Night Sky Productions and Requiem present:
DANSE MACABRE 3: a gothic/industrial Halloween party
Sat. Oct. 27, 2018
8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cattivo – 146 44th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Lower level, nonsmoking, 21+
The Halloween juggernaut is back for round 3 — this time with some of our most exciting guests yet! Aurelio Voltaire, the master of spooky fun himself, is flying in from NYC to make your holiday complete. Also coming in direct from the New York area is NOIR on Metropolis Records, a darkwave band featuring the velvety pipes of Athan Maroulis (of such projects as Spahn Ranch and black tape for a blue girl). And driving down from Toronto just for us is Indarra, a new project from Sue Hutton of the band Rhea’s Obsession, known for their world music-influenced dark rock. You may have heard Athan and Sue sing together if you’ve listened to Projekt Records’ Excelsis series of dark holiday music, and rumor has it that they may join forces again at this show.
Wear your best Halloween costumes to win cash and other prizes. Show up at 8 p.m. to enjoy plenty of dancing with the DJs from Requiem, get your free candy, and enjoy all the Halloween decor in its full finery. It all goes down on the Saturday before Halloween on the lower level of Cattivo, and it’s a nonsmoking event. See you there, friends and fiends!
8pm – Dancing begins!
10pm – Indarra
11pm – NOIR
12am – Aurelio Voltaire
1-ish am – costume contest
[DJs Eclipse and CrasHZer0 spin when bands are not playing]
Night Sky Productions presents primarily gothic and darkwave concerts in the Pittsburgh area. Run by Kelly Litzenberger (formerly Kelly Ashkettle), Night Sky was originally active from 1997-2002 and was resurrected in 2015.
Requiem is a dark dance night on the first Saturday of every month at Cattivo. Resident DJs CrasHZer0 and DJ Eclipse spin Futurepop, Synthpop, Darkwave, Post-Punk, Coldwave, Minimalwave, EBM, Electro-Industrial. Founded in 2016, Requiem has also featured frequent guest DJs.
Aurelio Voltaire is often described as a modern day renaissance man. He is a singer/ performer, creator of comic books, animation and toys.
An internationally touring musician, he is at the forefront of the Gothic, Steampunk and Dark Cabaret genres headlining some of the biggest horror, sci-fi and comic book conventions as well as Gothic and Steampunk festivals for nearly two decades. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. Many know him for his songs “Brains!” and “Land of the Dead” from the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy.”
Voltaire’s live shows, whether solo or with his skeletal orchestra, are full of stories and games. Many describe his shows as sitting around a fire while an old friend regales you with tales, presuming that old friend drinks a liter of rum a night, dates zombie prostitutes and wrestles Krakens.
Voltaire has been recording and touring for over 20 years. He’s released 13 full-length CDs.
Most recently, Aurelio Voltaire can be seen in his informative and hilarious Youtube series, Gothic Homemaking. In this show, that can best be described as Pee Wee’s Playhouse for spooky kids, he demonstrates how to turn your boring apartment into a Gothic lair with the help of a desiccated co-host, Orville Deadenbacher and a bunch of other recurring monster characters.
Gothic Homemaking can be seen at: www.youtube.com/thelairofvoltaire
NOIR: The voice of Athan Maroulis will always be linked to the seminal Los Angeles-based trio Spahn Ranch. Through five diverse albums, highlighted by songs such as “Vortex” and “Heretic’s Fork,” Spahn Ranch served the 1990s Industrial scene with a daring mix of intelligent electronics and Darkwave moods. In the aftermath of Spahn Ranch, Athan returned to his native New York City where he took a near decade-long break from music before joining Black Tape for a Blue Girl for a pair of albums and performances from Austin to Bucharest.
Afterwards, NOIR was formed as a project that would combine both Athan’s Industrial and Gothic past while remaining very much in the electronic present. NOIR debuted with the “My Dear” single in late 2012, followed by the 2013 critically acclaimed album “Darkly Near,” which Side Line Magazine said, “NOIR probably stands for the most intimate electro project Athan Maroulis has ever been involved with. It all sounds like revealing his deepest inner thoughts transposed into electronic grace and musical poetry.”
Adding members Demetra Songs and Kai Irina Hahn, both on backing vocals and keyboards, NOIR began performing live in New York City followed by a series of road dates in the U.S. In 2014, NOIR completed a video for the song “My Dear,” that was followed up by a video for “Timephase,” along with the release of RE:MIT:TENT, featuring remixes by Assemblage 23, Dead Voices On Air, Ludovico Technique and many others.
In 2016, NOIR’s “The Burning Bridge,” introduced NOIR collaborator Erik Gustafson (16volt, Adoration Destroyed) and was dedicated to the late David Bowie. Featuring the title song along with interpretations of an obscure Ministry song from 1982 entitled “Same Old Madness,” along with a cover of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur,” as well as NOIR’s “In Every Dream Home A Heartache,” a Roxy Music song recorded live on WFMU radio in 2013. A video for “The Burning Bridge” was released in 2017. That same year, NOIR recorded their rendition of “Back To Nature” for a Fad Gadget Tribute entitled “Under What Flag.”
NOIR’s fifth release “Reburning” features remixes of “The Burning Bridge” by The Rain Within, Decoded Feedback, Panic Lift with an exclusive remix of “Same Old Madness” by Bestial Mouths. Additionally, “Reburning” also includes a newly recorded acoustic version of the song “The Burning Bridge,” arranged by guitarist Ron Cardazone featuring cellist Tracey Moth.
Indarra: The Basque word indarra, among its many meanings, connotes both supernatural power and grace. Indarra is also the name of a creative and acclaimed cohort of Toronto-based musicians making both diverse and evocative music with similar qualities: Indarra is music made manifest.
Indarra is the latest project of Canadian chanteuse Sue Hutton (Rhea’s Obsession, music known well for its multiple film and television productions) on vocals. She is working in collaboration with composer/instrumentalists Chris Gartner (Hugh Marsh, Kevin Hearn and Loreena McKennitt), Kevin Laliberté (Sultans of String, Amanda Martinez, Jesse Cook), and synth wizards Heiki Sillaste (Kinder Atom) and Scott M2 (DreamSTATE). Together, Sue and the Indarra collective draw on their extensive and varied influences to conjure dreamscapes of sound linked by footpaths of groove.
Hutton’s keening vocals, rooted in Celtic and Bulgarian modes of sustain and soar, evoke sweeping emotions to weave a sonic tapestry, one both timeless and of today. The songs of Indarra are of the earth and the sky, the past and the future, and, as was said of Hutton’s chart-topping and critically acclaimed project Rhea’s Obsession, sound as if two worlds were dancing.
Indarra will soon be entering the studio to record their debut album, Walk On Fire, to be released and distributed internationally on Metropolis Records in 2018.
Sue Hutton (vocals/songwriter)
Chris Gartner (bass/songwriter)
Kevin Laliberté (guitar/songwriter)
Heiki Sillaste (synths/programming)
Scott M2 (synths/programming)