Hi, all! See you at Joe's Pub on 1/19.
I was lucky enough to see this beautiful piece at the Laurie Beechman theater this past July.The music of Laura Nyro is transcendent, and shockingly little known to the world. Louis and Kate's play brings her songbook to life in a poignant, passionate and incredibly entertaining show that truly encapsulates the simple, yet indelible impact the music of a single artist can have on countless lives.Kate is an astonishing performer, with a limitless voice, captivating presence and delicious sense of humor. This is clearly the breakout performance of a woman who is certain to become a legend. Whether you're new to Laura's music or not, Kate's interpretation of these songs is guaranteed to move you.Don't miss your chance to catch this at Joe's Pub in January! It is absolutely not to be missed.Sincerely,Shaina Taub
You 3 are a collaborative force to be reckoned with....YOur show in Philly was off the charts amazing!A hard core fan of Laura Nyro's, I applaud you (standing ovation) for all you have done that carries on her incredible legacy....Kate, you really nailed the beauty & intensity of each of her songs. Every one!
I am happy to see Laura's music carried on. Please join my facebook site to get Laura inducted into the Rock n'Roll Hall of Fame.Thanks,Brad
There is so much written about Laura being and performing while pregnant. It was a couple of years after her divorce and a couple of years before meeting Maria. Who was the father of the child? Where is that child now? Why was no mention made of the child after mentioning Laura's pregnancy?
What @ a west coast performance ?
Hi, Ann -We're working on it. Stay tuned! :-)Louis
hello all!just wanted to share this with you-i'd just dicovered who laura is the other day, (it only took me 42 years)..it was alice cooper who'd mentioned her on his websight upon their nominations to the rock-n-roll hall of fame. alice states that laura is his all-time favorite song writer!so i naturally "googled" her, that led to "you tube" where i discovered these incredible songs that i never knew- original versions.i am particularly blown away though, by "stoned soul picnic". i mean blown away. that song came out when i was 10, and i always felt it was very special. [nyro's original version] is one of the best songs i've ever heard,(with all respect to the 5th dimension), it honestly brought tears to the eyes.after seeing your video performing the tune, i felt compelled to write my first post. nice work!
Louis-I'm coming to see the show again in January and bringing another Laura lover. I can't wait to see how she enjoys the show. See you then, if not sooner.Nancy
Please bring your show to the West Coast!! There are many Laura fans out here.
OK...West Coast maybe, but how about a SE Asia Tour...specifically Bangkok.
...or maybe a studio version of your show with maybe some of your own tunes tossed in? ...or the DVD!!! Huh? Yeah, yeah?
Just caught your show in Philly on 1/25/2012. Thought it was great. Just wish it could have been a 2-hr show so you could have performed more of Laura Nyro's music. You were great and the skits were very informative. Thanks so much for the rose! I was just diagnosed this year with bc, so it felt like a "hello" from Laura....that she knows what it's like to be diagnosed and was saying to keep my chin up. Take care.
Great blog post, thanks for posting this.
Dear Kate. . .How can I thank you for what you are doing, which is keeping the flame that is Laura Nyro, alive! For those of us who were young and loved her when she was writing and performing, it is
so important to us that she be remembered. Sue Kalan told me about you and your tribute show. I would love to see it and join those asking for a West Coast date, hopefully L.A. Laura's music is timeless. Back in 1971 I made my classical debut at then, Carnegie Recital Hall, in a concert entitled "250 Years of Long Hair Music" in which I combined the classics with rock, giving equal importance to the great songwriters of my day with the composers known as "classical". . .Schubert, Debussy, etc. It was the first, and maybe even the last of it's kind. I was right in the middle of deciding between a career as a singer/songwriter and a career in opera. I sang Laura's "Poverty Train", "The Confession", and "Save the Country" on the concert. I was a protegee of Bachrach and David at the time, who wanted to record me,and having to decide which path to follow was hard, to say the least I eventually chose to sing opera, but Laura and the music of my day, has lived on in my heart.
Now my 28 yr. old son listens to all of them, and writes songs as well. I will never forget a concert she gave at Carnegie Hall where every group that was in town was seated in the orchestra, listening to her and loving her. . .The Mamas and the Papas were there. . .and many others. If you want to hear my songs, you can go to either bandcamp or my website. Here are both addresses. . .
I look forward to meeting you some day soon! Carry on, my dear.
All my best,
Ilona (also Elaine)
Although I saw Laura herself in person only once, in 1971, I have been a fan of her music ever since high school. I always regarded Laura's music as a fusion of soul, contemporary jazz (particularly Miles Davis and John Coltrane), Aaron Copland (most notably his Old American Songs, which I listened to in the car on the way to the theater), Leonard Bernstein, and the Great American Songbook I found Kate Ferber to be a marvelous interpreter of Laura's repertoire when I saw her show at PA's Sellersville Theater last Saturday evening (her interpolation of "Christmas In My Soul" into "Poverty Train" nearly had me on my feet), and I hope to see her again soon.
It has been rattling in my mind how her scores parallel Aaron Copland. It's a lifted American mood. I'm very happy to see that someone refers to Copland long before I made the connection.
I am so glad you are helping to preserve the legacy of Laura Nyro's music. She is such a treasure. Kate - I only saw the interview on YouTube, still - beautiful work. Simply beautiful - please don't stop.