Atlanta’s Elise Witt and Brooklyn’s Jascha Hoffman meet in the music for an unusual collaborative house concert. Elise brings her multi-lingual songs of bees, bones, amoebas, gardens & justice to interlace with Jascha’s eccentric songs about shipwrecks, insomnia, euthanasia & alien abduction.
Inspired by their work with master vocal improvisor Rhiannon, Jascha and Elise believe that there is music in each of us waiting to be unleashed. Both lead community song circles at home and abroad, and love nothing more than to help a roomful of friends & strangers find fresh music in the air between us.
Jascha Hoffman is a singer & teacher in Brooklyn NY. Songs from his early albums have been compared to Regina Spektor and Leonard Cohen. His third album, based mostly on obituaries, was featured on NPR and American Songwriter. His next album, The Weather, a set of love songs at the end of the world, will be released this fall. As an improviser, Jascha sings with Moving Star at Carnegie Hall, and leads vocal gatherings in the New York City parks with Sounding NYC. He is addicted to Brazilian music.
Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in NC, and since 1977 has made her home in Atlanta. She speaks five languages fluently, sings in over a dozen more, and has been a cultural ambassador to South Africa, Italy, Nicaragua, Switzerland, and China. Elise’s latest CD We’re All BORN SINGING is her 12th recording for independent EMWorld Records, and more than 20 of her compositions have been arranged for choirs in the Elise Witt Choral Series Recipient of the William L. Womack Creative Arts Award, Elise currently serves as Artist in Residence at the Global Village Project, a special purpose middle school for teenage refugee girls. Elise also tours with Terry Garthwaite & Becky Reardon as the trio “Natural Rhythms.”