When I was a little tomboy, all I ever wanted to do was run off and join a travelling circus. I sure couldn’t tightrope walk or tame lions or tie a cherry stem with my tongue whilst balancing on a unicycle, but I’m not bad at lifting heavy things and I’m really fucking tall.
That’s not to say hanging around with musicians, artists, storytellers, and other creative types is akin to being part of a sideshow, but I’ve been able to observe in my few times around Mally, Hazel, and co., that the camaraderie is very much similar. The wealth of musicians involved in the Blind Dog Studio productions I’ve seen so far all have each other’s backs. And narcissistically, because I’m a writer and the most trying of us are, I’ve felt that they’ve had my back too.
Blind Dog Studio belongs to Mally Harpaz and is named after her lovely dog. Its alumni (if that word counts outside of movies where kids are going to Harvard) includes Hazel Iris, Ciara Clifford, Colonial Sun, and has strong connections with Clara Aparicio Yoldi, Eran Karniel, and a host of other talented musicians and people. All of whom are brilliant and if they were a circus, I’d learn to juggle for them.
The third gig of theirs I’ve been to was held in the Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, London. A quaint little cocktail bar with disembodied mannequin legs as decor as if they’re appealing directly to me. Dalston is also my place in London where, until seeing Blind Dog Studio gigs, I only knew my way around after tequila and gay-ass dancing. With gigs, I’ve got my professional hat on (ish) and I get to take photographs. (You can check out some shots from Mally and Hazel’s gig at The Waiting Room in Stoke-Newington here).
This is a group of musicians who excel in playing together. Not only that, they get better and better every time and I’m always excited to get the chance to experience their music firsthand.
You would be too. Catch a gig if you can.
Here are some photos from The Servant Quarters.