Smack Mellon presents Press Play, a concert series featuring new local musicians, on the first Thursday of every month held in conjunction with the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.


(Free, Doors at 6pm)


(Photo by Stephen S. Taylor)


VICTOIRE is a new chamber-rock ensemble founded by composer/pianist Missy Mazzoli, featuring Olivia De Prato (violin), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Lorna Krier (keyboards) and Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass).  This group, a stirring blend of winds, strings, keyboards and lo-fi electronics, was recently dubbed “an all-star, all-female quintet” by Time Out New York, and was described by Pitchfork as “so good… a pleasingly accessible entrée into the world of pseudo-classical music.”  Victoire performs Mazzoli’s distinct blend of dreamy post rock, quirky minimalism and rich romanticism.  Since forming in 2008 they have shared the stage with Tortoise, Twi the Humble Feather, Redhooker and many others, performing at many top venues including New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos, Roulette, The Stone, the Whitney Museum, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and the Bang on a Can Marathon.  In spring of 2009 they became the first classical artist to be featured on “ Selects”.  They released their debut EP, A Door into the Dark, on in March 2009, and will release their first full-length album, Cathderal City, with New Amsterdam Records in September 2010.

More praise for Victoire:

“Is Victoire’s music post-rock, post-mimimalist or pseudo-post-pre-modernist indie-chamber-electronica?  It doesn’t particularly matter. It’s just good music.” – NPR

“Both familiar and entirely foreign, the music of the Brooklyn-based band could easily be the soundtrack to your dreams-assuming you are a fever-stricken genius.” – Paste Magazine

“While creating a new flavor of chamber rock, the group preserves the integrity of all genres they combine… each song is rich with depth and mystery, and there’s just enough chaos to keep a fine storm brewing. 4 stars.” – Venus Zine

“Other chamber ensembles have pushed boundaries in the 21st Century, but Victoire does so in a way that feels completely natural…Cathedral City is an exciting arrival.” – ALARM Magazine

Two Trees Management, in collaboration with participating DUMBO-based galleries, is proud to host an evening of art and culture as part of its series, “First Thursday,” the monthly DUMBO gallery walk.   First Thursday is a festive monthly occasion for visitors to immerse themselves in DUMBO’s extensive art and cultural offerings. Stimulating and fun, participating galleries open their art-filled spaces and celebrate with receptions, live musical performances and artist/curator talks. Neighborhood bars, restaurants and stores join in First Thursday by offering individual promotions and specialties. Email for more info, follow it on Twitter &/or become a Fan on Facebook (DumboCulture411).


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