The poignant and evocative voice of LUKA returns to The Burdock in Toronto on Tuesday, July 26 for the homecoming album release show of the new LP Summon Up a Monkey King. The evening includes an early and late show at 7 and 9:30 p.m. which both promise uniquely tender performances featuring folk and flamenco-influenced acoustic guitar accentuated by ethereal dream pop flourishes.
LUKA will be supported by his full band to add electric tinges and drumming to his acoustic set as well as the euphoric harmony of two back-up vocalists. Leading up the early show is Toronto instrumental avant-garde ensemble Eucalyptus. Summon Up a Monkey King producer Stephen Prickett will take over to open the late show.
The new track “Why Don’t You Go To Her” begins with the statement: “This is a conversation between me and my heart” and this album release show promises to offer the same vulnerability and intimacy for a cozy weekday performance.
Genre: Modern Pop-Folk
The solo effort of Toronto-based singer/songwriter Luke Kuplowsky has been said to evoke Leonard Cohen, The Magnetic Fields, Modern Lovers and ’90s Jonathan Richman. Whatever the stated influence, one thing remains clear: LUKA has a voice which resonates.
The new LP Summon Up a Monkey King is Kuplowsky’s sophomore effort after 2013’s Calling All Cats Black and his first project with Maryland-based indie label Yellow K Records. The critically-acclaimed album weaves together both pathos and romanticism with a rare sincerity that provides a meditation on the precarious nature of love itself. Thus far, LUKA’s album release tour has travelled to Ontario, Quebec, the East Coast and even the artist’s first foray into the states with shows in New York and Maryland.
Check out the music video for the new track “I Count The Years” directed by his brother Adam Kuplowsky:
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz
The seven-piece instrumental ensemble lead by composer and saxophonist Broadie West offers a wide-reaching mix of pop and jazz influences which emphasize syncopated rhythms and improvisation. The group features an all-star collection of musicians recalling the tradition of skilled big band companies such as those lead by Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. At times evoking bossa nova or dancehall music, their penchant for improv refers to jazz music’s most carnal ability to surprise.
Eucalyptus most recent release is the brand new track “Stop and Go” – listen below.
Genre: Modern Pop-Folk
Toronto-based producer Stephen Prickett is a frequent collaborator of LUKA whose influence has helped to form the subtle compositions of both Summon Up a Monkey King and Calling All Cats Black. Prickett will be pulling triple duty at The Burdock by opening the late show and performing with the full LUKA band for both shows.
Prickett will be debuting a brand new set of music for the release show. Download his newest collaboration with LUKA, a cover of “Love Over and Over” by Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle for the third instalment of the Dominated musical compilation series via our account on MediaFire.
Listen to Summon Up a Monkey King on Bandcamp or buy the album on vinyl, CD or digital at the show.
LUKA Album Release with Eucalyptus and Stephen Prickett
Thursday, July 26th at The Burdock
Early Show Doors at 6:30 p.m. / Late Show Doors at 9:00 p.m.
1184 Bloor Street W, Toronto ON
Purchase Tickets ($8 in advance/$10 at door)