SummerStage: St.Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, & Basia Bulat

Sunday, August 1, 2010 3:00 PM

Central Park, New York, NY

Three of North America’s most compelling female songwriters share the stage to sing their carefully-crafted songs that are at once confident and delicate, brimming with beautiful melodies and narratives.

St. Vincent is the nom-du-microphone of multi-instrumentalist/chanteuse Annie Clark. This Dallas-raised, doe-eyed songbird began her musical career performing with Sufjan Stevens and The Polyphonic Spree. In 2007, St. Vincent released her debut solo debut effort Marry Me, catapulting the young singer to the top of critics lists and earning a PLUG Independent Music Award for Female Artist of the Year. Her second album, 2009’s Actor, prompted Pitchfork to exult “St. Vincent is an artist capable of crafting believable, complicated characters with compassion, insight, and exacting skill.”

tUnE-yArDs is the singular musical project of New England native Merrill Garbus. Possessing an expansive sound that marries a coarse folk ingenuity with the bold pop sensibility of an R&B siren, her debut release BiRd-BrAiNs was assembled with a staunch DIY aesthetic. She is aptly described by Stereogum as “a self-contained Sublime Frequencies compilation, jumping between blues, African tunes, shiny reggae-esque sprawls and lo-fi folk.”

From the age of three, singer-songwriter Basia Bulat has been perched on a piano, playing. In time she picked up guitar, autoharp, banjo, ukulele, sax, upright bass and flute. Her songs are breathless and thirsty; influenced by the spirits of Jeff Magnum, Odetta, Emily Dickinson, as well as soul-music. Bulat’s songs reflect the stillness of experience on the road, hand-in-hand with a freshly blossoming career.