Topanga Canyon has a rich tradition of inspiring beautiful and delicate music that has been called the soundtrack of a generation. From that scene came an album that has been legendary to fans and record collectors for over 40 years. It all started very innocently. Linda Perhacs was just a young woman writing songs about nature, the universe, and love privately in the rustic kitchen of her Topanga home.
We are very happy to present Linda Perhacs’ first and only appearance on stage in Germany.
A chance meeting with legendary film composer Leonard Rosenman led to the recording of these songs at Universal Studios with some of the top session musicians around. Linda used complex vocal layering that remains ahead of its time, still to this day. The album, “Parallelograms”, was considered a sonic masterpiece that came from Linda’s synesthetic natural ability that she developed as a child. Amazingly, it went unnoticed upon it’s first pressing in 1970 and Perhacs returned to her reclusive life with nature, the universe, and her steady day job as a dental hygienist in Beverly Hills.
Twenty Eight years later, Michael Piper’s Wild Places label reissued Parallelograms and brought this magical music out of obscurity and into the collections of new fans worldwide. Without anybody knowing of Linda’s whereabouts, her music made headlines in major music magazines, and interest peaked all over the world while Linda had no idea. Piper finally found Perhacs in 2000 shortly after she recovered from a life threatening case of pneumonia. When they met, Perhacs provided Piper with her own superior master of the record along with some bonus tracks that were then turned into an expanded reissue of the album. This version sold very well and her fan base grew to include world famous musicians.
Daft Punk included the track “If You Were My Man” in their award winning movie ELECTROMA. Devendra Banhart reached out to meet Perhacs and they became very close friends. Piper introduced Linda to Swedish progressive metal band Opeth and at a recent concert, leader Mikael Akerfeldt referred to Linda as his idol from the stage. Frosty Mark McNeil, a popular Los Angeles DJ contacted Perhacs in 2010 to perform her album for the 10th anniversary of his worldwide internet station, Dublab. The show was sold out ahead of time, and proved to be a total hit.
Linda was blown away by the many guest performers, especially Julia Holter who performed Linda’s song “Delicious”. This sparked an instant friendship and Perhacs and Holter continue to collaborate to this day. More shows followed with Julia and some of her talented friends like Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel which cemented the official return of Linda Perhacs. After the critically acclaimed live performances, it became apparent that a new album was a must.
Monday, 18 November 2013 | 20:00 CET
Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof in 10243 Berlin/Friedrichshain