GADADU began in 2013 as an inter-city collaboration between vocalist/violist Hannah Selin and pianist Nicki Adams, who were living in Philadelphia and New York at the time. After writing a handful of songs over the internet, the duo convened at Hannah's family's 1950's-era bungalow on the Chesapeake Bay to record an EP. Their contrasting musical backgrounds combined to form GADADU's unique aesthetic, which merges pop melodies with extended song-forms and impressionistic textures. To date, the band has released two full-length albums and a video EP: Outer Song (Birdwatcher Records, 2018), Outer Song Video EP (2018), and And I See Night (self-released, 2015).

Hannah started writing songs as an outlet while studying classical viola at Oberlin Conservatory. After graduating, she worked on a series of immersive sound installations in Philadelphia and Wilmington before moving to New York to study composition and work as a freelance violist. Hannah has since received a number of commissions, and in May 2019 the Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra will premiere her new song cycle, Six Narratives for six vocalists and chamber orchestra. With one foot in New York's indie music scene and the other in the art music world, Hannah Selin brings a colorful palette to songwriting and composition.

Nicki Adams has performed as a pianist and keyboardist with bands of many genres throughout New York. He has recorded with revered jazz drummer Fransisco Mela and appeared on NPR with afro-punk star Ebony Bones. His interest in the interplay of European and American classical music (“Jazz”) opened a depth of possibilities that extended to soul and pop.

In 2015, the duo expanded to include drums, bass and trumpet, adding color and flexibility to the band's sound. Arthur Vint (of Arthur Vint and Associates) took the drum seat, Daniel Stein (of Possibilities Trio and the Sammy Miller band) joined on bass and Patrick Adams (of EarthTone) on trumpet. Most recently, the band brought on tenor sax player and composer Ayumi Ishito. GADADU tours regularly throughout the Northeast, and has performed at many of NYC's renowned original music venues and concert halls including including Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan Inn, LeFrak Concert Hall, Mercury Lounge and Rockwood Music Hall.

A sound that seems initially fragile, with songs that turn in unexpected but welcome places, that reward repeat listens for the sake of being enveloped in something so fresh, is something to behold.
— Anthony Dean-Harris, Editor-in-Chief at Nextbop.com


Outer Song (Album, released on Birdwatcher Records October 2018)

And I See Night (Album, self-released February 2015)