December 28, 2015
Thank you. I'm overwhelmed by your love and support for Visitors.
Making this record was an exhilarating challenge and a deep joy and it means a great deal to me that so many of you are listening to the songs.
You can download the album here, or if you already have it, gift it to a friend.
SHAINA TAUB SONGBOOK, VOl. 1
I've been working on this all year and am so excited to finally share my first anthology of sheet music. The songbook features 20 songs including all the tunes from Visitors, old favorites from What Otters Do and many more. It also comes with versions that have the full vocal arrangements so you can perform them in ensembles. Get the whole songbook, or any of the songs individually at my new online sheet music store. Many of you have been asking for these charts for a while now, so thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy them!
December 22, 2015
I've been writing this project for months and am so excited to share with you that I'm creating a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for the Public Theater that will be performed this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park as part of the Public Works initiative, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Learn more about the show here!
Public Works is a major new program of the Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators, deliberately blurring the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. I'm humbled and elated to be involved in this extraordinary effort and I encourage you to read more about Public Works here.
Here's a shot from last summer's Public Works production of The Odyssey. See you in September in the park!
December 16, 2015
The album is HERE! I give you VISITORS. Download it now.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE NOW
As of today, Visitors is out in the world digitally on Bandcamp. Get your download now and maybe even gift it to a friend too. Hard copies will be available in the new year!
Thank you to all the incredible artists who worked on the record and to all of you who have supported my work for so long. Happy listening!
December 15, 2015
Click below to read my recent interview with the New York Times!
November 15, 2015
I’ve been grappling with this song for a couple years. I began the lyrics in the months after the Newtown massacre, sobered by the chillingly routine media response to such an unimaginable tragedy, aghast at the lack of swift legislative action, and filled with sadness for the families. I first composed the music in the wake of Eric Garner's death, while actually hearing marchers shouting in the street below my Brooklyn window. I’m not yet a parent, but I wonder: How will I explain to my child a country where this kind of killing is the norm? I continued writing it in the aftermath of a seemingly endless wave of shootings, and one question persisted as I wrote: when will this ever end? With each new headline, the answer seemed inevitably to be: never.
I still hadn’t finished the song when I heard an older woman speak at a protest against gun violence in Union Square, and as she passionately called to the crowd, it hit me. This person has witnessed decades of blind eyes turned away to senseless bloodshed and still she has not given up hope for a better day. But here I am, still in my twenties, already defeated and resigned, moaning about when it will ever end. She made me realize the answer to my question is another question, bringing to mind the ancient wisdom of Hillel, ‘If not now, when?’. After hearing her, as I sat at my piano wrestling my hope and rage into a melody, I kept asking myself: what kind of song do I make now? A lament like the one I'd been writing? Or a rallying anthem? Or both at once? How can I use words and music to inspire and heal in the face of this volatile world? I’ve decided to open my new record with WHEN because there is nothing more urgent to me as an artist than this question.
NEW RECORD COMING SOON: VISITORS
Photography by Sasha Arutyunova
I’ve always pictured my soul as this big old house on a country road, containing all kinds of rooms, doors and windy staircases. There’s a room for memory, a room where I hide things I don’t want to think about, a room to hold my lost love and new rooms I never knew were there until a light turned on suddenly one day. And I’ve always imagined my emotions as visitors to this house of my soul. Coming and going. Invited and uninvited. Sometimes bearing gifts. Sometimes bearing bad news. Often a bit of both. I’ve realized I must welcome them all, from the joyful to the devastating. I’ve also always thought of good songs like visitors, showing up at your doorstep for a couple minutes, sent to open and break your heart. Hearing one is like a visitation from some kind of higher power. I hope the songs on Visitors will come knocking on the house of your soul, offering some healing and joy, maybe even returning for regular visits over the years.
It was important to me to make this record all at once, in seven straight days, so the listener would feel a wholeness to the experience of the album - a group of people gathered in a giant living room one night to make music. An ensemble of twenty-six musicians and singers is featured on the record, all of them close friends of mine. We never played to a click - the grooves are all organic culminations of years of us playing together. I want the listener to feel the live humanity of all of us in the space together, hearing the music as it would sound if you were standing right there with us - a warm embrace of natural sound.
I can't wait to share it with you.
September 11, 2015
After three years of writing and arranging, months of planning and rehearsing, and two incredibly rigorous and exhilarating weeks of recording at Vibromonk Studios, my first full-length album is officially tracked. I have so many people to acknowledge and thank, but the time will come for that soon enough. This project is a celebration of the musical community of friends and collaborators I've been working with for a decade now, and I truly can't wait to share it with you.
In the meantime, as we mix and master, here are some shots from our time in the studio taken by my amazing co-producer, co-arranger, bassist/guitarist/singer and all around musical partner-in-crime, Mike Brun. Out of the 26 musicians you'll hear on the record, only a few are pictured here, but I am so grateful to all of them for their artistry and generosity.
Jake Cohen tracking drums on day one:
The phenomenal Kate Ferber & Jo Lampert about to sing:
Matsu playing the plastic bags. It'll make sense when you hear it, I promise:
The multi-talented virtuoso Jas Walton on flute:
Our beautiful string players, Alon Bisk, Claudia Chopek and Mike Hunter:
David Farrell Melton, right at home on the organ:
The choir warming up, featuring 12 of my all-time singers of all time. This is the only photo I took, and not Brun. Hence its mediocrity.
March 22, 2015
Happy spring, everybody!
The big night is nearly here. I've been having such a great time rehearsing with my extraordinary ensemble of musicians and singers, and we are all getting SO excited to perform these songs for you at Lincoln Center on Wednesday night! CHECK out this fun rehearsal video the American Songbook series made to give you a little preview.
There are still a small handful of tickets left, so don't wait another minute to make them yours!
For those of you who can't be there, I have some great news - the whole thing is going to be LIVE-STREAMED. The video stream is totally free and starts at 8 PM EST. All you have to do is head to the Lincoln Center American Songbook website when it's show-time and we'll deliver the music right to your room.
I've been lucky to be at at many of the American Songbook concerts this season, and I'm blown away by the brilliant artistry I've seen in this unique and amazing series. I'm beyond honored for the chance to add my voice to it this year.
On Wednesday night, I'll be sharing the stage with many of the friends and fellow artists who are most important to me in my life as a songwriter so far. This concert will be a celebration of my first decade in New York, and the collaborations and community I've found here who have inspired me to make music for the rest of my life.
I can't wait to share it with you.
See you there, or tune in and watch!
September 22, 2014
Hello from San Francisco!
On our night off the show next week, my trio is going to play a concert at a beautiful venue in Berkeley - the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, sharing the musical evening with our good friends, the incendiary, infectious rock duo, The Bengsons. Here's details:
THE BENGSONS & SHAINA TAUB TRIO
FREIGHT & SALVAGE COFFEEHOUSE
Monday September 29th, 7:30 PM
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, California
Please help us spread the word to your Bay Area friends!
July 24, 2014
It's been a while! I've spent most of this year so far out of town, working and traveling, from the snowy cattle ranches of Wyoming, to the neon lights of Vegas, to Cambridge, Nashville, and more. From performing Tom Waits songs in A.R.T.'s The Tempest to workshopping my musical, There's A House at the Vineyard Arts Project, it's been an exhilarating and exhausting many months. Now, I'm thrilled to be touching down at home here in New York for a few weeks!
CORNELIA STREET CAFE CONCERT
Before I head back out on the road, I'm playing a concert at the Cornelia Street Cafe this Monday night, July 28th! I'm sharing the night as a part of a very fun quadruple-bill with three extraordinarily talented friends - Benjamin Scheuer, Grace McLean and Sam Willmott. The evening of music starts at 8:30 PM, and my own set is at 9:30 PM.
The whole show is only $10. The venue is located at 29 Cornelia Street in the West Village. For information about reservations, visit their website.
I haven't played in the city since January, so I'm dying to share some new songs. Come on out - it's been far too long. I'd love to see you there, and say goodbye before I head off to...
I'm so excited to head to San Francisco this fall to perform in Old Hats, starring Bill Irwin and David Shiner, directed by Tina Landau. The show will feature a slew of my songs, and I'm bringing my trio along with me to play them! We'll be running at A.C.T. beginning September 10th. West coast friends, you can get tickets here.
JONATHAN LARSON GRANT
I was deeply honored to receive this year's Jonathan Larson Grant. At the award presentation back in April, I spoke and performed alongside some very special friends and collaborators. Here's a nice video of that.
Thanks for reading and for all the kindness and support. See you Monday night!
February 25, 2014
TOM WAITS AND SHAKESPEARE IN VEGAS
Hello from sunny downtown Las Vegas! I'm living here in Sin City until the end of April, rehearsing and performing in the A.R.T.'s new version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, featuring magic by Teller, movement by Pilobolus and music by Tom Waits. I'm singing the songs, and musically directing the production. We're running in Cambridge later this spring. Here's a great recent interview with Teller that gives you a sense of what we're up to over here. Also, my musical partner in crime, the inimitable Mike Brun, is in the show with me! Come visit us on this crazy, magical, twisted deserted island!
WRITING SONGS IN CABINS
Before Vegas, I was in the snowy mountains of Wyoming on the Sundance Institute's annual writing retreat at the Ucross Foundation, sitting in a little cabin, working on new songs for my Ars Nova-commissioned musical, Robin, a female-based re-telling of the Robin Hood legend. I'm lucky enough to be collaborating on that project with playwright Jen Silverman, whose dark, wild imagination and intelligence blow me away over and over again. I ate dinner every night with a small, wonderful group of hilarious, inspiring artists, saw bald eagles, and met actual cowboys.
I'm so happy to finally release these two new songs! We had some amazing sessions with the absolutely incredible artists at Mason Jar Music back in December. They do beautiful work, and we had a blast in their studio.
First off, Shaina Taub Trio & Friends present HARVEST:
And here's GIVEN, featuring the string section from The Great Comet:
You can get the tracks on my homepage. Thanks for listening.
NEW VIDEOS FROM OLD CONCERTS
Before I left town, we played one last big show until the summertime at the swanky and gorgeous midtown room, 54 Below. I've released a bunch of new live videos from that extremely fun show, as well as new vids from ST3's November concert at my new favorite downtown venue, SubCulture (check out this interview I did on their blog). I also put up some highlights of some phenomenal vocalists interpreting my tunes from this year's Songbook show at Ars Nova. Head to my Youtube channel to check out all of those if you like!
It was very sad to play my final performance in The Great Comet before I left the city. Being a part of that stunning show inspired me daily for nine months straight. I am missing the unbelievably talented, soulful and loving company of people so much. Thank you from my heart to all who made the experience and indelible one.
SH-K-BOOM AND RAZOR & TIE
Lastly, I'm so excited to kick off my collaboration with Sh-K-Boom Records and Razor & Tie Music Publishing as the first artist in their new joint venture in music publishing. I'm so glad the lines between theater and pop music are getting blurrier all the time, and happy that these intelligent, creative companies are supporting that fusion! Read about it here.
Thanks for the continual kindness and support. I'm excited to make and share more new music this year!