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Origami Ghosts

Short Bio:

Origami Ghosts: It's a band! Music from the bedroom underground. Musicians from Seattle, WA currently residing in Austin, TX. It's "indie", it's "alternative", it's "punk", it's "pop", what is "antifolk?"...Dance!!! Brought to you by Jean Paul de Bellevue and Friends.

Weird and beautiful songs guided by singer/songwriter and guitarist JP Scesniak, Origami Ghosts can be one (JP) or many. The latter arrangement currently combines the sweet storytelling and songwriting of Scesniak with the magical synth, flute, and melodica! playing of Cassandra Wulff, and the blazingly ambitious cello and drum shreds of Jacob Leavitt and Ben Kendall respectively. Origami Ghosts encourage you to stop asking, "what is antifolk?", and experience firsthand for yourself the mind-bending hypno-folk of OG.

Stay tuned for news about the upcoming 5th release by Origami Ghosts entitled "Healthy Travel Potions"!!!

More of the Story:

Seattle band Origami Ghosts is the musical project of John Paul Scesniak -- traveler, teacher, artist and musician. Since 2004 “JP” has surrounded himself with some of Seattle’s finest and most creative musicians to produce highly entertaining performances and unique recordings, all under the Origami Ghosts moniker. Origami Ghosts make warm and soulful folk-rock music, with a priority on melody. A huge fan of folk, pop, R & B, hip-hop, and rock music, Scesniak began writing "bedroom pop" songs in the early 90’s and began studying the guitar at the University of Washington in 1996. Throughout the following decade, Scesniak performed his songs at open-mics, house parties, artist lofts, art galleries, cafes, bars, and clubs around Seattle, Japan, and France – under the names: John Scesniak, Paper People, and Jean-Paul de Bellevue. When Scesniak collaborated some of his songs with friend and Hammered Dulcimer player Joel Hanson (first in 2000 but later more seriously in 2004) the two formed a duo and had a show lined up at Seattle's Neumo's venue -- where Origami Ghosts were born in March of 2005.

Now consisting of a revolving cast of players, Origami Ghosts is a musical vehicle for the songs of J.P. Scesniak and the talented friends whom he surrounds himself with. JPS is constantly reshaping and recreating his voice and style, and has written and produced hundreds of songs and recordings -- with only a chosen few documented on Origami Ghosts releases. Origami Ghosts has performed at artist lofts, open mics, dive bars, street corners, prestigious clubs, bowling alleys, squats, living rooms, and college auditoriums across the US, Europe, Japan, and China for more than a decade. Scesniak’s style drives the Origami Ghosts engine -- finger picked, jangly and angular guitar playing (often with a swinging tempo) coupled with soulful, personal and heartfelt vocal melodies and lyrical content.

The current Origami Ghosts lineup has Scesniak (guitar/vocals), Cassandra Wulff (piano/synth/melodica/flute/vocals), Ben Kendall (drums), Jacob Leavitt (cello), David Clement (bass). These are some bands that people have compared OG to through the years and some words that people have come up with describing the sound: Built to Spill, Pavement, Modest Mouse, Pinback, Band of Horses, the Shins, the Beach Boys, David Byrne, Blonde Redhead, Dan Hicks & his hot Licks, The Incredible String Band, Kimya Dawson, singer-songwriter, anti-folk, twee, mind-bending hypnofolk, post-punk, Americana, irreverent pop, Appalachian hip-hop, and urban.

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