Shocking photos from The First Annual Portraiture Retreat

We talked about it for almost three years…and finally made it happen! Instead of work-shopping our new material in a beer-and-effluvium-drenched practice room or Dave’s attic-dungeon (which is nice, just far away from four of the five members), we went up to another Dave Previ property in beautiful Beacon, NY in the Hudson Valley.
Subjects were broached at the retreat which had never come up before, Shawn made an unusually good lasagne, James made baklava (and slapped Nathan in the face with six inches of limp…dough), and we learned six new songs. We took pictures for the new album cycle which will be available soon, but here are some candid pics in the meantime.

Rehearsing “rise/fall,” experimental play by Sheila B. with music by Portraiture

This will be the first-ever presentation of the show in its entirety. Tonight we rehearsed two of the songs from the show “Detoxed” and “Don’t Look at Me.” Nathan Siler composed the music and, in the interim, is musical director, but he will not be at the show (huge slice of sadness pie), so he’s playing bass and leading rehearsals until actor/musician Addison Aquino takes over on bass [Addison is busy learning all the acting parts tonight!]. Shawn Bartels will be the on-stage bandleader. Nico Piccardo joined us on lead vocals as he is the lead character of the show (Nys), and we’re honored to be joined (eventually) by Sofia Insua on keyboards, who is generally a vocalist and figurehead of her own projects, but she has graciously agreed to help us out on keyboards.