Tribute to Billie Eilish Orchestral Covers
This unique, all-ages event took place in Eilish’s hometown Highland Park, and benefited Billie’s fans via local Los Angeles youth music education nonprofits, including Little Kids Rock, YOLA, and LAYO.
Los Angeles – September 14, 2019 – On Saturday, September 14, an orchestra conducted by Smashing Pumpkins collaborator Meena Ysanne performed Billie Eilish cover songs in Eilish’s hometown of Highland Park, Los Angeles. The event took place at the historic Highland Park Ebell Club and was an ALL-AGES FREE show.
HERE IS THE EVENTBRITE
LISTEN TO THE SIRIUS XM REVIEW OF THE SHOW HERE
Having worked as a string arranger, conductor, violinist and cellist with numerous rock and pop artists including Elton John, Christina Perri, David J. of Love & Rockets and Michael Stipe of R.E.M., conductor Meena Ysanne was excited to cover songs of alternative artist Billie Eilish with her accomplished orchestra. Brooklyn-based musician Treya Lam and Silverlake-based musician Carré Callaway aka Queen Kwong were the vocalists for the event. Their combined talents made for a unique and unforgettable experience.
The all-ages event was complimentary to Billie Eilish’s fans.
Billie Eilish fans of all ages were welcome to attend the performance, and encouraged to sing along, which Billie’s fans are known for doing, and to capture the show on their phones. After the show, audience members were invited to share their thoughts about Eilish’s music on camera with SiriusXM host, Lyndsey Parker. They also had a chance to interact with Meena.
“I’m excited to celebrate Billie Eilish with my orchestra,” says Meena.
"It seems to me that Billie Eilish shares a lineage with many of the legendary alternative musicians I've been honored to work with.”
“The fragile beauty of these emotional, special, alternative songs has touched so many people. It was inspiring to perform for an all-ages audience of her fans, and that the show is accessible to all" - Meena Ysanne
Capacity at the theater was limited to only 250 people.
About Meena Ysanne
Meena Ysanne’s strings have graced the world's most esteemed artists including Elton John, Tiesto, and Christina Perri, who she toured with throughout the United States. She has recorded for Tilda Swinton, Cat Power, and Michael Stipe, composed music for TV and games, two movie soundtracks, and music for MoMA, Peter Sellars, Laurie Anderson, and Psychic TV. Meena is best known for her work with The Smashing Pumpkins with whom she has recorded and toured, as well as arranging and conducting a 44-piece symphony orchestra recording for them. Her most recent undertaking is a significant project with roots in London, New York, and Los Angeles, but it’s not ready to be announced yet. This small, local event celebrating the music of Billie Eilish is the tip of the iceberg that is her current focus, and will serve as a sketch of her bigger vision.
About the Host and Featured Artists
The event was hosted by Lyndsey Parker, Managing Editor of Yahoo! Music.
Carré Callaway aka Queen Kwong is best known for her intensity, with a new EP coming out in October 2019. She’s toured with Nine Inch Nails more than once, and is admired by everyone from Dave Navarro to Roger O’Donnell (The Cure) who says: “Her rawness and charisma remind me of a young Iggy Pop or Patti Smith at the peak of their careers.”
Brooklyn-based musician Treya Lam was singing, fresh in town from her residency at Joe's Pub, and shows at MoCA, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Public Library. Her album, Good News, was recorded entirely by a womxn + gnb musical and production team. Produced by Kaki King, mixed by Erin Tonkon (David Bowie), with strings arranged by Meena Ysanne.
Los Angeles native, Aasha, was the featured dancer. Only 9 years old, she is studying modern dance at Colburn School. This was Aasha's debut solo show, an unforgettable experience.
Actress Joelle Carter (Justified) greeted our guests on arrival.