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THE CHRONICLE FEATURES
Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy

 Photo: Yalonda M. James, The Chronicle

Photo: Yalonda M. James, The Chronicle

After playing for a mere 17hours over the course of 2 days and 1 evening (!!!) I feel so connected to my fellow artists (30 AMAZING women), my male feminist allies Ragnar Kjartansson (performance artist) & Kjartan Sveinsson (musical director and former Sigur Rós keyboardist), & Kendra Mckinley (band leader +). Community, the ability to use my musical voice, the feeling of being seen, respected, and recognized made this one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life!
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Highlights were a visit by Tracy Chapman (being seen musically by a hero of mine since I was a teen was mind blowing), making someone full on cry, realizing how this piece fit into the context of Ragnar’s amazing body of work, and of course bonding with so many other righteous women!

I was also lucky enough to be the featured photo in the Chronicle’s DATEBOOK article on the show. Thanks Yalonda M. James & Emma Heath of the Chronicle.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:
https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/art-exhibits/women-sing-supposed-love-songs-with-dark-twist-in-light-of-metoo

KQED FEATURE

Reevaluating the 'Romantic' Hit Songs of Pop Music's Patriarchy

Thank you Emma Silvers for this extremely insightful article on the performances this weekend!

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13844829/pop-music-patriarchy-a-reevaluation-of-romantic-hit-songs

RAGNAR KJARTANSSON
"Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy"

I’m very honored to have been selected alongside an incredibly talented group of women to participate in Icelandic Artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s 3 day durational musical performance at The Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The program will feature women singing familiar and what at first seem to be innocuous love songs, but when listened to more carefully reveal more complex attitudes towards women. It is a humorous, poetic reflection on the state of our culture in the midst of the great turbulence called our times. Ragnar’s work has been featured at SFMOMA.

November 9 to 11, 2018, Women’s Building in the Mission, SF
PLEASE NOTE: Odessa will NOT be performing her own songs.
TICKETS https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ragnar-kjartansson-romantic-songs-of-the-patriarchy-tickets-49557841839
ARTICLE https://news.artnet.com/art-world/san-francisco-performance-art-space-ragnar-kjartansson-1283753

NEW SINGLE
WHEN TIME RUNS OUT

A music video for the single When Time Runs Out is in progress but the music is available to buy on BANDCAMP now! This single is a collaboration with composer Max Stoffregen featuring Max’s musical arrangements and instrumental performance and my songwriting and singing.

NEW RECORD

A new record has been in the works for some time and it’s near completion—just drums and a few guitar parts to overlay. That said, a release date may be some months (or years away) as I try to formulate a plan for reaching the most listeners.

I feel like this is my best work to date and will surprise longtime listeners with a more rock and blues elements.

I’m accepting financial gifts towards mixing, mastering, and promotion of the record and if you have non-monetary talents to lend, I’m all ears! Thanks for your patience.
GIFTS OF SUPPORT : Contact me through the website.

NEW WEBSITE

Welcome to the new website. I’ve chosen to go with something that’s easy to update and has greater security than my old website and hope you find the simple design easy to navigate.

NATIONAL NUTELLA COMMERCIAL

Session singing is a fun way to use my voice in new ways and hear it in different contexts. The commercial market is very saturated and opportunities in the Bay are rare but this year I landed my first National commercial. Justin Pinkerton wrote and produced the track for Dan Miller of They Might Be Giants who now produces original music for advertising. Most of the track is instrumental but I’m there at the end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nakJJJ4syhc

COLLABORATION WITH NURIA

My collaboration with the musicians in Nuria began while I was recording my very first solo record and continues today.
I’m pleased to have been asked to write and perform vocals on their forthcoming record and I’m excited about how it’s progressing. https://www.facebook.com/nuriaband

COLLABORATIVE TRACKS ON
BADMAN & SAINT MARIE RECORDS

Odessa sang and wrote her part of the track Want Me on Nyles Lannon’s Falling Inside (Badman Records).
https://badmanrecordingco.com/products/n-lannon-falling-inside-cd


Odessa sang on several songs on Carta’s The Faults Follow (Saint Marie Records).
http://www.saintmarierecords.com/products/516346-carta-the-faults-follow