NEW YORK, April 15 -- "Little
Annie and Friends," featuring Little Annie, a.k.a. Annie Anxiety, will
be a mixture of selections from her forthcoming LP and interpretations of some
of her favorite standards, peppered by guest appearances, anecdotes, musings,
and unsolicited opinions. She will be accompanied by on piano by her musical
director, Paul Wallfisch (of Botanica, Firewater and Pink Monkey Birds fame,
to name a few). Her guests will be the legendary Bill Rice, Kid Congo Powers
(who has worked with Nick Cave, The Gunn Club, The Cramps and Congo Norvell),
Christine Donelly and Nicky Paraiso. The evening is directed by Keith McDermott.
Little Annie, a.k.a. Annie
Anxiety, born Annie Bandez, is an adventuress, chanteuse/lyricist, multi-media
artist and postmodern cabaret queen with a long, illustrious and eclectic
recording career. Born in New York, with no intention of a career in the
arts, she pursued numerous jobs, criss-crossed the continent "earning her poetic license"
until she found herself on stage at the legendary Max¹s Kansas City, fronting
the atonal, savage dance rhymed band Asexuals at the sneak-in-the-back-door
age of 16.
After meeting Steve Ignorant
from the band Crass on her doorstep a year later, she went to the United Kingdom
for a two-week visit and stayed over a decade. There she recorded her first
of many recordings, the still avant-garde "Barbed Wire Halo," a collaboration
with Crass drummer Penny Rimbaud for Crass Records. Her musical path took a
first of many sharp turns when she met legendary dub genius Adrian Sherwood
and his equally brilliant partner, Kishi Yamamoto. The trio crafted Annie's
first LP for Corpus Christi Records, "Soul Possession." A long and
exciting collaboration was forged. The EP "As I Lie in your Arms"
and LP "Jackamo," both produced by Yamamoto, soon followed on One
Little Indian Records.
After a short stint with
the American-owned major, Atco Records, where she released "Sugar Bowl,"
which was produced by Ray Shulman, she started working with the moniker Little
Annie. She released the LP "Short and Sweet, two ten-inchers, "Bless
Those," the widely acclaimed "I Think of You," and the EP "In
Dread with Littler Annie, all for Adrain's ON-U Sound Records. Through the
years and numerous collaborations (with Wolfgang Press, Crass, the ON-U Sounds
stable, Paul Oakenfold, Kid Congo Powers, Current 93, Nurse with Wound, the
late Bim Sherman, Coil, Fini Tribe, and Collapsed Lung, and many others), she
has refused to be restricted by labels and genres, spanning jazz, reggae, hip
hop, torch and avant-garde styles.
She has written three volumes
of prose; the most recent is titled "Hell is a Place Where We Call Each
Other Darling" and is published by Stride in the United Kingdom. She has
appeared in numerous plays, theater pieces, and films, and continues to tour
extensively. She resides in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. She is presently
recording an LP for David Tibet's Dutro Records, produced by Antony of Antony
and the Johnsons and Joe Budenholzer of Backworld. Her last EP, "Diamonds
Made Of Glass," composed with Larry Tee (of Ru Paul fame) and Joe Budenholzer,
with remix by Christopher Heeman, has just been released by Streamline through
Drag City (www.dragcity.com).
Little Annie is a prolific
painter and is currently engaged in three series, entitled "Urban Saints,"
"God and Science" and "September Skyline." A selection
of 24 paintings can be seen on her website, www.brainwashed.com/anxiety.
She is also writing an autobiography.