Julie Baker Projects is pleased to represent the following artists
California-grown, Brooklyn-based Eva Salina is a groundbreaking interpreter of Balkan Romani songs. Raised in the US Balkan Diaspora, Eva's mentors are some of the greatest living Balkan musicians. Eva’s rich, supple voice moves effortlessly through the intricate and demanding expression of Romani songs, intertwining vintage pop songs with her singular interpretations. A passionate activist for dialogue and mutual understanding, Eva is committed to a life of collaboration and evolving musical traditions. Eva is a 2-time OneBeat alumna and a 2015 NYFA Fellow in Folk/Traditional Arts. In addition to her work as a performer and educator, Eva is a 2017 recipient of the US Government’s Alumni Exchange fund grant for “ JIYAN: Songs of Displacement”, a project co-led by Eva which will document and share the lives of migrant and refugee women in Turkey and Germany through their oral histories, stories, and songs.
Current project and performance repertoire:
SUDBINA: A Portrait of Vida Pavlović (Release Date 3/30/18 on Vogiton Records). In their collaboration, Eva Salina & Peter Stan pick up and continue an interrupted legacy of empowered female voices in Balkan Romani (gypsy) music. Amplifying voices of past generations of Romani women musicians, Eva & Peter employ tenderness, grace, passion and a commitment to keeping these songs alive and evolving, while inspiring and teaching young people in the Balkans and the Balkan diaspora to continue to participate in living traditions. Eva & Peter performed at the 15th anniversary of globalFEST in NYC on Jan 14, in an intimate, powerful set described as “poised, lustrous” by the NY Times (1/15/18). Eva & Peter are also available for vocal & instrumental workshops and residencies.
Lolo Gervais continues a tradition of playing vintage jazz created from modern pop tunes not unlike the styles of Post Modern Jukebox, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. This award winning and inventive Northern California-based group creates an atmosphere of fun while their quirky inventiveness onstage can’t hide the players’ obvious rich experience and love of jazz. From swinging 1920’s to funky 70’s grooves, they create surprising new classics from the songbook of modern pop standards. Whether you sit down and listen or get up and dance, Lolo Gervais aims to satisfy both jazz and pop fans.
Lolo (Lorraine) Gervais, jazz and R&B singer, has supported Mavis Staples, Tower of Power, Rachelle Ferrell, John Hammond and Manhattan Transfer among many others. Her voice has been described as powerful and soulfully sweet while her stage performances are entertaining and joyful. In addition to being a life long performer, she is also mentor and guide to younger singers, helping to bring the same level of ease, humor and professionalism to the next generation of performers. Pianist Jacob Aginsky, has worked with many including Pink, Chris Isaak, Niki Minaj, Thievery Corporation and Zap Mama.
They just released their 4th album.
Lee Bob and the Truth is a rock & roll band from Northern California. The group pairs veteran singer-songwriter Lee Bob Watson (producer of 9 solo & band albums) with Steve Suzuki Wyreman (guitarist & session musician with Richard Ashcroft, Lauryn Hill, Jay Z & others) and Josh Lippi (bassist & sideman with K.Flay, Tommy Guerrero, Alice Russell & others). For studio and stage, the band enlists Bay Area friends Joe Bagale on drums (Otis McDonald), Nate Mercereau on guitar (Rhye, Sheila E), Ben Schwier on keys (Rhye), and Derek Taylor on drums (BANKS).
Kanekoa describes its music as ukulele powered hawai’ian reggae folk rock. Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae and improvisation into a truly unique sound. In Hawaiian the word KANEKOA (kah-ney-koh-ah) has its roots in the words kane (man) and koa (a sacred tree indigenous to Hawai’i), and translates into English as “a strong man or warrior.” Kanekoa as a band translates into one of Hawaii’s premier live music experiences. Because their sound is based on the yet untapped potential of the electrified Hawaiian ukulele, inspired by the range of musical tastes of its players, and shaped by the land and culture of Hawai’i, Kanekoa has discovered a land of limitless musical possibility. In short, you have not heard or seen anything like this before