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Genre: Alternative Rock, Experimental, Rock

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O Scorpio


Jaggery is an experimental art-rock collective who work the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz?). Fronted by Boston-based singer/songstress Mali Sastri ~ whose training in the expressive arts discipline Voice Movement Therapy is evident in her global-sized voice ~ the band suggests a classical, organic, avant-jazz-oriented Cocteau Twins or a “white witch” counter to the haunting Diamanda Galas. Mali’s voice can be an Enya-esque leaf floating in the breeze, and then become a Grace Slick-like Earth-shaking, Everest-sized volcano. She is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation including Daniel Schubmehl’s West Arican approach to the drum kit, with jazz influences, Tony Leva’s funky upright bass, and Petaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals. This “exotic musical mobile” evokes what Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda” might sound like with Bjork singing over the top of it. The band’s repertoire bridges the delicate and explosive ~ from haunting lullabies to furious, mixed-meter rants; tightly-woven compositions in odd time signatures to catharsis-inducing, barn-burning mini-epics (oft-times within the same song). Jaggery (the word comes from the dark brown, Indian sugar) has toured across the east coast, and has released two recordings: the 2004 in lethe ep, and the 2006 full-length polyhymnia. Their first music video (‘O Scorpio) won their director “Most Promising New England Filmmaker 2009” at the Boston Underground Film Festival.