It's been a while. But I'm really happy to be able to say "and now for something completely different" and mean it.
This is one totally talented young lady, prepare to be blown away.
Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. Marla is known for her provocative, raw performance style and intelligent lyrics and is regarded by her peers as being a true musical pioneer of our time. She is backed by the Tomás Doncker Band.
Just off her first tour in China where she was invited by the Friends of the UN to perform for UN GLOBAL PEACE DAY in Linzhou City, Marla was given an honorary "Messenger of Peace" award for her visionary work as a songwriter and performing artist. Her fans span the globe.
Marla is about to release the DELUXE Edition of her album SPEAK (on Feb 28, 2013) which will include the 10 songs on the original 2010 album plus 6 new tracks including Piece of Peace, AnnaRexia (a reggae track featuring Garrison Hawk from Bill Laswell's Method of Defiance), and Bill Laswell's dubmix version of AnnaRexia. AnnaRexia is spearheading the StayImperfect Project or Love Your Butt Campaign, which Marla created to empower women to not only accept but love themselves and their bodies.
Proceeds from AnnaRexia as well as emerging artist, Lael Summer's track, The Good Fight (whose EP Marla co-produced with Doncker) will go towards the projectheal a non-profit organization founded by two teenage eating disorder survivors, that raises scholarship money for girls whose families cannot afford to send them to treatment.
Check out this piece of the Musical which was performed at the "Laurie Beechman Theatre" 407 W. 42nd Street (btw 9th/10th Avenue) New York, NY.
A Brief Night Out - Rockin' Hot Mase A Brief Night Out, written and performed by Marla Mase, is a one-woman rock-n-roll musical which tells the story of a middle-aged woman, a mom, who is having an affair, falling apart at the seams and busting with a sexy brand of anxiety. She is obsessed with war, surrounded by addiction, and does not trust her therapist. She is a victim of a mid-life rock-n-roll crisis.
Tune: " Rockin' Hot Mase "
Authors: Marla Mase & Tomas Doncker.
Copyright © 2010
"Rockin' Hot Mase" by Marla Mase and Tomas Doncker.
All Rights Reserved.
With Martin Vidnovic.
The Band: Tomas Doncker, Alan Grubner, Booker King, Heather Powell, Tobias Ralph, Nick Rolfe.
Directed by Phyllis Roome.
Now coming back to the current day, check out Marla's truly powerful official video for another of her great songs.
Piece of Peace written by Marla Mase/Tomás Doncker for UN GLOBAL PEACE DAY EVENT in LInzhou China Sept 21, 2012 -- Marla was invited by Friends of the UN to perform in China
Tomás Doncker- guitars, back-up vocals
James Dellatacoma - guitar/engineer
Tobias Ralph - drums
Josh David-bass/back-up vocals
Heather Powell-back-up vocals
Directed by: Brandon Kieffer
Jumping back in time again for a live performance of this classic.
DFWME DFWME written and performed by Marla Mase at the Barrow Street Theatre
And finally today, another song from the musical "A Brief Night Out" performed at Nightingale Lounge, NYC.
Things That Scare Me
Marla is currently developing THE SPEAK SHOW, a multi-media concert/performance piece using music (from SPEAK DELUXE), spoken word, dance and visual imagery to explore the themes of confinement, sexuality, body image, trauma, oppression (internal/external) and freedom as a means of celebrating the raw reality of our human condition as expressed through the eyes, bodies, voices of women. It was recently booked for NYC Summerstage 2013.
She is also collaborating with The Climate Institute to create a concept album around the subject of Climate Change and The Melting Arctic; a Global Soul fusion of the mythologies, poems and music of indigenous peoples as they relate to the subject.
Her debut album, the rock opera, A Brief Night Out (BNO), tells the story of a woman, having an affair, breaking-down, obsessing on war and re-assessing her life. It is also the soundtrack to a theatrical version of the same story that has been performed in New York City with Broadway Veteran Martin Vidnovic playing all the male roles and also as a one-woman show directed by Sara Berg.
OK, so you knew there was more right?
So check out the amazing album, and make sure to get your own copy.