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"NPR's Chefs Behind the Chefs w/ Leonard Lopate"

Indira, Executive Producer Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, NYC -You added so much to the event at The Greene Space. It is always awesome to reach out to members of our Battle Family and to hear you answer the call with such extraordinary talent. Several people from NYPR and our audience commented on how great the band was--I absolutely agree.

Thanks for being such an important part of our Food Festival--one of our favorite events!
- Indira, Executive Producer Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, NYC


"Review 3"

"SisterMonks music has the ability to unite and inspire" -Dave Beck of Seattle NPR-KUOW. - Dave Beck of Seattle NPR-KUOW


"Review 2"

"Mehanata (NYC)
“Booking...SisterMonk at my music venue has consistently been a positive, smooth experience with great communication, patience, and efficiency (not to mention incredible crowd-enchanting music and positive energy)." - Michelle Christina Larsen, NYC Booking Agent


"Review 1"

"Twisp River Pub
.. ""As the booking agent for our small town club, the two most important qualities I look for in a band are originality and danceability. SisterMonk gets a rating of ten out of ten in both categories."".... - Aaron Studen, Owner Twisp River Pub


"SisterMonk Gypsy-funk Trio"

You’ve seen the doo-wop groups, break-dancers and Mexican balladeers who wander through subway cars, and you’ve seen the violinists trying to finance their studies by serving "caviare to the general." On a recent night, the esplanade between the R train and the Broadway 1-2-3 at Times Square was occupied by a group called the SisterMonk trio. SisterMonk's female lead, K. Deane, plays a bongo, attached to her waist with a worn leather strap, wears ankle tambourines and sings with a virtuosity that is reminiscent of soul greats like Aretha Franklin. Her vocals are a mixture of jazz, swing, and the outlaw style of Rick James, with a little bit of Gloria Gaynor’s gospel disco style thrown in for good measure. Everything about Deane is magnified. Her bongo and tambourines are rudimentary, but it sounds like she’s Gene Krupa pounding away on a complete drum set with cymbals. The net effect of listening to Deane, who is accompanied by Trevor Hochman on bass and Jody Rubel on guitar, is to make you feel really cool and impregnable. Watching her, you get that old feeling from adolescence when music made you soar above everyone and made the petty concerns and responsibilities of living seem totally irrelevant, though her music doesn’t make you want to escape. It makes you want to stay right where you are, in this case the bustling Times Square subway station. She and her group offer the raw nourishment of hardtack. You want to merge with them, and you’d follow Deane on her odyssey if it weren’t for the rumble of your train pulling into the station - The Screaming Pope (online blogger)


Discography

Residing in Nowhere 2001
Original Mind 2002
Data & Surrealism 2006
Never Give Up 2008
Heavyweight Champions 2010
Cloud Control 2012

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"I really don't know where I come from... I really don't know where I'm going..."

SIsterMonk is a musical project founded on friendship and passionate interest in how we create meaning as cultural beings. Jody's degree in Anthropology, Kathy's experience with hand drums and garden landscaping, Tatiana's study of semiotics, language and playwriting lend themselves to deep questions voiced in song. Built into the almost mythological system underscoring SisterMonk's music is a structural view of reality that revels in the snarl of opposites. SisterMonk's original songs are inspired by adventures on roads less traveled and tribal culture.

"All I can do is chronicle that the world is a mysterious place"

The band evokes the spirit and soul of the 60's while maintaining a distinct modern pathos. They have been compared to the likes of Ani DiFranco, Mumford and Sons, Natalie Merchant, and Dead Can Dance. SisterMonk has shared the stage with such notable acts as Zap Mama, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Anoushka Shankar, Karl Denson Trio, Mario Batali, and more.