November 2017 saw the release of my 11th CD, "Themes From Whatever." A self-release funded largely by IndieGoGo givers, this outing contains ten pieces written at different times and in different moods, hence the title. Michael Stark and I produced it, Matthew Saccuccimorano mixed eight of the tracks; Kirk Swan and Jake Gideon took the mixing helm on one tune each, adding their inspired musicianship...I'm a grateful cookie, who gets by with a lot of help from her friends. Hope you'll listen. It's available on Amazon, iTunes, and in CD form at CD Baby.
You can buy "Themes From Whatever" at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other physical retailers.
I'm a songwriter and composer who's been writing, recording, and touring since 1993, releasing albums with Madder Rose, Saint Low, The Piano Creeps, and Mary Lorson and the Soubrettes. November 2017, I released my 11th album, "Themes From Whatever" (see below for pre-order information). I've created the original music to Becky Lane's period web-drama "Tjhe Chanticleer" and the education documentary "Re:Thinking".
What next? Writing along. This year I created a three-month music-and-literature residency at Casita del Polaris in Ithaca, as an opportunity to try out some new ideas, and it's been a blast! (There's one left, on July 12, called Fanzine! and yes: you get a fanzine if you come). I contributed two one-minute plays to the upcoming Ithaca Premiere of the One Minute Play Festival, a galvanizing nationwide theater project you should look for in your town; it'll happen in Ithaca on July 21 and 22. I'm thrilled to be returning to the Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance on July 20, with a full band celebrating new and old tunes. Then I'll be creating original music for the film version of "We Are Ithaca," (directed by Becky Lane) and, when there's time, returning to my performance memoir "Signals" as a recording project. (My dedicated band and I debuted this work at small cinemas and theaters in LA and NY throughout 2015 and 2016.) And sometime next year, The Madder Rosers will release our first new music in years. Gigs in NYC and Western MA are coming in November 2018 as well.
"Themes From Whatever" is available in all the places.
Bring it Down (Atlantic Records 1993)
Panic On (Atlantic Records 1994)
Tragic Magic (Atlantic Records 1997)
Hello June Fool (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 1999)
Saint Low* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2000)
Tricks for Dawn* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2002) [video]
Realistic *(Cooking Vinyl Records 2005)
Piano Creeps* (Cooking Vinyl Ltd. 2003).
Future Blues for Me and You (The Kora Records 2008).
Esopus 18 (March 2012): I was one of ten musicians who contributed tracks using patterns from Nicholas Slonimsky's 1917 Thesaurus of Musical Patterns.
James Joyce's Chamber Music Stanza 13* (Fire Records 2008)
I've contributed tracks to many compilations, including Hot Hands (2004) and Outstandingly Ignited (1994).
Ongoing collaborations with writers, including theater historian Andrew Erdman and poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.
Billy Coté and I scored the following movies: "Two Left Shoes" by Sam Gold (2003); "Barrier Device" by Grace Lee; "What Remains: The Life and Art of Sally Mann" by Steven Cantor
I created the original music for Becky Lane's series "The Chanticleer," and PhotoSynthesisProductions' 2017 documentary "Re:Thinking."
My songs/voice have appeared in the following films and television shows:
This ensemble released the disc "BurnBabyBurn" in August 2011.