The second episode of KCET's music series "Artbound Presents Studio A," airing Tuesday (Aug. 29) at 10 p.m., features electronic music artist Low Leaf. She follows Aloe Blacc as the next performer to be featured on the show, which showcases musicians at their most intimate as they perform small sets at the KCET studios. AXS conducted an email interview with Low Leaf to find out what she's bringing to this unique environment and what else she has in the works for the rest of 2017.
AXS: How did you become one of the "Artbound Presents Studio A" featured artists?
Low Leaf (LL): I was unexpectedly contacted via email. I knew I wanted to participate in this "Studio A" series because their focus was on artists that are tied to environmental causes, and my music is very intertwined with nature.
AXS: What can we expect to hear from you in the upcoming episode? Anything that we wouldn't normally?
LL: I'll be performing with a five-piece band and my grand pedal harp for the first time. I'll be playing some cuts from my last album Palm Psalms as well as some unreleased music.
AXS: You mentioned some elements that are new for this performance, so how much would you say "Studio A" differs from your usual live performances?
LL: I've been touring as a solo artist since 2012 with an electric harp, my laptop and a midi keyboard controller. My earlier live shows that I'd tour with were definitely more electronic and experimental. I've yet to tour with my full band, so this performance will be my first actual recorded footage of what my music sounds like with live accompaniment instead of live beats.
AXS: Your "Studio A" episode airs during a time when you're quite busy in the studio. What can we say about your plans for the rest of the year?
LL: I'm currently working on three albums right now, so my concept of future timelines is kind of abstract and my plans of when to release music are more of an intuitive thing. I may or may not release music at the end of this year. I admit I'm kind of sitting on a lot of material, but there's a season for everything and hopefully these tracks will ripen sooner than later, although I'm in no rush. In late September/early October, I'll be performing in Venice, Italy for the Art Biennial, which is a visual contemporary exhibition, as well as a few quick dates around Italy.
AXS: Which set would you consider your best live performance ever? What makes it stand out to you?
LL: I'd say my best set was at my album release show earlier this February. It was a full moon solar eclipse in Leo, and I had a 12-piece ensemble [with] a string quartet, back-up singers, awesome live visuals, et cetera. And it was in a beautiful setting of the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock on a rainy night in Los Angeles. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to that show, and it was a great challenge and success, orchestrating all the pieces and people together with the help of some good friends.
Watch Low Leaf on "Artbound Presents Studio A" this Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 at 10 p.m. PT on KCET in Southern California, or nationwide on Link TV starting Sept. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes will also be streamed online every Tuesday here. For more information on the series, you can read our interview with Aloe Blacc about the first episode here. For more on Low Leaf, visit her artist page at AXS.