Forte Presents: “Carnival” by Cloudbelly

Western Massachusetts-based Neo-Folk duo Cloudbelly is made up of Corey Laitman (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Anand Nayak (electric guitar). The two met at a show they played together in Easthampton, MA and then worked together on Laitman’s 2018 solo release Seafoam.

On Sunday September 5th, Cloudbelly recorded a live session with the Forte Creative Group production team on the top floor of Takk House in Troy, NY. The duo played three original songs and have just released their melancholy-tinged performance of Carnival, a song off Laitman’s 2018 solo album.

Forte is an artist-owned cooperative building an equitable platform to support the regional music community. Cloudbelly is a member-artist on Forte’s cooperative roster. The duo organized this live recording session with the Forte Production team (Reese Fulmer, Mikhael Mulholland, and Christopher Scesny) and other member-artists (Sydney Worthley, Sara Milonovich, and Angelina Valente). Forte will continue to coordinate these production opportunities for member-artists and plans to open these sessions to a small group of invited guests as a studio audience in community spaces around the Capital Region and Western MA. 

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