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New Songs Now with Grace McLean / Rotana
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 8:00PM
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ABOUT GRACE MCLEAN
Called “electrifying” by The Huffington Post and “phenomenal” by The New York Times, Grace McLean is a multi-hyphenate actress-singer-writer-teacher on the rise. In addition to performing in the New York theater scene on Broadway and off, Grace also makes time for her acclaimed original music, writing for her band Grace McLean & Them Apples. With an artistry that combines Regina Spektor's quirkiness, Nellie McKay's jazz sensibilities, Fiona Apple's cutting introspection, Kimbra's sass, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs' rhythm, McLean adds up to one beautiful weirdo. Manhattan User's Guide writes, "this pop and jazz singer writes seriously infectious melodies with seriously antic lyrics. Her voice can raise the roof, or she can slide off a note and break your heart,” and Stephen Holden of the New York Times says “Ms. McLean’s voice [is] a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power...Behind her playful adventurousness lies a well of passion.”
Grace is a Writer In Residence at Lincoln Center Theater and her first original musical IN THE GREEN was produced by LCT3 in 2019. She has had two artistic ambassadorships with the US State Department touring Pakistan (2015) and Russia (2018), and her band performed in both the 2015 and 2016 Lincoln Center American Songbook series. Grace received the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has developed work at CAP21, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Goodspeed, The Orchard Project, The PiTCH and with The Civilians R&D Group. Grace McLean & Them Apples have released 2 EPs, “Make Me Breakfast” and “Natrural Disaster,” and are looking forward to releasing a full length album soon. Find out more at www.gracemclean.com
+ ABOUT ROTANA
Rotana, named BBC's 100 Most Powerful Women, is a performance artist and songwriter born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She moved to Los Angeles four years ago to pursue music after quitting her job at Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world. Rotana is currently working on her debut album and her one-woman show/musical, Alien of Extraordinary Ability.
How would I describe myself?
I would describe myself as a warrior, sweetener, and liberator. An erotic woman. An artist that struggles daily with the experience of “other” and is determined to give movement, sound, beauty and witness to that experience.
Alien of Extraordinary Ability is a one-woman show blending original music and spoken word, taking the audience on a journey of self-realization in the face of Saudi tradition, god friendships, sexuality, and family. Straddling a profound love for her home and a wild adventure in Los Angeles, Rotana sheds light on the immigrant experience and the biggest risk known to humankind: to be oneself.