Date Palms revolves around the core duo of Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons.
They employ traditional rock instrumentation to create music informed by Indian classical music, country, minimalism, and spiritual jazz, arriving at a style that is wholly their own.
On their third album, The Dusted Sessions, the duo expanded the line-up to include Ben Bracken on electric bass, Michael Elrod on tanpura, and Noah Philips on electric guitar.
Date Palms | Dusted Down
Kowalsky and Jakobsons are both accomplished solo musicians in their own right: Kowalsky has released ambient albums on Kranky as well as a collaborative release with Josef Van Wissem on Amish, and Jakobsons has released music on the Digitalis and Students of Decay labels.
Date Palms uses the sound an imagery of the dustbowl and the American West to express something truly cosmic and unique within the already highly individualistic Bay Area underground.
Date Palms | Yuba Reprise
John Colpitts aka Man Forever aka Kid Millions is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida.
Man Forever, his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum performance, was created to overwhelm, to investigate the nuances that bloom in the midst of repetitive music, and to act as a pure sound experience.
Man Forever | Surface Patterns
Originally based on the idea of creating a sort of punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums, Man Forever has evolved from a five or six full drum set ensemble to something a lot more stripped down.
He has featured a dazzling array of collaborators such as Brian Chase (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs), James McNew (Yo La Tengo), Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend), Shahin Motia (Oneida, Ex Models), Greg Fox (Liturgy, Guardian Alien) and many others.
Date Palms & Man Forever LIVE
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | 20:00 CET
Monarch | Skalitzer Str. 134 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg