Carol Lipnik — the spellbinding, darkly-humorous singer and songwriter recently called an “ethereal vocal phenomenon” by The New York Times — will mark her debut solo engagement at Joe’s Pub. Lipnik, who blends folk music and art song with the classic nightclub tradition, will perform a concert celebrating her latest album “Almost Back To Normal” with an expanded musical palette featuring strings and percussion. In addition, she will premiere original musical compositions. Her music director and pianist Matt Kanelos will lead the band. The show is produced by TWEED TheaterWorks (Lypsinka) and DAX MGMT (Weimar New York, Joey Arias).
“Almost Back To Normal is an album comprised of songs that are talismans and shields to take into the battle of today’s increasingly uncertain world,” Lipnik reflected. “The heartbreaking joke of the title is that we will never be ‘back to normal.’ I love channeling delusional characters - it’s delusional to aspire to tyrannical standards of normal, though the notion of normal can be a very sweet and tender thing. But when the cultural anesthesia wears off, can we ever fix problems like the environment or income inequality?” The album is produced by Jacob Lawson, who also provided string arrangements.
Carol Lipnik is acclaimed for her hauntingly beautiful multi-octave voice and enchanting performances of her own wistfully funny and wrenchingly honest songs. “Lipnik is surprisingly strong in her ethereality,” says Time Out New York, “maintaining an eerie self-possession as she shares enigmatically spooky folk-art songs in an octave spanning wail.” New York Music Daily proclaimed “Carol Lipnik might not just be the best singer in New York, she might be the best singer anywhere.”
“Earth-mother nightingale Carol Lipnik is a mesmerizing find,” says James Gavin, the journalist who penned biographies of Peggy Lee, Lena Horne and Chet Baker. “She writes fantastical tunes, full of mythic imagery, that carry the listener to worlds unknown.” According to a recent notice from BroadwayWorld, “Lipnik’s songs have a quality akin to chants, mantras, and prayers. Her voice is clear, full, reverent, beautiful. The imagery she uses is of the natural world: oysters, sand, trees, honey, weeds, and antlers. Her truth is emblematic.