|"Christmas in Nickyland, 2004" is
a Salón Paraiso for the Yule Season
"Christmas in Nickyland,
2004" will be the Christmas/End of the Year celebration in The Club
at La MaMa. The evening, hosted by Club curator Nicky Paraiso, features
special guests Little Annie, David Clement and Regie Cabico.
The evening is successor to the tradition of "Salón Paraiso,"
a variety evening of comedy and song, emceed by and featuring Nicky Paraiso,
which started in 2000. It's the show that got Nicky the gig as Cultural
Minister of The Club. Ellen Stewart, Founder/Artistic Director of La MaMa,
saw that the well-known Filipino-American actor, musician and performance
artist, could deliver a boffo lineup. A performance curator was born.
Nicky Paraiso just concluded a very successful revival of his autobiographical
cabaret show, "House/Boy," which was presented by The Club at
La MaMa as part of the Ma-Yi Theater Company's "Performing Ethnicity"
Arts Festival. It was his third autobiographical evening-length solo work
with music and mutimedia, dealing with identity, sexuality and the enduring
theme of what "home" means to Filipino Americans. Margo Jefferson,
writing in the New York Times, described it as a piece about "how
children seek their own language, absorb their parents' memories but cast
off their parents' lives. On Paraiso's performance, she wrote, "he
sings with passionate exactness, from Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson
to Paul Simon." Backstage's Ron Cohen declared, "Should Café
Carlyle finally be forced to find a replacement for Bobby Short, it might
well consider Nicky Paraiso."
Paraiso was a member of Meredith Monk/The House and Vocal Ensemble (1981-1990),
touring extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan. He has also worked
with Jeff Weiss and Carlos Ricardo Martinez since 1979 and was an actor
and musical director in "Come Clean" and the Obie-winning "Hot
Keys." He is also affiliated with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of
Hard Knocks, with whom he has appeared in four major productions since
1988. His solo play, "Asian Boys" (1994), was co-produced by
Ma-Yi Theatre Ensemble and P.S. 122 and excerpts of it have been published.
He is also a frequent performer with Ma-Yi Theatre/NATCO. Paraiso's awards
include a 1987 Bessie and a NYSCA Performance Art Initiative Grant. He
was nominated for the prestigious Cal Arts/Alpert Award in 1998. His films
include "Book of Days," "Fresh Kill" and "Jeffrey."
Little Annie, a.k.a. Annie Anxiety, will be accompanied by on piano
by her musical director, Paul Wallfisch (of Botanica, Firewater and Pink
Monkey Birds fame, to name a few). Born Annie Bandez, she 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
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
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 her paintings can be
seen on her website, www.brainwashed.com/anxiety.
David Clement last appeared in The Club at La MaMa with Rebecca Moore
in March, 2003 in The Club's "Live From the East Village" New
Music series. He is a distinctive stylist of what has been called "lyric
centered Rock." He mostly now plays with Rob Bailey, whose pop sensibility,
classical training, and love for a sonic experiment mix with Erin Hall's
cello to make a dreamily driven framework for David's tightly crafted
Kindamusic.net wrote, " With hypnotizing guitar chords and a flair
for subtle lyrics, David Clement can be found between REM, Ryan Adams
and Eels, deep in the territory of accessible, well-written alternative
music. " Independent Songwriter Magazine wrote, "The breathy
vocals are a sharp contrast to the hard-driving music. And the tug-o-war
between the two elements create a tension that's hard to ignore. The production
is so over-original that it technically breaks new sonic ground. It's
rare to find such a revelation in original music. Not only are the lyrics
deep, but the music, the production, and the vocals all blend in some
multi-layered smorgasbord to create a type of complex maze...decipherable
only if one allows the subconscious to take control. Hard to believe that
humans could operate at such an atmospheric realm. "
Regie Cabico will appear December 16 and 19 only. He performed his "Godiva
Dates and a One Night Stand" in The Club on October 29 as part of
Ma-Yi Theater Company's "Performing Ethnicity" Arts Festival.
He has appeared on two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Solo plays include
Faith,Hope & Regie and straight out directed by reg e gaines. His
work has been featured at Dixon Place, The Kitchen, Theater Offensive
(Boston), 2002 NY International Fringe Festival, the 2003 Humana Theater
Festival, and New World Theater. He is a company member of the Neo Futurists'
productions of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60
Minutes at the Belt Theater. He has received three New York Foundation
for the Arts Fellowships for Poetry & Performance Art.