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"The Library CD Music Shelf"

Violin strains, vocals, cello, bass, and drums merge into a heady, passionate performance whispering of hidden treasures and secret nights. A liquid blend of modern flair and classical elegance, Into the Shadow Garden is highly recommended. - Midwest Book Reviews

"Album Reviews"

This is undoubtedly a record that delivers in terms of its slick sound, crisp, world class playing and competent improvisation. It is quite evocative in the sense that the harmonic structures being used are instantly recognizable by even the least educated of listeners as ‘ethnic’ in its sound. - Blue Railroad

"Eclectic Vibes: Micro Reviews"

Winding flowing violin and cello are strung into a steam punk fantasy of exotic interwoven Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Nordic nuances while propelled by subtle percussion. Artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing, serene and sedate they manage to evoke a contemporary spectacle through romanticized passages from a global past. - Maximum Ink

"World in Stereo: Copal's Into the Shadow Garden"

Into the Shadow Garden is filled with subtle tinges – an array of influences that combine to make sultry and vibrant sounds. The album hinges on Copal’s ability to transport listeners to a different time and place in its history-sensitive compositions. - Alarm


Into the Shadow Garden
(November 2010)

* Ceútara (Into the Shadow Garden) featured on Continental Airline's World Station (January-April 2011), also NPR (NY) and NPR (Minneapolis)

EP: eso-terra
(June 2007)



“Beguiling” (First Coast News) and “artistically beautiful yet darkly tantalizing” (Maximum Ink), Copal sets an evocative tone; lavish voices of violin and cello flicker against a twilight scape of electronic swells and textures, impelled by a driving rhythmic sense, and original melodies steeped in global musical traditions. NYC-based, Copal is lead by violinist/composer Hannah Thiem, with collaborators Isabel Castellvi (cello), Rob Chamberlain (drums), Lorenzo Wolff (bass), and Tripp Dudley (percussion). The band’s sound is a steampunk melding of styles set on a world stage. Nordic melodies ride Middle-Eastern rhythms into the halls of a remembered past, Hungarian riffs blush hotly against Spanish-cadence, opulent harmonies from far-gone depths. Copal’s 2010 aptly named ‘Into the Shadow Garden’, is a moody arabesque of cultural influences and sonic tapestries. The music here is darkly intimate, compelling on multiple levels. Like lucid dreams, the sounds of Copal will take you away.