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Meaghan Burke´s Creature Comforts
May 11, 2017 @ 9:30 pm
Creature Comforts, the second album from maverick cello songstress Meaghan Burke, is a polystylistic,tragicomic musical funhouse, where deranged Tom Waits-ish waltzes devolve into Mozartian string quartet passages, where contrabass clarinet drones explode into honkytonk guitars.
Her songs flirt with elements of grunge, contemporary classical music, free jazz, folk, and cabaret. Time and time again, a song promises to be a sweet, crooning pop tune – but each time, something emerges from the depths to unsettle, distort, disrupt – and we find ourselves in a room crammed with old love letters and strange creaturely objects, where Gustav Mahler listens to grunge and Jacqueline DuPre shreds free jazz.
When & where
Thursday May 11, 2017 @ 9:30pm
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street
Joe’s Pub hosts the release show on Thursday, May 11th at 9:30pm when Meaghan will be joined by special guests: The Rhythm Method, Zeke Healy, Carlos Cordeiro, and Peter Wise.
The album was recorded in NYC and Vienna, with a cast of Burke's closest musical collaborators from both cities, including the New York-based contemporary string quartet The Rhythm Method, clarinet extremist Carlos Cordeiro, double bassist/sound artist Bernd Klug, Dobro virtuoso Zeke Healy, various members of Burke's Viennese songwriting collective, Loose Lips Sink Ships, and freejazz/hardcore drummer Didi Kern.
Praised for her “alarming tour-de-force intensity” (The Examiner) and “impossibly beautiful but in no way forgiving” songs (The Deli), Meaghan Burke is a cellist, singer, and songwriter-composer of many hats. With inspirations ranging from Bertolt Brecht to Billie Holiday, from Morton Feldman to Kurt Cobain, Meaghan's haunting, complex songs tell stories of bedbugs, bedfellows, and the apocalypse, wedding her sundry influences of cabaret, 1990s grunge, old-school blues, and avant-garde contemporary music. In addition to touring the world as a solo singing cellist, Meaghan frequently performs her music with her contemporary string quartet The Rhythm Method, singer-songwriter collective Loose Lips Sink Ships, and math-grunge band Forever House. Her debut solo album, “Other People’s Ghosts,” was released in 2010; she recently finished recording her second album, “Creature Comforts,” in New York and Vienna, featuring her favorite collaborators from both the US and Europe. This album will be released in May 2017. Besides her work as a songwriter, Meaghan is an active member of New York's vibrant contemporary music scene. Taking a particular interest in creative music, non-standard notation, and sound art, Meaghan has worked closely with artists such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Alvin Singleton, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Leah Asher, and Bernd Klug. She has been a guest artist with Fred Sherry, Lucy Shelton, Greg Saunier, and the FLUX Quartet (among many others), and has also performed under Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Eötvös as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy. Also an avid writer and translator, Meaghan's English translation of Peter Ablinger's Collected Writings (from the original German) will be published by Kehrer Verlag next fall.