Photos – Bouquet at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Nov 4 2016
– photos by Kirk Chantraine
Bouquet opening for Chris Cohen in Vancouver. The two acts are on a West Coast tour.
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs (vocals/guitar) and Max Foreman (vocals/synthesizer) formed Bouquet in Los Angeles in 2013. According to their bio, Bouquet takes “an approach to pop songwriting influenced by early electronic post punk and 70s folk, constructing a world of surrealist imagery with emotional acuity.”
Riggs is a visual artist, chorus director, and recently created the score for a Cartoon Network short. Foreman is an experimental composer and music professor. The two share a love of boundary-pushing artists such as Sly & the Family Stone, Laurie Anderson, The Raincoats, Yoko Ono, Suicide, Gal Costa, Julee Cruise, Silver Apples, and Throbbing Gristle.
Since forming, Bouquet has performed live with acts such as Zola Jesus, Deradoorian, Tinariwen, SOAK, and many more. They have played venues such as Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Art Basel Miami; and All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival, UK, curated by TV on the Radio. The duo’s live shows often incorporate visual elements created by Riggs and collaborators such as JJ Stratford, Dawn Garcia, and Ry Rocklen.
In 2015 Bouquet released their debut EP In A Dream. Bouquet is currently planning to release their debut full length LP, Spellbreaker, at the end of 2016.