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Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, Erel trained as an actress before finding her way to music.  She comes from an artistic family – her father plays keyboard and her mother paints and makes ceramics.  Erel composes sweet indie-pop music with a lyrical charm. Influenced by Fiona Apple and Billie Holiday, her songs are lyrically based, personal portrayals of relationships, but just as often, her work explores themes like conformity and individuality in modern society.  Feminist Wednesday describes her sound as “ethereal, upbeat, and poppy with a hint of folk,” and she has been likened to songstresses like Regina Spektor and PJ Harvey. 
  
Erel performs regularly in music venues across New York City, both as a solo performer as well as with the indie groups, Sky Diamonds and Analog Friends.  Her song, Balloon, an upbeat, acoustic duet featuring indie folk artist, Vinnie Ferra, was a regional finalist in the 2014 New Song Music Contest, won 2nd place in RAD’s Song Contest (Recording Artist Development), and was awarded the New Century Music 2014 Song of the Year. 
  
Erel is currently writing and recording new singles and is in production for music videos. She plans to tour locally with her music over the upcoming year. Sign up on her mailing list for the latest info, and receive a free download.

Charleston's Tiny House Village 

Charleston was damn good to me.  While I was there I got to play music with my long-time pal Nick Jenkins, chat with independently-run station Ohm Radio, and take in some Presidential candidates at the Fish Fry. But probably the most moving experience was taking part in a little ceremony near Tent City, where Charleston's homeless population resides. I saw a group of people come together trying to solve a large problem with a tiny house.  There was some planning in place, but a lot of improvisation as the builders were constructing this house with whatever wood donations they received.  So we sang "If I Had a Hammer" and volunteers actually used their hammers to build a home for someone who needs it.  It was a really great way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day - the project is called Tiny House Fit for a King.

Congrats to Calcutta Rescue 

Thank you to Calcutta Rescue for inspiring me!  Especially today, when the world can look so bleak, I am reminded of the perseverance and generosity of people.  Calcutta Rescue managed to raise over $10,000 towards their cause - money that will be well spent providing much needed medical care to the impoverished living in Calcutta, India. I was honored to share my voice for this worthy cause with Wesley Amorim, who provided beautiful guitar accompaniment for the event.  I'm really happy about this. It's so easy to feel powerless in the face of so much violence and insanity. I'm moved to see a group of caring people come together to offer a solution! (Special thank you to Jonathan Reisman for inviting me to be a part of the event.)

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Previous events

Mother Lovin' Music Night

Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

We're getting together to celebrate Earth Day with a night of music - ranging from folk to rock - all cage-free and organic!

7 - Emily Mineo 8 - Sky Diamonds 9 - Nate Jones

HDC at The Sloodge

The Sloodge, 257 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Join us this Sunday at The Sloodge in Park Slope for an evening of exclusively dance (well, ok, there's a little music as well- we couldn't help ourselves...). We are so excited to bring together some of our favorite dance makers in this awesome space!

Dave Maldonado Presents Sky Diamonds

SuperCollider, 609 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

I'll be playing at my favorite local galaxy-themed bar, SuperCollider with Sky Diamonds. It seems like a match made in outer space.

Happy Bday Don Turner!

The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery Street, New York, NY

Lyndol & I will grace the stage at The Bowery Electric as part of Don Turner's birthday bash.

Full Line-Up as Follows: Chris Da Silva 7pm Don Turner Band 7:30PM Lyndol Descant & Erel Pilo 8:30pm Mike Mc Hugh 9:15pm

Hoover Dam

The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street , New York, NY

Whoa, excited to be performing at the notorious Slipper Room. I'll be sharing a music set plus something special with the Dronettes, and lots of amazing talent: The Fine Machines, Hawthorne, Kipuka Theater, Megan Bascom and Dancers. Not to be missed!

Winter Follies

Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street @7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

I'm really excited to be debuting the ensemble dance piece to my song "Drone" at this year's Winter Follies. Over 30 up-and-coming – or already well-seasoned – performing artists present 5 minutes of whatever they do best at this year’s 15th annual showcase. The audience then gets to vote on which artist or group gets their own full production at the “new” Gowanus next year. It’s sometimes wild, sometimes zany, always exciting and never predictable. Come enjoy the ride!

Winter Follies

Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street @7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

I'm really excited to be debuting the ensemble dance piece to my song "Drone" at this year's Winter Follies. Over 30 up-and-coming – or already well-seasoned – performing artists present 5 minutes of whatever they do best at this year’s 15th annual showcase. The audience then gets to vote on which artist or group gets their own full production at the “new” Gowanus next year. It’s sometimes wild, sometimes zany, always exciting and never predictable. Come enjoy the ride!

Sky Diamonds & Proud Pair of Thieves

Strong Place, 270 Court St (at Butler), Brooklyn, NY

Honestly, I'm not sure if I'm more excited to play or eat at Strong Place - the dishes look amazing and the venue is comfy-cozy. We're excited to share the bill with our friends Proud Pair of Thieves.

Here's the line up: 7:30 - Kelley Swindall 8:30 - Sky Diamonds 9:30 - Proud Pair of Thieves

CIS StoryPlayers Dress Rehearsal

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Ripley-Grier Studio, 520 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, Room 16P, New York, NY

We are a group of Counseling in Schools employees and groupies with a shared desire to use theatre and storytelling to build and restore healthy communities. Using techniques from Playback theatre, the ensemble elicits stories from the audience and “plays them back." Playback Theater is: “an original form of improvisational theater in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.”

Erel + Nick Jenkins Make Music

Elliotborough Mini Bar, 18 Percy St., Charleston, SC

I'm visiting Charleston for the first time, and I'll be playing some music with my good friend, drummer, artiste Nick Jenkins. I believe there will be a guest chef on hand too - yum.

GoGirls Invade The Basement Bar

The Basement Bar, 249 Varet Street, Brooklyn, NY

Crazy fun times with some of my fave grrrrls! Rorie Kelly Queen Esther Trumpet Grrrl

We rock the stage 9PM - midnight. More details to come.

Winter Is On My Head: Record Release

Church for All Nations, 417 W57th Street, New York

Record release show for Winter Is On My Head Vol. 7 - I'm honored to have one of my songs on this wint'ry album that raises money for a good cause. Come join us for this special event. All of the proceeds from tickets will benefit Charity:Water

Baghdad Brook

Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St., New York City

I'm excited to be singing a song or two on Baghdad Brook's set. The music's like jazz/soul and rap fusion. It's hard to describe but it's potent stuff. I hope you come check this out. Tix:$10

RAD Fall 2015 Singing Contest Awards

Wicked Willy's

I'll be presenting a song or two at the RAD awards. This non-profit helped me develop and produce two songs and is a great asset to up and coming artists in furthering their work and songwriting process.

Featured Artist at Supercollider

Supercollider, 609 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

I've been invited to be the featured artist at one of my fave local bars, Supercollider. Kelso runs an awesome open mic there on Tues nights (reminiscent of the Bar 4 scene). So bring a guitar - they have keys onsite for all you ivory tinklers. Sign-up is at 8PM and my set's at 10PM. Hope to see you there!

Singers & Composers Night

5 C Café, 68 Ave C, NYC

This artistic cafe located in Alphabet City is hosting a musical night. Line up includes 8 PM - Me 9PM - Kyle Horn 10PM - Tatyanna

Calcutta Rescue Fundraiser

The Churchill - Rooftop Lounge, 300 E. 40th Street, NYC, NY

This is a great cause that a close friend of mine is a part of, and I've heard first-hand of the amazing work he did providing medicine on the streets of Kolkata. If you can, please attend the event or make a donation to this great organization at:

http://www.worldhealthonline.org/purchase-ticket/

Fundraiser for Calcutta Rescue, one of India's most celebrated charities, providing medical care and education to Kolkata's poorest. Renowned author, Amitav Ghosh will be reading from his latest novel.

Erel + Amos Rose Sing Bossa Nova

Mominette, 221 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Erel will be featured on Amos Rose's Bossa Nova Wednesdays at Mominette. Expect sultry Brazilian tunes and delicious cocktails. A perfect romantic evening or friendly hang at this lovely French bistro in Bushwick.

Aug30

Sky Diamonds at Webster Hall

Webster Hall

The Sky Diamonds are excited to grace the stage at Webster Hall amongst a dazzling array of talent for QAS Shine. Dez & I will be performing (sadly minus Lyndol who will return soon) in the Marlin Room. Hope to see you there!