Jan. 14, 2013
WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Purebred Records, the student record label at the University of New Haven, has signed its first two artists.
Lansky Aloi (photo: Callan Kapush)
The artists are Lansky Aloi, a rap artist from New Haven, Conn., and Hannah & Maggie, a duo originally formed at Smith College in Mass., who are working on their third album.
Aloi has a strong fan base in the New Haven area and is recording his debut album, said Shaun Sintic, a UNH music industry major who helped launched Purebred Records.
Lansky works with his music group, Fly L.O.U.D., which stands for “Living Out Ur Dreams.” The group has recorded and released their own original material, as well as produced numerous music videos. Some of the collaborators from Fly L.O.U.D. will be appearing on Lansky’s upcoming release.
Aloi, 26, was born Peter Paul Aloi He started taking piano lessons when he was seven years old. When he was 15, his father was diagnosed with stomach and lung cancer, and died.
"The only thing that got me through that time in my life was being able to go into my room, listen to music and write my own poems, prose, short stories and most importantly songs," Aloi said.
A graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in creative writing and poetry, Aloi is currently a graduate student at the University of New Haven studying business psychology. His music is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFkIykMqefA
Hannah & Maggie (photo: Callan Kapush)
Hannah & Maggie, based in the New York City area, have toured the United States and have been favorably compared to Simon and Garfunkel, The Indigo Girls, and The Weepies.
They were the winners of the Connecticut Folk Fest songwriting competition in 2012, where UNH students Doug Foley, Tyrus Watson, and Christina Constantinopoulos first encountered them. Their performances are also available on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVjNiciQRkA
Their first album, “Fine Being Here,” and their second, “Muscle & Bone,” have helped them build a growing, enthusiastic fan base.
Kraus is a recent graduate of Smith College, where she studied literature. Hickok, also a Smith graduate, lives in Manhattan where she teaches music to children.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.