Lisa Moscatiello in Concert
Lisa Moscatiello has recently won WAMMIE awards for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. However, what may resonate more with local fans is the title Bill Spence gave Lisa when introducing her at the Old Songs Festival a few years back: "The Voice of the Decade." She has been compared to Sandy Denny, June Tabor, Annie Lennox, and k.d. lang. With a soaring range, Lisa has been described as both "a rich alto" and "a striking soprano." Billboard has lauded her as having "one of the most gorgeous vocal instruments in all of folk-pop," and other critics marvel at a voice that is both stormy and serene.
In concert, Lisa uses her voice to explore. To say she has broad musical tastes and influences understates her enormous musical versitility. Her "roots" include Celtic fusion, techno, jazz, glee club a capella, pop, and traditional folk. Whether performing solo or as a lead singer for powerhouse groups such as The New St. George (a folk-rock band, sadly demised) and Whirligig (a Manhattan-based neo-celtic band), Lisa does a satisfying mix of her own originals and her hallmark, unique interpretations of others' songs. She has a knack not only for finding good material, but also the right combination of songs. Her sets can be dark and magical, sensuous and lulling, or a bit funky cabaret. She has been known to juxtapose Janis Ian with Tom Waits and a 16th century Scottish ballad.
We don't know where she's likely to take us, but we hope you'll join the Cornell Folk Song Club in welcoming Lisa Moscatiello. She was last here several years ago to a full house on Bound For Glory.
Tickets are available at Borealis Books, I-Town Records (formerly Rebop), Bound for Glory, and at the door.