“A Bell” New single by Wooden Rings

Wooden Rings will be performing on November 17th at Catcus Club in Milwaukee and was recently written up in Deli Magazine.
Wooden Rings has released a new track called “A Bell”. This is the group lead by songwriter, guitar player, and vocalist Ramah Jihan Malebranche with Nathan Staley on Drums, Alex Brescanu on Bass/Vocals, and Elizabeth Arakaki Vocals/Glockenspiel). This is their first single since 2016 and it focuses on our inability to take things back and unring that bell. The track was produced by Malebranche on the front end and the magical (we are not kidding about that) “Studio” James Auwarter on the edit and mix at Coda Room Audio, Chicago, IL.   The challenge behind the edit was blend two different takes from different rooms, at different tempos, with two different sets of instruments together into a whole. Other performers on the first take include John Ozaksut on Bass, Joshua Torrey on Trombone, Keith Bjorklund on Oboe  Peter Burger V smoking that electric guitar. If you live near Milwaukee, you have to come out and hear us.  Everyone that knew us describes Wooden Rings as chamber pop.  Come see how they are evolving beyond that label, swimming in more amplified waters.

Lamp Light Music Festival

We played Lamplight Festival years ago when it was just starting out and the energy is right- think with creativity with  positivism. Don’t just come for Wooden Rings, these bands are all are great!
The idea for Lamp Light was born in a warm living room in Eastown in 2012. After six years of nurturing, learning, and growing, we have collectively decided that it is time for Lamp Light’s next chapter. We are brimming with excitement as we welcome you to join us for the seventh year of Lamp Light, with this year’s main stage at the historic Wealthy Theatre. The decision for the festival to transition out of residential homes and into a public space came after many conversations surrounding the festival’s sustainability and goals to be inclusive of more communities.
We are working hard to have a release ready for you!
Music by: Sugar Candy Mountain • Ryley Walker + Bill MacKay • Cabildo • Dos Santos • Bong Wish • Last Gasp Collective • Wooden Rings • Yolonda Lavender • Turtledoves • Meadow Maker • Hoom • Van Rios • Madelyn Grant • Dave Kevin Adam (DKA) • Wisp • Los Gold Fires • Saltbreaker • Seth Beck • Sofie Jane• Maddie Jackson • Breathe Owl Breathe • And more!    
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Chicago Songwriters Alliance at Cafe Mustache

Tuesday Oct 16 9pm Chicago Songwriters Alliance at Cafe Mustache in Logan Square It’s not everyday that songwriters get to sit down in a cozy café and listen to one another’s work. I am prepared to share and be honest with listeners about the lyrics and emotions behind the music I write. The conversation after the song has settled is often the most rewarding and revealing on both sides. I appreciate the Chicago Songwriters Alliance for making these moments possible and look forward to the other writer’s thoughts and music as well. Join us. John Gargiulo, Sara Leginsky, Chris Rawlins, Ramah Jihan Malebranche and Christopher DeArcangelis. https://www.facebook.com/events/321684161929193/

Wooden Rings plays Birthday Show at DC Torium

Chip Ahoy it’s my BIRTHDAY SHOW! Wooden Rings is playing some new tunes and at the DIY space DC Torium on October 13th. Wooden Rings intricate energies interlock with the Chaos in Creation. There is something unique and special lurking under the surface of the Roalde Dahls. Clarence wants to dance, he just doesn’t know to what. But we all want to dance with you! D.C. Torium 3026 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647 Saturday, October 13 at 8 PM – 11:59 PM

WR & BWB at HB

Wooden Rings is coming out of a year long silence with a new line up and some new work. We are influenced by the summer sun and love to sing together. This is a free show at Hungry Brain so have your #thirstythursday with us. And wait until you catch wind of Blow Wind Blow on that harp. Geez. Then stick around for a dance party brought to you by Bric-a-Brac DJs. Link to Facebook Event

Underground Wonderbar 7/27

oak7 copy We play the upstairs part Lonnie Walker’s Underground Wonderbar on July 27th right after Hannah Frank (Duo) channels Dylan. I loved the previously location of this near downtown room and like that fact that at the new location, you run into really great blues players, some professionals but mostly just folks that come out to drink to some live music without all of the social hype. We are playing without horns and reeds on this one but plan to bring out our new keyboardist, Sarah Eide, for some sonic justice. July 27th 710 N Clark $8.00 21+ 8pm-10:30 perfect. IMPORTANT NOTE: Tell the person at the door the you are there to see us!

Wooden Rings at The Burlington 7.3.16

Wooden Rings and Spocket team up to support Carshdive‘s CD Release of, “Rock 21,” at The Burlington.   This show is going to be pretty eclectic- we even have a comedian coming!  Wooden Rings bring the heart and lyrical songwriting, Spocket brings the heady, technical fusion, and Crashdive rocks out.  Everyone leaves The Burlington happy the night before the fireworks.  Wooden Rings can’t wait to show you a couple new songs and a fancy new keyboard player named Sarah Eide, who bring even more richness to a nice thick harmony soup #Bringabowl   Sunday, July 3rd 2016 The show starts at 8:00pm  and Hosted by Daryl Moon
  • Wooden Rings 9:00pm
  • Crashdive 10:00PM
  • Spocket 11:00pm
The Burlington

Logan Square 3425 W. Fullerton Ave.60647

Chicago, IL, US(773) 384-3243

 

Wooden Rings Open for Aidan Knight

We are honored to open for this great songwriter in a great sounding room. Just can’t wait to pair up for this. Please come out and enjoy your spring and spring break with us! AIDAN KNIGHT Wooden Rings, The Regular WEDNESDAY, APR. 20TH Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm This event is 21 and over Tickets $10.00 – $12.00 https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1082653?_ga=1.129402244.988200621.1460927269 Aidan Knight- https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=BLBXPaNSZpw Wooden Rings- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L1VXiuQbrA Beat Kitchen 2100 West Belmont 60618 Chicago, IL, US www.beatkitchen.com/

New Belgium Brewery: Lost In The Woods – Chicago

Join us this February in celebrating the release of two beloved sour beer vintages: La Folie, the award-winning sour brown ale that launched New Belgium’s wood beer program back in 1997, and Transatlantique Kriek, a wood-aged sour cherry ale brewed in collaboration with Belgium’s Oud Beersel. New Belgium’s Sour Beer program is one of the first and the largest in the United States. La Folie initially rolled out in 1997 with a gold medal at GABF and has since been an anchor for our Sour Beer Program. Every year, Eric Salazar, our Wood Cellar Manager, and Lauren Salazar, our Sour Beer Blender, coordinate a blending of various foeders to make a 100% sour brown ale. Each Year is different, ages well, and will leave you puckering for more. Tickets: CLICK HERE When From: Feb 6, 2016, 05:00 PM To: Feb 6, 2016, 08:00 PM Where Studio Monarchy at 656 W Hubbard St, Chicago, Illinois United States

Wooden Rings in the Chicago Tribune

Wooden Rings cycling through emotions with haunting off-kilter pop

By Britt Julious Chicago Tribune

The eerie, methodical construction of Wooden Rings’ music sounds characteristically Chicago. This lush, multilayered brand of chamber pop might not be the most popular sound in town, but its roots can be found in acts who’ve grabbed national and international acclaim.

The first that comes to mind is the quiet and composed Andrew Bird but comparisons tend to reduce the vision of the artist. And in Wooden Rings, the brainchild of Ramah Jihan Malebranche, the vision is precise and haunting in its beauty and strength.

Born in Haiti but raised on and off here and his homeland, Malebranche’s music sounds pulled from a variety of different sources and ideas, all flowing together to create off-kilter pop that bends and weaves rather than pushing straight from verse to chorus. Malebranche’s clear vision can be heard throughout his songs.

On the 2013 “Twisted & Tangled” EP, the lonesome, contemplative lyrics of Malebranche couple lovingly with eerie, piercing wind instruments and flourishes of steady guitar. The songs are as classic as any other — about the trajectory of an old relationship — but the construction and unique instrumentation elevates the music to something much more interesting, even profound in its beauty. More than anything, Malebranche writes with heart — a heavy one — making his music the kind that sticks with you long after you hear it. That he hasn’t found more acclaim feels like a fluke, yet something that can be rectified with just the right push.

Malebranche’s new project is “Heliocentric,” a reflection of his current personal and professional state of mind. “I just realized I can’t keep singing about this music and my struggles getting over this relationship,” he said. For one, he is married to someone new.

Heliocentric means sun-centered, so this new material touches on this dark and desolate season and how Malebranche’s need for the sun trickles down to his personal friendships and relationships.

“I was originally born on an island in the Caribbean, and so every winter I go through this cycle of really missing that and needing to see color and needing physical contact and reassurance. Just this whole cycle of emotions,” Malebranche said about his new material. “There is a seasonal tilt to the way I feel and how rigid I am. Our winters in Chicago have become very severe and almost knee-jerk winters. They’re not as smooth as they used to be. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this.”

From a professional standpoint, Malebranche defines the new material as a better reflection of the band’s lineup: Peter Burger V, Jon Ozaksut and Nathan Staley, with occasional assistance from Joshua Torrey, Andrew Zelm and Keith Bjorklund.

The songwriting process is more collaborative, pulling not just from the psyche of Malebranche but from band members as well. But more than that, the work reflects a new outlook for Malebranche. No longer is he creating the sort of affectingly somber chamber pop that reflects on his past love. He’s moved on and so the music must as well. What that means remains to be heard as the project is still evolving. Hopefully it won’t strip Wooden Rings of what makes its sound so compelling: a strong vision and endless amounts of heart.

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Britt Julious is a freelancer. onthetown@tribpub.com Twitter @chitribent

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday Where: Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.

Tickets: $8 (21+); 773-227-4433 or www.hideoutchicago.com Copyright © 2015, Chicago Tribune

Grandbar Whiskey Lounge

Hand Practices and our pals in Wooden Rings will be representing Chicago at GrandBar on Friday, October 2nd at probably sometime around 8:00pm in a rock and roll show featuring touring bands from each coast. In one corner, from San Francisco, weighing in at 475 lbs, EagleWolfSnake and in the other, from NYC, at a combined weight of 625 lbs, Wake the Sun. This show may or may not be sponsored by Jameson. We don’t know. That might mean there will be drink specials, but if not, Grandbar’s drink prices are as reasonable as their event calendar is mysterious- but hey, that’s rock and roll, right? But bring money because it’ll cost something, and if that something is not a single digit number, I will eat my hat. Going out on a limb, I’d say $7.00 for the east, west, and third coast entertainment. Pretty good deal woodenringsmusic.com

Feed Culture & Arts Center, Kankakee

 

Wooden Rings will be performing with the very nimble jug/folk band, Bones Jugs N Harmony at Feed Arts & Cultural Center in Kankakee, IL on Friday, August 21st at 8:00pm.

Bones Jugs N Harmony is like Frank Zappa un in some Spike Jones, spiced with Looney Tunes playing Nintendo. It’s a ragtime-jugband-calypso-shake-up from Urbana, IL. Wackadoodles.

Openning we have the Kinder Sister. You can hear their vocal amazingness at thekindredsisters.com Kindred+(12+of+21)  

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Feed Arts & Cultural Center 259 S Schuyler Avenue Kankakee, IL 60901 (815) 496-0278
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Feed Arts & Cultural Center, a not-for-profit 501 (c)3 organization, provides an environment for visual and performing artists of all levels and ages to pursue their work and to broaden their knowledge of the role of art in contemporary society. The mission of Feed is to encourage and nurture emerging and established artists and to increase the appreciation and understanding of the arts within the Kankakeeland communities through classes, workshops, outreach, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and other cultural events. It is our ultimate hope that Feed can provide a space where people from various backgrounds and worldviews can come together to find common ground and a vision of friendship, solidarity, and empowerment in the community.

   

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Wooden Rings, Honey Watts, Wild Orphan

We are very excited to play a show with the very talented Honey Watts, a very soulful outfit from Philly. Think Americana and ambient folk dripping with honey.

The other voice for the evening, Wild Orphan, is a poet wielding rich imagery in beautiful lyrical puzzles. Taste one that resonates with our long-upcoming EPs, Heliocentric I & II.

“When darkness

takes

what the light’s

produced

the sun

still outshines

the moon

Yes, the sun

still outshines

the

moon.”-Wild Orphan

See you on Sunday 12 July 2015 from 7:00pm-10:00pm It’s $8:00 and you want to RSVP by phone at 773.465.9801

Uncommon Ground on Devon 1401 W. Devon Ave. 60660 Chicago, IL, US 773-465-9801 http://www.uncommonground.com

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Wooden Rings, Localvores, Sam Trump, Chas at Redline Tap

We have a heck of a showcase for you all! I love making showcases like this where we find 4 original voices forwarded by people of color.

Thursday, June 25th from 8:00pm-12:00am at Redline Tap. Tickets are $5 in advance at redlinetap.com, $7 at the door Wooden Rings will be performing songs off the upcoming EPs Heliocentric I & II along while sharing a bill with some pretty great Chicago acts. -10:00pm Chas brings a fine blend between sultry soul and rock. Her backing band and her smokey voice will start the night off just right. -8:00pm Sam Trump is a Chicago favorite and plays trumpet in the dope outfit, Sidewalk Chalk. His beautiful voice, tight arrangements, and soulful harmony brings a laid-back love to the show. -9:00pm And finally The Localvores, armed with fierce original songwriting, excellent guitar playing, and a tight rhythm section. -11:00pm …Of course that could all just be speculation because all of these artist are versatile, imaginative, and keep your ears perked and satiated. photograph by Maren Celest

Wooden Rings & Deer Tracks at DCTORIUM

Supporting DIY spaces, places of experimentation and innovation, is important to us. To us, after all, Wooden Rings as a project is a DIY space that exists simply without the brick and mortar. So come enjoy both spaces.

Canceled. But stay tuned for the next one.

Wooden Rings & Deer Tracks wadwadwad.bandcamp.com dctop40.bandcamp.com At DCTORIUM, located at 3026 W. Armitage On Saturday, May 30th at 8:30pm. $5 Suggested Donation to support the space