Friday, January 18, 2013

Jon DeRosa's Aarktica Featured in Sundance Film Festival's 'The Crash Reel'!

Jon DeRosa's Aarktica Featured in  Sundance Film Festival's 'The Crash Reel'!

Playing Largehearted Boy's 11th Anniversary Celebration On January 30th In Brooklyn!

DeRosa will be also the musical guest at Largehearted Boy's 11th Anniversary celebration. The event is at Word bookstore in Brooklyn, NY on January 30th, details available here!

Praise For Jon DeRosa:
"Jon DeRosa is a living, breathing, gateway to a simpler time in the Jersey Shore’s musical history, reaching back into the annals of our culture when artistic scenes resided, not in boardwalk-based clubs and locales, but on street corners, outside store fronts, and in the minds of the same Gospel and Soul singers who would influence the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny." -- Speak Into My Good Eye
""True Men sets a more wistful tone, boxing serving as its central metaphor. Over a sweeping arrangement straight out of late 50s Ricky Nelson, DeRosa lets the double entendres fly. “I’ve woken the neighbors, after hard nights of labor,” is the closing mantra. And who hasn’t? But the way he sets it up – and then knocks it down – is sweet science."" -- New York Music Daily
"One of the most striking features of [Birds of Brooklyn] is DeRosa’s rich baritone. It resembles Morrissey’s a bit in its grand, expressiveness (with maybe the slightest dash of his childhood hero Glenn Danzig thrown in as well). The music itself is lovely. A lilting, slightly Latin rhythm guides the verses under gentle acoustic guitar and mellow keys.." - KUT -Song of the Day
"What strikes you is DeRosa's capable crooning. Sounding not unlike a teen-idol and writing like a stalwart, this man is equal parts Neil Hannon, Richard Hawley, Scott Walker (the '60s version), Bobby Darin and DeRosa himself." - Flipside, UK 

Jon DeRosa's other musical project Aarktica has been featured on the soundtrack of upcoming documentary, 'The Crash Reel'. Aarktica has contributed the song 'You Have Cured A Million Ghosts (From Roaming in My Head)' to a soundtrack that includes Moby, Spiritualized, Chemical Brothers and M83. 'Crash Reel' is directed by Academy Award-nominated Lucy Walker and  tells  the harrowing, yet uplifting story of U.S champion snowboarder Kevin Pierce.  'Crash Reel' will be screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival,  details on the screening available here!
About Jon DeRosa:
Jon DeRosa (b. 21 December, 1978) is a guitarist, composer and singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Raised in the small shore town of Manasquan, NJ, DeRosa grew up idolizing Glenn Danzig, while studying classical and flamenco guitar and memorizing the entire output of 4AD and Projekt Records.  It was with this eclectic background that he began his approach to writing and recording music. DeRosa has been involved with many musical projects including dark folk/goth band Dead Leaves Rising, followed by the dreamy atmospheric sounds of Aarktica.  In 1998 Jon DeRosa lost nearly all hearing in his right ear which sparked the birth of Aarktica (a project that remains active over a decade later) as well as his study of Indian classical vocal music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela.
In addition to Aarktica, Jon plays guitar with with New York City chamber pop ensemble Flare. DeRosa also briefly recorded under the name Pale Horse and Rider, releasing two albums of urban country songs during this time. Rob O’Connor at CMJ remarked “DeRosa’s not unlike the downcast end of Springsteen. ‘Jersey Coast Line’ [from 2002’s These Are The New Good Times] could very well be Nebraska‘s 11th track.”
In 2006, DeRosa lent his voice to Stephin Merritt’s opera “The Peach Blossom Fan”, as the role of Hou Fang Yu. Some of his contributions were first featured on Merritt’s Showtunes album (Nonesuch, 2006). “The Peach Blossom Fan” became available in its entirety in 2008 (Nonesuch).
DeRosa continues to record as Aarktica, his most recent releases being 2009/10’s In Sea and In Sea Remixes.
In 2011, DeRosa unveiled his first eponymous release, the Anchored EP. Novelist Ed Park (The Believer) said of it: “At first, Jon DeRosa’s Anchored EP, a quartet of gorgeously layered chamber-pop shanties, seems leagues away from the voluptuous Lovecraftian drift he perfected under his moniker Aarktica. But there are dark spaces here, too, room to brood in the sweet gravel of his voice, in Julia Kent’s penetrating cello lines, and in the quiet violence of the lyrics. With a depth that belies its brief running time, Anchored is so perfect that it literally gives you the chills.”
On November 5/6 2012 DeRosa will released the album A Wolf In Preacher's Clothing internationally via RocketGirl Records.

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