The Debutante Hour keeps its musical roots in American country, blues and vaudeville while letting their lyrics run the gamut from absurd to sublime. Susan Hwang and Maria Sonevytsky switch fluidly between accordion/keys and hobo drum kit while Mia Pixley holds it down on the cello as the unconventional power trio harmonizes about planning, worldviews and works of literature, with the occasional swerve into a Carpathian mountain stomp. In their debut album, produced by Franz Nicolay, they are joined by talented friends including Brian Viglione (drums), Tuba Joe Exley, Ben Holmes (trumpet), Hubert Chen (violin), Sweet Soubrette (ukelele), Karen LeBlanc (saw), Jonathan Wood Vincent (guest piano), Ed Pastorini (piano), and Franz Nicolay.
The group formed as a duo in late 2007 when Maria Sonevytsky and Susan Hwang joined songwriting forces and fashion sensibilities. In addition to playing their favorite NYC venues, they toured Far East Asia (South Korea, Japan) and Europe (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Italy, UK). Mia Pixley joined them in 2008 and has added to a fuller sound and irrepressible energy. Together, they’ve received rave reviews for their engaging and enthralling live performances. They will charm the hell out of you. I’m serious. They’ll sing and play until you’re completely hell-free.
Radio exposure includes a live performance on WFMU radio with Julian Kytasty and the Experimental Bandura Trio as well as a radio interview and performance on Diradio in Padova in 2009. In 2010, they will be featured on the first vinyl release of Brooklyn-based Spaghetti Western recordings, and, in 2009, were included on a compilation album curated by Scottish friends from The Bowery, called TenTracks.
Some of the great musicians they’ve had the pleasure of sharing the bill with are Deborah Harry, Shonen Knife, Nellie McKay, Corn Mo, Justin Bond, Murray Hill, Franz Nicolay, Amy Kohn, Emilyn Brodsky, Natti Vogel, Ching Chong Song, The Wowz, Virlana Tkacz and the Yara Arts Group, Phoebe Kreutz and Kevin Blechdom.