Pioneers in the use of cello as the sole instrument within a rock band, Rasputina has been inspiring young string players to commit a number of musical sins since 1896. The group's concept was written as a manifesto, and manifested accordingly by directress Melora Creager as a wily subterfuge for a plot to open audiences to adventure. The funny, the sad, the heavy, the tender-- it can all exist together.
Employing elaborate costuming spanning a number of historical periods, Rasputina brings marginalized historical female figures and stories to light in the pop form, using archetypal characters such as Indian princesses, Hawaiian handmaidens and Medieval queens.
Over the years, Rasputina has performed/recorded with Marilyn Manson, Porno For Pyros, Cheap Trick, Goo Goo Dolls and many others. Hardened road-dogs, and with more than 7 albums under their belt, Rasputina continues to amaze and amuse.
MELORA CREAGER - voice, cello, banjo
She founded the alternative/ historical cello ensemble Rasputina in 1891 as a way to meet like-minded girls- girls that wanted to rock out on the cello and wear fine costumery. She played in Nirvana on their final tour, Europe 1894.
LUIS MOJICA- piano, beat-boxing
Luis casts wild narrative spells with his piano and Baroque Beatboxing™. His eyes are that of an androgynous monk gently shooting rainbow tentacles. Of Woodstock, NY, he is a father and herbalist and all-around magical man. https://luismojica.bandcamp.com/releases
POLLY PANIC- cello, voice
A rock cellist/vocalist/songwriter who has been at it almost as long as Melora! Polly resides in Asheville, North Carolina, and brings blood and guts to the group. For more on her, visit: www.pollypanicmusic.com or www.goldshiprecords.com