Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, worked in mural arts in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays and paints in Brooklyn, NY. The daughter of classical musicians Eugenia and Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia found her sound in other strings – those on slide guitar, lap steel, dobro. She found kinship in the earthiness and honesty of folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues music.

Since 2001, Zukerman has released five studio albums and one live album – 2013′sGypsies & Clowns, which was recorded live at SPACE in Evanston, IL. For the shows, Zukerman invited a big group of her musical friends to present over twenty songs from her catalogue, including the well-known tracks “Gas Station Roses,” “Brand New Frame” and “Howard Hughes.”

Gypsies & Clowns typifies Zukerman’s artistic process, in that she’s a frequent collaborator on projects from fellow musicians such as Janis Ian, Willy Porter, Susan Werner, Melissa Ferrick, Erin McKeown, AG and Garrison Starr. She also joined with well-known folk singer/songwriters Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson for an album in 2009, titled Winterbloom, which they also named the band. They tour throughout November and December, offering both original and traditional songs inspired by winter. Zukerman has also performed at such festivals as Lilith Fair, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Michigan Womyns Fest, Rocky Mountain Folk Fest and more. Her new album Come Thief, Come Fire is out 9/16 on Talisman Records.

“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker

“a strutting brass band one minute, a sighing lover the next.” –The Boston Globe

“a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” –Philadelphia Daily News

Fire, in its elemental form, destroys, leaving wreckage where once there was order and harmony. But, as an equalizer, it also provides space for new growth in its wake, propelling forward resurrection and regeneration. It’s this balance between death and life, ruin and vitality that drives Come Thief, Come Fire — Natalia Zukerman’s sixth studio effort.
Come Thief, Come Fire began as two distinctly different EPs – one that was more introspective and acoustic, and one that embraced a larger, cinematic and more lush sound. But soon, drawn by the interconnections between the songs and the overarching theme of growth — of embracing the things we must destroy in order to let go and move forward — the songs begged to be kept together. What’s resulted is Zukerman’s most immediate, heartfelt and compelling release to date.

The first half of Come Thief, Come Fire acts as the foundation for the second half — somewhat skeletal, stripped down songs anchored by introspective lyrics and silvery harmonies. Still, Zukerman flirts with many different styles, from the folk/country of “Courage To Change” and “I Don’t Feel It Anymore” (written with Erin McKeown and AG) to bossa nova on “The Hunter” and saloon-like Americana on “Bucket.” It’s a testament to her ability as an instrumentalist to slide between such different genres without dissonance, demonstrating Zukerman’s masterful command of the guitar.

The second half of the album features a broader, more expansive sound, resplendent with vibrant strings (courtesy of father Pinchas Zukerman on violin and his wife Amanda Forsyth on cello), giant harmonies, a full band and inventive production. “Hero” is one of the most immediate, infectious melodies Zukerman’s written yet, “Give” and “Please Don’t” are stunning ballads with perfectly balanced reverb, “One Of Us” and “The Light Is Gone” swell with ebullience, and the breathtaking “What Comes After” — very much the centerpiece of the album — is a fascinating exercise in restraint, giving space to the arrangement that makes it impossible to not stop and take in every subtlety. It’s a moment so passionate and tender, anchored by vivid intensity of Zukerman’s singing and a dazzlingly ethereal backdrop.

Underneath these grander elements, however, are lyrics that continue to mine the depths of our own motivations and desires, measured against raw, vulnerable turbulence. There are moments of resolution and struggle, belief and disbelief. Because, effectively, we never stop oscillating between elements that at one look are symbiotic and then wholly disparate. Despite the conflict, though, sometimes you have to burn everything down to recenter and put your life further into focus. And as Zukerman sings, “You get one life, burn it all down to keep from hiding.”

Songs on “Come Thief, Come Fire”
1. Courage To Change
2. Jane Avril
3. Bucket
4. I Don’t Feel It Anymore
5. The Hunter
6. Come Thief
7. One Of Us
8. What Comes After
9. The Light Is Gone
10. Give
11. Hero
12. Please Don’t

Guests Appearing on “Come Thief, Come Fire”
• AG – producer, vocals, guitars, synth, bass
• Willy Porter – vocals, guitar
• Erin McKeown – producer, guitar, vocals
• Meghan Toohey – producer, guitars, bass
• Abbie Gardner – dobro
• Pinchas Zukerman – violin
• Amanda Forsyth – cello

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Co-produced with Willy Porter, Zukerman’s new album “Gas Station Roses” exemplifies her electric, acoustic and lap steel guitar playing while featuring guest appearances by performers from many walks of independent music – including Patty Larkin, Garrison Starr, Meghan Toohey (The Weepies), Adrianne Gonzalez (The Rescues), Todd Sickafoose (Ani Difranco), and Ray Bonneville. An album about seeing and being who you truly are, “Gas Station Roses” is rightfully peppered with a rich array of sounds – everything from Rock anthem “As You Are” to Americana Blues lament “Gas Station Roses,” from NuGrass shuffle “Howard Hughes” to heartfelt love song “Always,” from Contemporary Pop song “Brooklyn” to pure undoctored Folk song “Little Bird.”

Due for release in March 2011, “Gas Station Roses” is available for pre-order now on Natalia’s website and at shows. Some preorder packages include original paintings or prints of paintings by Natalia Zukerman, and a portion of proceeds will go to a New York environmental organization.

Zukerman recently announced, among her album release shows in the Spring of 2011, she will perform a series of dates with Janis Ian and Tom Paxton, not long after touring with Janis Ian in Japan. Additional album release shows will be with Garrison Starr, who sang on “Gas Station Roses.” Full tour and date info at www.nataliazukerman.com/tour

Songs on “Gas Station Roses”
1. Brooklyn [3:17]
2. As You Are [4:29]
3. The Right Time [3:43]
4. Gas Station Roses [4:43]
5. Indiana [6:00]
6. Sorry Side of Town [3:19]
7. Howard Hughes [3:27]
8. Come Undone [4:20]
9. Always [3:52]
10. Little Bird [3:24]

Guests Appearing on “Gas Station Roses”
• Patty Larkin, Garrison Starr, and Adrianne Gonzalez (of The Rescues) – backup vocals
• Willy Porter – vocals, guitar and banjo
• Meghan Toohey (of The Weepies) – electric guitar
• Bryan Mir and Todd Sickafoose (Ani Difranco) – bass
• Dave Schoepke – drums
• Ray Bonneville – harmonica
• Sara Milonovich (Richard Shindell) – fiddle
• Aaron Gardner – tenor saxophone

Release Date: March 8, 2011

With diverse influences that include Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and even Classical, Natalia Zukerman has been described by public radio as “an example of the finest Americana.” She combines her unique slide guitar playing style with seductive vocals, a painter’s observing eye, unapologetic writing, and sharp wit. Zukerman’s music is as riddled with urban restlessness as it is grounded in rootsy warmth – a welcome contradiction.

“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker

“a strutting brass band one minute, a sighing lover the next.” –The Boston Globe

“a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” –Philadelphia Daily News

ABOUT “GYPSIES & CLOWNS: Natalia Zukerman and Friends Live at SPACE”

NZ Live Cover - 1500x1500On September 14th, 2012, Natalia Zukerman took the stage at SPACE in Evanston, IL alongside a lifetime’s worth of collaborators and an arsenal of instruments.  Over the following 2 hours, the room swelled with chemistry and charisma as some of the finest singer/songwriters and musicians in today’s scene came together for the live recording of Natalia’s latest record  Gypsies & Clowns: Natalia Zukerman and Friends Live at SPACE.


“a celebration of musical community…
alluring and impossible to resist.”

- Seth Rogovoy, author, Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet


Natalia says that for her “collaboration is a conversation – the most intimate give and take that is as much about the notes you play as the notes you don’t. Over time, I have come to enjoy and crave this conversation. Luckily, I have found the tribe of people who collaborate in the same way, from the same place.”

“These are all the most giving and gracious players. Everyone has huge ears, which I believe is a result of having huge hearts,” Natalia says of her special guests AG, Edie Carey, Trina Hamlin, Anne Heaton, Erin McKeown, Willy Porter, Garrison Starr, Mona Tavakoli, and Susan Werner. “All of these musicians listen with such intensity. And I think we all share the belief that you don’t want to be the loudest person at the party just to be seen. They all choose their moments and the conversation is able to unfold with ease”.

“The musicians on this record are some of the most important musical collaborators in my life. I have watched and learned so much from all of them. The crew that gathered that night were some of the most influential on me as a musician. It was such a gift to get to celebrate with them!”

Track Listing
with featured artists

Disc 1

1. Brooklyn

Mona Tavakoli-cajon and vocals
AG- vocals
Garrison Starr- electric guitar, vocals
Erin McKeown- bass

2. Haunted House

Mona Tavakoli- cajon
Trina Hamlin- harmonica

3. Only Trees

Mona Tavakoli- cajon and vocals
Willy Porter- acoustic guitar

4. Gas Station Roses

Natalia Zukerman- lap steel, vocals
AG- acoustic guitar, vocals
Mona Tavakoli- cajon, vocals
Garrison Starr- vocals
Trina Hamlin- harmonica, vocals
Erin McKeown- bass
Edie Carey- vocals
Anne Heaton- vocals
Willy Porter- vocals

5. The Right Time

Mona Tavakoli: vocals, cajon
AG: vocals
Trina Hamlin: vocals
Garrison Starr: vocals
Erin McKeown: electric guitar

6. Little Bird

Mona Tavakoli- cajon
Susan Werner- keys

7. Howard Hughes

Mona Tavakoli- cajon, vocals
Willy Porter- acoustic guitar
Trina Hamlin- harmonica
Garrison Starr- vocals
AG- vocals

8. Indiana

Mona Tavakoli- cajon, vocals
AG- vocals
Garrison Starr- vocals, electric guitar

9. Always

Mona Tavakoli- cajon, vocals
Erin McKeown- bass
Willy Porter- electric guitar
Garrison Starr- vocals
AG- vocals

10. Loved Like That

Trina Hamlin- Harmonica
Mona Tavakoli- Cajon, vocals

11. As You Are

Mona Tavakoli: Cajon, vocals
Willy Porter: Acoustic Guitar
Erin McKeown: Electric Guitar
Garrison Starr: Vocals
AG: Vocals
Trina Hamlin: Vocals
Edie Carey: Vocals
Anne Heaton: Vocals
Susan Werner: Vocals

Disc 2

1. Better Me

Mona Tavakoli: cajon
Willy Porter: acoustic guitar

2. Bill

Mona Tavakoli: cajon
Susan Werner: keys
Erin McKeown: bass

3. Miss You Most

Mona Tavakoli: cajon, vocals
Anne Heaton: vocal
Erin McKeown: electric guitar
AG: vocal

4. Song For Ramblin’ Jack

Trina Hamlin: harmonica, vocals
Willy Porter: acoustic guitar

5. Sorry Side of Town

AG: vocal

6. Riverboat

Garrison Starr: acoustic, vocal

7. Catch Up

Mona Tavakoli: cajon
AG: vocal
Erin McKeown: electric guitar

8. Widow’s Walk

Mona Tavakoli: cajon
Willy Porter: electric guitar
Susan Werner: piano

9. Johnny Rotten

Mona Tavakoli: cajon, vocal
Susan Werner: piano
Willy Porter: acoustic guitar
Erin McKeown: electric guitar
AG: vocal
Garrison Starr: vocal
Trina Hamlin: vocal, percussion

10. Bought and Sold

Mona Tavakoli: cajon, vocal
Susan Werner: piano
Trina Hamlin: harmonica, vocal
Willy Porter: vocal
AG: vocal
Garrison Starr: vocal

11. Brand New Frame

Mona Tavakoli: cajon, vocal
Erin McKeown: electric guitar
Willy Porter: acoustic
Susan Werner: piano
AG: vocal
Garrison Starr: vocal
Trina Hamlin: vocal


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