Janel & Anthony (Janel Leppin cello, electronics etc. and Anthony Pirog guitar, electronics, etc.) are a Washington D.C. based duo whose elegant experimental music has been featured at huge theaters and intimate clubs and on NPR and the BBC. Anthony's background is Jazz and Rock; in 2011 he released an album with ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in their collaborative group Skysaw. Janel is a classically trained cellist who has studied and performed Hindustani and Persian classic music. She toured with Kyp Malone of T.V. on the Radio in his group Rain Machine. They self-released their debut album and have sold nearly 2,000 copies at the many shows they've played since. After exhilarating and exhausting years on the move touring, collaborating and recording the pair present second album, Where is Home .
If your soul is downright weary from the burdens of everyday life, cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog present an ideal antidote with their intimate, intuitive music. In both bucolic acoustic numbers and immersive dronescapes, the duo offers transport from mundane matters of the world. --Time Out New York
The result is a marvelous surprise at every turn, as the duo...two absolute virtuosos...create atmospheres that at times evoke the music of Steve Tibbetts, Brian Eno, even soundtrack music. --DownBeat
Janel & Anthony - guitars and 'cello respectively - play a haunting and humbly virtuosic form of music wherein the elements of electronics, looping, and lo-fi timbres live both in intimacy and in majesty in the same house as acoustic instruments and folk/blues-inspired melodies. As such, it is both timely and timeless, drenched as it is in intoxicating atmosphere; wan, quiet voices submitting to waves of sonic drama. Who could possibly resist it? --Nels Cline