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  • Hi there, and welcome to our website.


    February 15th, 2016:

    a Light Sleeper Spring 2016 East Coast Tour

  • Music:


    September 2012



    March 2012



    April 2009



  • a Light Sleeper initially emerged in the summer of 2005 as a duo of guitarist D. Pennepalli and drummer Matthew Jung (both formerly of various more 'traditional' rock outfits), exploring minimalism while also experimenting heavily with live-looping and improvisation. In 2007, alto saxophonist Maria Elena Hernandez joined, providing a new focus to the compositions still taking shape as well as bringing a distinctly more classical tone to the proceedings -- a tone further bolstered by the addition of cellist David Keller and violist Traci Newhouse in 2011, both gifted players in classical as well as numerous modern styles. Today, the quintet continues to explore different concepts and approaches, combining myriad elements and styles to not so much defy genre as politely brush it aside.

    For all inquiries, contact us via electronic mail at info@alightsleeper.com
  • Upcoming:



    Past... (↓↑)


    • 2.6.2016 Cafe Mustache 2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647 with Paper Mice, Evacuate the Earth
    • 1.23.2016 Frank's Power Plant 2800 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207 with Evacuate the Earth, Heat Death
    • 1.07.2016 Subterranean 2011 W North Ave, Chicago IL with Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe, Flocks & the Lookout, Sedgewick
    • 12.12.2015 Harding House Concert Series 4421 N. Harding, Chicago, IL with Origin of Animal
    • 12.1.2015 The Burlington 3425 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL with Dumb Waiter, Lovely Little Girls, Imelda Marcos
    • 8.29.2015 Harding House Concert Series 4421 N. Harding, Chicago, IL with The Mercury Tree
    • 6.2.2015 The Burlington 3425 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL with Landjager, ShowPony
    • 5.8.2015 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with DEN, Space Blood, Group Vision
    • 4.18.2015 Harding House Concert Series 4421 N. Harding, Chicago, IL with Sonus Umbra, Mano
    • 1.30.2015 The Burlington 3425 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL with Acker, Imelda Marcos
    • 11.01.2014 Phantom Phest at Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with Oshwa, LandJager and many more...
    • 10.09.2014 Abbey Pub 3420 West Grace Street, Chicago IL with Landjager, Argo Navis
    • 8.28.2014 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with Syna So Pro, the tennis lesson, Imelda Marcos
    • 8.30.2014 Rooftop Cafe @ St. Louis City Museum 750 North 16th St, St. Louis 63103 with Syna So Pro, the tennis lesson
    • 8.09.2014 SummerSonic 2014 @ Experimental Sound Studio 5925 North Ravenswood Ave. Chicago, IL with Thin Hymns, Roommate, Angela James
    • 6.30.2014 The Burlington 3425 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL with Okapi, Baby and Hide
    • 5.31.2014 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with An Aesthetic Anaesthetic, Muscle Worship, CRTVTR, Good Willsmith
    • 5.10.2014 Harding House Concert Series 4421 N. Harding, Chicago, IL with Sonus Umbra, Department of Revenge
    • 3.14.2014 The Burlington 3425 W Fullerton Ave. Chicago IL with Cmn ineed yr hlp, Boots with Spurs
    • 1.30.2014 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with The Devilish Winks
    • 1.25.2014 The Observatory 3036 N Lincoln Ave. #4, Chicago IL with Bode Radio
    • 12.5.2013 Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago IL with Cmn ineed yr hlp
    • 10.5.2013 Harding House Concert Series 4421 N. Harding, Chicago, IL with Origin of Animal, Zip Tang
    • 9.21.2013 No Reason House Party 2224 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago IL with Origin of Animal, Gunnelpumpers
    • 8.23.2013 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with Loa Hex, Battler
    • 7.20.2013 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave. Chicago IL with Dibiase, Cokegoat
    • 5.18.2013 Johnny's Side Bar 109 E Main St. Collinsville, IL with Dibiase, Rodeo Cody
    • 5.17.2013 Mike & Molly's 105 N Market St. Champaign, IL with Wei Zhongle, Dr. Responsible, Marathon
    • 4.26.2013 Harding House Concert Series 4421 N. Harding, Chicago, IL with Diana & the Dishes
    • 4.20.2013 CIMMFest Showcase at Cole's Chicago 2338 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL
    • 3.28.2013 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N. Western, Chicago, IL with American Draft, Masses
    • 3.12.2013 Schubas 3159 N. Southport, Chicago, IL with Bastardgeist, Fleur de Lune
    • 12.04.2012 Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL with Night Hours, Altos
    • 10.21.2012 Concision Release Party at Saki 3716 W. Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL with Flux Bikes
    • 9.9.2012 GrandBar 1600 W. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL with Hope & Therapy, All this Noise for Feeling
    • 7.28.2012 Merchant Street Music Fest at Depot Park 199 S East Ave., Kankakee, IL with Tone Loc, Young MC, J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound and more
    • 6.24.2012 Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Avenue Chicago, IL with Never Enough Hope, Chicago Scratch Orchestra
    • 6.16.2012 Maria's Birthday Party Chicago, IL
    • 4.08.2012 Beat Kitchen 2100 W Belmont, Chicago IL with The Night Hours, Castor & Pollux, (For you...)
    • 3.15.2012 Township 2200 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL with The Night Hours, coins
    • 3.10.2012 Saki 3716 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL with Brontosaurus
    • 2.22.2012 Burlington Bar 3425 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL with The Night Hours
    • 1.18.2012 Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL with Fotosputnik, Cross Record
    • 12.16.2011 The Gallery Formerly Known As Happy Dog 1542 N Milwaukee Ave 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
    • 12.03.2011 Studio Nine Fourteen 914 N California Avenue, Chicago, IL with Laboratory Dancers
    • 8.16.2011 Hungry Brain 2319 W Belmont, Chicago, IL with Otter Petter
    • 8.04.2011 Comfort Station 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL with Geoff Farina, Steven Hess & Joseph Clayton Mills
    • 7.28.2011 ipsento 2035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL with Geoff Farina
    • 7.14.2011 Reggies 2105 - 2109 South State St., Chicago, IL with District 97, Treehouse
    • 6.30.2011 Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL with Dave Zagar Trio, Bad Saddles
    • 5.28.2011 Cole's 2338 N Milwakee Ave., Chicago, IL with Laboratory Dancers, rock falls
    • 1.23.2011 Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL with Seafarer
    • 12.04.2010 Underground Lounge 952 W Newport Ave, Chicago, IL with Laboratory Dancers
    • 10.09.2010 Saki 3716 W Fullerton, Chicago, IL with Green Pasture Happiness
    • 10.08.2010 WNUR "Airplay" Live Broadcast Evanston, IL
    • 10.01.2010 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL with Ami Saraiya, Laboratory Dancers
    • 9.11.2010 Cole's 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL with DiBiase, Masses
    • 9.10.2010 Mayne Stage 1328 Morse Ave., Chicago, IL with Seafarer, Heypenny, Kyle Andrews
    • 7.31.2010 Mike & Molly's 105 N Market St., Champaign, IL with Shipwreck
    • 5.22.2010 House Cafe 263 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL with Armor Class, Ami Saraiya & the Outcome, Crash Davis Spectacular
    • 5.21.2010 Firebird 2706 Olive St., St. Louis, MO with Black Market Peace, City of Takers
    • 5.15.2010 Big Muddy Pub 204 State Street Alton, IL withHope & Therapy
    • 4.24.2010 LemonDrop 416 W Commercial St., Springfield, MO
    • 2.22.2010 Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL with Daredevil Christopher Wright
    • 12.05.2009 Ball Hall 1621 N Kedzie Blvd. #3, Chicago, IL with Laboratory Dancers, Good Night & Good Morning
    • 12.03.2009 Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St., Chicago, IL with Armor Class, Aaron Fox & the Reliables
    • 11.15.2009 Cole's 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL with Syna So Pro, .e
    • 10.10.2009 Luminary Center for the Arts 4900 Reber Place, Saint Louis, MO with Syna So Pro, Glass Waves
    • 10.09.2009 Red Herring 1209 W Oregon St, Urbana, IL
    • 10.05.2009 Martyrs 3855 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL with Leaf Bird, Royal Osprey
    • 9.18.2009 Cole's 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL with Royce, Splendid Ape
    • 8.27.2009 JP's Pub 139 Main St Burlington, VT with Nuda Veritas
    • 8.26.2009 Davis Square, Sommerville, MA
    • 8.23.2009 Solly's Tavern 1942 11th St Washington DC with Pure Horsehair, Wendell Kimbrough
    • 8.22.2009 The artDC Gallery 5710 Baltimore Ave Hyattsville, MD with Low End String Quartet
    • 8.21.2009 The Trash Bar 256 Grand St Brooklyn, NY with Gigantic Hand
    • 8.13.2009 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave Chicago, Illinois with Couch Forts, greyovercoat
    • 6.02.2009 Ronny's 2101 N California Ave Chicago, IL withLove Raid, Found Objects
    • 5.30.2009 McKinley Foundation 809 S 5th St Champaign, IL withRusalka
    • 5.16.2009 Sheridan House 737 Sheridan Ave Columbus, OH withCouch Forts, Adam's Castle
    • 5.15.2009 Rachel's Cafe 300 E 3rd St Bloomington, IN withFound Objects
    • 5.06.2009 Gallery Cabaret 2020 N Oakley Chicago, IL
    • 2.27.2009 Quenchers Saloon 2401 N Western Ave Chicago IL with Royce
    • 12.12.2008 Green Bicycle Organization 1626 N California, Apt.2 Chicago, IL
    • 11.15.2008 The Cinemat 123 S. Walnut St Bloomington, IN with Found Objects, Selfish Whales
    • 11.14.2008 Constant Spring 219 S Main St Goshen, IN with Crash Davis Spectacular
    • 11.08.2008 WNUR "Airplay" Live Broadcast
    • 11.01.2008 The BASSment 2999 Saint Anne Drive Dubuque, IA with Aural Resucitation Unit
    • 10.01.2008 Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St Chicago, IL with Tacoma Narrows, Bombay Bicycle Co., Raise High the Roof Beam
    • 9.06.2008 Open House 1205 S. Walnut St Bloomington, Indiana with Couch Forts
    • 8.29.2008 Cal's Bar 400 S Wells St Chicago, IL with Fotosputnik
    • 8.05.2008 Swing State 19041 W. Grand Ave Lake Villa, IL with Ghost & Flower, PANTHERYETTI THUNDERTHRUST, Aural Resuscitation Unit
    • 8.02.2008 Winds Cafe 2657 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL with Mas Trueno
    • 7.19.2008 Savoy Recreation Center 402 Graham Drive Savoy, IL with Free the Fox, Pompeii Pilot, Cellar Door
    • 7.18.2008 Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center 3301 Lemp Ave St. Louis, MO with Palace of Electricity
    • 6.21.2008 Heart of Gold 3036 N. Lincoln, 4th Floor Chicago, IL with Armor Class, Leaf Bird
    • 6.14.2008 Maria's Birthday Party Chicago, IL with greyovercoat, Crash Davis Spectacular
    • 5.24.2008 South Union Arts 1352 S. Union Chicago, IL with Ten Speed, Rock Falls
    • 3.26.2008 Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Avenue Chicago, IL with Nalle, The Zoo Wheel, Paul Metzger
    • 12.02.2007 Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Chicago, IL with Putois, Kindle, Leafbird
    • 10.12.2007 South Union Arts 1352 S. Union St. (Pilsen) Chicago, IL with Woelv, above.below.sea.level, Dax Tran-Caffee
    • 6.23.2007 Bbop Korean Restaurant 3952 N. Sheridan Road (at Irving Park) Chicago, IL with Dweller in the Eagle's Den, Implulse Eclectic
    • 6.23.2007 WNUR "Airplay" Live Broadcast Chicago, IL
    • 5.19.2007 Void Room @ The Canopy Club 708 South Goodwin Ave Urbana, IL with Casados
    • 5.11.2007 Gojangles Lounge 3407 N Clark Chicago, IL with Armor Class
    • 5.06.2007 South Union Arts 1352 S Union Chicago, IL with Kyle Mann Combo, Sunil K Chopra, A Toothless Life
    • 5.05.2007 Infidel Group Open House 3016 Logan Blvd. #1 Chicago, IL
    • 3.08.2007 Ronny's 2101 N California Chicago, ILwith Tim Daisy 3, Renee-Louise Carafice
    • 11.10.2006 Schubas 3159 N. Southport Chicago, IL with Geoff Farina
    • 8.24.2006 Empty Bottle Western & Cortez Chicago, IL with Azita, Cairo Gang
    • 8.11.2006 South Union Arts 1352 S. Union Chicago, IL with Renee-Louis Carafice
    • 6.24.2006 House Party Chicago IL with Chrome Robes, Snow Beast
    • 5.30.2006 South Union Arts 1352 S Union Chicago, IL
    • 4.22.2006 Sylvie's Chicago, IL with Catamount, Shipwreck
    • 4.06.2006 Chicago Cultural Center Michigan.Randolph Chicago, IL
    • 3.31.2006 River Breeze Art Gallery 14 W Downer PL Suite 16 Aurora, IL
    • 3.05.2006 Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL with AM Syndicate, Death Ships
    • 1.28.2006 Mojo's Springfield, IL with Ghost in Light, Shipwreck
    • 1.27.2006 Hi-Point St. Louis MO with Ghost in Light, Shipwreck
    • 1.25.2006 Canopy Club Urbana-Champaign, IL with Piglet, Shipwreck
    • 1.03.2006 The Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave Chicago, IL with Jeff Parker's A Cuschicle
    • 1.02.2006 WNUR "Airplay" Live Broadcast Evanston, IL
    • 10.15.2005 Morpho Gallery 5216 N Damen Chicago, IL
    • 10.14.2005 Morpho Gallery 5216 N Damen Chicago, IL
    • 7.16.2005 Hothouse Gallery 31 E Balbo Chicago, IL
    • 7.15.2005 Mutiny Chicago, IL with Catamount
a Light Sleeper


Maria Elena Hernandez

Alto Saxophone, Voice

Maria Elena Hernandez



Matthew Jung

Drums, Keys

Matthew Jung



David Keller

Cello

David Keller



Traci Newhouse

Viola

Traci Newhouse



D. Pennepalli

Guitar, Voice

D. Pennepalli