Produced by Tony Maimone and Riley McMahon
KATIE ELEVITCH is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and band leader who fearlessly forges a sound straight from the Source; Her songs and live shows lure you into a sonic devotional journey across sensual landscapes of groove rock, soul and folk, that carry you into meditations on longing, loss, liberation, the spirituality of sex and the transcendence of love.
Her debut album, Now Is The Destination, which was produced by Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, They Might Be Giants) and Riley McMahon (Spottiswoode & His Enemies) successfully fuses elements of improvisation heavy 70's rock and funk, the flavors of old school r&b, the story telling and poetry of folk, and the big hooks and lushness of pop music.
The daughter of an American born Jewish-Lithuanian WWII veteran, published author - and cousin of Bob Dylan - and a mother whose is a descendent of singing Bulgarian Gypsies, Katie was reared as a performer from an early age, acting in musical and dramatic community theater and singing Mozart, Debussy and Vivaldi in choirs. As a teenager she fronted rock bands and wrote and recorded music with her older brother Nik, a multi-instrumentalist and poet.
In 1992 she moved to New York City and studied Jazz Voice and Piano at Mannes College of Music and began rehearsing at Georgio Gomelsky's now infamous music studio in Chelsea which at the time housed Jeff Buckley, Jesse Malin and Ed Pastorini (Beth Orton, Elysian Fields, 101 Crustaceans), and at one time, Sonic Youth. Katie's focus and learning intensified during this period, as she quietly absorbed all that was around her, both in the music scene at large, and literally, coming through the walls of her basement studio where she practiced and taught herself guitar, bass and drums and began composing her own songs. Eventually she began performing throughout NYC, as well as at venues in San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto and Montreal, Canada.
In the Spring of 2003, producer/bassist Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and producer/guitarist Riley McMahon (Spottiswoode & His Enemies, Preston Clarke) teamed up with Katie, executive producer and song-writer/arranger, to develop Katie's songs. Over the next several months they recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at Studio G Brooklyn with engineer/mixer Joel Hamilton (Martha Wainwright, Ani DiFranco, Sparklehorse, Player's Club) and such incredible musicians as Marlon Browden on drums (Vernon Reid, John Scofield), Chris Brown on rhodes/organ/clavinet (Ani DiFranco) and Suphala on tabla (Perry Farrell).
The resulting album, 'Now Is The Destination', has been praised by the Village Voice (Voice Choice 6/04 and 4/05, Chuck Eddy), The Big Takeover (Issue #55) and many artists including visionary NYC-based musicians Chocolate Genius and Carl Hancock Rux.
Katie continues to develop new material and thrives on live collaboration and improvisation that challenge boundaries between rock, folk and jazz. Her Sophomore Album, "Kindling for the Fire" is now aavailable online at cdbaby.com as well as on Katie's website.
The official website, www.KatieElevitch.com will be re-launched in early 2009.