, both distilling their amply-endowed playing down to a bare essence where all that remains is the music to support an exceptional voice and vision. Largely an acoustic ensemble, Agachiko has a malleable ability to accomplish a variety of performance ends, sounding minimal and elegant, bluesy and brazen, or lavish and sated.
The band's earthy and eclectic repertoire spans original compositions and Nina Simone
-related material to smoldering torch songs and Tin Pan Alley. Gabrielle Agachiko's voice has an uncommon combination of confidence and intimacy that allows her songs to sound lyrical and conversational at once. Rich and resonant, this voice imbues the standard "Angel Eyes" with a mahogany darkness, stained deeper with life and experience. Simone's "Four Women" is delivered in a most personal way with not a hint of imitation of the original.
Instrumentation is intentionally sparse on all selections, accented potently withBlake Newman