The Moon and the Stars

The Moon and the Stars

Contemporary Arts Center
Friday – Sep 25 – 8:30

The Moon and the Stars initially paired Cincinnati musicians' Sean Rhiney and Mark Brasington with a rotating collective of artists. Rhiney fronted rock band clabbergirl for over ten years, earning local Artist and Album of the Year nods as well as top honors from WOXY 97X along the way for his band's edgy rock pop sound. Brasington wrote and produced the critically applauded "White Is Gray" double disc in 2004, and was the chief songwriter for pop rock band, Odd Man Out, and later a guitarist with clabbergirl. He co-wrote the progressive rock instrumental album, "Groovoo" with bass virtuoso John Toedtman (of the Toedtman School of Music) and provided musical accompaniment for several local musical productions. The duo's first recorded composition, "Undertow", debuted at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and featured 12 original songs played live nightly to visual accompaniment. The songs are bluesy, angular and moody, and vasiclate from ambient lunar soundscapes to gospel - sometimes within the same song. Live, the band features musicians Brian Malone (drummer/percussionist with the Bacchanal Steel Band and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra), cellist/guitarist Michael Roszkowski, and vocalist Tamara Williams.