by Nina Joly

Spending the summer touring with Olympia WA artist Molly Raney, aka Poppet. The set is a two-woman, high intensity experimental electropop extravaganza. West and East coast tour dates to follow soon.

"Poppet is the bold alter-diva of California-raised musician Molly Raney. Before Poppet's genesis in 2008, Raney spent many years training in a wide variety of musical fields from western classical to jazz to choral to Hindustani (Northern Indian classical tradition) to Gamelan (Indonesian classical ensemble music). She also has an extensive background in music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology, from both her childhood lessons and her education at the University of California in Davis. She spent 7 years studying with vocal coach Dr. Rebecca Plack of the San Francisco Conservatory‚Äďa major influence on her vocal style and elasticity. This broad musical background, plus her involvement with community freeform radio station KDVS, accounts for Poppet's own sonic diversity.

Poppet creates fully orchestrated electro/baroque pop, forged through dense layers of electronic and acoustic sounds and hinging on her etherial and extraordinarily expressive voice. In 2016, dancer and choreographer Nina Joly joined Poppet's live set, integrating contemporary dance into an ominous and heartrending cycle of songs focusing on the human conscience. Nina's work has been shown by the Saint Paul Ballet, as a guest artist for the Five College Dance Department, at the American College Dance Festival, at the Check Us Out Dance Festival NYC and on international tour with the band Foxygen. In the fall of 2016, Nina will assume the position of Director of Dance at Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT."