Cleveland’s one-woman band Uno Lady is going places (including France)

“CLEVELAND, Ohio – Uno Lady is going places. Literally, and musically. Cleveland’s one-woman choir is the recipient of two new fellowships, one in Akron and the other in France, that are sending her in new musical directions as well as across the globe.

‘Going forward I want to have both visuals and audio, I want to always have video with my music. That’s become very important to me,’ says Uno Lady, whose name is Christa Ebert. In the last decade she has established herself as one of the most unique voices, literally, in town with her high clear vocals that she accompanies with more of her own voice, prerecorded on tapes and played and looped as she performs live.

‘That’s something I’ve been working on with the Akron Soul Train fellowship I was awarded in November. I proposed to take my shows to the next level, invest in a better camera (I was using a GoPro), and start making visuals for my performances. … I want to submerge myself in nature, take videos and field recordings, then let the scenes and sounds write the song. That was the original plan but I bought the camera in November and with the show being 2.5 months later, I figured it was best to create video for my current songbook.’

Ebert will debut the fruits of the her work in Akron with two local shows this month. On Friday, she’ll be performing at the Akron Recording Company, 243 Furnace St., Suite B. from 7 – 10 p.m. She’ll follow this up with a Cleveland show at Gordon Square smART Space on Friday, Feb. 15 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The goal of the Akron Soul Train residency program was ‘connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines, thereby fostering a more vibrant downtown Akron. Ebert used her stipend to purchase a new camera, a Panasonic Lumix, and other equipment to allow her more visual creativity. ‘I’ve been filming lots of video and taking sound samples I will integrate into my performance,’ she says… ‘Eventually, I want to let the video write the songs and integrate more sound samples.’

Ebert plan to continue in this direction in the French countryside this fall, where she has earned an artist-in-residency at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in the Champagne-Ardenne region.

‘This castle in the French countryside offers artists from all over the world a place with limited distraction and an abundance of natural inspiration. The residency comes a bedroom, a studio, and some meals. I’ll share the castle with a few other artists as well as goats and chickens on the 40 acre estate.’ she says. ‘I plan on writing lyrics, recording videos, and exploring my vocal range in a castle built in the 1700s. The tall ceilings and wine cellars are begging for me to belt in them and be drenched in their reverb …I plan to mash environmental footage with ethereal sounds to create a transportive, meditative effect.’ FULL ARTICLE 

Performances

Friday February 8, 7-10pm, Akron Recording Company, 243 Furnace St suite b, Akron

Friday, February 15, 7-8:30pm Gordon Square Presents: Uno Lady 78th Street Studios, smART Space, 1st floor, Cleveland

 

Please consider helping support my travel to France through GoFundMe
 https://www.gofundme.com/unolady

 

 

Read CAN Journal Article, “Makers: Christa Ebert, AKA Uno Lady”

“On a frigid day recently, Christa Ebert showed me upstairs to her West Park studio. Among the many effects pedals, microphones, and audio equipment stood a vintage projection screen – the kind of old screen that calls to mind the musty smells of a grade school AV closet. This borrowed screen will play a key role at her performance this Friday at the Akron Recording Company (February 8), along with her other gear in tow. As part of her artist residency for Akron Soul Train, Christa Ebert, better known by her stage persona, Uno Lady, has created a film to accompany her already mesmerizing live performance.

If you’ve never seen Uno Lady live, let me attempt to explain. A self-trained musician, Ebert composes songs mostly using just her voice. She’s been described as a “one-woman ghost choir”, which I find particularly apt. Her music includes dream-like layers of her own voice, looping like spells and chants, ethereal tones, instruments and beats all knit together into one lush soundscape. Every time I’ve heard her sing, I’ve had goosebumps – the beauty of her voice soaring, cutting through the air is so enchanting it can command the hairs on my arms to stand at attention.

I’ve seen Uno Lady perform many times over the years – she was the recipient of a CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship, a Panza Foundation Award, and has performed at many venues and galleries: Transformer Station, the Cleveland Museum of Art, etc. But for the first time, she will be including a film component as part of her live show – thanks to Akron Soul Train. Akron Soul Train is an artist residency program that grants fellowships to provide resources for all creative disciplines – Ebert is the first musician they have supported.

 

As she explained, “For my Akron Soul Train artist-in-residency I proposed to take my shows to the next level, invest in a better camera (I was using a GoPro), and start making visuals for my performances. I am a visual person, captivated by imagery, and feel there is a cinematic element to my music. I’d like to write compositions for film and figured I may learn something if I tried it the other way around.”

If you can’t make her show in Akron on Friday, she will also be performing (with her film) at 78th Street Studios smART Space at the next Third Friday – on February 15, from 7-8:30pm. Don’t miss it.”

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