SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE
June 4 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm$10
Linda Solotaire is a vocalist, band leader, curator, and teacher. Her current projects: Dreams of You: the Sun, the Moon, and Johnny Mercer, embracing the dreamy world of one of America’s finest lyricists; Phoenix Project, along with her collaborator James Sanders, re-imagining the songs of Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Marlene Deitrich and infusing the performance with originals and spoken word; her Speakeasy Show; as well as her straight ahead jazz ensemble, the Linda Solotaire Quartet.
Linda is classically trained in music and theatre, and began her career as an actress in the late 1970s. As vocal artist, she is most deeply influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, and Judy Garland. While the Great American Songbook is at the heart of her repertoire, she strives to infuse her sets with more obscure, contemporary and original songs.
Linda studied dance, voice, music and acting. She studied acting with William Hickey at HB Studios in NYC, and she studied voice with Typhanie Monique and Carol Loverde in Chicago. She received her BA from Columbia College Chicago. With a background in theory, classical, and 20th-century music, Linda has enjoyed roles in musical theater and in studio session work, and she has collaborated on original works with artists including conductor/composer Carmen Helena Téllez, playwright/composer Thomas Weber, new music composer Christopher Preissing, http://nonopera.org/NON:op Opera Company, Small Fish Radio, Local Infinities creators Meghan Strell & Charlie Levin, and poet/composer Everette Howe.
Linda was invited to join Actors Equity Association in 1984. Since then, she has had principal roles in scores of theatrical and on-camera projects ranging from Catherine in O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra to Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, from commercial industrial videos and multimedia to surreal collaborative films. She frequently works as a voice-over talent as well, and has performed in a variety of performance situations and venues around the world.
Linda is the founder and artistic director of True Muse Productions, an organization promoting live performance, in particular under-exposed music genres. True Muse produces music and other happenings, supports music education &holds workshops for artists. Dedicated to the democratization of the arts, Linda teaches music to children, mentors burgeoning artists and works to raise arts awareness whenever possible.