In late 2011, independent singer-songwriter/musician and performer Anna Madorsky introduced her third studio album, Triumph & Symphony. Self-produced and spanning seventeen tracks that are as cinematic in their sound as they are in their scope, the record can be best described as what would happen if you took the intelligent vitality of Kate Bush, the kinetic energy and elasticity of Bjork, and a bit of the quirkiness of Regina Spektor … and then introduced the result to a backing band that easily morphs from genre to genre in a gorgeously lush and colorful musical backdrop inspired by her favorite styles of music. Chiming guitars, lush multi-layered harmonies, and all manners of keyboards give dimension and propulsion to a set of songs that are largely built around the relatable intimacy of a singer-songwriter and her accompanying instrument…Just a piano or guitar.
“My biggest frustration/inspiration is that I want every song or record to be every genre I love, and that’s a tall and wide order. Like the horse in Wizard of Oz. I think that explains my inability to stick to a style, and probably why a won’t-be-mentioned label A&R rep once said to me, ‘I love your music, but I have no idea how we’d market you.’ What I should have said was ‘Use your imagination. I do.’ What I said was nothing. Hindsight.”
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia into a Russian-Jewish family and growing up in Houston, Texas and East Tennessee, Madorsky’s background gave her a very unique musical and cultural upbringing that began with classical and Russian folk music; some of her earliest memories are of singing Russian folk and children songs and she took classical piano lessons as a child.
“My dad was a concert-level classically-trained guitarist in Russia. My brother was in a piano conservatory. Me? Well, the short answer is that that wasn’t my path or my strength. The idea of creating music and songs to catalog thoughts, feelings, and experiences is what consumed me, and still does. It was largely a very private, inner world that I nurtured on my own. I was not in an environment where it was safe to share or express these things. So music became that place. And it took time for me to feel permission to share music with others. It’s still sometimes weird for me when someone tells me they listen to my music to feel a certain thing, or relate to it in a certain way, or feel comfort or inspiration. Do I regret not going the medical school path? No. But I still gotta fight for my right to party.”
Currently Anna is playing shows at L.A. venues such as The Viper Room, Genghis Cohen, & Busby’s Mile High Club, getting her music played on the web TV series Venice the Series, and receiving exposure from music and press outlets like CMJ, Indie Radio 101, Press Pass L.A., Women’s Radio, Rockwired Magazine, and Laserdog’s Music Hour. Stay tuned for more, and stay connected through the official mailing list at http://annamadorsky.com .