Diane Cluck

Diane Cluck

Diane Cluck has been performing her original brand of intuitive folk around New York City and the wider world since 2000. She developed her "brilliant, idiosyncratic" guitar style ( Village Voice ) and songwriting skills around Sidewalk Cafe's open mic in NYC's East Village alongside Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Regina Spektor and a host of other unique talents. Her songs have been noted for their "irregular, or even cellular, logic" (Other Music), her singing compared to "the broken coo of an outraged owl or howling bark of a horny dove" (Voodoo-Eros).

Diane's six home-recorded albums have received international distribution and acclaim; songs from her album, "Oh Vanille / ova nil" appeared in the film "Margot at The Wedding" and the U.K. television series, "Skins". She has extensively in both the U.S. and in Europe, most recently with drummer Anders Griffen, and the bands Cocorosie and Rain Machine ( side project of Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio ). Known for oblique vocal harmonies on recording, her live show focuses on singing as a healing, textural experience, leaving space in which listeners may wander, ponder or simply be.

The Humminbird

For a few years now, Muyassar Kurdi has been performing as the Humminbird. Even if you haven't seen her play, you've probably noticed her around town, with her long dark tresses, psychedelic tattoos, and gypsy adornments. Kurdi's "songs" are often chorusless mood pieces ruminating on family, past lovers, and the splendor of nature; she started out as a solo multitasker, combining vocals, harmonium, Autoharp, Raagini (an electronic substitute for the tanpura, which sitar players use as drone accompaniment), and a sea of effects pedals, but lately she's been working with other musicians, including Kyle Klipowicz (harmony vocals, percussion, flute) and Graham Stephenson (trumpet). A full cast of collaborators chimes in on her first cassette, Majesty of the Majestic, which was inspired by magical ladies such as Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, Vashti Bunyan, and Selda Bagcan. On top of her music, Kurdi self-published a book of erotic poetry, Wet and Blessed, in September 2012; she's also had work appear in Curbside Splendor and The Logan Square Literary Review, and she's currently writing a novella. If that weren't enough, she also makes her own organic "Mother Earth Soap" (the latest batch is called "Summer of Love") using shea butter, tea tree oil, lavender, sweet orange, cypress, and the like. It's five bones per bar, and you can order by e-mailing muyassarkurdi@gmail.com.

—Steve Krakow


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