Composer/Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens
Dubbed a "Musical Devil in a Red Dress" by legendary Producer Arif Mardin, Songstress Amy Kohn's Experimental Pop is whimsical, cathartic, sweet and smart. She leads her 7-piece band to melting ice-sculptures, epoxied roses, and seas of calligraphy, marking wild musical and lyrical territory, yet grounded by her "eloquent and personal pianism and voice."*
Strapped to her motorcycle-tough accordion, Amy just returned from a magical UK tour, where she garnered great reviews of her performances at the famed Speigeltent and Acoustic Music Centre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ("Kohn is the kind of individual talent that the fringe is in danger of suffocating..." - The Scottish Herald). She also caused a stir at London?s 12 Bar and Ray?s Jazz Shop. Her band plays regularly at top New York venues (Joe?s Pub, Makor, Barbes..) and her music?s been aired on WQXR, WFMU, and WNYC. Her 1st CD: THE GLASS LAUGHS BACK has been called "real music"* and her 2nd: I'm in Crinoline, Co-Produced with Joe Mardin, is out in Winter (Advance CD available).
Amy Assistant Conducts, sings/plays with and arranges for (Modonna's "Like A Virgin" and PJ Harvey's "The Letter") the Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra, writes off-beat music-theater and is a recipient of the 2003-04 Dramatist?s Guild Jonathan Larson Memorial Musical Theater Writing Fellowship. This February was the World Premiere of her Radio-Opera "1 Plum Sq." as part of WNYC's American Music Festival (David Garland's program "Spinning on Air"). She just wrote a new song about an L.E.D. and wants to take a hip hop dance class.