Peptalk is Michael Carter (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and Angelica Negron(voice). Peptalk's visceral music combines many exotic instruments with lush electronic sounds and airy vocals. They are obsessed with creating a hyperreal world both sonically and visually by blending bits of memory from their lives in Tokyo, San Juan and Los Angeles. Each member plays with bands and artists such as Yoko Ono, Xiu Xiu, Thurston Moore, Balún, and Tyondai Braxton, but by joining forces, they create rich musical arrangements of various percussion, accordion, strings, harp and voice accompanied by layersof synths, samples and electronics beats. Themes of solitude, escapism, and cultural curiosity are expressed through their songs that drift between intimate lyrical moments, dreamy sound textures, and grooves.
Two Aerials is a duo with Crystal Pascucci (cello, electronics and voice) along with Mark Clifford (vibraphone, keyboards, and electronics). Their music features song-based, rhythmic compositions with voice and cello on lead melodies, with electronic drums and vibraphone underpinnings. Crystal and Mark both come from the experimental jazz and classical contemporary worlds, playing in many configurations in Oakland, CA. Two Aerials creates sweet, complex song structures, embodying many genres of musical expression with ease. Steeped deep in the experimental Bay Area scene, Crystal and Mark are long time collaborators of Aram Shelton, Larry Ochs, Jacob Felix Heule, William Winant, Lisa Mezzacappa, Michael Coleman, Jordan Glenn, Karl Evangelista, Jason Hoopes, Aaron Novik, and Ellen Fullman.