Aurical
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Aurical

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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Dec
29
Aurical @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Nov
07
Aurical @ The Way Station

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Sep
26
Aurical @ The Way Station

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Music

Press


"Something To Say opens with the title track, an edgy, piano-driven rocker. Vocalist Michael Gallant sounds a bit like James Young of Styx, delivering a high-octane performance that's a smash as an opener."

"'Julianna' is wonderfully dark, with distinctive harmonies that grab you. It's a solid piece of songwriting that's worth revisiting."

"Things get really interesting on 'Redhead Girl', with a piano style that sounds like a cross between Ben Folds and Tori Amos. The most original and intriguing work on the album, 'Redhead Girl' shows Aurical's ability to push the envelope and do it well."

"'I've Never Known' is the best overall contribution on the album. Rachel Rossos is fantastic here, crafting an early female-vocal group sound."

For the full review, please visit http://wildysworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/aurical-something-to-say.html. - Wildy's World


Rachel Rossos and Michael Gallant are classically trained musician-composers with incredibly diverse résumés. She's written orchestral works and performed at Lincoln Center, while he's scored plays and jammed with Phish's Page McConnell and Herbie Hancock (full disclosure: Gallant is a contributor to M Music and Musicians). Aurical finds the duo in pop-rock mode, and their cleverness comes through right away. "Brahms of Philosophy" is a Blondie-style rocker about a college professor brilliant enough to warrant comparison to the titular German composer. Elsewhere they try polite funk ("Leave It All Behind"), coffeehouse soul ("I've Never Known") and even grunge-lite rock ("Julianna"). They may be deliberately playing below their considerable abilities, but they're having too good a time for anyone to accuse them of slumming. - M: Music and Musicians Magazine


UPPER WEST SIDE — They say being in love makes you want to sing out loud. One young Upper West Side couple has taken that idea to the extreme.

Rachel Rossos, 27 and Michael Gallant, 30, got married two years ago and now perform together as a husband-and-wife musical duo.

Rossos sings and plays acoustic guitar, while Gallant plays acoustic piano and sings. The two both play the melodica, a wind instrument with a keyboard.

Known as Aurical, they describe themselves as "a soulful indie rock band your grandmother would love: honest, polite, well-groomed, and capable of telling a damn good story."

The musical mates say their influences include Motown, Seattle grunge, folk, jazz, and 19th-century French art songs. Aurical's music emphasizes "raw, honest" storytelling, Gallant said. "By raw I don't mean loud and jagged," Gallant said. "I mean something that's honest and true, and hopefully that the audience can relate to."

Aurical recently released its first album, "Something To Say," and will perform on July 9 at 8 p.m. at the Underground Lounge at 955 West End Ave.

The couple met at Columbia University, where Gallant majored in anthropology and Rossos majored in music. The two started out as friends. The first time they performed music together wasn't very romantic, recalls Gallant.

Rossos was singing at Hunter College, and Gallant agreed to play keyboards for her. But instead of feeling their love blossom, Gallant spent the whole time dealing with an "awful" soung guy, he said.

Today, the couple says performing on stage as a team deepens their relationship.

"It's both terrifying and thrilling because it's another level of letting him in," said Rossos. "Mike knows all of my strengths and weaknesses as both a person and a musician."

Rossos said having her husband next to her on stage has made her a better performer.

"It's made my music more intimate," Rossos said. "I'm revealing more because I feel safer on stage. I've got my husband right next to me and he’ll catch me if I fall. There's safety in that, so it opens me up to take risks as a performer. If I screw up, he'll still love me."

Likewise, Gallant — who started playing piano at age 5 — said his wife helped him overcome some shyness around singing.

The two perform together about once a month. When they're not playing music, Rossos has a day job at the New York Philharmonic and Gallant runs his own small business doing contract writing and sound design. They live on West 96th Street and Central Park West.

"Something to Say" is the first of many albums the two plan to make together.

"There are moments when I step back and say I'm truly lucky to be married to a woman I can make fulfilling music with," Gallant said. "Music has always been a part of my life and it's great that it's something I can share with my life partner. And share on a visceral level. She just gets it."

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110708/upper-west-side/upper-west-side-couple-makes-music-together?r=#ixzz1S6x4U9WC
- DNAinfo.com


Discography

"Autumn Leaves" (single) Gallant Music, 2010
"Something To Say" (album) Gallant Music, 2011

Track Listing for "Something to Say"

1. Something to Say (written by Michael Gallant)
2. Brahms of Philosophy (written by Rachel Rossos)
3. Mom’s favorite (written by Rachel Rossos)
4. Julianna (written by Michael Gallant)
5. Leave It All Behind (written by Michael Gallant)
6. Work Song (written by Michael Gallant)
7. Redhead Girl (written by Michael Gallant)
8. A Look (written by Rachel Rossos)
9. I’ve Never Known (written by Michael Gallant)
10. Autumn Leaves (written by Michael Gallant)
11. Breathe (written by Maria McKee and Greg Sutton)
12. Mouillée encore (written by Rachel Rossos)

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Bio

When Rachel Rossos and Michael Gallant were undergraduate classmates at Columbia University, little did they know that, not long after graduation, they would find themselves married – and performing together on both coasts of the United States in a vibrant rock project The Times of Trenton calls “a rare talent.”

A classically trained singer from Bordentown, New Jersey, Rossos (vocals, guitar, melodica) spends her days as Director of Relationship Marketing for the New York Philharmonic, recording and touring with Aurical by night and weekend. A former Senior Editor at Keyboard magazine, Gallant (vocals, keyboards, melodica) runs the music and content creation firm Gallant Music and writes for the National Endowment for the Arts and DownBeat Magazine.

Aurical draws influences from grunge, modal jazz, and Motown; folk, soul, and French art song. Their debut album, Something to Say (Gallant Music) received praise from audiences and critics alike. M: Music and Musicians magazine wrote, “Aurical finds the duo in pop-rock mode, and their cleverness comes through right away,” while Wildy’s World said, “Things get really interesting on 'Redhead Girl', with a piano style that sounds like a cross between Ben Folds and Tori Amos. The most original and intriguing work on the album, ‘Redhead Girl’ shows Aurical's ability to push the envelope and do it well.”

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