October 26, 2023

Carlos Truly (of Ava Luna)

Nathan Bajar & Diaspoura

Doors 7, Show 8. $10 adv/$12 day of show

Carlos Truly

Growing up in Brooklyn, Carlos was a reserved adolescent who loved Beethoven and Al Green. As a teenager he sang his diary into a microphone. This project grew to become a critically acclaimed, collaborative touring group, Ava Luna. His early 20s were spent entrenched at the beloved DIY sanctuary, Silent Barn in Bushwick–making a living cutting hair and recording bands in a ramshackle studio inside an unrenovated mechanic’s garage. Since that time, he has cultivated a production career that includes credits from genre-expansive artists like Princess Nokia, Frankie Cosmos, Sneaks, and Palehound.

Having ceded creative control of his band in favor of a democratic process, Carlos now explores his roots in a solo outlet, Carlos Truly. Navigating a multi-cultural family history with tracks largely produced by his real-life brother Tony Seltzer, Carlos sits in a charged, intimate space. His brother’s celebrated underground hip-hop sensibilities mingle securely with Carlos’s pot-smoking nerd energy. His vocals evoke the old Soul singers his radio DJ father would spin at home, the irreverence and joy of NYC’s DIY scene, and the heady sonic worlds of an imagination shaped by a lifetime in NYC.




Nathan Bajar

Nathan Bajar is a Filipino-American multidisciplinary artist from New Jersey. His treasured family stories, traditions, and his own conflicts are embedded in his work as both musician and a photographer. He interweaves genres– sonically drawing inspiration from Pyschedelic, Pop, Soul, Rock, and RnB.



Anjali (they/them) is the singer, songwriter, electronic producer, organizer, and new media artist behind Diaspoura. Diaspoura’s sound and speech has brought forth a fresh perspective to the media of a poor, Brown, and gay South. They’ve been featured in a variety of publications including NYLON Mag, Bitch Media, Color Bloq, Kajal Mag, Oxford American, and, comically, even Fortune Magazine. Their most recent EP Traumaporn (2018) is a sonic study of power and vulnerability, using rigid beats, bells, and dense harmonies. Since the release, Diaspoura has pledged via Patreon.com to stay independent and committed to sustaining organic art and media. With the support, they coded a web art toolkit Diaspoura.com/DirtyLaundry.htm (2019), which provides education on the cycles of trauma perpetuated by Big Tech platforms. That year, they co-led a series of rallies inspiring a larger movement for fair artist pay from music streaming giants.
Anjali nests with comrades in the deep South on occupied Congaree & Catawba land, producing art and music.