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The Dejas

Melodic, Ambient, Indie-pop, Acoustic folk/rock / Saturday, June 22 at 6:00 pm

Melodic, ambient, “indie-pop”, acoustic folk/rock…

For the last seven years the Dejas have performed in Boston and the Northeast playing shows in such places as the House of Blues Foundation Room, the Hard Rock Cafe, the Lizard Lounge, the Rochester Opera House, and the Shalin Liu Performance Center. In addition they have played at various festivals throughout the Northeast and were chosen by “Spotlight Magazine’s Eye on the Arts Award” as “Alternative Band of the Year.” They have been featured on Boston radio’s “The River” (92.5) and have produced a DVD of one of their live performances. Their debut album, “Speeding Softly”, was recorded at 37’ Productions with Sean McLaughlin who was the sound engineer for Elliot Smith and assisted on projects for Rush, Tupac Shakur, and Maroon 5, among others. This first album was enthusiastically received by fans and garnered the band licensing deals with CBS, MTV, TLC, and the Discovery Channel, as well as the Lifetime, OWN (Oprah Winfrey) and CW networks. The Dejas are regularly joined on stage by outstanding musicians from Boston and the North Shore…musicians who add their talents to the wonderful melodies, harmonies, and compelling instrumentals of Aaron’s and Callie’s core duo.

Aaron Z. Katz and Callie Lipton met at the University of New Hampshire in 2005. After many years of writing music, Callie approached Aaron to record some of her songs at his production studio. They felt an immediate connection and began working together in what has become a highly creative collaboration. Callie, who plays guitar and sings lead vocals, is a passionate, energetic but thoroughly grounded and committed young woman whose voice has been described as warm, sensual…even ethereal…but also strong and determined. Her voice was described as “sultry with a fun edge” in a review written for Boston radio’s 88.9/WERS. In addition to her Dejas performances, Callie has performed solo shows in California and the Midwest.

In addition Callie brings to the duo the ability to make strong connections with her audience as both a musician and performer. When asked about the “role of compassion in song-writing” in her Ted X interview, Callie explained that many of her songs come from her own life challenges and her connection to the struggles of others. “Compassion and the need for change can be powerfully communicated to others through music because it is a language everyone speaks.” Her compelling songs are introspective reflections about love, relationships, and discovering a sense of self; they are both intimate and universal.

Aaron Z. Katz brings a wealth of experience to the duo as an international touring musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer. In 1995 he created, and then toured the Northeast with the funk ensemble “Vitamin C”. In 1997 he was approached by the national jazz/jam/rock act “Percy Hill” and asked to redefine their sound. Aaron was able to bring to the group a mature sense of songwriting, vocal style, and a natural rhythmic feel behind the drums. The album that followed, “Color in Bloom”, became Percy Hill’s most popular recording and won the “Jammy Award” in 2000 for “Album of the Year.” Richard Gehr, reviewer for the Village Voice and author of The Phish Book, referred to this album as “tightly focused, addictively listenable, and downright accessible …no less organically rooted in site-specific sociology than say American Beauty or Nevermind,” and called Aaron’s song, “Ammonium Maze,” the album’s “brilliant centerpiece.”

Aaron then formed “The Aaron Katz Band” and released his first solo album, “Simplest Warrior”, which went on to win the Seacoast Spotlight Award for “Best Alternative Album.”

“Katz has a gift for hooks and melodies, and his voice is as warm and compelling as a crackling fire. Simplest Warrior has an undeniable infectious groove and combines the smooth, soulful vibe of a Stevie Wonder or Jamiroqui with the straight forward singer/songwriter accessibility of a Paul Simon or Dave Matthews”

— Haley Kauffman, The Boston Globe

Band Details
  • Name: The Dejas
  • From: Boston, MA
  • Genre: Melodic, Ambient, Indie-pop, Acoustic folk/rock
  • When: 6:00 pm on Saturday, June 22
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