Boston Survival Guide – 4/27/15

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by Julie Stoller
Jaggery Presents The Beautiful and The Grotesque ~ PosterIt’s high time to check back in with my favorite darkly erotic, harp-wielding, siren-luring, viola-beckoning, piano, percussive and bass jazz-jiving exotic ensemble, Jaggery. They have an incredibly special performance coming up on Friday, May 1st at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It is called Jaggery Presents The Beautiful and the Grotesque: Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, an evening of original new music that coincides with and celebrates a visiting exhibit at the MFA of rare drawings by da Vinci.

The show is Leonardo and the Idea of Beauty and it features some drawings that have never been shown before in Boston.

Even by Jaggery’s usual ultra-high standards, this is going to be one damned classy gig. Most all the members of Jaggery have written their own pieces for the show and they explain their inspiration as being “everything from Leonardo’s studies of light and shadow on drapery, his forays into flight and flying machines, his bronze horse statue, an essay regarding correspondence between a music theorist and his portrait painter, to our own interpretation of Renaissance music.” Continue reading “Boston Survival Guide – 4/27/15”

Exposé Online: 2/5/2014

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Jaggery — For the Record – Live

by Jon Davis

Boston’s Jaggery have developed a sound that is wholly unique, and it’s only partly due to their unusual instrumentation: piano (usually acoustic), bass (often acoustic), drums, viola, and harp, along with female lead and backing vocals. Their studio releases have presented the intense vision of Singer Mali, with her powerful, acrobatic voice, evocative turns of phrase in lyrics, and imaginative flair for arrangement, along with the considerable talents of her cohorts. For the Record presents them at their best, in an intimate live performance, recorded supremely well. The set includes some of the best tracks from their back catalog along with new tunes. “O Scorpio” and “Come” from Polyhymnia (2006), along with “7 Stone” and “Javelin” from In Lethe (2004) are examples of the former; “Icy” and “Walls Are Windows” are outstanding songs that haven’t appeared on a studio recording to date. Throughout, it is Mali’s voice that rivets the listener’s attention with its extensive range and dead-on pitch, expressive in ways that few singers can pull off. For those new to the world of Jaggery, this is an excellent introduction; for the initiated, it’s a sweet treat and proof positive that the band is a formidable presence live.

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ENCOLE BLOG 9/16/2014

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For The Record [LIVE] by Jaggery: A Review

by Tom Steiger

Jaggery is a pretty standard, mainstream 5-piece rock outfit.

Except instead of a bass guitar they have an upright acoustic bass. Or, occasionally, a Moroccan sintir.

And instead of a lead guitar they have a viola.

And instead of a rhythm guitar they have a harp.

And their drummer is a jazz artist who likes to explore time signatures you’ve never heard of.

And their singer is a devotee of Voice Movement Therapy who can do things with her voice that do not sound entirely human – from soaring angelic beauty to demonic possession, often within a few bars. Continue reading “ENCOLE BLOG 9/16/2014”

HOWL MAG 8/8/2014

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Where The Wild Things Are

The strange and beautiful world of Jaggery live at Oberon

By Victoria Wasylak


The Oberon Theater in Harvard Square has welcomed plenty of edgy acts over the years, but certainly nothing quite like Boston band Jaggery. Their unique brand of gothic chamber pop is sunshine and thunder — capable of producing whirlwind rock crescendos that snarl, bite and spit fire, just before slowing down to a calm breeze gentle enough to lull a baby to sleep. On June 12, the band recorded a live album at Oberon that plays with unmistakable originality, glittering musicianship and walks the line between genius and insanity that only the most adventurous dare to explore. Continue reading “HOWL MAG 8/8/2014”

Issue # 146 Zzajrant – Live Review, Seattle, WA

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by Dick Metcalf

. . . Next up was a band from Boston that’s on an extended (30 day) tour of the country that they call their For The Record Tour… Jaggery had played Seattle before, though I was still in Hawaii when they were here last.  The lead for this group is fronted by a truly dynamic vocalist, Singer Mali . . . and when I say that, it is with all the respect one might imagine… the music they play keeps the “prog” in mind, but is more attuned to that “prog-opera” I mentioned earlier in this piece… though I’m not intimately familiar with all the terms proggers use to describe their music, the lead-off piece sounded (to me) like “wicked chamber dirge” – some of the most impressive and powerful high-range vocal work I’ve heard in years.  Let that not detract from the rest of the group, though… each and every piece & player fully understands the story they are telling – and they don’t get “in the way of each other”.  A very powerful set.

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WBUR’s The ARTERY 6/9/2014

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Jaggery’s Dark Avant-Pop:

‘I Don’t Feel Like What I’m Doing Is Sinister’

by Amelia Mason

photo: Matt Samolis

Sometimes, during a performance with her band Jaggery, Singer Mali (aka Mali Sastri) will emerge from behind her black-lace-draped keyboard and creep into the crowd. Clad in a floor-length white gown—or a flowing black garment, depending on the day—she lurches and spits, tossing her long, inky hair and gesticulating with fluid abandon. As the band vamps, she slides effortlessly through several octaves, sneering in the lower registers and shrieking with startling precision in the upper. A combination of seductiveness and menace, she resembles something otherworldly, like a spirit called back from the afterlife, though perhaps one none too happy to be here.

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