Knitting Factory Presents
Rachel Ana Dobken, Hunter & Wolfe, Thomas G. Waites
Rachel Ana Dobken (drums, guitar, vocals, piano) studied jazz at Bard College. Her music is raw and honest with a stage presence so emotionally captivating that it's been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley. The tunes exist somewhere between rock, soul, indie-alt., and jazz. Huge influences include: Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley, My Morning Jacket, King Krule meets Lady Lamb meets… well, you decide.
In June of 2016 Rachel Ana Dobken released her debut EP Detach. It features Dobken (songwriter, producer, drums, guitar, vocals), Ryan MacLean (guitar, drums, vocals), Luke McCrosson (bass), and Sam Sherman (piano, B3 Hammond, vocals). They recorded everything in two days alongside engineer Kyle Joseph.
Heavy Blog is Heavy writes: "Dobken blends an intoxicating concoction of jazzy soulfulness and indie rock janglyness that often calls to mind the earlier work of St. Vincent and the more recent output of Fiona Apple….It's the sound of someone who doesn't just have a pretty, vibrato-filled voice, but an actual soul behind it. Detach is equal parts heart, soul, and brain, presenting a formula that will surely serve her well for years to come.”
"You know those brilliant thoughts you have before sleep that disappear by morning? If there is a place our nightly epiphanies go, hunter & wolfe has found it and put the lot to music...just when you think you’ve finally got a grasp, the trumpets come in." - Comb Magazine
"While both Michael and Sundeep bring their own very different sounds to this music project, their collective sound is wonderfully balanced." - Quiet Lunch Magazine
Thomas G. Waites- After one year at Bucks County Community College, Thomas G. Waites received a full scholarship for acting at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied as a member of the Drama Division's Group 7 (1974–1978). Some of his classmates included Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve, and Frances Conroy. He received a B.A. degree in Writing from The New School and a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of Iowa. Tom originated the role of Oliver Treefe in Simon Gray's world premiere of Molly, at the First Annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. After his highly acclaimed performance, he returned to NYC to be cast as the lead in On the Yard (1978) co-starring with John Heard. After very strong critical notices, Tom played Fox in Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979). Tom auditioned with Al Pacino and was cast as Jeff McCullough in the Norman Jewison film, ...And Justice for All (1979), striking up a long relationship with Pacino. The two worked together again in Shakespeare's Richard III in which Tom was cast as Richmond. Tom then originated the role of Mitchell in Alan Bowne's Forty-Deuce Off-Broadway at the Perry Street Theatre. In 1982, Tom competed with actors such as Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon to land the role of Bobby in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, American Buffalo. Subsequently, Kurt Russell and John Carpenter saw Tom's performance and cast him as Windows in the film The Thing (1982). Tom was also cast in the Broadway premier of Trafford Tanzi, then as Steve in Pastorale, the Obie Award-winning play by Debra Eisenberg starring Judith Ivey and Christine Estabrook. Tom began writing music and formed a band, The Pushups, and now Thomas G. Waites Project; he draws inspiration from Bruce Springsteen, The Band, Bob Dylan, and various muses from his own life. He plays gigs around NYC in clubs such as CBGB's, Limelight, Traxs, The Bitter End, and has opened for The Smithereens.