Audiences and critics alike are delighted and inspired by VKB’s performances:
“Gorgeous, soaring harmonies, and quirky, memorable arrangements … Their totally unique sound was captivating from the first notes” – Broadway World
Broadway World, Broadway World
“My advice is to delay your heart break and see them now ” – Penny Arcade, legendary performance artist
Penny Arcade, Penny Arcade
“The music-noir trio VickiKristinaBarcelona tames the beast with beauty” – Rochester City News
Rochester City News , Rochester City News
One of New York CIty’s most beloved and talked-about bands, VickiKristinaBarcelona Band transforms the songs of Tom Waits, showing them in a new light, a genre unto themselves, while maintaining the original humor and pathos. Their repertoire explores the vast landscape of Waits’ styles, by turns danceable and philosophical, humorous, unsettling and heart-warming.
The beautiful song melodies are unearthed by breathtakingly gorgeous and inventive three-part harmonies and often surprising arrangements, via an array of instruments including accordion, guitar, percussion, harmonium, banjo, bottles and bells.
Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi and Terry Radigan are each seasoned singer-songwriters with distinctive differences.
Rachelle’s genre-fluid Cabaret, Amanda’s Global rhythms and forms, and Terry’s traditional Americana Roots all combine to form a sound greater than the sum of its’ parts.
While most of the songs are built around the signature ensemble vocals, each member of the band is also featured individually, organically choosing a Waits song that best fits their personality.
The name of the band is an adaptation of a Woody Allen movie title. As the film centers on the story of three strong women and their complicated dance around a male character, it is a reflection of the group’s dynamic and mission. There is a playfulness to the reference, a sly wink and a reclaiming of female power.
Their first CD, “Pawn Shop Radio” takes its’ title from a lyric in the bluegrass tinged ominous version of “Gun Street Girl”.
The recording’s material ranges from the sentimental to the raucous, joyfully borrowing influences from around the world.
“Tango ’Til They’re Sore” is a salute to the sonic palette of Emir Custurica’s films. “Cold Cold Ground” combines 1960’s American Girl Group beats. “Jersey Girl” is a celebration of the vibrant Latin-American community across the river from New York City.”I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” is a trip to Louisiana Cajun country, driven by the washboard and accordion, and the beat goes on.
CD- Release Fall 2020 on JARO Medien, Germany
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