October 27, 2015 | doors at 8:30pm
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The Bowery presents:
Daniel Knox
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Pioneers in the use of cello as the sole instrument within a rock band, Rasputina has been
inspiring young string players to commit a number of musical sins since 1996. The group's
concept was written as a manifesto, and manifested accordingly by directress Melora Creager as
a wily subterfuge for a plot to open audiences to adventure. The funny, the sad, the heavy, the
tender-- it can all exist together.
Employing elaborate costuming spanning a number of historical periods, Rasputina brings
marginalized historical female figures and stories to light in the pop form, using archetypal
characters such as Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and Medieval queens.
Melora last performed in Europe with Nirvana, on their final tour in 1994. Over the years,
Rasputina has performed/recorded with Marilyn Manson, Porno For Pyros, Cheap Trick, Goo
Goo Dolls and many others. Hardened road-dogs, and with more than 7 albums under their belt,
Rasputina continues to amaze and amuse.
About ‘UNKNOWN’- the new Rasputina album:
Melora says, “Unknown’ is 14 new songs recorded alone in a dank basement studio. I quite
liked it though, that dank basement studio. I didn't feel at all alone. Using only one microphone,
the whole album poured out of me in just 3 weeks- writing, recording, the whole thing. “
Unknown is a CD only release- non-digital. Why? At one level, this album is about trauma,
Melora’s trauma at being hacked- silently and anonymously observed through the Cloud.
Conceptually, this album doesn’t exist on the Internet. It’s a real and physical thing. Anyone who
purchases it is known to her.
MELORA CREAGER - voice, cello, banjo
Kansas born & raised, she moved to NYC in the 1980’s. Melora received classical music
training as a child, but her performance career began with rock bands and East Village drag/
performance artists. She founded the alternative/ historical cello ensemble Rasputina in 1991 as a
way to meet like-minded girls- girls that wanted to rock out on the cello and wear fine costumery.
The sound and visual concepts that began in Creager's Rasputina manifestos presaged and
influenced movements and trends such as Modern Victorians, Steampunk, freak-folk, corsetry,
and crafting. In 19 recordings, and countless public performances, Creager has led a 20 year
exploration in cello amplification, recording, and performance.
LUIS MOJICA- piano, beat-boxing
Luis uses the piano to cast, wild narrative spells. His eyes are that of an androgynous monk
with rainbow tentacles. Luis loops words, chants, and sounds through a loop pedal AKA beatboxing,
‘Beat-Boxing Baroque’. Luis brings his musical madness to Rasputina today.
CARPELLA PARVO- cello, voice
Cello-fingers in flight and with the voice of a bird, Carpella is from another country, but keeps it
a secret which one. She played on Rasputina's debut album, Thanks for the Ether (1996), then
succumbed to the very condition from which she takes her name- carpal tunnel syndrome.
Having healed over 20 years, Carpella jubilantly returns to Rasputina in the 21st century
Daniel Knox
Long known for darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles, Daniel Knox employs a new, more wide-ranging sonic palette on his latest work. The ten songs on Daniel Knox feature his powerful and unique baritone with an array of brass, strings, synthesizers, his usual band, and guest contributions from Brett Sparks and Thor Harris.

“An achingly lovely exercise in vintage, chrome-plated, wood-paneled Americana”
- UNCUT 8/10

Knox has scored for film and theater and has performed with artists such as Jarvis Cocker, the Handsome Family, Richard Buckner, Swans, Rasputina, Josephine Foster, Jon Langford, Nina Nastasia, Rufus Wainwright, and Andrew Bird.

“Knox possesses a ferocious talent that lures you deep into his twisted but fascinating world.”