Happy almost November! Holidays are right around the corner, and I’ve got a treat for you- personalized vinyl records! Each record contains a one-of-a-kind live take, made specifically and individually for each person that orders. All of these records are in effect masters with no other copies made. The records aren’t mass produced, dubbed, copied, etc. and they each contain a different live performance that exists nowhere else in the world. Think of these records like audio polaroids…each individual from one another and 100% one-of-a-kind. Pick one of three songs, and leave me a note if the record is cut for you, or a gift to someone (or maybe you want me to tell an amazing joke at the end…) A great way to send a little love to someone you care about.
Warren Shadd, drummer and nephew of Shirley Horn, asked me to perform a few songs for his Christmas FB series. I chose a couple of my original holiday hits, “Give me love at Christmas time”, and “Lonely New Year’s Day”. The first was born of my distaste for Christmas commercialism, and the second is a reflection on a balmy Los Angeles holiday I spent alone. Thanks to the wonderful Nicole Saphos for spending some time with these tunes, and adding lovely harmonies! Happy Holidays!
Been working hard on putting this new series together at My Dead Aunt’s Books in Hyattsville’s Arts District. I’m so thrilled to be digging into some new music with some old friends that I haven’t had a chance to perform with lately! This is truly special for me to explore the relationship between music and the written word.
Hope to see you all out and about!
Series tickets $60. Individual concerts $20. Call 240-472-9325 for info or reservations.
11/11 Nicole Saphos (singer/songwriter and upright bass)
Known on the DC music scene as a strong and versatile bassist, LA native Nicole Saphos carries a serious punch with her vocals and songwriting as well. This concert will feature songs written by Nicole and Amy, crossing genres from jazz to pop and country.
11/25 Leigh Pilzer (baritone saxophone)
The Maryland native proudly represents the DC Jazz scene as she traverses the 95 freeway on frequent collaborations with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Carol Morgan, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Whether on baritone saxophone, like on her debut album “Strunkin’” or any of her “doubles”, Leigh Pilzer’s hard-swinging sound will draw you in for an evening with her Washington Women in Jazz compatriot Amy K Bormet. Creative new music and clever arrangements from the duo will be featured.
12/9 Soma Sarkar (voice)
A powerful voice for Hindustani music Soma Sarkar leads a community of students and followers in the DC area. Featured on the new series “District of Raga” Soma’s voice reflects cinematic stories. Amy first met Soma in 2008 while studying Indian classical music. This will be their first performance collaboration, and will feature songs from India, the US, and the minds of the two women.
12/23 Mike Nickens (tuba/voice)
Known as Doc Nix, the fearless bandleader of George Mason University’s “Green Machine”, Amy and Mike first played together with the Creative Arts Orchestra. Nicken’s freewheeling tuba playing, and innovative community spirit will be featured in this rare duo set with Amy K Bormet.