Valerie June: Organic Moonshine Roots Music
Curated by Rashida Bumbray
Brooklyn-based vocalist, composer, and guitarist, Tamar-kali presents her newest live soul-rock project accompanied by Vijay Iyer (piano), Somi (vocalist), Mariel Berger (accordion), and Kiebpoli Calnek (aerialist). Inspired by iconic lamenters such as Nina Simone, Edith Piaf, Jacque Brel, and Kate Bush, Tamar-kali’s dramatic torch songs, ballads, and compositions conjoin a range of musical influences — noise, punk, soul, funk, and rock — and are drawn from her background as a veteran vocalist in the NYC underground hardcore scene.
Memphis native singer/songwriter Valerie June is a self-taught guitar player, composer and troubadour of a composite music comprised of heartbreak ballads, folk songs, and the blues. Recently featured on MTV’s “$5 Cover,” June performs her new solo compositions for banjo, slide guitar, and vocals.
This program is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from The Amphion Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Photo: Scott Ellison Smith
December 2–December 3, 2010
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