Photo by Anna Ablogina

Hello! And welcome to my website…

 

I am a singer, songwriter, kids’ entertainer, teacher, care-giver, and sometimes-actor, who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan,
in the very apartment I grew up in, with my husband, my 5-yr-old son, and my mother. After almost two decades in the 9-5 work force, I quit my job in 2013 to take care of my son and my mother, started focusing more on music, and I’ve never worked harder, or felt more fulfilled. 

 

I’ve been writing and performing music for many years, but after the birth of my son, Vincent, I became inspired to write material for children. The songs came quickly, and I assembled a band of wonderful local musicians and singers. This was the birth of
Thunder and Sunshine. Our debut gig was May 6th, 2016 at the West End Lounge. We released our first album in January, 2017, for which I received an award of excellence for my songwriting, from the Film Advisory Board in November, 2017. Other appearances include: Union Square's "Citi Summer in the Square", Governor’s Island, Town Square's Egg Hunt Party at 4,5,6 Club, Town Square's Go Green Festival in McCarren Park, the Colony Club in Woodstock, NY, and two shows at the legendary Joe's Pub. Next up: Carl Schurz Park's Harvest Festival on October 13th, and Hippo Playground's Halloween Parade, on October 31st! I'll also be appearing, solo (but with my FUNKY PUPPETS!) on October 6th at 11am,  as part of the O + Festival in Kingston, NY, and at the Montessori Fall Festival on October 22nd,
at 2 p.m.  

 

Since October, 2016, I've been a guest reader (as my schedule
allows- please check my calendar!) at Bank Street Book Store at their 10:30 a.m. story hour. I love reading to kids in a very animated fashion while incorporating original songs and hand-made puppets (by the inimitable artist, Jeff Lewonczyk.  I’ve also been a guest at Book Culture on Columbus, and have performed at Jane’s Exchange on
the Lower East Side, The Ellington in the Park (in Riverside Park), Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe in Brooklyn, Jerome Park Library in
the Bronx, Carl Schurz Park, and I volunteer with Art Start.

 

Teaching gigs include/have included: the Minnows classes (9-19 month-olds and their caregivers) at A.C.T. programs (Cathedral of St. John the Divine), classes at Sunnyside Plays in Queens (check my calendar for updates), classes in Central Park on the Great Hill (check my calender for updates) and weekly Friday classes (10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.) at Edamama in Williamsburg. I'm also very happy to be the new Music Enrichment teacher at Peartree Preschool, in Harlem!
More info at Pear Tree NYC.

 

Background:

 

I was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, just
below Columbia University. In the 70’s and 80’s, it was even more of a melting pot of sounds, cuisine, and people, than it is today. My parents were both classical musicians at the Metropolitan Opera: my mom was a soprano, and my dad was a principal cellist. My mom was also
a jazz lover, and some kind of jazz or classical music was always playing in our house. 

 

Our apartment is between Broadway and Amsterdam, and as a kid,
I have distinct memories of the soundtrack of Dominican music swelling with every step eastward. (That soundtrack, thankfully, still often plays today.) With the advent of hip hop in the late 70’s/early 80’s, groups of teens carrying boom boxes would also pepper these streets. Those beats definitely left an imprint in my musical psyche. 

 

MTV was born on August 1st, 1981, and I was hooked by the first video. I welcomed those New Wave sounds with open arms. Lots of swirling synths and a parade of bombastic costumes. I loved the pomp pageantry of it all. 

 

I feel very lucky to have been exposed to so many genres of music,
and my goal is to incorporate lots of these influences into the music
I write, especially for children. Variety is a big component in holding the attention of both music-maker, and listener. And opening your
ears to different genres of music will also open your mind to different cultures. I hope you enjoy exploring my music as much as I enjoy writing and performing it! 

 

 

Other Projects:

 

In 2007, my husband (Dan Crow) and I founded The Electric Mess,
a rock band, with our friend, and bass-player, Derek Davidson. We just released our 4th album, we play out locally, about once a month, and have also toured the East Coast, Mid-West, and Europe, three times.  

 

Past musical projects include Auto Bonfire, a new wave/post-punk band I founded with Derek Davidson, and DEVA, a female-fronted Devo cover band I founded with Chezza Zoeller.

 

Before 2004, I was mostly acting. My first solo show, People Like Us, (2001 New York Int'l Fringe Festival) received acclaim from the Village Voice "...(Crow) writes and performs with charm and compassion." From 2002–2004, I co-founded and produced (with Caitlin McClure and Erin Keating) a sketch comedy group called "Faulty Logic", which had three runs at Under St. Marks Theater in the East Village. In 2009,
I played multiple roles in two of Trav S.D.’s plays: Willy Nilly, which
sold out its 2009 NY Fringe Festival run at Dixon Place, and was part 
of the Fringe Encore Series at The Actors Playhouse, and Kitsch, which ran in November '09 at Theater For The New City.

 

In June 2010, I premiered my second solo show (directed by Rabeah Ghaffari), Death is a Scream, at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, which also had a run later that year at Zora Space in Park Slope.  
“A Toast to Memo”, a short film I wrote and acted in, based on a character from Death is a Scream (directed by Mai La Thai), received “Official Honoree” status for the 2010 Webby Awards.

 

In 2011, I co-starred in a New Pornographers video for their song "Moves", directed by Tom Scharpling, sharing the screen with Horatio Sanz, Wyatt Cenac and many other funny people. I played a lead role (Francoise) in Robert Honeywell's rock opera, Mass, which ran April, 2013 at the Brick Theater. And most recently, I starred as Gloria Holden in Derek Davidson's short film "Moving Pictures", released in March, 2016.

 

Visit the menu pages on this website to learn more about all of the above! And thanks for reading…