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Photo: Akasha Rabut

Vocalist Nora Jane Messerich and guitarist Tristan Gianola come together as Pink Lion, a project of shared original compositions and nuanced arrangements. Between Nora’s voice and glass harp (an amplified assortment of tuned wine glasses), and Tristan’s intricate approach to guitar and electronics, Pink Lion creates a dreamy sonic world in a modernized chamber music setting.

The collaboration began with the reworking of music by Björk, Hiatus Kaiyote, Ives, Cage, Laura Mvula, Solange and more, leading to the emergence of a distinct original sound. This sound served as a platform for new compositions with aspects of classical chamber music as well as subtle improvisational sentiments. In pursuit of more interesting sonic possibilities, Pink Lion began to integrate musical wine glasses into their music, leading to the building of their own glass harp. Amplified with contact mics and a Fender tube amp, the tuned glasses (played by Nora) provide a shimmering glow to complement Nora’s agile voice and Tristan’s deliberate guitar arrangements.

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