Before founding my current project Madam West, I played and sang solo with my ukulele, usually in reaction to some breakup I was still bitter over. I referred to myself as a singer-songwriter, a term which tends to conjure up an image of a lovelorn twentysomething strumming an acoustic instrument in cowboy boots (which, in my case, was totally spot-on). In the past few years, I’ve come to redefine and expand my own definition of a songwriter. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a plethora of songwriters who push the limits of that stereotype. In addition to singing or playing an instrument, some do their own composing and full band arranging, while others write electronically, producing and/or engineering from home studios. In celebration of Soundfly’s #SongwritingWeek, here is a calendar of great local NYC songwriters to check out:
Farina and Farina Alto serve food you can eat and music you can bob your head to. Though gourmet brick oven pizza may not be a novel concept, Farina executes it flawlessly. Enjoy a bianca pizza and homemade piñon-laced meatballs any night of the week here, while listening to your favorite Radiohead song or classical concerto from Chopin. This place is open until 10pm most nights (which is “late” in NM), so when you’re looking for tunes and a great late night snack, Farina’s is a godsend.