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The Old Town New Folk series returns to The Studios of Key West on Wednesday, September 7 with a performance by Natalia Zukerman and Adrianne Gonzalez, two of the hottest young singer/songwriters on the scene today. The 8 pm concert is part of the “Art is Song” tour, a music and art collaboration making its way to festivals all over the country. Tickets are now available for a special summer price of $20 advance/$25 day of show at keystix.com / 295-7676, or by calling or stopping by the Armory.
A professional guitar player and collaborator, Natalia regularly records and tours with well known and respected musicians – including Catie Curtis, Janis Ian, Willy Porter and Susan Werner. Her music touches soulful folk, adult pop, rootsy blues, ballads and a more urban Americana — all delivered with jazzy rhythmic overtones and Zukerman’s distinctive, blessedly unmannered vocals.
Adrianne grew up in Miami, lives in Los Angeles and has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. The two met four years ago at a music festival and had an immediate musical connection.
Over the years, Natalia and Adrianne have played numerous shows together, adding harmonies and guitar parts to each other’s songs. They have also co-written a few tunes. This project takes their collaboration even further, blurring the boundaries and intersections of two disciplines and opening up the many possibilities in the integration of visual art and music.
“We’re both painters and musicians, and we use a lot of the same sensibilities in both,” said Gonzalez. “We wanted to do something that would combine these expressions of art into one tour.”
“Art is Song” was born when the two decided to illustrate their songs through paintings. Their method is to start with a lyric or an image from one of their songs. Once the image is discussed, Adrianne or Natalia will start the piece. At some point, they switch and the other will finish the painting. The results are powerful visual representations of songs- the colorful emotion of song captured on canvas, wood and paper.
At each stop on the tour, Natalia and Adrianne set an exhibition of paintings they have created together. The two artists will then do a full performance of the songs the paintings are based on as well as other songs from their catalogs.
The New Yorker says… “Natalia’s voice could send an orchid in to bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth,” and her most recent album, “Gas Station Roses” has been called…”a revelation, a diverse collection of beautifully crafted songs…”
Doors open at 7 pm to view the exhibition and the concert begins at 8 pm. Tickets for the Septenber 7 concert are now available at the Armory, 600 White Street/ 296-0458, or online at keystix.com.