Jaggery

Jaggery

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopAvant-garde

"One of the most beautiful voices in modern music."

Biography

“Torture chamber pop.” “Darkwave jazz.” “Siren rock.” These are a few of the many attempts to describe the sound of Jaggery, an art-rock collective which weaves harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit into a universe of its own, setting the scene for “one of the most beautiful voices in modern music.” Powerful enough to harness the fiery churnings beneath a volcano as well as the ethereal light of a dying star, frontwoman Singer Mali’s voice regularly leaves listeners viscerally stunned and with goosebumps. She is flanked by a rotating lineup of musicians and instrumentation including Daniel Schubmehl’s West African approach to the drum kit, with jazz influences, Tony Leva’s funky upright bass, Rachel Jayson's avant-classical viola, and Petaluma Vale’s glistening Celtic harp and backing vocals.  This “exotic musical mobile” evokes a world of both dark, earth elements and celestial swirls ~ what Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda” might sound like with Bjork singing over the top of it. The band’s repertoire bridges the delicate and explosive ~ from haunting lullabies to furious, mixed-meter rants; tightly-woven compositions in odd time signatures to catharsis-inducing, barn-burning mini-epics (oft-times within the same song).  Jaggery (the word comes from the dark brown, Indian sugar) has toured up and down the east coast, and has released three recordings:  the 2004 in lethe ep, the 2006 full-length Polyhymnia, and 2010’s recently-released ‘Upon A Penumbra’. Jaggery’s first music video (‘O Scorpio) won their director “Most Promising New England Filmmaker 2009” at the Boston Underground Film Festival. Their second (‘Sea of Sideways) has been making recent waves across Youtube.

Lyrics

Fair

Written By: Mali Sastri

Fair

yes i’ve been feeling so loveless
guess i’ve been feeling short-changed
guess i’m a mess you don’t wanna mess w/
& dirty your hands
but oh come on darling you love my madness
i’m not the cross that you bear
fair, it’s not fair
but whoever told you that it was gonna be fair

can’t say that i didn’t expect it
can’t say that i didn’t prepare
for my abandonment & rejection
au contraire
but fair, it’s not fair
well whoever told you that it was gonna be fair
oh fair, it’s not fair
but nobody ever said that it was gonna be fair

oh, where is the justice in this affair
oh, i guess i just trust us more than you dare
oh, you know how the saying goes
all about love & war, all about love & war

so let’s find out just how much two people
can manage to hurt one another
and go ahead call me ungrateful, i know
i’m impossible
can’t say that you are easy either, darling
insanity’s something we share
but if it’s an art to be your lover
i accept the dare
i don’t care, care
but fair, it’s not fair
but nobody ever said that it was gonna be fair
oh hey! no fair
that’s not fair, that’s not fair, fair
why can’t it ever be
why won’t you let it be
somebody said it’d be
just this once can’t we play fair

oh, there is no justice in this affair
oh, if you just don’t trust us, if you don’t dare
oh, & how does the saying go
all about love & war, all about love & war . . . yeah da da da da . . .

javelin

Written By: Mali Sastri

Javelin

this life is gonna change, this life, this life
and watch the years go by
watch it stay the same, stay the same

and there are songs to be written, there are songs to be sung
people to see, and things to get down
there are books to read, and mouth to feed
wounds to bleed, a life to lead

i must remember to walk home through Highgate
speed up the passing when possible
i must remember that my warm little diamond’s my own little diamond’s my precious candle

row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream

7 stone

Written By: Mali Sastri

7 stone

i wish i had the bones to show

i’m on a mission ~ gonna get myself down to nothing
gonna disappear ~ slip down the drain ~ evaporate

how much more to go til i’m 7 stone

i’m on a mission ~ gonna get malnutritioned
kick myself into high gear ~ go go go go ~ keep keep control

how much more to go til i’m 7 stone

i’m on a mission ~ gonna get them to listen
the only way ~ i can communicate

how much more to go til i’m 7 stone

i wish i had the bones to show
i would show what they didn’t know
and he said no ~ and he said no
and there’s a hole ~ i have a hole
in me there’s a hole ~ inside there’s a hole
and i can never fill up this hole

how much more to go til i’m 7 stone

elfin arrietty

Written By: Mali Sastri

elfin arrietty

elfin airy ~ elfin arrietty
you are my saffron girl
my little marshmallow ~ hello runt
coconut jewel

elfin airy ~ elfin arrietty
i miss your two faces
the fragile timid invalid
the roughneck who rips things to pieces

elfin airy ~ elfin arrietty
who would have thought that i
could learn so much about love
from a little white dog

untitled

Written By: Mali Sastri

untitled

don’t move • don’t talk
might break the spell • might wake up
pinch me • please
the curtain was lifted • that i might see

oooooo • ooooo

silver • gold
sapphire • emerald
jasper • topaz
land of silk • isle of glass

rich island universe (haaaa)
i feel fireworks (haaaa)
where every pebble (haaa)
is a precious stone

this is the way one ought to see
these are the things one ought to look at
this is the way i think things should be

jewels • glitter
rococo • crystal
curved surfaces • flowers
seashells • feathers

take me home (haaaa)
to the land where every pebble is a precious stone (haaaa)
ooooo • ooooo

this is the way one ought to see
these are the things one ought to look at
this is the way i think things should be

don’t move • don’t talk
might break the spell • might wake up
show me • how to rub
your magic lantern

rich island universe (haaaa)
i feel fireworks (haaaa)
where every pebble (haaaa)
is a precious stone (haaaa)
where every pebble (haaaa)
is a precious stone (haaaa)
is a precious stone (haaaa)

Discography

In Lethe EP
Polyhymnia
Double Single ~ Funny Faces/No Sympathy
Upon A Penumbra
Arabian Dance ~ single

Set List

Our shortest sets are 30 minutes, but we prefer 45 minutes or more, & have enough material for over 90 minutes.

We are also accustomed to playing in various configurations ~ as a trio, as a duo, or even Singer Mali performing solo.