New York-based acts The Sway Machinery and Hydra launch a dynamic collaboration exploring familial intimacy alongside musical ritual. The groups mix rich vocals with robust musicianship and evocative performance in their musical exploration of zemiros, a genre of Jewish folk music sung at the table among families. Zemiros act both as source material and framework for exploring this ritual music which is at once humble and transcendental. Through the marriage of historical folksong, alongside a uniquely contemporary musical palette and performative aesthetic, a powerful project is born.
Meet Hydra, Brooklyn’s newest vocal creature. I sing for you… to us… as one, as three. We speak five languages – English, Albanian, Spanish, Macedonian and HydraTongue – and we’d like to learn yours. I am three. We are one. We are Hydra. Yula Be'eri, Rima Fand, Sarah Small. We wear our whitest dress. Or I wear red. Hydra ‘dances’ sometimes. We bask in dark, thick harmony. I learn new linguistic and locomotive tricks every day. Follow us on our fiery journey from our infanthood, here and now, to beyond and after.
The Sway Machinery has a unique pedigree rocking festival stages and dance floors around the world, from Timbuktu to Warsaw. The band has represented NYC culture in musical adventures ranging from the eccentric and miniature to the grandiose and sublime. The band’s 2011 release The House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1 featured collaborations with stars of Malian music like Khaira Arby and Vieux Farka Toure. Their most recent release, Purity and Danger, garnered a spate of critical praise and saw the beginning of the group’s association with exciting up-and-comers 3rd Generation Recordings.