This event is 21 and over.
$27.00 – General Admission
$75.00 – VIP
*plus applicable service fees
Moonchild will be partnering with charities nationwide to support causes that work to positively impact local communities. $1 from each ticket sale will be donated, details forthcoming.
Tickets available at The Independent box office (628 Divisadero, SF) with no service charge.
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Moonchild is a combination of three multi instrumentalists – Amber Navran [vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming], Andris Mattson [trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, synth bass, guitar, drum programming], and Max Bryk [alto saxophone, clarinet, keyboards, synth bass, drum programming]. The resulting union yields an ever-evolving fusion of alternative R&B, jazz, and neo-soul. They all participate equally in writing, producing, tracking, and mixing their records, keeping the spirit of collaboration alive as they grow and transform as one.
“Our chemistry as writers was pretty instantaneous from the start,” explains Andris. “The first tune we came up with, we all sat on a piano bench together and wrote as a unit. Nowadays, each of us has our own studio setup and are constantly making beats and writing songs on our own. We’ll often send each other emails of beats we made and then get together to expand them into full songs. We have so much trust in each other during the writing process.”
Pianist and producer Kiefer is back with his second release of 2019, Superbloom. Superbloom will be released digitally September 20th on Stones Throw, and on double A-side vinyl with the earlier 2019 release, Bridges.
Since the release of his last full-length Happysad in summer 2018, Kiefer released the mini-album Bridges, toured the USA and Europe, and produced three beats for Anderson .Paak’s albums Ventura and Oxnard.
Kiefer considers Bridges and Superbloom to be a single cohesive project, with his new songs building upon Bridges’ sound. Bridges saw him expand his musical palette beyond the piano, working with a number of analogue synths. On Superbloom he takes that a step further, with songs that he describes as “brighter, more imaginative, and vibrant” – much like the natural phenomenon that gives the record its name. He describes Superbloom as a “very active” work: ” The first five tracks are invigorating, while the final two tracks act as a grand exhale following all that energy.”
Kiefer, who studied jazz at UCLA under musician Kenny Burrell – the program counts Kamasi Washington among its alumni – is now a mentor to musicians at every stage in their careers. As both teacher and student, Kiefer has adopted the motto “be encouraged and encourage others” and his music reflects that duality, virtuosic yet filled with straightforward beauty.
Kiefer strives to portray the intensity of his interactions with the world in music, via the bravura performance on “Good Looking” and the beautiful extended piano solo on “Be Encouraged” and “And Encourage Others” (originally one song that was split over two tracks), while “10,000 Days” and “May 20” home in on simpler pleasures found in the everyday.
As Kiefer puts it,
“This music is naturally me. It sounds like me. As with everything that I release, I am showing you what I love about music. Making rhythm, harmony, melody, and sounds that move me. I spend everyday talking to students and mentors and listening to music and finding things that I think are beautiful, and then translating them through my unique musicality. I’m doing it in a way that only I can, and regardless of how good or bad it may be, I’m trying my best.”