Mira Cook
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Mira Cook

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Brooklyn, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
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"Mira Cook's Unique Yet Familiar Winning Sound"

Every once in a while an artist who is totally unique yet immediately relatable and instantly engaging comes along and wins you over; the sort of artist whose soothing, seductive sound, with soulful melodies & heartfelt harmonizing, creeps up on you and pulls you in from the first few bars. Bay Area one-woman band Mira Cook is this kind of artist. Tonight she shares a bill with Michael Hurley and Sean Smith at The Verde Club in San Francisco.

Mira Cook's lo-fi yet lush sound, while completely original and unique, will remind you of a myriad of other artists you might have heard before, from Meredith Monk to Liz Phair to the U.S. Girls to Laurie Anderson to DJ Radar. Radar the DJ? Yes, her similarity to the Arizona turntablist is based on her performance style of utilizing live loops to build upon her sound, the difference being that while Radar uses records as his sound source, Mira Cook uses her own voice. - Amoeba Music Blog


"Mira Cook Eat The Cake"

While we've loved pretty much everything we've heard from Mira Cook so far, on this new album, Eat The Cake, she's moved to a whole new sonic level. Movement being the key, as this is the most rhythmic, pulsating, and infectious collection of songs she's created yet.
Cook seems to have found a way to bring into her music, the physical movement she excels at as a professional dancer who travels the world. Cook is equally skilled in ballet as she is modern and African dance, which again is reflected on Eat The Cake, as she takes delicate and precise steps occasionally erupting into something much more visceral and emotive. Cook's voice is more assured than ever and these songs feel much less like sketches and more like fully realized sonic statements.
Organic and odd instrumentation meet electronics, and it becomes difficult to tell which is which. The sounds on Eat The Cake combines the instrumental delicacy and wonder of Colleen and shakes them up, down and all around, adding splashes of vibrant color and passionate energy. Some songs bring to mind a magical meeting of the minds between Broadcast and Lali Puna, while some moments sound like a dizzying mix of a Gamelan orchestra and Molly Nilsson, twirling together in musical ecstasy. Evocative and alluring, purposeful and playful and so highly recommended! - Aquarius Records


"Mira Cook Plays Residency at Pianos Upstairs Lounge"

In a crowded market of loop-based, one-man-band type artists, Mira Cook does things a little differently. With a child-like curiosity, she adds whatever ingredients to her stew she has handy, whether it's her new drum machine, a well-placed dulcimer, or any number of interesting vocal machinations. Her playful perspective comes to life whether she's dreaming of traveling to India or discussing the many seeds inside watermelons (way too many if you ask me).
Mira Cook is an artist for the kid in all of us. So be prepared to come away from her shows seeing things a little differently.
She's beginning a free residency at Piano's Upstairs Lounge on May 8. It's anyone's guess what beatboxes/sounds/dulcimers she'll show up with... so get over there and be part of the fun. - The Deli Magazine


Discography

"Mira Cook" tape release 2007
"Signs" full length 2010
"Broken Bones" full length 2012

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MIRA COOK is a vocalist, musician and dancer living in New York City. Born in Austin, TX, Mira studied classical piano and was influenced by folk, country and eastern chanting. While living in California she started experimenting with overdubbing vocals using two tape recorders and started playing live shows around San Diego and later San Francisco and released a self titled tape which was distributed through Aquarius Records. Her subsequent albums "Signs" (2010) and "Broken Bones" (2012) have continued to expand her use of instrumentation and strength as an artist. Mira travels internationally performing music and dance, often together and will be in Africa in the Fall of 2012.