With showstopping performances and a powerhouse voice, it’s no wonder that Pauline Pisano comes from a lifetime of musical and theater training. Her driving piano melodies and edgy lyrics instantly capture audiences onto her emotional journey and eye-opening discovery of life.
From singing along to classic American songs with her grandfather on the car ride home from school to attending New York City’s top performing arts institutions, Pisano is in the works of releasing her debut album The Light Show, which accounts her perspective on the world and her journey of exploring her true passion: music.
Pisano describes “the light” as neurons in the brain igniting during moments of inspiration and creation. “Everyone has their own goals and passions. In my case, it’s music. The Light Show is about the process and coming to that realization and then embracing it.”
Pisano’s album will be released one single at a time across six months through her subscription program “The Light Show Project.” Beginning Tuesday, September 20, Pisano will release a track once a month, each corresponding to a color so that by the end of the six months the entire album is released and completes an entire spectrum.
Born and raised in Boston, Pisano discovered her love of music during her second grade music classes. She soon appeared in school musicals, quickly landing lead roles. Pisano’s mother realized her daughter’s gift and passion and moved their family to New York City to enroll her in LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts’ highly competitive drama program. Pisano then attended college at the prestigious CAP21 Conservatory at New York University.
“My experience in theater taught me a lot as an artist,” said Pisano. “I learned to use music to tell my story as if it were dialogue coming from the perspective of a character. Through my songwriting, I found a new way to use the stage and connect with my audience.”
Between intensive classes and late-night rehearsals during high school and college, Pisano discovered songwriting as a hobby, and soon chose to pursue her career as a solo artist. “My love for writing music is what drove me on this path. I use it as an outlet for expressing myself and telling my story.”
During college, she recorded her first album Behind Dream’s Door. After NYU, she packed up her bags and set off to Miami, Los Angeles and her hometown Boston, collaborating with local artists, writing music and performing. In 2007, she moved back to New York to assemble her band and record her follow-up EP In the Middle.
Pisano’s early career has earned her notable success. Her powerful storytelling and flowing melodies won her several national and international songwriting awards including the Father Fame Award from LaGuardia and The American Theater Wing’s Rising Stars Award. She also had the rare opportunity to perform as featured soloist at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, singing Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” with the New York City All High School Choir. There she met Maya Angelou, inspiring Pisano to write her first song to Angelou’s poem “The Caged Bird.”
The Light Show, Pisano’s most mature and musically complex album to date, features her eclectic songwriting landscape, from the dark melodic tunes of “Your House” to the catchy pop declarations of “This Jungle” about the hardships and superficialities of the music business, to the folk/rock narrative “My Bluff.”
Joining Pisano on the album are her brother Alan Pisano on guitar, Rich Mercurio on drums, and Arthur Sadowsky on bass. The Light Show was mixed by the renowned Frank Filipetti, who has worked with James Taylor, Billy Joel, Frank Zappa and David Grusen.
The Light Show is set to release in September 2011 on iTunes and on Pauline’s website with both subscription and pay as you go methods.
Pauline Pisano - Vocalist / Pianist / Songwriter
Rich Mercurio - Co-Producer/Drummer
Arthur Sadowsky - Bassist
Jessie Reagen Mann - Cello
Dan Weiner - Drummer (for piano/drum duo)
The Light Show (9/20/2011)
Chasing The Day (2010) - songs by Will Van Dyke. featuring Broadway stars Stephanie J. Block, Matt Doyle, Carrie Manalokas, and more.
In The Middle (2008)
Behind Dream's Door (2002)
54/10 Music Marathon at Ars Nova f/ Jay Brannan
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Ars Nova in New York is hosting a series of music events for the next 10 days featuring 54 artists. ...Ars Nova in New York is hosting a series of music events for the next 10 days featuring 54 artists. The program is called “54/10 Music Marathon.” I attended the opening night festivities and it was an evening of great music. We were fortunate enough to watch a trio of singers: Pauline Pisano, Lana Mir and Jay Brannan perform sets for us in a very intimate setting and it was great!
Pauline Pisanso opened the show and has an amazing voice! I couldn’t say it any better than her offiical website, so here’s the best way to describe her sound: Pauline Pisano is an edgy romantic singer/songwriter with an unexpected pop/rock twist. There were times where she literally belted the hell out of the song she was singing. The sold out crowd often cheered mid-song. Her words were very inspirational too as she sang a particular song about being yourself and not bowing to the man. If you love power-ballads with a mix of rock and roll, check out Pauline’s music.
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MMP032 - Are These Artists Worthy of a 2009 Grammy Nomination? Here’s a few artists that you most...MMP032 - Are These Artists Worthy of a 2009 Grammy Nomination?
Here’s a few artists that you most likely won’t see on stage getting an award or even performing at the Grammy’s BUT certainly could be.
See if you agree by pressing play now.
Here are the songs heard on this podcast and the links to each artists website;
Hype - “Push Me” (Available at CDBaby and iTunes)
Kelly Richey Band - “I Want You” (get it free on eMusic)
John Taglieri - “Booty Call” (get his older stuff free on eMusic)
*PAULINE PISANO - “Don’t Forget” (get it free on eMusic)
G Tom Mac - “Wish You Well” (get their older stuff free on eMusic)
Daydream On Autopilot - “Better Off Alone” (get it free on eMusic)
Daydream on Autopilot - “Call Me” (Blondie Cover)
Websites Mentioned on this podcast;
Mike Cameo’s Indie Top 10
Stephanie J. Block, Matt Doyle and More Sing Will Van Dyke Songs on "Chasing the Day" CD
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In addition to Block (9 to 5), Doyle (Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie) and Clarke (The Light in the...In addition to Block (9 to 5), Doyle (Spring Awakening, Bye Bye Birdie) and Clarke (The Light in the Piazza), the disc also features Alex Brightman (Wicked), Morgan James (Addams Family), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hair), Adam Kantor (Rent), Josh Lamon (Hair), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) and John Eric Parker (Memphis, All Shook Up).
Also expect to hear the voices of Morgan Karr, Katie Gassert, Preston Sadleir and Sam Tedaldi. Singer/songwriters Pauline Pisano and Danica Dora lend their voices to the album. Andrew Lippa, Van Dyke's mentor, is also featured on piano for one track.
SS Cape May - Songwriters' Festival
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Solo performer Pauline Pisano is an intriguing songwriter with solid lyrics and a profoundly unusual...Solo performer Pauline Pisano is an intriguing songwriter with solid lyrics and a profoundly unusual voice. This is a huge under-statement, because Pisano’s vocals are more than powerful — she has pipes that are rare and impressive with a range that sails easily from the basement to the heavens.
There’s also a catch in her voice that is beautifully showcased in her phrasing and it’s a voice with a quality I call “broken glass.” It’s not smooth and perfect like an operatic soprano…it’s textured and rich and “vocastic.” That’s a made-up word I use to describe someone who performs vocal gymnastics. There may be a lot of good places to be on Friday, March 27th, but the Brown Room at Congress Hall at 9:30PM is an excellent bet.
By Debra Donahue
iPod shuffle - Boston Globe
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Jay Brannan, New York-based singer- songwriter and actor ("Shortbus"). He plays at the Iron Horse Mu...Jay Brannan, New York-based singer- songwriter and actor ("Shortbus"). He plays at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton tomorrow night.
Despite our best efforts to coax some Hootie & the Blowfish from Brannan's iPod, we got an assortment of his friends (Pauline Pisano, Danica Dora) and influences (Ani DiFranco, whom he often covers in concert). "Actually, I use my iPod mostly when I'm on the treadmill," Brannan says. "And sometimes I put stuff on there that I haven't listened to in a long time so that I can evaluate it. When I'm on the treadmill, I'm like, 'Hmm, I haven't ever heard this whole CD. I'm gonna put it on my iPod and see if I like it.' "
1. "Lullaby," the Dixie Chicks
2. "Override," Pauline Pisano
3. "Out There," Pauline Pisano
4. "Manhole," Ani DiFranco
5. "Letter to a John," Ani DiFranco
6. "Let's Not [Expletive] Ourselves," Bright Eyes
7. "Hope It Felt Good," Nikka Costa
8. "I Shall Believe," Sheryl Crow
9. "Suicide," Danica Dora
10. "Brooklyn Blues," the Postal Service
Total songs: 348
Glad we missed: Guilty pleasures include Britney Spears's "Piece of Me" ("I actually love that song") and Rihanna's "Umbrella." When told that they're not that bad, he says, "Yes, they are. But don't tell Rihanna or Britney. I'm slated to open for Rihanna."
Tenth annual Gala :Berklee
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the World/Folk Music Room showcased the international flavor of the music of Brazil, Colombia, and S...the World/Folk Music Room showcased the international flavor of the music of Brazil, Colombia, and Scotland. Maeve Gilchrist playing Celtic harp and up-and-coming folk singer Pauline Pisano were among the highlights.
Urb Magazine Next 1000
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Rarely in today's music talent do we come across an artist who is both true to themselves, their roo...Rarely in today's music talent do we come across an artist who is both true to themselves, their roots, and their style. However Pauline Pisano embodies these philosophies in her profound vocal arrangements and emotionally-charged songwriting. The recent release of Pisano's second EP, "In The Middle," once again showcases her songwriting, piano and production savvy, as she continues to construct deep, radiant vocals.
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I'm totally hooked by this girl's voice. She so genuinely intense. She sings like some crash a pinat...I'm totally hooked by this girl's voice. She so genuinely intense. She sings like some crash a pinata.; blind abandon and every blow straight from the gut. She's a very inventive songwriter too, she takes you on a journey with each song.
(review appears on iTunes for Pauli's Album IN THE MIDDLE)
1st Place Twin Rivers Media Festival
"In The Middle" won 1st place at the Twin Rivers Media Festival
Chasing The Day - The Music of Will Van Dyke
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Pauline Pisano, a friend of Mr. Van Dyke's from middle school, showed off her edgy, belt-y voice on ...Pauline Pisano, a friend of Mr. Van Dyke's from middle school, showed off her edgy, belt-y voice on "Why You Hold My Hand," arguably out-performing her recording on the album with sheer vocal power.
Sets last 45 mins which can be expanded....
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