Clara Kebabian
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Clara Kebabian

Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States

Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
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A violinist named Clara [Kebabian] came up on stage..."We met this woman on the street," Lloyd said before letting her drop violent, slashing fiddlework into the mix, careering off the Middle-Eastern chaos of new song "Wot No Blog" and entering into the blinding density of Nightingales classic "How to Age."... It was mesmerizing, heady stuff, a perfect close to the main part of the set.

A short break and then the encore. Here, a blistering rockabilly-on-speed song called "Let's Think About Living" from Out of True reminded everyone how the Nightingales spliced punk and country with A Good Old Country Way, dropping mad hoedown guitars and swooping violins. And then the band covered T. Rex's "Slider," a gleeful, extended glam, joyride that stretched endlessly out on guitar-based vamps and might have gone on forever. And we wished it had, because once it was over, it was over, and who knows how long it'll be before the Nightingales will be stateside again.

- Popmatters 2007

Clara Kebabians electric violin completes the sound and surrounds you like a warm blanket. - The Noise 2006

...mascara-ruining electric violin romanticism from Clara Kebabian (formerly of Steve Morse association) are enough to bring out that teenaged sehnsucht all over again. - The Ugly Couch 2006

The multilayered vocals and Clara Kebabian's violin lure us into the winter scene of "In The City". In fact, Kebabian's violin represents the feel of a shiver convincingly. "Ululate", penned by Kebabian, is a euphonious highlight that lingers in my mind. - The Noise 2009


Solo Album - Due Fall 2009

Clara has performed on a series of albums.
Leaving the Farm (2009) - Mr. Curt Ensemble
Lowbudget Records "Live at The Midway Unplugged" DVD (2007) - Mr. Curt Ensemble
I Am Your Bastard Wings (2008) - Eksi Ekso
Electrical Mess EP (2009)** - Plumerai
Plumerai / The Brother Kite Split Acoustic 7" (2008)** - Plumerai
Shapes&Trees MP3 - Free Single (2008) - Plumerai
Township (2008) - Township
Sincerity Maxi Single (2008) - Leo Blais
The Free EP (2008) - Leo Blais
Slow Drivin Maxi Single (2008) - Leo Blais
In the Wake of What Won't Change (2009) - The Luxury
Firefly (2009) - Ginger Ibex
Insult to Injury (2008)**+ - Nightingales (UK)
Diving Bell Shadows (2008) - The Milling Gowns
At Sea (2007) - Emily Grogan
Lowbudget Records "Live at The Midway Unplugged" DVD (2007) - Emily Grogan
Wonderland 1910 Music Video (2007) - Quinn
Something Unknown (2007) - The Glass Set
Funny Day (2007) - Bird Mancini
Catch It If You Can (2006) - The Jumblies
Sinners Stick Together (2006)** - The Sterns
Hanging By Your Own Tail (2006) - Temper
Somewhere To Begin (2006) - Andrew James
Back to the Water (2008) - Rising Tribe

**= string arrangement credit
+=producer credit



Clara began playing violin in the classical tradition, steeped in the standards of solo and orchestral repertoire through studies at New England Conservatory, Boston University, and Wellesley College. By serendipitous chance she happened upon the combinatorial power of violin+electricity +effect pedal and has been playing electric violin to audiences ever since.

In addition to her solo work, she performs with and as a side woman for a variety projects. She has performed throughout the US and internationally. Her festival performances include SXSW, The Muzine Festival (Greece), DUMBO Arts Under the Bridge Festival, and The Boston Cyberarts Festival.

Clara has performed, recorded, and shared the stage with a diverse range of artists. To name a few: Neemi Jarvi, Landon Pigg, Eksi Ekso, Quinn (Tracy Chapman), Mr Curt Ensemble, Emily Grogan, Plumerai, Township, Nightingales (UK), The Sterns, The Glass Set, Halsey Burgund, Country Mile, Desi Desmond (Dipset West, KRS One, Busta Rhymes),