Aaron Z. Katz and Callie Lipton of the Dejas are a performing duo whose music is a unique blend of melodic, ambient, “indie-pop,” and earthy acoustic folk/rock. Both Katz and Lipton are talented singer-songwriters in their own right, but when they combine their musical vision, both become “something greater.”
The dynamic of two parts forming a greater whole was something that was evident from the moment they first encountered each other. “We met by accident,” Katz said of his and Callie’s beginnings. “I have a production company in Dover and she answered an ad. When I met her and heard the material, I knew that she had to become more than a client.” Together their songwriting and voices created a fresh, perfectly married sound.
Both Katz and Lipton experienced childhoods steeped in music and creativity. Katz, a Worcester native, is the son of two musicians. Lipton, who grew up in the Boston area, proudly declares herself the daughter of “hippie parents.” Mom, a music teacher who once followed the Grateful Dead around, had the good fortune of teaching Joan Baez’s child in school in California. Baez became a family friend and in inviting the family to the Newport Folk Festival to see her perform, gave Lipton her first taste of the musician’s life.
Reviewer Chris Elliot (seacoast.com) writes about the “gentle, unforced, seeming inevitability of the songs themselves.” Dejas’ fans find the music has the ability to move them to dance–or move them to tears, with wonderful melodies that linger and engage, staying with the listener in some profound, enduring way that is both inspirational and somehow reaffirming.
This Saturday, July 27, The Dejas & DJ Forrest James will be performing at The House of Blues Foundation Room in Boston, MA. They will be playing with their full band, which includes drummer James Murphy from The Blue Man Group, Jeff Lafontant on bass, and Scott Solsky on electric guitar. DJ Forrest James will be spinning before & after Dejas sets. There will also be a showcase of original art by Salem artists Maggie Armstrong & Amanda Lee Dunham. Doors open at 7 p.m. and DJ Forrest James starts at 8 p.m. Dejas start at 9:30. Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door (cash only).
For more info on the Dejas visit them at www.thedejas.com
House of Blues Boston – 15 Lansdowne Street – Boston, MA 02215 – (617) 960–8377