3 Voices in Song: Karen Almquist, Louise Taylor, Wendy Beckerman
These talented singer/songwriter/guitarists share the stage with a mixture of original folk and blues, and a few traditional songs too. Sometimes solo, sometimes complementing each other with harmonies, guitars, percussion, stories, and undoubtably, laughter, this promises to be a varied and enjoyable show.
About the Artists:
Acoustic Roots with a Blues Bent. This is a woman with "gutsy guitar playing, and songs straight from the heart," says acoustic guitar innovator Alex De Grassi about Karen Almquist. Other artists describe her as "soulful," "high quality," and "one hell of a guitar player." She's also got the goods when she gets behind the harmonica or in front of a piano. She plays music because it's in her bones, with influences such as Lightning Hopkins, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, and James Taylor. Karen has recorded three projects, including Tracking of Time, produced by Nina Gerber. It's a rare pleasure to catch her in live performance, but when you do, her silky voice and bluesy feel are reverberating from a living room, the rooftop of a friend's New York apartment, or a listening room somewhere in Europe. Recording artist Kristina Olsen says, "Give her a listen," and you can do so at CDBaby.com
20 years as a performing musician has brought Louise Taylor to intimate coffeehouses, large concert halls and festival stages across the United States and throughout Europe. Known as a writer's writer Taylor has penned six critically acclaimed CD's.
Her new release "Tangerine" (her first studio recording in 9 years) is a stripped down organic recording. 11 previously unrecorded gems produced by Peter Gallway and Annie Gallup highlight the intimate quality of Taylor's lyrics and her honeyed voice. Renown percussionist/drummer Jerry Marotta (featured as the only other supporting artist on this recording) lays down throaty grooves with breathtaking nuance. For "Tangerine" Taylor has shelved her acoustic guitar and picked up a Duesenburg electric guitar to great effect.
Louise studied voice with creative genius Frank Baker whose voice was paralyzed by a stroke early in his singing career. He went on to teach voice until his death at the age of 90. Says Taylor, "Frank was the rarest of individuals who not only gave me the tools to hone my skill as a singer but, most importantly, taught me honesty... there's no fooling an audience." Frank Baker also helped her to become a gifted vocal coach. Louise teaches private voice lessons locally and through Skype world wide. She also leads vocal workshops for groups of 10-20 people. Visit www.louisetaylor.com.
In the words of music journalist and songwriter Jim Allen, "Hearing the music of Wendy Beckerman is like tapping into some timeless stream where songwriting and poetry are forever intertwined. Her voice strikes straight at the pressure point of every song, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of quiet intensity. Similarly, her writing has always married poetic power with a terse literary economy. Her melodies, sometimes rooted in folk modalities, have the heft of tunes that have existed for generations while boasting hooks as fresh and sharp as a new reel of razor wire.
Wendy's uniqueness comes from the naturalness of her writing and performance, where she brings heart into every moment of sound and breath. Her songs have been recorded by Louise Taylor and Hot Soup, and her easeful harmony singing can be heard on various recording projects, including those of Jack Hardy, Louise Tayor, Annie Gallup, Linda Sharar, and Ilene Adar. Give her a listen at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/wendybeckerman, and visit www.wendybeckerman.com.
Photo credits: Michael Fox (Karen and Wendy); Christine Burke (Louise)
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