Keith & Josh

Ramah here,

It can’t be overstated how much the creativity and technical prowess of Joshua Torrey and Keith Bjorklund have brought to some of these tracks. Keith plays oboe, a rare instrument to see on stage with a four piece back playing some diet form of rock. But when I close my eyes I hear lines that fit the instrument perfectly and lines that Keith effortlessly draw in and masterfully pushes out.

Josh Torrey not only brings the chops and tone on the trombone but also has an excellent ear. I could sing parts out to Josh, he would transcribe them and arrange them with clarity. I really could not make the work, the way I hear it with out these two guys.

We are only 10% away from our goal and really need your help! With this money we commit our music to vinyl and pay our Grammy Award winning engineer.

Please support our work and listen to the story of our album at https://3arts.org/projects/heliocentric

Meet Josh joshtorrey.com/

Meet Keith keithbjorklund.com/

In June

This image was captured from a music video Wooden Rings is producing for a song called, In June. The lyrics start us in the dark winter apartment in Chicago. It’s the type of winter that holds you hostage in your apartment, studying the drab walls, drinking too much, sick from cabin fever.

In that state, my mind is hypersensitive to sounds, like the sharp cracks and resonant metal screams of radiators in the lead-draped apartments I could afford. They found their way on this record. The music then shifts into nostalgia- longing for the tropics, vivid fruit and loving family, for the warm sun and the god in my grandfather’s garden. When my grandfather passed away, I was able to go home and taste it all again, laying him to rest.

This song will open our first new full length record, Heliocentric. Help us press it to vinyl bust supporting up here and sharing this post with friends and family. https://3arts.org/projects/heliocentric/

Thanks for making the leap,

Ramah Jihan

“Hot House Flowers”

My goodness. I am completely blushing over what some of my collaborators has to say about the music that we make. These guys are damn good engineers with world-class skill. I don’t recommend then to just anyone. I recommend them to the very best artists I know. Consider donating to the record we’ve made together and when it gets pressed to vinyl, we can all rest easy knowing we did it right.  

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Wooden Rings|Heliocentric: Fundraiser with 3Arts Foundation

Dear friends and family,

We are excited to announce that Wooden Rings is partnering with 3Arts to complete our first full-length album, Heliocentric.

We ask you to please help us bring this album to light by donating to our campaign. We are attempting to raise $3333 by August 15th to commit Heliocentric to vinyl and make it ubiquitous on streaming platforms. If you can help us meet our goal, the 3Arts Foundation has agreed to cover the rest of the costs.

Those who know us well understand that our bone marrow has been woven into the art on this record. We believe that our sacrifices will make this release not only meaningful to us but to our listeners as well. With this work our aim is to connect with a broader audience without sacrificing the complexity and emotional range that make Wooden Rings so impactful.

Please help spread the word by liking and sharing our posts with your friends, family, and music-loving communities.

  Thank you for supporting us,
Ramah, Liz, Sasha, Nathan
Donation Link: https://3arts.org/projects/heliocentric

“A Bell” 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!    
Lamp Light Music Festival 2018 – Teaser

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/

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 & 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

At Quenchers

Friends, This will be the first show for Wooden Rings with a quartet. Come listen to brand new songs and new explorations into what is means to experience spring in Chicago. Acoustic Guitar and Vocals: Ramah Jihan Malebranche Electric Guitar: Peter Paul Burger V a.k.a P5 Drums: Jonathan Chiu a.k.a Chewy Bass: Noah Silver-Mathews Much love, WR Thank you Phantom Note Doors: 8:00pm Show: 9:00pm 21+ $5 Ticket Link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/835545 11pm MAN CALLED NOON https://www.facebook.com/pages/Man-Called-Noon/226487839584 GOOSE CORP https://www.facebook.com/GooseCorp 10pm WOODEN RINGS https://www.facebook.com/woodenringsmusic 9pm

Wooden Rings & Josefina

Wooden Rings and Josefina Asconape (joined by Jim Tuerk) will be performing intimate solo sets on March 6th at Uncommon Ground at 3800 North Clark St. Music Starts at from 9:00pm and Wooden Rings plays at 10:00pm.. This is the perfect place to hear some new songs, eat a great meal, and drink the darkness away. Make Sure the reserve a table with Uncommon Ground! They do go fast and you don’t want to be standing with your drink like at the last show. #wrheliocentric 11042963_10101136401055171_5004042438593152660_n

Wooden Rings + Leah Shoshanna & Khari Lemuel

Wooden Rings will be opening up for Leah Shoshanah with Khari Lemuel at Uncommon Ground on Devon on Friday, February 6at 8:00pm – 10:00pm $10 Uncommon Ground 1401 West Devon Ave Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60613 Music for your soul. Singer and songwriter, Leah Shoshanah, has teamed up with iconic singers and composers, Khari Lemuel and Ramah Malebrache, to hunt truth with music. Beautiful cello and guitar accompaniment, harmonies and powerful singing are the vehicle for a journey through stories and song. The evening will begin with a short set of solo work by Ramah Malebranche of “Wooden Rings”, followed by Leah’s solo music, as well as new collaborations with both Khari and Ramah. This is an event not to be missed! About the artists: Leah Shoshanah is a mystic, a storyteller, a visionary and an artist to the core. She brings her eclectic experiences to music as a composer and singer. She has been playing her original music for several years throughout Chicago and beyond. Often combining the sacred and the silly, she is a unique voice in the singer-songwriter world. www.leahshoshanah.com Khari Lemuel is an icon in the Chicago music scene. His voice and songs have brought him to venues around the world. A classically trained cellist, Khari brings instrumental accompaniment, back-up vocals and mastery to Leah’s compositions and poetry. Ramah David Jihan Malebranche is a master musician who composes acoustic chamber music for his band, Wooden Rings. His songs resonate with lyrical depth, tenderness, and unparalleled honesty. Check out his work at www.woodenringsmusic.com. Seating is limited, RSVP by calling 773-465-9801.

“Lucky” Fortune

The astrological bodies have align for this one!!! Now, I’m am one of the least mystical people out there. Mysticism is actually a big turn off that I have to be carefull not the let flare up when meeting new people. But the crew and I were sitting in the kitchen at the recording studio, about to record this wonderful song, “Lucky,” when I pulled this prophesy out of my yummy fortune cookie. We all just stopped moving and stared for a second and the started screaming. We then nailed it in the studio. Can’t wait to share.

New Tones

Just want to share that I am finally getting the sound I want out of my Godin A6. This slimline acoustic electric comes to life with the right steel strings and a wound 3rd.