Monday, November 4, 2013

New Best Thing Ever

In the genre of music video that pokes fun at the genre of music video, this ranks. Period.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Under the Influence...

... of red wine from the Oddone vineyard in Healdsburg, CA and inspired by the ridiculous beauty of the place, Irene Hsiao and I (a.k.a. Big Pants Dance Club), created a little site-specific drama on Sunday afternoon for our generous hosts, Pier and Barbara Oddone. (And no, I'm not scowling; that's just what my face looks like when I'm thinking.)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Périchole Plug

If last week's dress rehearsal is anything to go by, Christopher Alden has done it again. His latest staging of La Périchole for New York City Opera is hijinks and hilarity. Having worked with Christopher on a number of pretty dark productions -- Aida (dark), Orfeo (super dark), and Clemenza di Tito (black as pitch) -- I didn't see this coming. But as it turns out, he's a comic genius.

Thankfully, Christopher had Kevin Burdette on hand to do a lot of the funny stuff. Burdette plays the (French-speaking) Viceroy of Peru and he is the living incarnation of Peter Sellers. In addition to being a first-rate opera singer, he's a professional clown. Not really. But he could be.

On the other hand, if you're a complete bummer like this person at the Associated Press who apparently ate worms for breakfast, maybe you shouldn't go. Alternately, you could trust the guy sitting next to me at the dress who whispered to his girlfriend halfway through the second act (I'm not making this up!) "I think I just peed my pants." You may pee yours. It's that good. Go. Go now.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Why is this so awesome?

From the brain of Alex Overington's kid sister. I can't explain what's going on in this video, but I know it's pure genius.

Monday, March 25, 2013

This Thursday, Cornelia St. Café

This Thursday, March 28th, I will be singing Elliot Cole's gorgeous but unsettling Babinigar song cycle -- "Babinigar" is an Afghan song cycle with overtones you might recognize from "Cinderella" and other tales featuring wandering, redemptive women.

6p at the Cornelia St. Café with the Curtis Institute of Music Trio Jordan Dodson (guitar), Stanislav Chernyshev (clarinet) and Gabriel Cabezas (cello). Preview the tunes at

Map it.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cornelia St. Café March 28

This just in.

On March 28th I will be singing the song cycle, "Babinagar," with Princeton composer, Elliot Cole, played by the Curtis Institute of Music trio Jordan Dodson (guitar), Stanislav Chernyshev (clarinet) and Gabriel Cabezas (cello) at the Cornelia St. Café. As always, Cole's music is nothing short of heart-rending; you can preview his setting of Babinagar, based on an Afghan folktake, here.

Thursday, March 28
The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St.
New York, NY 10014
reservations: 212-989-9319

Here's the listing.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Slithering My Way Into the New York Times

I'm not sure if being counted as one among "Five other singers" who "supported the soloists" actually counts as a mention, but it's something! Check out Steve Smith's review in the New York Times of Sarah Kirkland Snider's new (and totally ravishing) song cycle, Unremembered, at the Ecstatic Music Festival this past weekend.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ecstatic Music Festival

This Wednesday I will be singing the music of Sarah Kirkland Snider at the Ecstatic Music Festival as part of a group that includes Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) and Padma Newsome (of Clogs). How did I end up on this program? I'm starting a band called Diamond Clogs. (Just kidding.)

Sarah Kirkland Snider's music is stunningly beautiful, and the singers on this concert have some of the most enchanting voices I've ever heard. Think I'm laying it on a little thick? Listen to this.

Wednesday, February 6
Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St.