Red Door Sessions are set to create an experience of “music mindfulness” in which established and upcoming artists are invited to participate and play short acoustic sets in an intimate setting for a select audience. The sessions begin with a live sound meditation to “cleanse the minds and ears” of the audience, after which the band blends in and begins its set. Bands and artists are encouraged to experiment and play something new and different, be it a new song, a different arrangement, or an improvisation or collaboration, so as to push the creative spirit and create something in the moment that hasn’t been done before.
Tonight’s performers: New York’s genre-bending trio City of the Sun
About the Band:
City of the Sun has been breaking instrumental-rock norms since its inception in 2011. The band’s sound has an array of influences including indie rock, American folk, flamenco, and blues; it’s been called worldly, cinematic, a mix between Rodrigo y Gabriela and Explosions in the Sky.
The band features guitarists John Pita and Avi Snow, and percussionist Zach Para. Having honed their signature sound as buskers in NYC, they gained wider attention playing TED Talk conferences and Sofar Sounds sessions across the US, and posting live videos from exotic locations around the world. COS has since been established as a powerhouse group in the post-rock sphere. They’ve sold out New York’s top indie venues Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom and Gramercy Theater; toured with Peter Bjorn & John, G.Love, STS9, and Thievery Corporation; were featured emerging artists at Billboard’s Hot 100, Firefly, and Bottle Rock Napa music festivals; and scored “The C Word” documentary soundtrack (directed by Meghan O’Hara and narrated by Morgan Freeman). In 2016, City of the Sun released their first live album To the Sun and all the Cities in Between, debuting at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. After completing a European tour in 2017 the band released UNTITLED EP, with lead track “Perfect Instance” garnering over four million streams on Spotify in the EP's first month.
City of the Sun plays its first major public New York show on February 23, headlining at Brooklyn Steel.