• Press
  • Read Katherine Cooper’s Review of the Transformer Station Uno Lady Show

    UNO LADY

    by Katherine Cooper

    June 9, 2017 – “The angel of illness arrives during the Lady Uno Concert. Her melodies come from whale songs.  She says she casts spells and as I grow more nauseous I think she meant that literally. I excuse myself and go throw up. Food poisoning? Criticism should not acknowledge the limits of the critics body, I tell myself. But my body has a different idea. Uno Lady has a small podium with purple lights which she sits behind. The faint outline of a projector outlines the wall behind her.

    She’s been doing this for a while, somebody whispers to me.

    She describes herself as a “one woman choir” and the description seems apt. Have you ever had a moment when you know you’re watching a star? I don’t mean a celebrity. I mean somebody who pulsates like a light from a very long distance away which may or may not still exist. She loops her voice so tightly there’s almost no room for anything else, which works. The song “Underground,” feels like it could leap into a dance track at any moment but never does. Her lyrical imagery from the natural world combined with a stage presence which relies on skill over affect to compel you to watch join with her commitment to seeing a musical mood to its breaking point. Her material reminds me of a sonic world in between Joanna Newsom and Frank Ocean with a little bit of Joy Division thrown in there, but all happening on Venus. Or maybe just Cleveland in 2017.

    I excuse myself, get info from the gallerist about what I’ve seen, and toss and turn under a spell, with a bowl next to my bed just in case it happens again, or I catch some starlight.” Full post here

     

    Uno Lady at Transformer Station June 9, 2017. Photo by Lou Muenz.
  • Shows/Events
  • Save the Date: AUG 27th~ Kaki King & Uno Lady at the Beachland Ballroom


    Sunday, August 27th, 2017
    $20 ADV / $25 DOS / ALL AGES / BEACHLAND BALLROOM
    Kaki King  & Uno Lady

     

    Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” composer and guitarist Kaki King is a true iconoclast. Over the past 13 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released 8 extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild, and played to an increasingly fervent following of music lovers on innumerable world tours.

    Her latest work, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body,” is Kaki at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. This groundbreaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of Genesis and death, textures, and skins, are cast onto her signature Ovation Adamas guitar which has been customized specifically for this production.

    In addition to her own solo work, Kaki sometimes performs accompanied by NYC-based string quartet ETHEL. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall, premiering a classical piece commissioned by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

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  • Shows/Events
  • Listen to Swamp Thing + Show at 3204 Lorain Tonight!

    Check out the new song, “Swamp Thing” inspired by Grace Frank’s paper mask.

     

    You can hear this song live and see the mask tonight at 3204 Lorain Gallery for Some Nice People Made Some Nice Things Come see what local artists Grace Frank, Erin Guido and John Paul Costello have been up to. Uno Lady performance at half time #CAVS

     

    You can win the Swamp Thing mask, an Uno Lady record, and other sweet art through the $5 raffle. Details in post below. See you there!

  • Shows/Events
  • Uno Lady: Small Hall Concert at Transformer Station June 8th, 7pm

    Uno Lady will perform a at the Transformer Station, Thursday, June 8th at 7pm. Admission is limited to 50 guests and tickets can be purchased in advance at transformerstation.eventbrite.com

    Most of the songs for this set were crafted just for this show. The performance is part of the exhibit “THEM!, a group showcase centered around music and photography. Artists include Melissa Auf der Maur, Tim Davis, Joseph Desler Costa, Jacob Koestler, Darin Mickey and Nick Zinner. Representing large commercial bands such as Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Melissa Auf der Maur and Nick Zinner separate their artistic practice, their photography and music functioning as separate entities.”
    Transformer Station

    Photo by Melissa Auf Der Maur, Channels
    Photo by Nick Zinner, 3D Dublin

    THEM! Will be showing at the Transformer Station May 19 – August 13, 2017

  • Music Mondays
  • Uno Lady “Tonight You Belong To Me” ~ cover from The Jerk

    I’m pretty excited to share with you my cover of “Tonight You Belong To Me!”

    I visited New Orleans for an environmental conference, took advantage of the location and explored every chance I had.  A pal of mine mentioned checking out the Spotted Cat, a music venue on Frenchman Street. The final night was unforgettable. I heard one of my favorite song played live for the first time. The Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band performed “Tonight You Belong to Me” and I belted along from the audience.

    The song was originally written in 1926 by lyricist Billy Rose and composer Lee David. The versions I’m most familiar with are Patience and Prudence and the adorable scene with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk.

    New Orleans is magical, inspiring, and super friendly.  So much great music! Other musical highlights were Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, and Aurora Nealand (who went to Oberlin College).

    Enjoy!

  • Music Mondays
  • MUSIC MONDAY: New Video for “52-Hertz” ~ Tale of the Loneliest Whale

    There is a creature that roams the Pacific. The calls and travel patterns have been documented for over 20 years. At 52 Hertz, the frequency is 2-3 times higher than the calls of a blue whale. The cries drift on unanswered.  It has been named the loneliest whale in the world.

     

    For music Monday I decided to mash up some old footage with this song. “52 Hertz” was recorded live by Jeff France at EarthQuaker Audio Recording Laboratory. The shaky footage was shot by yours truly from a 2013 trip to Cape Cod, MA and a whale watching tour in Provincetown that J Mascis happened to be on.

    This song was written in 2015 by Christa Ebert, Tarl Knight, and Dan Smrz in Sturgeon Bay, WI at the Holiday Music Motel. You can hear the original version here (Performed by: Christa Ebert – vocals, saw / Tarl Knight – Rhodes keyboard, vocals / Dan Smrz – drums, cymbals / Julia McConahay – violin).

    To end on a positive note – some articles say, “The world’s loneliest whale may not be alone after all”  – BBC Earth


     

    Let me know what you think. 🙂

  • Audio/Visual
  • Check out Uno Lady’s EarthQuaker Session: “Underground”

    I visited EarthQuaker Devices in Akron, Ohio to record this new song I wrote, “Underground.”

    Video by Chris Tran, Brad Throla and Jess France. Audio recorded by Jeff France at EarthQuaker Audio Recording Laboratory.

    EarthQuaker Devices built me a pedal board and now my sound library feels limitless. I’m sonically inspired – like a  jolt to my creative process. I’m playing around with Avalanche Run, Disaster Transport Sr., Levitation, Arpaniod, Bows, Afterneath, Transmisser, The Depths, Night Wire, and the Organizer. Check out each device here. EarthQuaker Devices pedals are handmade by fellow musicians and music lovers in Akron, Ohio and have a lifetime warranty.

    Check out “EarthQuaker Session: Uno Lady – “Underground”

    AKRON, OH – “Cleveland’s Christa Ebert is a one-woman choir. As Uno Lady, she’s dazzled, confounded, and delighted audiences since 2007 with loop-based compositions for voice, found sounds, and effects pedals. Her avant-garde pop tunes combine doo-wop harmonies and ethereal soundscapes with layered and processed vocals, which range from a smoky tenor to operatic outbursts of melody.

    In this performance of “Underground” she uses the Bows’ treble mode with the Afterneath and Disaster Transport SR to craft an ambient, slightly overdriven wordless backing vocal that sits tight in the mix before adding the melody. From her DIY suitcase podium, she builds layer upon intertwining layer of call-and-response vocal patterns that lift off into a dreamlike fugue state before engaging the Avalanche Run at the song’s end, using the reverse function to bring it all tumbling down, down to the “underground” of the song’s namesake.” Arron Rogers, EQD

     

  • Audio/Visual
  • Recording at Earthquaker Devices

    Yesterday I was fortunate to record a new song at Earthquaker Devices with the rad pedals they let me try out. The pedals are magical and the staff is super talented and incredibly nice. Songs are pouring out of me now that I have these awesome new babies. I’ll share the song and video when its up!

  • Audio/Visual
  • MUSIC MONDAY: Listen to Uno Lady’s newest song up on Soundcloud

    “Washed Away” was recorded by Christa (Uno Lady) Ebert January 2017. Song written by Christa Ebert, Anna Jo, and Marcus Trana during Dark Songs at the Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, WI, October 2016.

    The song is about the sea level rising and the islands and coastal habitats that are lost due to climate change.

    The Holiday Music Motel is a magical place that  invites songwriters from around the world. Musicians travel to Sturgeon Bay to take part in the three songwriting festivals at the Holiday Music Motel (February’s ‘Love On Holiday,’  is happening this week! June’s ‘Steel Bridge Songfest’ and October’s  ‘Dark Songs’).  You can listen to the songs recorded at the Motel, year round at www.steelbridgeradio.com/listen

    For the last three years I have participated in Dark Songs and a favorite from the last trip is “Washed Away.” It was co-written by myself, Anna Jonson who is a Wildland Firefighter and simultaneously the nicest and very badass, and Norway native Marcus Trana, recording engineer, entrepreneur and all around swell guy.

     

    Recording with Anna Jo and Marcus yesterday

    A photo posted by Uno Lady (@theunolady) on

     

    The version of “Washed Away” that we recorded together will be out in October.  I’ll be sure to share it 🙂

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