PHOEBE LEGERE fronts a family-friendly ensemble that blends elements of Acadian, Abenaki, Cajun, jazz, country, folk and blues into a spicy gumbo.  A standard bearer of the Abenaki/Acadian renaissance, Legere is descended from one of the original Acadian families in North America, she is a direct desendent of Madockawando, and a Mayflower descendent several times over. She is a citizen of Turtle Island, equally Canadian and American, white and Native. Phoebe Legere is a walker between worlds. She is a community activist and Executive Director of the Foundation for New American Art, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. FFNA brings music and art to the children of underserved communities. FFNA is an underwriter of Theater for the New City's Arts-in-Education afterschool program; FFNA is provides scholarships to the DelRay Arts Garage's Art in Sound Chorus for low-income children, provides support, materials and teachers for South Mountain Art Camp on Ruhe Farm. For more information about FFNA's Lower East Side Children's Chorus write to info@foundationfornewamericanart.org Phoebe Legere plays seven instruments. She is a virtuoso piano player, an award-winning accordion player, a folk blues guitar stylist, a powerhouse vocalist, and an award-winning songwriter. Her recent play SPEED QUEEN at Dixon Place was a triumph.

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Phoebe Legere has released fifteen CDs of original and traditional music. Legere’s 2015 ACADIAN MOON was added to over forty radio stations in Canada.  Her full length Americana album is called Heart of Love. It shot to #18 on the National Roots Chart in 2017. Legere is now recording in Montreal for the iconic Artic Records label. Legere blurs the lines between music composition, visual art, performance, community organizing and political activism. Legere has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC, NBC, PBS and Charlie Rose.  She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the Congrés Mondial Acadien. In 2014 Phoebe, received the prestigious Acker Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2015 Legere appeared on HBO’s documentary IT’S ME HILARY which was produced by Lena (Girls) Dunham. Her original song Hip Hop Frog, a humorous but deeply serious environmental song,  was licensed by HBO and will be on her new album.

As a teenager Legere was signed Epic Records as a songwriter. She opened for David Bowie on his National Tour in 1991. She led highly influential downtown bands, from Monad to 4 Nurses of the Apocalypse to her nine piece swing-punk outfit Swingalicious. After the spectacular college radio success of “Marilyn Monroe” (Island Records), and her appearance in numerous underground films Legere turned her attention to avant-garde classical music. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Legere has had six of her original plays with music produced in New York City. )

Ms. Legere studied jazz with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Phoebe graduated from Vassar College, studied composition at the Juilliard School, studied piano at the New England Conservatory, and film scoring, orchestration and jazz arranging at the NYU Graduate School of Music Composition. She studied composition with John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Morton Subotnick, Wayne Oquin and Dinu Gezzo. She also studied jazz arranging with Ira Newborn and Rick Shemaria.

This highly regarded “musicians musician” has said that the death of the record business is a much needed correction. “Right now musicians have a golden opportunity. For the first time we can shape our own careers. Musicians are no longer the slaves of music corporations. We are free to invent the music we hear in our hearts today, and invent new ways to deliver it to the listeners of tomorrow.

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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.”

This “multi-keyboard, vocal wizard” (CBS) has been compared to “Beethoven” (Paper Magazine) “Edith Piaf” (Proctor Lippincott, New York Times), Yma Sumac and Maria Callas (Stephen Holdne, New York Times)ldquo;Frank Zappa” (Billboard) “Dorothy Donegan” (John Wilson,NY Times) “Dorothy Parker” (Ruddy Cheeks, The Phoenix) “Jerry Lee Lewis” (Proctor.Lippincott, NY Times) and “Bobby Short” (LIz Smith, NY Daily News). Washington Post called Phoebe Legere “Mick Jagger with an accordion.” and Timeout called her “the Sexiest Accordionist on the Planet.”

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"Perfections name is Phoebe." -NY Post


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