Saturday, January 15, 2011
on the same program with
Songs unpredictable and unforgettable
Allison Tartalia's powerful and expressive performances have a way of charming audiences. The secret weapons: fearless honesty, a wry sense of humor and a flair for writing songs that are at once unpredictable and unforgettable. Audiences have taken notice at clubs, colleges and festivals around the country.
A classically trained pianist and self-taught guitar player with a theatrical bent, Allison draws upon diverse influences to create her eclectic brand of orchestral chamber pop. Her debut CD, "Ready," was enthusiastically greeted by critics, and tracks from the album receive airplay on college and independent radio stations from coast to coast. Recently, Allison's "Spinning Song" won second place in the Indiegrrl Song Writing Contest, and other tunes have been recognized by the Billboard and John Lennon Songwriting Contests.
The year 2007 saw Allison's first foray into musical theatre as composer and arranger. 1918: A House Divided, (book and lyrics by award-winning playwright Barbara Kahn) was produced by the Pulitzer Prize-winning community cultural center, Theater for the New City, in April 2007. An original cast recording was released in September, 2008. 2008 has been equally busy for Tartalia, who frequently accompanies other artists as a keyboardist and vocalist both on stage and in the studio, and recently wrote music for the documentary 5,000 Miles From Home.
Allison performs as a singer with Petra Haden and the Sellouts and can be heard playing piano on recordings by Kirstin Williams, Meg Braun, Sharon Goldman, and others. Tartalia is currently in the recording studio working on a follow-up CD, produced by Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz).Allison is a great new talent that we really enjoyed.
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ON THE SAME PROGRAM WITH
pianist, singer, songwriter ... virtuosity
Just when you think you've got her pegged as another romantic piano girl, Anna Dagmar hits you with a collage of noise, a lament for fallen soldiers, or an apocalyptic vision. Wait for the next track: it might surprise you.
Her love of words was born at a tiny desk, in a tiny room, just north of London. St. Albans' Cathedral choir, father's classical radio, and mother's lullabies echoed all around. And at age seven, one never forgets sitting on the steps of a new home in Massachusetts, on lookout, for the piano delivery truck.
Now based in New York City, she has rapidly become known across the US and all the way to Stockholm for her virtuosity as a pianist, singer and songwriter. She has released three full-length albums and published the Anna Dagmar Songbook. Her newest album, Let the Waves Come in Threes, has been produced by drummer Ben Wittman (of Patty Larkin and Jonatha Brooke). The title track is an upbeat sea shanty that tells the vivid tale of a girl whose treasured diary has been swept up in a storm. As she looks out across the ocean for meaning and direction, a mysterious voice rises up from the waves.
Dagmar has performed and recorded with many other artists including Nadine Goellner, Ellis Paul, Melineh Kurdian and The Lascivious Biddies. She was recently chosen to open for Lucy Kaplansky. Her newest album features unique string arrangements, and soundscapes by guitarist Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), bassist Richard Hammond (Dar Williams), genre-bending vocalist Theo Bleckmann (Laurie Anderson) and trumpeter Shane Endsley (Ani DiFranco). Dagmar was selected for a NERFA Tri-Centric Showcase, A-list Artist Feature on High Plains Public Radio, and for WFUV's "On Your Radar" series.This was an exceptional show with an exceptional pianist performer.
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Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:
Our open mike tonight featured performances by: If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...
Our open mike tonight featured performances by:
If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...