Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman
Grit and sensitivity. Percussion and groove. Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they play across soul, r&b, roots and world rhythms, conjuring a communion between audience and stage.
Karen Savoca pours her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Her songs draw you into a world of humor and compassion, shared with grace and ease, as though you've been invited to her table for supper. Born in northern NJ, the daughter of a big band singer, Karen's baby diary reads "20 months, knows 6 songs." At the age of eight she asked for piano lessons, and at thirteen began composing on a guitar she bought with saved birthday money. She attended Syracuse University, where she studied music and elementary education.
Pete Heitzman, a Syracuse native, was playing in clubs at the age of fifteen. He carved out a reputation as an ace guitarist capable of playing many styles, touring across the country with a variety of bands. He met Savoca during a return trip to his home town, invited out by friends to hear a new singer. They jammed the night away, and he joined her group the next day.
In that band they forged their unique style, performing original songs to a packed house every Monday just off campus. Those Monday nights became a seven year long tradition where K & P reveled in patrons' enthusiastic dancing and improvised call and response routines. Years later, that chemistry would spark an enchanted scene at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival when 10,000 people spontaneously removed their shoes and waved them over their heads.
Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Heitzman "A true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca's in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band."
Karen and Pete toured extensively with Greg Brown, who said of her, "If she were a Native American, her name would be Sings Like Two Birds."
The duo have released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label, the latest of which is "Promise", recorded in their 19th century church studio nestled deep in the hills of upstate NY. The Edmonton Journal says, "There's soul in the delicious grooves and phrasing, and soul in the broader sense that floats out of her lyrical vision." "Promise" reached #25 on the Euro/Americana chart.
"Embracingly beautiful songs that have a beguiling way of changing and reconfiguring themselves like an aural kaleidoscope." - Duluth News Tribune
Winners of seven SAMMY Awards. Notable appearances include The Today Show, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Big Top Chautauqua, The Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Falcon Ridge, Kate Wolf, Stan Rogers & Winnipeg Folk Festivals, and many more.They are also independent record producers who have scored several feature films and documentaries. They are currently working on their ninth recording, due out in 2014.
Arcata Playhouse (View)
1251 9th Street
Arcata, CA 95521
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