Big Stories, Big Songs concert with Holly Near, Natalia Zukerman, Paul Reisler

December 16, 2020
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On Sunday, December 27th at 7pm (EST) Kid Pan Alley’s Because We Have Music livestream concert series features two women with big songs and big stories—Holly Near and Natalia Zukerman. They’ll be joined by hosts Paul Reisler and Cheryl Toth.

Holly Near has been singing for a more equitable world for well over 50 creative years. She is an insightful storyteller through her music, committed to keeping the work rooted in contemporary activism.  Respected around the world for her music and activism, Holly released her 31st album in 2018.

Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, Holly’s songs, perspectives and sense of humor helped open doors for outspoken women in the music world and uplifted activists who work for peace and multicultural consciousness. Recently, PBS presented a film about Holly’s life and work on their American Masters series.

Natalia Zukerman is a painter, songwriter, performer and educator who grew up in one of the most renowned classical music families in the world. Her parents are violinist Pinchas Zukerman and flautist Eugenia Zukerman, and her sister Arianna a noted opera singer. In 2018 she developed her multimedia one woman show, The Women Who Rode Away. She has since released the soundtrack and accompanying book of the show and is currently on tour throughout North America in support of that project.

The Philadelphia Daily News said she was, “a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.”  And our favorite quote from The New Yorker, ““Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.”