Ryder Cooley Hosts Mini-Festival of Regional Female Talent at Club Helsinki

MoonRyder (Lady Moon and Ryder Cooley)

MoonRyder (Lady Moon and Ryder Cooley)

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – On Friday, March 15, 2013, at 8pm at Club Helsinki Hudson, Ryder Cooley hosts an evening of diverse and divergent talents, featuring MoonRyder, her collaboration with Lady Moon; Ryder Cooley & Hazel, her collaboration with Hazel, the stuffed sheep; and Pocatello, an old-timey trio from Germantown, N.Y.

Ryder Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric visions with songs and projections, her work reveals a terrain of lost dreams and phantom memories. Most recently, Ryder has been developing Animalia/XMALIA, a musical performance series about human-animal relations and extinction. She is currently collaborating with Hazel, a taxidermy sheep. Together they serenade you on accordion, ukulele and singing saw.

As a musician-performer, Ryder has collaborated with numerous bands and ensembles from San Francisco to New York, including Music OMI, MoonRyder, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Ruby Streak Trapeze, Fall Harbor, and The Darklings. Her recordings can be heard via Out Of Round Records, as well as through her website.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Ryder has participated in a wide range of public works, educational projects and international shows. Her work has been performed and installed at locations including: Proctors Mainstage in Schenectady, Le Petit Versailles & Dixon Place in NYC, Yerba Buena & Theater Artaud in San Francisco, White Box & Exit Art galleries in NYC, the Robert Wilson Watermill Center on Long Island and public art projects in Indonesia, El Salvador, France and the Czech Republic. Ryder completed an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from RPI, an MA in Combined Media from SUNY Albany, and a BFA in Sculpture from RISD.

Lady Moon, also known as Ngonda Badila, is a singer/songwriter, performing artist and auto-harpist who conveys the sound of beauty and the words of life to inspire and entertain. She was born in Paris and raised in a performing arts theater company called Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater, founded by her parents, Andre and Pamela Badila.

Lady Moon grew up dancing, singing, acting and writing poetry. She began singing her poetry at age 15 in the city of Hudson N.Y. After receiving her Associates in Arts at Columbia Greene Community College in 2007, Lady Moon spent three years committed to community youth projects, working with numerous non-profit organizations including TSL and the Hudson Opera House. In 2010 Lady Moon returned to school at Hunter College to pursue her studies in music and dance. She won Hunters’ Got Talent contest on 106 & Park, the Top Ten music countdown on BET (Black Entertainment Television) in the Spring of 2012, and was the opening act for the Hip-Hop rival WALE. She collaborates with several bands including Moon Ryder, Lady Moon and the Eclipse, Black N Gold, Loumingou Night and Male Room. Her music is a blend of soft opera, R&B, funk, jazz, soul, and rock.

Liv Carrow, Baby Willis and Sasha Pearl are Pocatello, an old timey farm band out of Germantown, N.Y.. They play banjo, mandolin and acoustic guitar.

For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800




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