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A Circle of Songs is a live artistic talk show series curated and hosted by acclaimed triple threat performer/producer/author Richard Barone. Each show is wholly unique in the guests, performances, and topics of conversation, making for a truly amazing New York City cultural experience.
Join Richard as he welcomes friends, colleagues, idols, and some of the brightest stars in showbiz to the intimate setting on SubCulture’s stage.
Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman for The Bongos, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists in every musical style. Rolling Stone described his first solo album “cool blue halo” as chamber rock, helping give rise to the popular genre. Recent collaborators and cohorts include Tony Visconti, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Sean Lennon, folk-rock luminary Donovan, the late rock legend Lou Reed, and American folk icon Pete Seeger. He has scored shows and staged all-star concert events at such world-class venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. His memoir Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth was published by Hal Leonard Books. His most recent studio album, Glow (Bar/None), was produced by Visconti. Other recent releases include the deluxe CD/DVD set, “’cool blue halo’ 25th Anniversary Concert” (DigSin) and the legendary “lost” Bongos album, Phantom Train (JEM Records). Barone lives in Greenwich Village, NYC where he is a Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. http://RichardBarone.com
Duncan Sheik is an American singer-songwriter and composer. Initially finding success as a singer, most notably for his 1996 debut single “Barely Breathing”, he later expanded to compositions for motion pictures and the Broadway stage, such as the successful musical, Spring Awakening. Sheik practices Nichiren Buddhism and is a member of the US branch of the worldwide Buddhist association Soka Gakkai International. Currently, Sheik is composing the music for the musical adaptation of American Psycho as well as collaborating on a feature-film adaptation of Spring Awakening,
Allison Moorer is returning to the live stage as a solo performer. In the past three years, she has welcomed into the world her son John Henry, recorded and toured as part of Steve Earle & The Dukes and Duchesses, and also wrote the song “Oklahoma Sky,” which closed Miranda Lambert’s 2011 hit album Four The Record. Moorer’s seventh and latest studio album, Crows (2010), received worldwide critical acclaim with The Huffington Post stating that she was “blessed with one of the best voices of her generation.” It was the follow up to her celebrated collection of covers, the 2008 Buddy Miller-produced Mockingbird. In 1998, Moorer’s song “A Soft Place To Fall” was included on the soundtrack to Robert Redford’s feature film The Horse Whisperer (in which she also appeared), which led to an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. The opportunity gained her worldwide attention and set the stage for her career. She has been featured on releases by Joan Baez, Kid Rock, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, and Los Straightjackets. Moorer was also featured in The People Speak, a beautiful and moving documentary inspired by Howard Zinn’s popular text A People’s History of the United States. The film, presented by The History Channel, also featured Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Matt Damon and more.
Holly Near writes and sings intricate songs that hold the fascinating and challenging aspects of the human experience. Whether she is singing a cappella, with a pianist, a band or a choir – from the back of a flat bed truck or from the stage at Carnegie Hall – Near uses her powerful voice to invite the listeners into the mysteries of our daily lives. A story teller at heart, Holly’s songs have a theatricality that suggests they are part of a musical in the making. And then, in a moments notice, she can turn that drama into a rousing call for unity in crisis. And in doing so, Near has for 40 years been an entertainer as well as a healer and social change troubadour – singing for our lives.