Stephanie Rearick

Stephanie Rearick

Paul Fonfara, Mori Mente

Tuesday, July 17th 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

This event is 21 and over

Stephanie Rearick
Stephanie Rearick
Paul Fonfara
Paul Fonfara
Paul Fonfara is a songwriter, composer, jazz clarinetist and all around nice guy. His music has many odd cinematic twists (kind of a Spaghetti Western, Heroin Klezmer, Experimental Sad Bastard Chamber Folk, Psychadelic Shoegaze, Dirge Motown, Andrew Bird if he was from Twin Peaks sound), yet maintains a transparent lyrical sense of sincerity. When solo, he plays guitars, piano, clarinet, whistles and sings with some looping to hold it all together.
A transplant to Minneapolis from Denver, Fonfara got his start in DeVotchKa. He then moved on to record and tour internationally with 16 Horsepower/Woven Hand and Jim White. When Fonfara settled in Minneapolis 12 years ago, his well-honed and exploratory talents were immediately reccognized as he became a member of local favorites the Spaghetti Western String Co., balancing the precision and delicacy of that band with the raucous playfulness of the Brass Messengers, and the silent movie film scores of Dreamland Faces. Throughout all of this time working with other bands and collaborators, Fonfara has fronted his own band Painted Saints and toured numerous times through the US, Canada and the UK including opening spots with Cloud Cult, Jim White and Amanda Palmer.
Painted Saints 2006’s Company Town and 2007’s The Bricks Might Breathe Again, focus on Slavic-style orchestrations, and build on a chamber-folk sound. No Match For Greater Minds, from 2011, takes a turn for more aggression with a seething, sometimes tense wall of sound. In 2015 Paul released Seven Secrets of Snow, a mostly instrumental record and series of original films. He was writing for an English documentary about the Russian clown Slava Polunin, and used these sketches to win an Artist Initiative grant. This allowed Paul to make Seven Secrets of Snow (named after a Russian proverb), which has been performed at the Square Lake Film Festival and received a 4 star review in Downbeat magazine. Fonfara was recently commissioned by the Kohler Art Center to co-write short film based on the work of folk artist Levi Fisher Ames, and received a 2017 Artist Initiative grant to make an album of songs based on books that have won Minnesota Book Awards to be released in 2018.
Mori Mente
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
http://www.high-noon.com/

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