Monica Pasqual & the Handsome Brunettes
US Oakland – Alternative Folk / Folk / Singer/Songwriter / Melodic / Piano Rock
Monica Pasqual & the Handsome Brunettes


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Planet Dog Records
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Is Fortune a Wheel Album 2016
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Sweet Remains Album 1998
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder Three Complete Novels Album 1996
from 2000-2012
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder 8 albums with Blame Sally Album 2000
Opus Music Ventures
Edit-artist-releases-release-placeholder This Cold Desire Album 2011
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Monica Pasqual is the winner of 6 Emmy Awards and several Independent Music Awards, both for her solo concept album This Cold Desire, and with Blame Sally.

She has toured the US and Europe extensively with Blame Sally and shared festival stages with Richard Thompson, Joan Baez, and Patty Griffin to name a few. Her rich and layered compositional style has landed her a substantial amount of documentary film soundtrack work as well as the role of producer on her own albums and with other Bay Area artists. Most recently Pasqual has been teaching songwriting workshops and is currently publishing an online serial memoir at where she gets thousands of reads.

Monica Pasqual & the Handsome Brunettes create a big, emotionally complex sound, rich in dynamics and moving easily from quiet fragility to unrestrained propulsion. Cellist Joshua McClain “weilds his cello like a post-impressionists brush” while guitarist Velvy Appleton adds a wide range of color, dimension and texture. Blame Sally’s fiery percussionist, Pam Delgado, rounds the sound out adding rhythm and gorgeous harmonies to Monica’s intense introspective, romantic, political and lush repertoire.

Pasqual presents a deeply personal album with "Is Fortune a Wheel" - a vivid, daring journey into what happens when unforgettable memories are lost by a lover whose ability to recall the past is fading. These memories, still cherished by Pasqual, are explored through song as she navigates the art of letting go. The album is a modern-day odyssey through love, pain, loss and the ultimate rediscovery of self.