Singing big songs in small spaces is what I love to do.
Crazy thing is, I’ve never been able to name my genre precisely. Yes, I sing jazz, but no I’m not really a jazz singer. Yes, I’ve got blues in my veins, but no I’m not a blues artist per se. Yes, I sometimes sing show tunes and yes, Cabaret is a Broadway show and it’s also a Paris-born, Berlin-bred artform that has been my artistic focus. As a genre it comes closest. But then what about all these other tunes and theater and satire?
I feel most in my power in an intimate setting. Because my songs are so big or so tender, I want to see and feel you, converse with you, while I sing them. As story singer, I bare my soul though a kaleidoscope of feeling and intention ~ from the ugly, hard and dangerous to the soft, sanguine and sensual. Every on-stage gesture, movement, sound and glance made inside of melody and rhythm is a gate for me. By revealing my most essential self before a receptive audience, I’m able to illuminate the meaning of my time and place.
Intimacy. Story. Universals. Having my audience close is the reason I’m in this game! The thing I’ve done consistently is sing in rooms all over the world. That’s when it came to me.
I’m a ROOM artist. I sing ROOM music. ROOM is my genre. This is what I decided in the winter of 2018. Read more about the origin story here.
ROOM is universal. It’s a space for jazz and blues and cabaret and folk. For the classical of the salons and the bluegrass of the saloons. Content is key; the message is the vehicle. ROOM etiquette puts the art first, and the artist and audience as stewards of it. It’s a here-and-now experience. A ROOM audience listens and is heard. I can hear you breathing as I breathe. Gasp, chuckle, moan, cry. Connect.
Into this new frame with the music of all the genre you’ve heard me do, I introduce my own words to those of the poet-lyricists whose songs have been my teachers. Lyrics drawn directly from my writing life I now sprinkle into my newest Shows and through my music label, Ars Intima. And for those students who feel drawn to this performance art, I teach a workshop in the art of Room.
Remember it: ROOM, the great big art of the small.