From: NY, United States
Genre: Alternative/Alt. Rock, Rock, Pop
Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. She writes songs, plays, monologues, short stories, erotica, blogs, and poems. She is known for her gutsy, sexy, raw performance style and her intelligent lyrics and is regarded by her peers as being a true musical pioneer. Her songs, a mix of world beat, spoken word, funk, r&b, punk, soul, and classic rock-n-roll are infused with GLOBAL SOUL, the signature sound of Tomás Doncker, her guitarist, co-writer and producer . She is backed by his band, the Tomás Doncker Band.
Mase, just off her first tour in China, where she was invited by the Friends of the UN to perform for UN GLOBAL PEACE DAY in Linzhou City, was given an honorary, “Messenger of Peace” award for her visionary work as a songwriter and performing artist. Her fans span the globe from US to China to Brazil to UK to Mexico and Eastern Europe.
Marla is about to release the Deluxe Edition of her album SPEAK which will include 6 additional songs that were not on the original SPEAK album including ‘Piece of Peace‘ the song she wrote for Global Peace Day, the reggae track AnnaRexia featuring Garrison Hawk from Method of Defiance and the legendary BILL LASWELL’s dubmix of AnnaRexia plus 3 other songs. AnnaRexia is spearheading the Imperfect Project or Love Your Butt Campaign, which Marla created to empower women to not only accept but love themselves and their bodies. Proceeds from AnnaRexia as well as emerging artist, Lael Summer’s track, The Good Fight (whose EP Marla co-produced with Doncker) will go towards theprojectheal.org, a non-profit org founded by two teenage eating disorder survivors, that raises scholarship money for girls whose families cannot afford to send them to treatment
Marla is currently rehearsing her show ‘SPEAK’ ( http://speaktheshow.com ), coming this Summer 2013. SPEAK is a global multi-media concert/performance piece using live music, spoken word, dance and visual imagery to explore the themes of confinement, sexuality, body image, trauma, oppression (internal/external) and freedom as a means of celebrating the raw reality of our human condition as expressed through the eyes, bodies, voices of women. The music written by Marla Mase and Tomás Doncker is a fusion of rock-n-roll with world beat, punk, funk, electronica, reggae and soul, and is performed live with Marla Mase and The Tomás Doncker Band, along with a troupe of dancers under the choreography of Adrienne Hurd, and 7 actresses each of whom has a distinct voice and tale in the mythistories and archetypes that make up WOMAN. Film/visual imagery is designed by James Jankiewicz. The show is directed by Sara Berg.
Her debut album, the rock opera, A Brief Night Out (BNO), tells the story of a woman, having an affair, breaking-down, obsessing on war and re-assessing her life. It is also the soundtrack to a theatrical version of the same story that has been performed in New York City with Broadway Veteran Martin Vidnovic playing all the male roles and also as a one-woman show directed by Sara Berg.
Marla is taking the social-media world by storm. The music video of ‘Piece of Peace’ has well over 100,000 views, the opening track to BNO “Things That Scare Me” is being played on over 250 radio stations around the globe, and her album SPEAK is being played at over 100 college stations in the US.
Marla’s play, The Canarsie Line directed by Kathryn Rossetter, ran at The Bank Street Theatre to sold out audiences in 2002 and was invited to the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. Her play Man/Woman was work-shopped at the Abingdon Theatre in 2004.
Marla has her MA in Writing and Performance from NYU, is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and is the owner of PARTYpoopers.com and partySWANK.com where she has produced over 2500 events these past 18 years.
Most importantly, she is mother to two beautiful souls. She is grateful for her life.