A downtown hotspot that we most recently featured (care of Jonatha Brooke), SubCulture takes a great leap into the unknown with its newest Composer-in-Residence program. Their inaugural composer: pianist Gregg Kallor.
While it may not be Jonatha Brooke's first time here on Classicalite, her most recent performance at SubCulture in lower Manhattan showcased the singer-songwriter-playwright in a different light. With pieces of her mother still shining through, Brooke kept a packed house entertained and engaged for what felt like only minutes during her hour-long set.
Classicalite A.V. Club: Jonatha Brooke sings about her mother in "Scars"... Logan K. Young, editor; Maria Jean Sullivan, producer; Ian Holubiak, engineer
Clite A.V. Club Q&A with Jonatha Brooke & Ian Holubiak Logan K. Young, editor; Maria Sullivan, producer
Once again, Classicalite has proven itself ahead of the theatrical curve. Case in point: My own glowing February review of My Mother Has Four Noses by female folkie Jonatha Brooke. Now, the New York Times has followed suit, dubbing Brooke and Jeremy B. Cohen's production a must see at the small Duke Theatre at on 42 Street.
A veteran singer-songwriter, label head and now playwright of My Mother Has 4 Noses, Brooke has tapped into a grief far beyond the five stages of Kübler-Ross. She's found a way to transcend a daughter's loss with candid humor and authentic wit.