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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 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

Fiona Fest

The Ladybug Musical Festival Studio on Market, 219 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE

This is pretty amazing - I get to honor one of my all-time favorite musical artists, Fiona Apple. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of her debut release, Tidal, Brookladelphia and Female Frequency have put together a tribute concert where we play through the entire album in order. Each artist will interpret one song and also perform one original. Exciting!

Performers Include: myself, Ladybird, Dani Mari, Hotsy Totsy, Noelle Picara, Emily Mineo, Sharon Sable, Em McKeever, Meg and the Right Sound, Katherine Rondeau, & Desiree Sky

Fiona Fest will be held on the same day as the Ladybug Music Festival on Market Street. Come support ladies in music!

Sky Diamonds @Rocky Sullivan's

Rocky Sullivan's, 34 Van Dyke St, Brooklyn

Hey - we'll be back at Rocky Sullivan's in Red Hook for some more music and yummy pizza!

This is a special show because Lyndol will be hosting a recital for some of her students at 2PM. So come early if you wanna hear them play. Should be a sweet day.

Manhattan Inn in Style

Manhattan Inn, 632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn

My friends from Charleston are coming to town and we're all gonna play a set at the beautiful Manhattan Inn. If you haven't been there already, you must come check it out - it's a really cool spot.

Featuring: DEN & Stefanie Santana

Erel @ Fifth Estate (AKA the Zebra Bar)

The Fifth Estate, 506 5th Ave, Brooklyn

Hey all - I go to this Open Mic "Songwriter's Workshop" every chance I get, because I feel at home and feel honored to be a part of this family of misfits. Ryan Parker hosts a great event, and there are so many talented performers that come every week! I'll be the featured act on the 22nd so come check out my set - I've got a mix of new, old and covers for ya.

PORCH STOMP 2016!

Hoover Dam Collective Stage, Governor's Island

Sky Diamonds is coming to PORCH STOMP 2016! - a fabulous folk festival happening on Governor's Island Sat, 6/18. It's gonna' be some down home, good timin', feel good music, so we're real excited about this one. Come join us at the Hoover Dam Collective stage, err porch for an all-acoustic set.

Hot Love

Lovecraft, 50 Avenue B, New York, NY

Hot Love is Gary Hoopengardner's "Hoop's" vision - it's him singing his songs and covers backed up by an all-female band. I'm happy to be playing bass and singin along to the songs. Come check it out!

Jamboree Rye Debut!

LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City 11101

I'm excited to be a part of this Hoover Dam Collective Show. Jamboree Rye will be making its debut at LIC Bar - expect jazz songs that have earned their existence in the modern world. These are songs to celebrate life to!

We hope you'll join us in Queens for a late afternoon of music and poetry on LIC Bar's gorgeous outdoor stage.

The line-up is... Jamboree Rye The Snowy Mountain Sisters Justin Kirk Holy Smokes And a special poetry set curated by Daniel Grjonko!

The show is FREE and open to the public! Come one, come all!!

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.