||Home Market: 251-300; New York City: 301-350; Boston, MA: 201-250; Philadelphia, PA: 151-200; Washington, DC: 201-250; Chapel Hil: 151-200; Asheville, NC: 76-100; Atlanta, GA: 101-150; Nashville, TN: 51-75; Ann Arbor, MI: 151-200; Chicago, IL: 201-250; Milwaukee, WI: 101-150; Madison, WI: 151-200; Minneapolis, MN: 101-150; Denver/Boulder, CO: 201-250; Seattle, WA: 251-300; Portland, OR: 251-300; Eugene, OR: 151-200; San Francisco, CA: 301-350; Los Angeles, CA: 151-200; London, England: 101-150; Paris, France: 51-75; Berlin, Germany: 76-100
||The Independent - San Francisco, CA; Middle East - Boston, MA; Music Hall of Williamsburg - New York, NY; Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY; Mercury Lounge - New York, NY; Iota - Arlington, VA; The 930 Club - Washington DC, DC; The Highline Ballroom - New York, NY; Club Passim - Cambridge, MA; The Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA; Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA; The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI; SPACE - Evanston, IL; Daytrotter - Rock Island, IL; Tractor Tavern - Seatttle, WA; Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA; The Doug Fir - Portland, OR; Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR; Bender's - Denver, CO; Chatauqua - Boulder, CO; Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC; Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA; Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA; Slim's - San Francisco, CA; The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA; The Crocodile - Seattle, WA; High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
||Ani Difranco; Dar Williams; Cowboy Junkies; Martin Sexton; Peasant; Jay Brannan; Peter Mulvey; Joshua Radin; Or, The Whale
||Gregory Alan Isakov; Elvis Perkins; Patty Griffin; Josh Ritter; Mary Gauthier
|Performing Rights Society:
||How I Learned to See in the Dark LP—2010; Chimera EP—2009; Dryland LP—2006; Driving North LP—2004
About the Artist“An interviewer asked Chris Pureka to sum up her music as a haiku. I will: Folky sorrowful songs of loneliness and hurt, longing to reunite. Her tunes have the grave Appalachian flavor of Neil Young and Gillian Welch; her guitar playing is subdued but quietly virtuosic. And her voice can be a desolate whisper or a bitter accusation. There’s no comfort, for her, in the clarity of her observations.” – John Pareles, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Introspective and deep, the landscape is akin to Neil Young's Harvest” –The AllMusic Guide
“For a woman who frequently performs solo and whose compositions are more quiet than clanging, Chris Pureka is making a lot of noise.” –Billboard Magazine
Chris Pureka is a breath of fresh air in an age of fleeting success and temporary notions. She is an artist of substance, armed with a sharp eye for oft-missed details and an emotional intelligence that can switch from withering to compelling with a subtle inflection. On her third release, How I Learned To See In The Dark set to hit via Sad Rabbit Music /ADA on April 13, Pureka expands on her distinct and beautiful melodies exploring broader musical soundscapes all the while maintaining the stunning vocals and distinct guitar work she is known for.
With her 2004 debut LP, Driving North, Pureka started a career as a touring troubadour and began building an impressive fan base from the ground up: a cult following that started in her native New England and steadily grew to a national level. Fans and critics alike were drawn to the signature voice that somehow makes heartbreak sound desirable and her acute attention to lyrical detail, while others lauded her aptitude for crafting guitar parts that speak for themselves. The Boston Globe raved that "[she] is such a gifted guitar player and singer that you have to listen to each song twice, once for her guitar playing and again for her passionate lyrics about love, loss and hope." With her 2006 follow-up, Dryland, Pureka further expanded on the emotional topography she charted earlier in her career by continuing to tour extensively playing 200+ shows a year and gathering supporters city by city, show by show and fan by fan. This year Chris will take touring to the next level by adding a full backing band to her incredible live show.
While maintaining the unique alchemy of longing, loss and hope this virtuoso sets to music, there is a sonic adventurism on How I Learned to See in the Dark that marks a new stage in Pureka’s musical evolution. This is aided by Pureka’s choice of co-producer and longtime friend, Merrill Garbus (4Ad’s tUnE-YaRds). In addition to enjoying the comfort that comes with working with someone you’ve known since middle school, Garbus brought to the table her signature quirky recording techniques and alternative instrumentation, helping Pureka shift her sound into as-yet uncharted territory. This record boasts a newfound edginess, coupled with a more abstract sound and a musical depth and complexity that shines through each track, all the while maintaining the space and creative instrumentation Pureka is known for.
Standout track, “Landlocked”, showcases Pureka’s technical prowess with the finger-picking style that won her so many accolades on Dryland while “Broken Clock” is the rhythm driven, heavy hitter bound to be on your next break up mix. “Wrecking Ball” mixes a playful quirkiness in production with an underlying paced anger, laced with twangs of percussive guitar. Album closer, “August 28th” is the deep breath following the emotional tumult that precedes it – a return to quiet contemplation for the writer and the listener: “I think the whole world needs a shoeshine/I think we’re all living proof.”
It has taken years for Chris Pureka to arrive here, and each step has been as purposeful, as precise, and as unwavering as the music she makes.
(set-up sufficient for solo/duo performance)
Stage, adequate stage lighting, minimal PA, 6 channel board, pair of all purpose speakers, 1 vocal microphone, 2 DIs (1 for acoustic guitar with pre-amp, 1 for porch board floor bass), 1 boom stand, one guitar stand (if available), monitors.
Needle In The Haystack
Virgin Festival Showcase
Rock Videos Winner, January 2011
April 2007 Acoustic
July 2007 Acoustic
Singer-Songwriter (female) Winner, November 2011
Top 10 in Acoustic, January 2011
Top 10 in Rock Videos, December 2010
July 2009 Folk
October 2008 Folk
January 2008 Solo Performance
November 2007 Solo Performance
October 2007 Solo Performance
October 2007 Country / Americana
March 2007 Country / Americana
April 2007 Country / Americana
Top 40 in Rock Videos, July 2012
Top 40 in Rock Videos, April 2012
Top 40 in Rock Videos, December 2011
Top 40 in Acoustic, May 2011
Top 40 in Rock Videos, February 2011
Top 40 in Acoustic, December 2010
Northeast Performer Cover/Feature Oct. 2006
by Autumn is a transitional time, a vivid trip towards the end of the year that brings people from all points in all areas of the globe to the Northeast region. These travelers coast up and down...
All Music Guide
by Dryland's essays and musical sketches plunge the listener into sensitive and moving tales accompanied by Chris Pureka's Stevie Nicks-style guitar plucking and distinctive voice. Listen to her...