Kim Smith: Nova Noir
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.”
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