Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Alicia Hall Moran + 'the motown project' at Highline Ballroom Nov. 22, 8 PM

[Alicia Hall Moran]

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Alicia Hall Moran
+ the motown project

Produced by
Jill Newman Productions

Tarus Mateen, bass
Kaoru Watanabe, taiko
Adan Vasquez, harp
Thomas Flippin, guitar
Steven Herring, operatic baritone
Jason Moran, piano

Concert starts @ 8PM
Doors open @ 6PM
Tickets $15.00 in advance
$20.00 day of show
Full dinner menu available
General Admission Seating
First come, first seated
$10 min. per person at tables
All ages

Mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran brings diverse influences and passions together in a rich, quintessentially modern artistic brew. She is constantly balancing performances in the realms of musical theater (currently understudying Bess and Audra McDonald in George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, directed by Diane Paulus), opera-cabaret (currently performing with the motown project at The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, Regattabar, etc.), art performance (currently collaborating with visual artists such as Joan Jonas, Adam Pendleton, Simone Leigh, and Liz Magic Laser), and jazz (most frequently with husband and pianist Jason Moran), while consistently finding outlets for her other loves - dance (music for Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company's award-winning Chapel/Chapter) and writing (in her weekly classical music column Suite Sounds for the New York Amsterdam News).

Upholding the traditions of her great-great uncle Hall Johnson (legendary choral director, composer, and preserver of the Negro Spiritual) and her greatest teachers (Shirley Verrett, Adele Addison, Hilda Harris, David Jones, and Warren Wilson) without being tethered to the classical repertoire, Moran's performances transcend all expectations. Her singing and theatrical sensibilities lead purely into a sensual musical world where the lyricism of Marvin Gaye and the high drama of Puccini collide.

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