Listen here to a part of the radioshow 'Musicians' where Live in Your Living Room was invited
during the LiYLR NYC Festival back in September 2010, aired on public radiostation WNYE.
From Friday Sep 9 - Monday Sep 19, this year’s third edition of the Live in Your Living Room NYC Festival will be held. On each consecutive night there will be a Live in Your Living Room concert. The Dutch Consolate in NYC is supporting our Festival, as well as the Performing Arts Funds NL.
The Live in Your Living Room NYC Festival is being held within the context of the Live in Your Living Room NYC-NL Connection, international house concert network Live in Your Living Room has been working on now for 5 years.That has resulted and in two successful editions of the Live in Your Living Room NYC Festival in 2009 and 2010, with concerts at locations such as The Chelsea Hotel, several venues in the Lower East Side (such as Googie’s Lounge, Piano’s, The Sidewalk Cafe) and several beautiful living rooms from Harlem to Brooklyn.
This year’s promoted Dutch act, The Cosmic Carnival, is a very talented and laureated act. They are the premium national music contest’s Grand Prize of The Netherlands winners of 2009. If you like acoustic folk-pop, with sublime harmonies, this is the band you defenitely want to check out in the intimate acoustic setting.
Each concert, a NYC-act will be co-billing The Cosmic Carnival. As this year, last two years participating has been a high profile of NYC-acts, with names such as Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens), Jeff Krantz, Rachael Sage and David Patillo (The Dead Exs). This year’s list of NYC-participants:
1. Lyle Divinsky
2. Holding Back Entirely
3. My Glorious Mess
4. Robert di Pietro
5. Ursa Minor
6. The Wowz
7. Rachael Sage
8. Peter Baldwin
9. Tanner Walle
10. Julia LaMendola
The Cosmic Carnival is a Dutch folk-rock band formed in late 2007. Their mission: “to bring good old, well-crafted songs back to popular music”. In their early days, members of the band spend a lot of time listening to the colorful music of the sixties - the breeding ground for well-written pop songs. The charts of the late sixties were dominated by a huge variety of styles. Almost every song seemed to come straight from the heart and the songs were well arranged. The analog equipment seemed to give this certain warmth and permeates every record, and best of all: there used to be this abundance of vocal harmonies.
In 2009, fueled by the audience's positive reactions, The Cosmic Carnival entered Holland's largest and most prestigeous band competition: the Grand Prize of The Netherlands. They managed to win both the jury vote and the audience vote, by a great margin. The prize money was immediately invested in setting up a a touring facilities such as a touring van, as well as the recording of an EP which was extremely well received by the press. Quoting Dutch pop critic Robin van Deutekom: "The cheerful, harmonious and original sound of the band creates tingling summer atmospheres and dreamy vistas, resulting in beautiful and groovy songs that nicely combine old and new influences." And another quite: “Paul McCartney wouldn’t have mind including these songs in his repertoire”.
Having caught the audience's attention, The Cosmic Carnival decides to show its face wherever possible. On their own merit, they are booked at over seventy venues in 2010. Included in the tour are performances at legendary clubs like famous Paradiso and Melkweg in Amsterdam. Also included is a Live in Your Living Room Tour: a string of intimate living room concerts throughout the country. In these intimate, acoustic settings The Cosmic Carnival proved to be at their best. With 21 shows they became the most frequently booked band of the Popronde — Holland's largest travelling music festival. The band even started to make international appearances as well: a steaming show at the Tremplin Festival in Casablanca, Morrocco, which turned out to be a huge success. This year 2011 an elborate theatre tour was made. And they started to record a brand new full-length album which is due to be released just before they depart for the Live in Your Living Room NYC Festival.
The Live in Your Living Room NYC-NL Connection
The Cosmic Carnival performing at Live in Your Living Room