Akron Soul Train: Full Steam Ahead

Akron Soul Train announces 2018-19 fellows; nearly doubles number of artists supported

CANVAS MAGAZINE, CLEVELAND – “After supporting a total of seven local artists since its inception in 2016, the Akron Soul Train announced its latest class of fellows would nearly double that figure.

Thirteen emerging and established artists will serve as Akron Soul Train fellows from September 2018 to August 2019, including the program’s first artist of color, first non-Ohioan and first two musicians, says Natalie Grieshammer, Akron Soul Train arts and programming manager.

The Akron Soul Train fellowship selection committee reviewed 70 applications. Each of the 13 selected will lead a community program during their fellowship as well as present a final exhibition or performance in Akron to share the artwork they created.

“Akron Soul Train is thrilled to be supporting so many new artists this fellowship round. Expanding the number of artists we support allows us to not only validate the role of excellent local and regional artists, but helps enrich the greater Akron arts landscape,” Grieshammer says. “Since each fellow will be creating and leading a community program, Akron area residents will have opportunities to engage with each artists’ unique creative perspective in ways that they may not usually get to.”…

Christa Ebert, of Cleveland, is a musician widely known as Uno Lady. She blends elements of jazz, doo wop, ’60s pop and folk through her voice, electronic pedals and unconventional instruments.” – By Marissa Nichol

 

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Applause Performances: Uno Lady on WCPN Ideastream

“When she sings, she sounds like an entire chorus of voices. But in reality, she’s performing solo.

Thanks to the wonders of today’s digital technology, Christa Ebert – AKA ‘Uno Lady’ – is able to overlap her voice in real time, creating catchy yet haunting music that’s truly unique.

Recently she submitted her latest video for NPR’s Tiny Desk contest, and while she didn’t win, her performance stood out for us among all the other submissions from Northeast Ohio.

So we invited ‘Uno Lady’ to our Key Bank studio for our April edition of  ‘Applause Performances,’ live on both 90.3 and our ideastream Facebook page starting at 12:40 p.m. ET.”  – By Dave DeOreo & Dan Polletta

Watch the video here

Cleveland Magazine: You Need To See This Vocal Looper In Action

Christa Ebert, also known as Uno Lady, puts on a performance that needs to be seen to be believed.
Whoever said you needed more than one person to form a band forgot to tell Christa Ebert. Performing under the moniker Uno Lady, this one-woman choir uses a microphone, small mixer and loop pedal perched on a podium to create an emotional musical experience. Each performance is a little bit different as Ebert, 35, uses her pedalboard to layer haunting melodies with syncopated beats on top of rich soundscapes to create her distinctly transportive music. With a record on the way this year, Ebert continues to create new sounds to entrance and mesmerize her audiences.
My earliest memories are of singing. I remember trying to organize a concert on the playground in the third grade. I have no choice but to sing. It’s a part of me.Uno Lady is basically myself, but a fancier version. I have always wanted to be in a band, but it just wasn’t happening. So I started to create music on my own. At my first gig at Pat’s in the Flats in 2007, I sang into my computer alongside a projection of an old drug education film to have a visual element. I would describe Uno Lady as a one-woman ghost choir, lush layers, captivating, mesmerizing, always spinning you into a musical web.My process has definitely evolved over the years. I started with a laptop and a microphone and then built my first homemade podium with a space for my computer and my loop pedals so I could build songs live and the audience could see me create.

Letting the audience see my process helps them get in the moment with me and be a part of a shared experience. Music is a way to connect with total strangers. It’s a way to find your tribe hundreds of miles from your home. I really appreciate when someone shares their attention and is open to experience the performance with me. It makes us feel like we’re in it together.

Sometimes after the show, people will share that I reached them or inspired them to create their own music.

I had a tough biker guy once tell me I made him cry. I had written a song called “Ash Wednesday” about a tragic fire that happened in Lakeview Elementary School in 1908. I told that biker guy, “I’m sorry, and you’re welcome.”

During a show, I get caught up in the moment, lost in the music, and I’m part of that place and time where everything floats by. Ideally, I reach a good flow and nothing is going through my head except the music. But it took a lot of work and discipline to get to that space. I used to have intense stage fright. Nerves are proof that I am challenging myself, trying something new and growing as a person.

At the end of a concert, I want audiences to know that they are not alone and that someone understands them. They can do whatever they want to do. — as told to Ken Schneck

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Watch Uno Lady’s submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest

 

Uno Lady is Christa Ebert, a one-woman ghost choir from Cleveland, Ohio. Uno Lady composes songs using only her voice, effect pedals, and a DIY podium desk. Sanguineous means optimistic, and was written, recorded, and filmed by Christa Ebert.

This song was written during She Shreds Magazine‘s #1riffaday challenge that took place in December. Artists were asked to create everyday and share what they wrote on Instagram. You can see/listen to all the entries on Uno Lady’s Instagram @TheUnoLady 

Free download of White Hurricane

To commemorate this snowy occasion here’s a free download of “White Hurricane” off the first tape release, “I really like genetics but I’d rather have a good time.” You can download this song and others off that album at the bandcamp and soundcloud.

I wrote this song while walking my dog, Flip, after a blizzard. The sloshing sounds are field recordings of that walk, my feet, his dog paws, crunching through the ice crust that covered the ground. The beat birthed the song. Enjoy!

 

Watch Uno Lady’s New Video for Bows


Bows was written, recorded, and filmed by Uno Lady (Christa Ebert). Song created with vocals through pedals and inspired by the Earthquaker Devices pedal, Bows, rhymes about tying shoes, and remedies for forgetfulness.

Other pedals used in the song are Disaster Transport SR, Afterneath, all compiled on a Boss RC-30 loop pedal.