Marizane with Kristian Hoffman for the Autism Think Tank @ Wild Honey Foundation-the Backyard Shows, Los Angeles [23 July]

Marizane with Kristian Hoffman for the Autism Think Tank

16:00 - 19:00

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Wild Honey Foundation-the Backyard Shows
1167 Kipling Ave, Los Angeles, California 90041
Wild Honey Foundation presents a wonderful afternoon of music with two of Los Angeles's hidden treasures to benefit the Autism Think Tank.

TIckets are $20 General admission and $40 with unlimited food and drink at

Marizane is a Los Angeles-based musical group that brings a fun orchestral sensibility to their own unique brand of Art-Rock combining masterful songwriting and novel melodic arrangements. Marizane was formed in 1992 by prodigious songwriter-musician Todd Jaeger and Debbie Shair (who later wenton to tour as a keyboardist and backing singer for bands such as Heart, Brian Wilson and Deana Carter).

After receiving some early critical acclaim, they were discovered by legendary producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex). Marizane’s first EP “Stage One”(released in 2003) features three songs produced during their time with Visconti in 1994. Additionally in 2003, Marizane wrote and recorded the title track to the acclaimed documentary “The Mayor of the Sunset Strip.”

In 2009, Marizane released their first full-length CD “Cosmosis” — a lush, fantastical melodic concept album (with guest appearances from both locally and widely-known acclaimed musical artists).

After years of existing mainly as a studio-driven project with occasional live performances as a duo, Marizane has recently evolved into an exceptional fivepiece band and is pleased to bring their musical vision to the stage!
Marizane is:
Todd Jaeger – Lead Vocals/Bass
Debbie Shair – Keyboards/Vocals
Eric Skodis – Drums/Percussion/Vocals
Joe Giddings – Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Tap – Guitar/Vocals
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Kristian Hoffman had his first brush with notoriety with Lance Loud on PBS' noted reality show, «An American Family». Quickly thereafter, he and Lance relocated to New York and started their band Mumps («The Great Lost Band of the CBGB's scene» — All Music Guide). He went on to tour with the Contortions on guitar, was «Tad Among» on the James White and the Blacks «Off White» LP, toured Europe with Lydia Lunch on drums, started his own loungeabilly band the Swinging Madisons («Screamingly, howlingly funny» — Stereo Review), started a folk parody band with Ann Magnuson (whom he had met as musical director for the legendary New Wave Vaudeville show) called Bleaker Street Incident («The funniest group yet to offer harmonies of discontent» — Los Angeles Times). Concurrently with his other 80's projects, he became musical director and wrote and arranged most of the pop hits for Klaus Nomi. He has since released four acclaimed solo CDs («Kristian Hoffman's 'Fop' is a 17 song masterpiece sure to blow your mind!» — Magnet). He was Rufus Wainwright's musical director for his first American/Canadian tour, toured for 5 years as Dave Davies' keyboardist, toured and wrote songs with Congo Norvell and Abby Travis, produced and arranged two solo CDs for Ann Magnuson, and has been on myriad other recordings and had his songs covered by Marc Almond(!) and an obscure Finnish heavy metal band — the Tumppi Varonen Band! Currently he is musical director at the Brookledge Follies, is collaborating with and writing songs for Prince Poppycock, and plays in a 30's stye three part harmony band, the Roswell Sisters. As an aside, he also drew the New York Dolls infamous «Bendover Girl» LP insert.

Appearing with his band members Pierre Smith, Kim Serene, and Slim Evans, all of whom have toured with El Vez extensively,
Kristian Hoffman is delighted to be playing with one of his favorite bands, Marizane — for whom he just happened to illustrate their recent CD, «Cosmosis».

The Wild Honey Foundation, a 501 (3)© non-profit, seeks to celebrate and keep alive the passion, creativity, and idealism of the musical giants of the late 20th century and pass on their legacy to future generations. Wild Honey shows bring together the global music community to raise funds for a variety of charitable causes, especially autism treatment/research and assisting ailing musicians in financial need

The Autism Think Tank, NJ is an internationally recognized 501©(3) (Non-profit) organization whose mission is to facilitate the medical and psychosocial stabilization of the child and family. Bringing together a team of world renowned medical experts via telemedicine, the Autism Think Tank, NJ is designed to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to the identification and treatment of the complicated medical comorbidities of autism. The Autism Think Tank is committed to improving the lives of children and families in the home, school and community through comprehensive case management, community outreach, research and education
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