Maude Maggart Releases New Album, Set for Series of Shows at Cafe Carlyle, 2/25-3/1
MAUDE MAGGART - the acclaimed vocalist hailed as "singular and arresting" by the New York Times, "wonderful" by Business Week and "ingenious" by the Village Voice - will make her debut at the Café Carlyle with a special engagement from February 25 to March 1. Her new show "The Door Opened" will feature numbers by golden-age songwriters Irving Berlin ("I Used To Be Color Blind"), Harry Warren ("Serenade In Blue") and Dorothy Fields ("Blue Again"), in addition to rarely-heard songbook gems including "Why Am I So Romantic?" (introduced in the legendary Marx Brothers film Animal Crackers) and "I May Be Wrong, But I Think You're Wonderful" (performed by Maude's grandmother). The evening will feature Music Director John Boswell on piano. She will preview the Carlyle run with two performances at the Gardenia in Los Angeles on February 14 and 15.
The run will also mark the release of her latest CD "Speaking of Dreams - Live in Concert" which will be available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and through MaudeMaggart.com. In addition to the new solo recording, she can be heard in a new duet with her sister Fiona Apple - called "gorgeous, delicate and elegant" by The Wall Street Journal - on the new Starbucks Valentine's Day compilation Sweetheart. Maude's solo concert is also currently being featured in the six-part PBS series "The American Songbook," which is available to view online at www.njtvonline.org.
"Speaking of Dreams - Live in Concert," captured during Maude's longtime residency at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room, delves into the subtext of the beauty and darkness of dreams. When the program first premiered, it was heralded as "enthralling" by the New York Times, "practically irresistible" by Entertainment Weekly and "bewitching" by Sterophile. Selections range from the beloved standards "Isn't It Romantic" and "Look to the Rainbow" to seemingly-innocent classics "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" and "The Rainbow Connection." Two songs by her late friend and mentor Marshall Barer, "Here Come the Dreamers" and "Lost in Wonderland" - both of which are also part of this season's Café Carlye show - showcase the comedic side of the theme. The emotional centerpiece of the album, her medley of Judy Collins's "My Father" and the Joan Baez-penned title song, take the show past the traditional songbook to incorporate two important figures of the folk revolution. The album features John Boswell on piano and Yair Evnine on guitar and cello.
MAUDE MAGGART started her performing career in the clubs of New York and Los Angeles before exploding into a compelling international concert artist. She has been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition," a Time Out New York cover story and Entertainment Weekly's "Must List." Her recordings have been heard on national radio broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor and are frequently featured by Jonathan Schwartz on WNYC / New York Public Radio. Her most recent album was a USA Today's "Pick of the Week."
Maggart is the scion of an acclaimed show business family: her grandmother starred in the George White Scandals, her grandfather was the star vocalist for the famed Harry James Big Band, her parents met while performing in the Broadway musical Applause and her sister is pop singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. Born and raised near 125th Street in New York City, Maude created a stir in Hollywood with her debut show at the Gardenia, when The Los Angeles Times said "Maude Maggart's talent and imagination offer hope for the future of cabaret." Fostered by Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein, Maude has performed at nightclubs around the country, notably her annual engagement at The Algonquin Hotel, from 2003 through 2011.