The Cutting Room Presents:
PHOEBE LEGERE with special guest Joey Arias
44 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY, 10016
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
PHOEBE LEGERE with special guest Joey Arias
Transmedia Artist Phoebe Legere is a wildly successful singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, actress, painter, inventor, shaman, curator, author and presenter.
Whether as a partner of Hunter S. Thompson, friend of Johnny Depp, opening act for David Bowie, student and collaborator of Larry Rivers, Jack Smith and Hilary Knight, star soprano onstage at Avery Fisher Hall or starring in cult movies and TV shows Phoebe Legere is legendary!
Legere has just returned from a phenomenally successful European tour in which she garnered raves from critics and a full-page color story in Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s leading newspaper. On May 4 she will be celebrating the American release of her new CD East Village/East Berlin. The Maestro will be unfurling the whole range of her unusual talents in her latest show: Mondo Supremo with special guest Joey Arias!
In Mondo Supremo! Legere brews a wild mixture of music, painting and memoir; and takes her audience on a journey from her Native American roots to her life in the New York underground scene. Maestro Legere combines avant-garde jazz, traditional Native American melodies, classical and electronic music with charming wit, scintillating costumes and live painting. Not for nothing, the New York-based artist is called the “female Frank Zappa.” – Billboard
The Maestro conducts her Algonquin Quintet from the piano as she sings in French, Spanish, Abenaki, Chinese, Italian and German.
Legere captivates her audience with the “breathtaking beauty of her bewitching voice.“ Ron Della Chiesa
"A charismatic showman who works the audience with the razor edged skill of a veteran comic poking, teasing, and caressing it with clever turns of phrase both musical and verbal...She plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four and a half octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing. "New York Times
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Phoebe Legere is a racial hybrid of indigenous, pilgrim and American immigrant blood. She was born on July 4th in Massachusetts.
Phoebe Legere is a descended from several Mayflower travelers including Governor Bradford and she is also a descendent of one of the original 17 Acadian families of Canada. Legere is a descendent of military and spiritual chief Queen Weetamoo of the Pocasset Wampanoag as well as Boston Brahmin Harriet Lawrence Hemenway, founder of the National Audubon Society.
While still a teenager Legere became the Resident Composer of the Performance Group where she was profoundly influenced by performance theories of Richard Schechner. She appeared in Jean Genet’s The Balcony, playing Chantal along side Spaulding Gray and Willem Defoe. She founded the Monad Art and Music Street Collective, a seminal performance art/punk/funk music band that had their first show at the Performing Garage.
The teenager signed her first recording contract with Epic/Sony records. Her original song “Marilyn” was a college radio hit. She had barely completed her studies in Art and Music at Vassar College when she debuted at Carnegie Hall.
Legere starred in hundreds of underground East Village movies and live art performances; and directed and produced her own music videos. She wrote and starred in the successful French TV series, “Marquis De Slime.” and wrote music for, and starred in the horror satire Toxic Avenger ll and lll.
The film Mondo New York (Island Pictures) featured her music and performance art. In the mid 90’s Phoebe met Rosa von Praunheim. She starred in “Germans Taste the Best”, an improvisation on Cannibalism.
In the year 2000 Phoebe collaborated with Morgan Powell in creating “The Waterclown” for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. The work was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music.
In 2003 Phoebe invented a musical instrument, which she called the “Sneakers of Samothrace” a type of wearable computer for children with disabilities.
Her musical “Hello Mrs. President,” about the first African-American President, starred Laverne Baker, with Legere directing and playing the First Partner. HMP was produced at the Theater for the New City in 2004.
In 2006 Phoebe received an award by the New York State Council on the arts for her multi-media opera “Queen of New England” based on the life of female Indian Chief Queen Weetamoo and the genocide of Native Americans.
Between 2004-2008 Phoebe was Artist in Residence at the School of Visual Arts and the University of Victoria. She released numerous classical and experimental recordings on Einstein Records and was a member of the Tone Road Ramblers composers collective. Legere was a Ragdale Fellow 1997- 2007.
In 2009 she collaborated with Eno and Leo Abrahams on a musical setting of her poem Ultra Romantic Parallel Universe. (Mercury Records)
In addition Phoebe starred in the popular children’s TV show “The Naked Brothers Band” (Nickelodeon) and made a name for herself as head writer and host of Roulette TV, a show about the frontier edge of art and music.
In 2011 Phoebe enthralled the audience at Avery Fisher Hall, singing in Latin in the difficult and demanding Mass in Blue by Will Todd.
Her Algonquin Quintet appeared in a seven-month residence at Iridium Jazz Club and received rave reviews.
Her first Symphony was also completed: The Mother Symphony No.1 in f# minor for Sneakers and Orchestra. Excerpts can be heard at soundcloud with Phoebe reading from her Autobiography, Teenage Weimar.
As founder and National Director to the New York Underground museum Phoebe has dedicated herself to the presentation, preservation and curation of the works of the New York Underground.
In November Phoebe starred in New York Sisters by Rosa Von Praunheim. The movie features two of her original songs. Both songs will be released in the US on the new CD East Village/East Berlin.
"Gorgeous, blonde bombshell with a dynamite body, a magnificent voice, a wild sense of humor...Phoebe Legere is an extremely intelligent Vassar graduate who can play four or five instruments and challenge every premise you might have about her as she zips through her set - her song selections are impeccably chosen. (She has) a dazzling voice - a superb singer...a comic mind...She turns excess and extravagance into an art form and anchors it with stunning simplicity. " New York Post "Legere is an expressive and versatile singer whose voice ranges from a dark and earthy alto to a gorgeous dazzling high soprano.... she combines intelligent lyrics and a fusion of French musette, Cajun, pop, rock and jazz into a stew she calls, "roots alternative."-John Pitcher, Washington Post
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