Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PHOEBE LEGERE FUNDRAISING EVENTS BENEFIT AT-RISK CHILDREN *All Proceeds to Foundation for New American Art*



Artist, musician, composer Phoebe Legere brings her Let's Get Creative Tour to 
The Tin Pan in Richmond on October 26

The performance-event is a fundraiser for Phoebe's 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Foundation for New American Art. The Foundation is dedicated to providing art and music to low-income, at-risk children in underserved communities.

All proceeds from the performance event will be donated to the Foundation.

Please lend whatever media support you can to this entertaining evening that will help introduce art and music education to neglected children.

For more information contact:
 Susie Rakowski


PHOEBE LEGERE KICKS OFF
Let’s Get Creative! TOUR

Phoebe Legere is the Founder & Executive Director
of the Foundation for New American Art
For immediate release                       

WHERE:

The Tin Pan                              
October 26  8pm
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA 23229
804-447-8189


New York, NY--Internationally known Artist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and community advocate for children, Phoebe Legere will be appearing at  The Tin Pan on Oct.26, 2016 , 8 pm, in an event-performance of her original songs, music and art. The artist will perform her hit song Heart of Love from her new album Let’s Get Creative.

The event is a fundraisers for Ms. Legere’s Foundation For New American Art, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved children in low-income communities discover and experience art and music.

NPR Radio labeled Phoebe Legere “an American Original” and Studs Terkel called the musician, composer, and songwriter, “an American Treasure.”

This modern day troubadour recently clocked more than 4000 miles in the past few months traveling the country, writing songs along the way in her car or kayak, pitching her tent as she staked her claim right into our hearts as an innovative and imaginative storyteller.
The Foundation for New American Art brings art & music
 to at-risk, underserved children in low-income communities

Whether strumming her acoustic guitar, displaying her uncanny blues piano virtuosity, playing her accordion or singing in voice that “flows from a sultry alto moan to a dazzling clear achingly angelic cri de coeur,” Phoebe Legere will combine her set with fundraising for a cause she is passionate about: bringing art and music to low-income children who are suffering school budget cuts and system failures.

Phoebe Legere is the Executive Director of the Foundation. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping “educate, as well as nurture and strengthen the artistic and musical spirit of, low-income communities.”

According to Executive Director Legere, “It seemed like a perfect match to naturally blend an event featuring music and art and raising awareness of The Foundation with fundraising.”

The Tin Pan is a Music and Events venue located in West End of Richmond, VA near Regency Square Mall. 

The event kicks off Phoebe’s Let’s Get Creative tour:
Phoebe Legere is driving across the country in her VISIONARY VAN, which is loaded with Art and Music.  She visits schools, and libraries with encouraging workshops, most notably her “Songwriting From The Heart.”

In a few lucky communities, Ms. Legere will bring her unique interdisciplinary musical performances to the public. Phoebe is an Americana artist who is known for her “highly intelligent lyrics” (Washington Post) and the “heroic songwriting mastery” that combines “elegance and the beautiful ache of truth.”

I saw American shining,
Coming up like the sun
behind our barn
running toward the light

She gives you a heart hug
Eyes closed.
You can feel it.
Heaven is the heart.
America we need water so clean you can drink it
America Let’s Get Creative.

There was a time
Americans worked in Factories
Worked together in war and peace
Living for our families

But the Human Soul
Has been incorporated
We’re just drones working for folks we don’t know
Looking for salvation in a new iPhone.

 - Phoebe Legere
From “Bar Code”

A tenet of The Foundation for New American Art is “To encourage public awareness and understanding of the fine arts; to advance a positive image of artists in under privileged communities.”

Nurturing the Visionary Artists of Tomorrow
Legere is also the founder of the Festival for Gifted Children, a non-profit program devoted to introducing theater and performance art to children of the Lower East Side. The program is presented under the auspices of The Theater for The New City, a 501(c) 3 theater located at 155 Second Avenue in New York City.

Phoebe has recorded 15 CDs and is currently working on an album called “Let’s Get Creative.”

The Foundation for New American Art’s mission is to “educate, as well as nurture and strengthen the artistic and musical spirit of the children of low-income communities.” 

Phoebe says, “I am dedicated to nurturing the visionary artists of the future. Art and Music are not extra-curricular. Art and Music are integral to the harmonious development of the human heart and soul. Schools that have music programs have significantly higher graduation rates than those without music programs.

The Rockefeller Foundation reports: music makers are 52% more likely to go on to college than those who are not involved in music.

Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances. (Report from The Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse).

Beyond the statistical data supporting the medicine power of art and music, there is the powerful example of Legere herself. She ran away from home at age fifteen and lived on the streets of New York City. Subjected to hardship and hunger, Phoebe Legere discovered songwriting as an outlet for her pain, and within a year was signed to Epic Records.

About Phoebe Legere:

PHOEBE LEGERE plays seven instruments including one she invented to help physically challenged children play music.

Legere is a Juilliard trained composer in addition to being an internationally recognized visual artist. She offers small collectible paintings after each performance. Each original artwork has a CD embedded within it.

Recently receiving a contract to record an all French album, Phoebe Legere is offering her I Love Paris series:  Paintings and prints can also be ordered online http://www.phoebelegere.org

PHOEBE LEGERE is a singer-songwriter plays seven instruments including one she invented herself (to help physically challenged children play music).

PHOEBE LEGERE works across genres and art forms.

The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”

Glenn O’Brien, Interview Magazine called her “ a genius.”

Provincetown Magazine said, “Often copied, never equaled, Phoebe Legere is a transmedia virtuoso force who zaps the listener into a new reality. Legere personifies the divine feminine; her multi-octave voice has been compared to Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin and Maria Callas…Legere is a nuclear, spinning multi-dimensional, creative force NOT TO BE MISSED.”

Patrick Christiano, Theaterlife, said, “Phoebe shines: A soprano with a five octave range. Queen Phoebe, plays both piano and accordion like nothing you have ever witnessed before, she sings as well and is a radiant presence with all her gifts on dazzling display in her outrageous new show, Shakespeare and Elizabeth.”

Studs Terkel said, “ She's multi-gifted, an American original and an American treasure!”

National Public Radio said, “Phoebe Legere is superb!"

Liz Smith garlanded her with the ultimate singer-pianist accolade, “Phoebe Legere is the new Bobby Short!”
Iman Labedi of RockNYC described Phoebe Legere as “a master writer… Heroic songwriting mastery.” 

Ron Della Chiesa, host of Music America, told his listeners: “Phoebe Legere is magnificent…Her beautiful voice will take your breath away!”

Where Magazine: “Phoebe Legere’s brand of articulate genius will have its day—the time is ripe for a legitimate, American original who has it all—beauty, brains, talent, sex appeal, and a giving heart…A brilliant songwriter.”

Any donation amount to the Foundation is cheerfully accepted:
Please make checks payable to:
Foundation for New American Art, Inc.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Please mail to: Foundation for New American Art,
 224 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003.