She has continued to blossom, to explore, to experiment in the most joyously rewarding ways. She wants to embody each song, getting to the heart of its emotions, in words, notes, and gesture. In the words of my friend Davide Brillante, she is “an illuminated person.” And the musicians around her are clearly inspired by her perfectly pitched extravagances.
The Beloved and I were happily in the audience at a San Francisco venue we’d not encountered before — The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street — when Tamar and Friends took the stage on June 8, 2013. (It’s a fascinating place for music and theatre and more.)
The Friends (they deserve the capital letter) were Gordon Au, trumpet; Dennis Lichtman, clarinet; Craig Ventresco, guitar; Jared Engel, string bass — with a guest appearance from guitarist Dave Ricketts of GAUCHO later in the evening.
Here are the final six performances of a glorious dozen, the mood ranging from deep indigo desolation to exultation:
Jimmie Rodgers’ BLUE YODEL No. 2:
AM I BLUE?:
I SURRENDER, DEAR:
THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE:
Deliciously memorable, playful music — performances both simple and deeply textured.
Thanks to Tamar and her / our Friends, to Brett Cline, Erma Kyriakos, Confetta and Anatol and Scott for their kindnesses and for increasing our joys.
May your happiness increase!