Sylvana Joyce has been hypnotizing audiences along the Northeast with her drama rock – one would not expect such a grand human carnival to emanate from her petite Eastern-European exterior – that is, until the house lights dim. Sylvana’s persona, a Greta Garbo meets Alice Cooper circus leader of epic proportions, gallivants and taunts the audience with her cheeky, grandiose, and expertly divined performances of her original music. Influenced by everything from Rachmaninoff to film noir, her brand of rock touches on many genres, having equally delighted audiences for soul songstress Nikka Costa, internationally touring rock-jazz trio The Aristocrats, and funk-dance Moon Hooch. Sylvana’s palpable talent has also garnered major press from the likes of Huffington Post, MTV, CNN and Time Out New York, as well as an inclusion in the NBC TV show, the Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase.
Equally special and unusual are the hodge-podge of seemingly
disparate players who have come together to form her band – a
classically trained violinist, a Berklee guitarist with an affinity for
metal, a funk bassist/operatic tenor, and a jazz drummer – all with a
touch of their styles swirling in the mix. Stranger, still: with the
exception of the violinist, a childhood friend from her early days
playing chamber music in Manhattan (Sylvana is an accomplished and
conservatory trained pianist, herself), all were found on Craigslist.
The headline, “Do you want to make playing original music your day job?
Join my band.”
It’s that confident headline that can sum up the potential for the
group. Only six months since the band’s inception, they were winning
international competitions and national coverage from MTV. Their debut
record, “For You, Comrade” received critical acclaim from Celebrity Café
and Shakefist Magazine, being toted as “one of the top ten indie
records of 2012”. Having been accepted to larger festivals such as SXSW, CMJ and Musikfest, the band continues to tour, with regular performances in Boston, Asbury Park, Danbury, and Philadelphia.
Their trajectory continues as they prepare for their biggest performance yet: a live taping of their soon to be released album, "Heavyhead", with production help from indie giants Chem Creative and lighting designer Christopher Robinson (Hamilton, Les Miserables). This larger than life 70 minute production seeks to augment the natural drama of their music to cinematic (dare we say Broadway?) proportions. It seems that if you haven’t already become enamored with Sylvana Joyce + The Moment, you will be, soon.