Ann Klein has established herself as one of downtown NYC’s most diverse guitarists/composers. Her credits include: Natalie Imbruglia, Joan Osborne, PM Dawn, Toshi Reagon, Kate Pierson of the B-52s and Ani DiFranco.
Ann moved to NYC from Connecticut and soon landed a gig with Joan Osborne doing intense touring and radio shows. They did a cable TV show together, which was constantly broadcast on VH-1’s Before They Were Stars.
Ann had written countless songs and soon independently recorded Driving You Insane which was critically acclaimed in Billboard, Relix and other publications. She was featured on the cover of Billboard in an article on NYC's best unsigned bands. Ann took Insane on the road, traveling the Northeast and Europe. She received support from hundreds of college radio stations, local press and performed on WXPN’s “World Café”, and WDST’s “Sessions”. Billboard got hold of Ann’s second release, For the Love of Love and again featured her in July, 1999. She returned to Europe to tour and continued to receive radio and press support. In January of 2002, Ann went to Europe and made Waiting for the Snow and toured again in support of the disc. In 2005 she completed My Own Backyard and in 2006 released The Hope Street Sessions/Live at the Lakeside Lounge with her European rhythm sectionwhich was featured on NPR,. This double disc, recorded in NYC, contains six new tunes recorded in the studio and 8 tunes recorded live at the Lakeside Lounge. All her CDs have sold well on tour and she has been invited to return to Europe every year for the past 10 years, primarily in Austria, Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany. While there, she has also done guitar and songwriting workshops. She was invited to be a guest teacher at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory. In May, 2008, Ann was guest performer and ran a songwriting workshop at the prestigious 92nd Street Y. She has been invited back to Europe for the fall of 2008 as well.
Ann has played most of the clubs in NYC (The Living Room, Googie’s Lounge, Arlene Grocery, Makor, Cornelia Street Café, Joe’s Pub, the Lakeside Lounge, etc.) as the main performer or as a guitarist for other folks. She has been running a songwriters’ circle at Cornelia Street Café for over a year and has been requested to start another at Googie’s Lounge. In 2008, Ann joined the Harlem Parlour Music Club and is a contributing writer, along with Allison Cornell, Darden Smith, Mary Lee Kortes and Sammy Merendino.
For more information: www.myspace.com/annklein2 or www.ann-klein.com
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