Ars Intima

Founded in 2018, ARS INTIMA is my music label and on-line channel. Under its banner, I present my music and performance art together with my collaborators as an intimate series of both live and recorded audio and video sessions.

At heart, I’m a ROOM singer.  While performing in concert halls with an ensemble or big band is a huge thrill, I delight most in the small. For the larger the space is, the less I feel the audience, and my audience is an essential part of what identifies me as a singer. As a chanteuse, I am not so much before an audience as I am in it, exchanging experiences, emotions, laughter and “Blickgeplänkel” (eye play). This is what it’s all about for me.

I live for the story songs that come from all over the world and from a variety of genre – classical, cabaret, jazz, blues, gospel, folk-rock, Fado. I desire to express through them all that I have found lovely, beautiful, bittersweet, ugly, desperate, burdened, riveting, inscrutable, sensual, and all too human in my time.

Stay tuned as I evolve and share these songs through this label and on-line channel.

Fin Alley Arts

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of my production company, FIN ALLEY ARTS, through which I’ve produced concerts and master classes, directed the work of the ensemble Kabarett Kollektif and produced the international cabaret festival Kabarett Fête.

It all started in 1999 when I was living in Austin and had just resigned as Facility Manager of Whole Foods Market HQ to pursue my singing career professionally. For five years I’d been singing on the side and making a name for myself in the little known artform called “cabaret” (say that to yourself with a Texas drawl). With my first partner on the keys, Larry Greenawalt, we performed European chanson and jazz standards as Das Kabarett in the restaurants and cafes willing to host us.  As our act gained traction, I began dreaming of a more ideal venue ~ small, sophisticated and still a bit darkly messy.

I would open my own club fueled by the spirit of a new millennium. Fin (pronounced as in the French la fin) would be its name since it was the fin de siècle afterall. (And if folks pronounced it like it belonged on a fish, no problemo. That fish would be a shark and the venue an homage to the great anti-hero of Weimar-era theater, the character Macheath in Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera.) As luck would have it, a downtown theater came up for sale which my husband and I seriously considered purchasing. Instead we heeded the call to head back to New York where we were raised and where a cabaret career could more easily be pursued. I formed my new production company, Fin Alley Arts Management, and gave it the mission to further the art of cabaret and Kleinkunst through live performance, recording projects, master classes, lectures and speaking engagements which it continues to do worldwide. The rest is Kohler history in the annals of New York cabaret.

Fin is a recurring name on the site. In the world of the visual arts where I’ve often worked as a model for painters, photographers and film-makers, Fin is my pseudonym. Salon Fin is my newest endeavor in the arts and may be the closest thing to my own club yet!

Fin Alley Arts