PHOTOS: Oshwa at Connexions Gallery with Half State and Mt. Shasta

Easton art hub Connexions Gallery was the perfect backdrop for a carefully-curated night of performances that progressed from dreamy and ambient to awake and vibrant.

Oshwa, a Brooklyn-based artpop performer touring in support of her new album, “I We You Me,” came to Easton for the first time to deliver an intimate performance inside of the popular art gallery. Joining Oshwa were Mt. Shasta, the acoustic solo project of show curator Andrew Sheldon, and a loop tape performance by Half State, a project by local artist Josh Finck that straddles the line between sleep and lucidity.

The goal of the evening was to present a program that went from the downtempo sounds of Mt. Shasta, before Half State’s beat-driven ambiance served as a bridge to Oshwa. The intimate atmosphere at Connexions was conducive to noticing the intricacies of what makes each performer unique, from Mt. Shasta’s precise use of looping and ambient effects, to Half State’s use of projections to create an visually atmospheric element to his performance. For Oshwa, her storytellling, clear theatrical influences, rich sounds, and uniquely powerful voice made for an engaging performance that captivated those in attendance.

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