LISA & LORI BRIGANTINO
presented by Cranberry Coffeehouse
16 March 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
183 Riverside Dr, Binghamton, New York
Suggested donation $10
Award-winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Brigantino is an engaging performer whose eclectic approach to songwriting spans groove, genre and topic. Lisa’s latest solo CD , I’ll Waltz Before I Go, was just released in October. The Daily Country says “Throughout the thirteen tracks, Lisa seamlessly blends genres from Folk to Americana, Country, Rock, and Old-Time, even incorporating some Gypsy-Jazz for good measure.” Women of Substance Radio says “Lisa is one of the most versatile songwriters we’ve heard. She is a true artist who has mastered countless styles of writing, singing and performing. This New Yorker moves effortlessly from a sensitive acoustic ballad to an in-your-face bluesy romp without skipping a beat.” Lisa will perform with her sister Lori Brigantino, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. The sisters are known for their tight sibling vocal harmonies and musicianship—often juggling a number of different instruments including guitars, banjo, accordion, ukulele, and more. We, at the Cranberry, are fantastically lucky to have these two wonderful performers for what will prove to be a wonderful evening!
“Lisa Brigantino is what you’d call a complete musician—a superb multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and not least, rocker. Brigantino brings to her songwriting that real sense of melody that so many putative writers lack.”Jon Sobel
Award-winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Brigantino is an engaging performer whose eclectic approach to songwriting spans groove, genre and topic. Brigantino’s new album, I’ll Waltz Before I Go , released October 15, 2018 continues Brigantino’s tradition of producing albums containing her eclectic original songs which span a wide range of genres including Folk, Roots, Americana, Old-Time, Country, Pop, and Rock. Her songs touch on the topics of love, loss, longing, hope, gratitude, family, and more.
I’ll Waltz Before I Go was co-produced and arranged by Brigantino and husband Thomas Millioto, and was recorded and mixed by Millioto. The album contains 13 tracks. Twelve are written by Brigantino, and two songs are co-written. There is also one cover song on the album. The album contains guest performances by Thomas Millioto, Lori Brigantino, Susan Haefner, and Morgan “Gus” Buttolph, Brigantino’s former Lez Zeppelin bandmate. With a majority of the instruments played by Brigantino, the arrangements show her versatility as an artist; ranging from mellow vocals and finger picked acoustic guitar, to full band arrangements with Brigantino deftly handling guitars, bass, keyboards, accordion, mandolin, and more.
Lisa’s previous album release, Wonder Wheel, continues to receive international airplay and fantastic reviews, including a 5-star rating and “Pick Of The Week” from Indie Music Critic and Muzikreviews.com as well as numerous other publications, blogs and ezines. Women of Substance Radio says “Lisa is one of the most versatile songwriters we’ve heard. She is a true artist who has mastered countless styles of writing, singing and performing. This New Yorker moves effortlessly from a sensitive acoustic ballad to an in-your-face bluesy romp without skipping a beat.” Among other accolades, Lisa appeared on Indie-Music.com’s Top 25 and she was a finalist in the Best Female Artist category of The 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards and for the 1st Annual Songs For Social Change Contest for her song “Used To Be a House”. Most recently, she received 3rd place for her song, “Every Day’s a Journey” in the WomenArts Swan Day Song Contest.
Lisa performs regularly at venues ranging from intimate house concerts and coffeehouses to clubs and large theaters. She has been selected to appear at a number of music festivals including The New Jersey Folk Festival (Singer/Songwriter Showcase Winner), The Ladybug Music Festival, The Florida Music Festival, Maplewoodstock, The Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, The Pleasantville Music Festival, and The Black Potatoe Festival.
Lisa often performs her original music with her sister Lori Brigantino, also a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. In addition, the two sisters also perform in The Vickie & Nickie Show a wacky, self-contained theatrical musical/comedy act where the real life sisters portray Vickie & Nickie – the multi-instrumental, singing housewife sister duo straight from the hills of Northern Minnesota. Infused with snappy dialogue and audience participation, the sisters entertain with wacky original tunes, hilarious pop song interpretations and improv all while accompanying themselves on many different instruments.
Lisa is a former original member of Lez Zeppelin, the world’s first all girl, all Led Zeppelin tribute band and toured internationally with the band for a number of years playing bass, bass pedals, keys, mandolin and doing backup vocals. During Lisa’s years with the band, they received rave reviews in many publications and news sources including Rolling Stone (US, Germany and Japan ), Time Out New York & Chicago, Entertainment Weekly, The London Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, VH1, MTV News, CNN News, CBS Sunday Morning and many more. Performance highlights include appearances at The Bonnaroo Music Festival and Voodoo Fest (USA), Download Festival (UK) Rock am Ring/Rock am Park (Germany). The band’s self-titled debut CD was released in 2007, recorded and produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer. Lisa co-wrote two of the original songs on the album. Lisa left the band in 2009 to focus on her own original music. In addition to being a performing songwriter and musician, Lisa is a trained composer with a Master of Music in music composition and music theory from SUNY Fredonia, and she composes music for television, film, theatre, dance and new media.
Lisa Brigantino is proud to be a Kurzweil Endorsed Artist. She is a member of SESAC, The Songwriters Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television, a voting member of NARAS (Grammys) and serves on the Advisory Board of Women In Music, Inc.
The Cranberry Coffeehouse has been a fixture in the musical life of upstate New York for forty-six years (yes, 46!), and has been a frequent stop for performers of varied acoustic genres. It is one of the longest continuously-running venues for traditional folk and acoustic music in the Binghamton area. The setting is humble, but comfortable, and the energy, exuberance, and beauty of the performances are long remembered. Primarily a venue for traditional folk music, the Cranberry also enjoys other types of acoustically-based music.
We put the “folk” back in Folk music! The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages musicians, vocalists, story-tellers, and dancers of all ages and skill levels to share their talents during the “Middle Set”. Middle set performances are each limited to five minutes.
The Cranberry Coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905. Unless otherwise specified, performances start at 7:30 p.m., with a $10 suggested donation at the door.
For more information, visit www.cranberrycoffeehouse.org.