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    Akie Bermiss solo // Mother Octopus May 20

    7:30 pm $10.00 suggested donation

    Akie Bermiss is a pianist, composer, and singer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Bard College with degree in music composition. While there he also studied American Music (read: tin pan alley, broadway musicals, and jazz) and writing (read: wrote some bad poetry and called it good). To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order; to his enemies — a musical charlatan of the basest variety. Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.
    Akie Bermiss is a Brooklyn native raised by former-activists & educators in a musical household full of jazz and politics. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, and then took it up as a career.
    Since graduating from Bard College, Akie has moved back to New York City and made a name for himself with his signature sound – a voice that blends R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Funk effortlessly. Akie has unique skills in composing and songwriting, and, not least, great ability to work with and enhance the sounds of other musicians and singers.
    He is currently touring with Lake Street Dive, he has recorded and performed with FutureSoul band Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the Hip Hop Violinist), Rap sensation Soul Khan, and he also works with his own band, the Akie Bermiss Trio.
    We can honestly say that this full blood musician brings soul and musicianship of the highest caliber to each one of his projects, and he is actually quite the comedian..
    Mother Octopus is the bald-headed musical stepchild of violinist-composer Dana Lyn. Joining her in this project are guitarist Ty Citerman, cellist Clara Kennedy, clarinetist Mike McGinnis and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. About their 2013 release "Aqualude": “Stunning in its beauty, yet remarkable in that it includes the dark colors of the mosaic chips as well.” George Harris, Jazz Weekly.