Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir,” live at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, April 2 — with special guest star, Karen Kohler!

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography, 2014.

Kim Smith returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Wednesday, April 2nd with “Nova Noir.”

$10 advance online sale, or $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, programme at 7:30.
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleeker Street, NYC

Award-winning Australian cabaret performer, Kim Smith, charts a dark and whimsical path through a neo-Weimar pop-fantasia of genre-bending pop and peculiar period treasures with “Nova Noir.”  Mining his debut album, Nova, Smith gives his own electropop originals a decadent 1920′s treatment, while re-imagining works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.

Karen Kohler

Master of the European Songbook, Karen Kohler.

Nova Noir comes to life at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies  (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), and his rogue band of marauding musicians, and features a special guest performance by cabaret legend, KAREN KOHLER!

 

Listen to our studio recording of “Padam” below, and click through to purchase $10 advance online sale tickets!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City 

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir at the Manderley Bar, Jan 20!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013. Image by RAM Imagery.

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on January 20, at 10:30PM in a free concert, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir January 20, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Nova Noir, live at The Gallery, le Poisson Rouge, Oct. 2

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013, Image by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover, 2013
Image by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY

Kim Smith: Nova Noir

October 2, The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC — Doors open at 7, Programme at 7:30 — $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door

My own electropop originals (available here on iTunes) receive a decadent 1920′s treatment at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies and our rogue band of marauding musicians in NOVA NOIR an evening of dark, disfigured pop and peculiar period treasures.

Nova Noir re-imagines works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Kylie Minogue, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others, and incorporates electropop gems from my debut album, “Nova.”

Copies of Nova and my cabaret EP, The Tease, will be available for purchase after the show. Nova is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, worldwide.

Listen below to Edith Piaf’s classic, “Padam” as transformed by myself and Benjamin Ickies, in our ’90′s trip-hop studio recording:

 

“(Smith) embodies all that is unique about this art form — it would be a challenge to look away from him. There isn’t an extraneous gesture, expression, word or note. He has chiseled away everything that is unimportant to get down to a precise core. This is cabaret at its best and most interesting!”

Arthur Frank, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York City

 

Kim Smith Live at the Neue Galerie, NYC, June 11!

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim will be giving a free, outdoor performance at the Neue Galerie as part of the Museum Mile Festival, Tuesday June 11, 6PM!

Supported by bandleader Benjamin Ickies on accordion, Matt James on drums, and Andy Madej on tuba, Kim will lead listeners through disfigured pop treasures (including his own pop singles, “Never Ever” and “Jealous”) and period peculiarities from artists such as Kurt Weill, The Supremes, Hans Eisler, and many glittering others.

The Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street.

“The Tease” EP Launch @ Le Poisson Rouge, Dec 4!

The Gallery, Le Poisson Rouge, NYC (158 Bleeker Street)

Tuesday, December 4th, 7PM (doors open at 6PM), $12 Admission (click here for advance tickets).

Conceived and created with Benjamin Ickies (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), “The Tease” will be performed live in The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, alongside re-imagined works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Björk, the Supremes, Kylie Minogue, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.  Featuring a full band accompaniment, Award-winning Australian performer Kim Smith charts a dark and whimsical path through a ruined, musical landscape of disfigured pop and peculiar period treasures with his debut cabaret EP recording (available in physical format post-show!).

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