NYC Cabaret Star Vocalist sings the Tom Waits Songbook in her own unique way! With Jon Weber on Piano!
Marissa Mulder won the New York Times "Best Cabaret Show of 2015" for her show of Tom Waits Songs. Every word she speaks are words spoken by Tom Waits. Mr. Waits is an American singer-songwriter, musician, composer and actor. His distinctive voice was described by music critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding as though "it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car." Unique to say the least. Some of his most famous songs are "Ol'55" made famous by The Eagles, the beyond cynical "Day After Tomorrow" - relevant today more than ever, "Alice," and "I Never Talk to Strangers (recorded as a duet with Bette Midler). His more than challenging songs have been recorded by Diana Krall, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Norah Jones, and many others. Ms. Mulder's unique approach to paying tribute to Tom Waits is something to witness indeed. This show and Marissa Mulder was the critics darling in NYC two years ago.
Marissa Mulder grew up in Syracuse, NY. She moved to New York City in 2007 and has gone on to become one of the most successful young cabaret artists on the NY scene. In 2011, she beat out 60 other singers to win the MetroStar Challenge at the Metropolitan Room, an American Idol type contest for up and coming cabaret artists. Since then she has performed in several of her own shows.
Stephen Holden of the New York Times called her show "Tom...In His Words, the songs of Tom Waits", "Far and away the season's best show, everything the genre can be but almost never is."
She is the winner of the 2013 Noel Coward and Julie Wilson Award which were presented to her at Lincoln Center where she also sang. She was the winner of the 2014 MAC award for Major Artist and Album Of The Year ( Tom...In His Words). At the end of 2013, TimeOut NY named Marissa, "Rising Star of The Year". She was a featured guest and singer on Piano Jazz hosted by Jon Weber on NPR.
In New York City, she has performed at The Carlyle, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Algonquin Hotel, 54 Below, Joe's pub and many others. She has begun taking her solo shows on the road as well as traveling to Dallas, St. Louis, Nebraska, Buffalo, Binghamton and many more. She has two CD's "Tom...In His Words" and "Illusions".
Jon Weber, who won a 2015 Bistro Award for this show, is one of the most sought after musicians in New York cabaret. Critics raved about 100 Years of Piano Jazz. The New York Times' Stephen Holden wrote: "This one-hour program was an enlightening music history tutorial, delivered with enthusiasm and wit by a musician who is utterly devoid of professorial grandiosity. But because Mr. Weber can play up a storm, it was also a thrilling demonstration of one man's passionate attachment to his chosen instrument."
According to Hanks, the New York Cabaret Editor for BroadwayWorld.com, "Like Leonard Bernstein, Jon Weber knows that the intricacies of certain music languages--whether classical or jazz--can be frustratingly elusive, so he's made it his mission to educate the masses. And when some of the students in the audience are among the most accomplished instrumentalists in New York, you realize that your teacher is a virtuoso."