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Origami Ghosts


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. Origami Ghosts can be one -- Scesniak -- or many, the latter currently combines the songwriting of Scesniak with the intricate accordion playing and singing of Kara Wiggert, cello that warms the heart, and bass and drums which power and move the music to a danceable groove. The band has an "indie" folk-rock sound with a strong diy ethos. The current Origami Ghosts lineup has Scesniak (guitar/vocals), Wiggert (accordion/vocals), Kelly Viergutz (drums), Amir Estakhrian (drums), Shivani Patel (cello), Jim Smith (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, singer-songwriter, anti-folk, post-punk, Americana, irreverent pop, Appalachian hip-hop, and urban.