Singer Storm Large, who shot to national fame in the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova in 2006, brings her rocked cabaret act to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday 29 September. The repertoire of Storm Large varies from original, sweaty and steaming hard rock songs; standards such as "Ne Me Quitte Pas" from Jacques Brel and "I have you under my skin" from Cole Porter; and ballads from the rock era of Randy Newman and Lou Reed. She is also a singer with neo-lounge act Pink Martini.
Storm spent the 1990s singing in clubs all over San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last-minute cancellation in 2002 at a Portland club turned into a standing Wednesday evening engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn't long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that would soon be launched on the international stage.
In the 2018-19 season, Storm performed her autobiographical musical memoir Crazy Enough at La Jolla Music Society and Portland Center Stage, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the show. Other engagements were debut with the Philadelphia Pops, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony and the Maryland Symphony, as well as recurring engagements with the Houston Symphony, New York Pops and the Louisville Orchestra, with whom they recorded the 2017 album All In. Storm continues to tour throughout the country with her band Le Bonheur and as a special guest on the Shaken & Stirred tour by Michael Feinstein.
Storm made her debut as a guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011 and sang four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and appeared on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer / songwriter Rufus Wainwright and Rock and Roll Hall by Famer George Clinton.
Storm debuted with the Oregon Symphony in 2010 and then returned every year for sold-out performances. Storm made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and sang Kurt Weill & # 39; s Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony as part of the Spring for Music Festival. The New York Times called her & # 39; sensational & # 39; and the classical music world immediately had a new star.
In 2007, Storm played the lead role in Cabaret's production at Portland Center Stage with Wade McCollum. The show was a hit and earned great, glowing reviews. Her next attempt, the musical memoir Crazy Enough, played packed houses in 2009 during the unprecedented 21-week sold-out run in Portland. Storm then performed a cabaret version of the show with rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia and Joe & # 39; s Pub in New York. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012, named Oprah & # 39; s Book of the Week and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.
Storm can be seen in Rid of Me, a film by Portlander James Westby, starring Katie O & # 39; Grady and Theresa Russell. In 2010 she played at the Mark Taper Forum with Katey Sagal and Michael McKean in Jerry Zak & # 39; s production of Harps and Angels, a musical with the work of Randy Newman.
In the fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur released a record designed to capture their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American songbook. The recording, entitled Le Bonheur, is a collection of tortured and exciting love songs: beautiful, familiar, but distorted … just like the lady herself.
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