White Prism

PopGun Presents

White Prism

I am Lightyear, Sveta Bout

Sep 01

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

White Prism
White Prism
Australian-born, Hungarian-bred, Brooklyn-based Johanna Cranitch of White Prism was born into music. Her Hungarian jazz pianist grandfather declared on the day she was born: “This one will be musical.” And so it began.

Her mother enrolled her in the Kodaly school of early childhood music education and her Irish/Australian father brought his love of Gregorian chant and ecclesiastical music to the table, guiding Johanna toward the stage. At nine years old she was singing St Matthew’s Passion at the Sydney Opera House.

She joined Opera Australia’s Childrens’ Chorus and thus began her career in music. Opera first, pop second. From Fleetwood Mac to Kate Bush to Loreena McKennitt to Wham, Johanna’s parents played records that would influence her dreamy pop leanings in the future.

First a more formal study of music. After attending a performance arts high school, Johanna enrolled in a jazz degree program at the Australian Institute of Music, where she graduated with honors. There she developed a love for the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell. She performed across Australia as a jazz vocalist before moving to NYC.

Once in New York, she convinced the head of prestigious Nola Recording Studios to let her intern and she was soon on her way to engineering full time for the likes of Liza Minelli, Hank Jones and Bette Midler. But that was not all she was doing. Over a period of four years at Nola, Johanna had been writing and recording her own songs behind the scenes, after hours. She was always the first one in and the last one out. One day she decided it was time to make her own album and so the cat was out of the bag. Johanna was on her way to becoming an artist in her own right.

She began by singing backup for various projects in NYC and touring extensively with the band Wheatus. By the time she sat down to put together her own debut, she had over three hundred demos to sift through. “Funnily enough, once I decided to make a record, I couldn’t stop writing new songs. I’d been traveling all year, moving around from Europe to Australia to the United States, driving from NY to LA and back again. I was searching for something in my nomadic state and I found it in these songs. I shelved the old demos to make room for the new, so they sit growing cobwebs to this day.”

Wherever those songs might be, the songs that made the final release were well worth the sacrifice. It shimmers and moves between moods of passion, desire, and cooly calculated regret. Here and there allusions to Kate Bush, Bjork and Bat for Lashes give way to the jazz upbringing that started it all for Johanna. Whatever comparisons may be drawn, Northern Lights shines brightly in its own unique atmosphere.
I am Lightyear
I am Lightyear
[lahyt-yeer, -yeer]

1. Astronomy. The distance traversed by light in one mean solar year, about 5.88 trillion mi. (9.46 trillion km): used as a unit in measuring stellar distances Abbreviation: lt-yr

2. light-years,
a. a very great distance, especially in development of progress
b. a very long time
Sveta Bout
Sveta Bout
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, songstress Sveta Bout spent her early years in the good ol' Soviet Union until her parents moved her to Long Island, New York, armed with only a few words of English and a myriad of strange Eastern European influence, which earned her a reputation in school as an outsider. The young singer struggled to identify with both her American surroundings and her Eastern European heritage, but found through music she could incorporate the big, bright pop vocals of her favorite American singers with the percussive performance and eclectic instruments of her cultural roots.
Sveta Bout studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and now resides in New York City where she regularly plays sold out shows in famed Lower East Side venues. Two EP's now under her belt, audiences have heard her intimate lyrics about love, heartbreak and revenge, paired with intricate melodies written by the singer herself. Her current set list from her second EP One Big Scandal reveals a sexier, edgier side of the chanteuse, who, now in her early twenties, is known for her gut-wrenching, pitch-perfect vocals and alluring stage presence.
From this creative singer-songwriter, audiences can expect the drama of a stage performance, the intimacy of personal confession and musical influence ranging from the bluesy 1920's to big brass band of the '40's mixed with rocking guitars, Russian balalaikas and orchestral violins. No longer the awkward outsider, Sveta Bout ignites the imagination of her audience with the grace and beauty of a seasoned performer at an impressively early age.
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249