425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013
Nightlife | Singles
Carol Lipnik's music does more than evoke a shadow-world of mysterious, often misunderstood creatures, from sideshow freaks and b-movie monsters to love's obsessive victims. It creates that world, bringing it into audible being through her stunningly versatile four-octave voice and expressive, impeccably crafted songs. When I was a mermaid, I tried to pull you under," she sings in "Undine Outwitted," and her live shows do just that, drawing audiences in with an intimacy and intensity that is both theatrical and deeply musical. Performing with longtime pianist/musical director Dred Scott, Tim Luntzel on bass, Dan Rieser on drums and percussion, and special guests Karen Mantler on harmonica and Matt Kanelos on piano, her repertoire - ranging from mad, carnival-ride tangos and waltzes to the dramatic Bowie-esque rock and intricate, semi-acoustic art songs - is unified by the singer's visionary commitment to the beauty of strangeness and the strangeness of beauty. Like the catalog of magical plants that begins her song "Poison Flower"
("calla lily, lobelia....periwinkle, wisteria"), Carol Lipnik's songs and performances are, in the truest sense, enchantments.
A Coney Island native, Carol Lipnik was trained as a painter at the Pratt Institute before making music her main creative. She has released five albums on her own Mermaid Alley label, most recently 2011's M.O.T.H. (Matters of the Heart), and has built a dedicated following through performances at Joe’s Pub, The Abrons Arts Center, Galapagos Art Space, Barbes, Spiegelworld and many other venues, as well as appearances at the River to River Festival and Weimar New York. A sought-after collaborator, she composed music for groundbreaking performance artist John Kelly's 2011 show The Escape Artist.
“The queen of Coney Island phantasmagoria” -Lucid Culture
“A Coney Island Of The Ear” -The New York Times