March 25, 1996 |
Hungarian diva Marta Sebestyen has been compared to everyone from Jane Siberry and Sandy Denny to the McGarrigle Sisters and the women singers of Bulgaria. But even that far-reaching net of styles doesn't capture the essence of an artist who is one of the world's premiere vocal performers, regardless of what she is singing.
November 15, 1995 |
Canadian chanteuse Jane Siberry has a voice of such warmth and grace that she could turn "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into a melody of sensuous uplift. In fact, she did exactly that at the Veterans Wadsworth Theater on Monday, mixing some musical ephemera into a generous set of ethereal, jazz-inflected art-pop. By the time Siberry closed with a wistful reading of "Moon River," she'd managed to make the cavernous theater feel like the coziest of cabarets.
April 14, 1991 |
Group: Betty. Personnel: Amy Ziff, cello and vocals; Bitzi Ziff, keyboards and vocals; Alyson Palmer, bass and vocals. History: Non-identical twins Bitzi and Amy have actually worked with the statuesque (6-foot-1) Palmer in various ensembles for nearly a decade, starting in a new-wave format before moving to rock and, in 1987, the current humor-edged folk-pop style of Betty.
May 18, 1997 |
With women gathering strength in pop music again--the enticing lineup of the all-female Lilith Fair summer tour is one emphatic demonstration of that resurgence--this tribute to one of the original female pop icons would be timely even if it didn't come so eerily soon after Nyro's death from cancer last month at age 49.
May 25, 1997 |
Howard Stern tied up the "King of All Media" title, but L.A.'s Chris Douridas is showing an increasingly royal reach across the communications spectrum. The music director at influential Santa Monica public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) took on an A&R post at DreamWorks Records last year, and sometimes serves as a music supervisor for films (including the upcoming "187"). Now he's taking on TV as well.