ABAKIS // DAVID MOORE // MARIANNE RENDÓN
// VICTORY GARDENS //
"We believe that the act of art is a sacred act, and that the performers here tonight are offering you their gift. We want to provide a space for art to live." - Micah, Bailout Theatre Director
The Bi-Monthly Bailout Theatre at Judson Church always dishes up free food and good performance, and this past Wednesday night hosted by Victory Gardens and all of her harmonizing friends was no exception..
The night opened with the subtly sardonic folk songwriter David Moore who's instrumental repertoire runs the gambit from piano to banjo, guitar, and voice. (Also the sometimes classical pianist/leader of ambient band Bing & Ruth) His dry and bitingly accurate lyrics are sneakily timed and wrapped up in classic old time melodies. He will break your heart right off the bat, then tell you the story of how it happened. Don't think he won't pull out a screamingly powerful hymn with just himself and a percussive block as accompaniment to close out the night.
Following David was the immediately provocative Marianne Rendón. A theatre grad student at Juliard, Marianne brings a confidence and performative aspect to her music that catches you off guard almost as much as her falsetto. Opening with Regina Spektor's "Marianne's a Bitch", her songs weave through complex lyrics and calming guitar lines. Her confidence never wavered, and neither did the generosity of her gaze. She had everyone eating out of the palm of her finger picking hand.
I went right after Marianne and you can imagine it was quite an act to follow! I love playing at Judson: you can feel as big as the cathedral, and as intimate as the whispers echoing off the chamber walls. Everyone is always so attentive and respectful. The strongest part of my set were the final two songs "Talk Nasty to Me" and "Home" with Victory Gardens accompanying me on harmony. Both of these songs will be on my upcoming album I'm One Too.
Tory Giardina aka "Victory Gardens" closed out the set. Her voice is like an unbreakable snowflake, delicate and complex, while also incredibly strong. She opened with a vulnerable song "Heaven" with David Moore on piano. She continued to add and subtract the other performers in turn, concluding the night with all of us on her song "Bad News": David on piano and both myself and Marianne singing harmonies. It was such a collaborative musical performance and an honor to celebrate the Bailout Director's birthday on the same night. Happy Birthday Micah!