Oft-featured performance artist, Mary Elizabeth Micari, embarks on Part II of her auto-biographical, musical journey of self-discovery. Thanks to the “emo-90s” she has tunes to tackle her [first] marriage and her exploration into spirituality. She has enlisted MAC Award winner, Tracy Stark, to collaborate on the score and classical harpist, Richard Spendio, plus rock drummer, John Dinello, to spice the sound. “Don’t mess with success” said Dinello, when we mentioned her return to the East Village go-to club, Pangea. “We are opening with Lorena McKennit’s All Soul’s Night! Great compilation of songs!” replied Richard Spendio on social media.
The Lady in Black 2: Between the Sun and the Moon, premieres at Pangea, 178 2nd Ave in NYC, on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 9:30 PM.
Mary has quickly become member-emeritus of our women in the arts series. This time, we’ll span our questions over a three-part series about what it takes to create a sustaining and entertaining act in NYC cabaret and night clubs.
Your Lady in Black series is semi-autobiographical. What’s the message of this one?
My shows don’t have a specific message per se. They are just what they are. I am not out to do anything to make a statement. I guess if there is one to be had its more about how we are all vulnerable and alive and life’s fucking hard. Its also a bit about finding that one need not look very far or outside one’s self to find fulfillment. Its inside all of us…the divine.
Tell us about YOU – the artist, entrepreneur, the woman.
This could take a year! I am a singer, actress, director, producer and all that based on my work in that area of my life. I teach voice. I also have studied healing like Herbalism, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Sound and Music healing and much more. I am a witch. Or as some like to say I am a Goddess Centered Pagan/Wiccan. I read tarot, do astrology readings, magic and spells for others. I do ritual and have a podcast on witchcraft. I also teach the craft, astrology, tarot, herbalism and all the rest.
These are based on diaries and journals – What’s it like telling your life story out there?
It is pretty easy for me. I find that the audience really is wanting that from performers. Even if I were playing a role not me, I would be using my own life to create the emotion of the character. When I first asked the audience if they wanted me to read from my diaries on stage at the last show the answer was a loud, “YES”! People hide themselves so much now. Social media is full of bullshit. No one shows their real lives. I have no issue with being open about my path in this life. I hope that I can help or enlighten. It’s a female story because I am female but so many men enjoy it and are really seeing another side of women in this. It is wonderful to have people like and accept my story. It feels like I am sharing and that is wonderful.
What advice would you give a young woman starting out in the [live] music business?
I am not really a music businessperson. However, as I tell my young female students…self-produce, get it out there, and push it. That’s all one can do. Be authentic, be fierce, fight for your space, be good to other women. Be kind to all people. AND most importantly you better have the “goods” so do your work daily and never, ever quit.