One of our Brooklyn-bred talents is about to spring an exciting new album on us this Thursday, and you’re invited to partake in an outdoor concert to celebrate its debut.
Amelia Robinson may make her home in Park Slope, but she is known internationally as an engaging singer, songwriter, as well as for her sophisticated work on theukulele.
Robinson will be releasing her album The Space Between this Tuesday, and she’ll be debuting the tunes with a free concert at the Old Stone House (336 3rd Street between 4th And 5th Avenues) this Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm.
“I wrote these songs in response to dynamic changes that caused priorities to shift in the close relationships I had built upon entering my third decade of life,” says Robinson of the new album. Song styles range from the hip-hop infused opener, “Who Am I?”, to the smooth meditative mantra, “Hang Tight.” Expect a blanket of vocal harmonies, lap steel, strings, theremin, and Robinson’s trademark ukulele.
Your kids may already be adoring fans of Robinson, who performs for young audiences under the name Mil’s Trills. The Mil’s Trills album Now That We’re Friends… was released last September. Suffice it to say, Robinson has been a creative powerhouse over the last year.
But creating this work takes time (lots of it), dedication, and a heaping dose of community support. “In 2013, I ran an Indiegogo campaign to record two albums at once — a kids record and a ‘grownups’ record,” she tells us. “Releasing the kids album first absorbed most of my time — in a good way! — so only now have I had to a chance to really focus on the flip side of that project and release The Space Between into the world.”
While this is Robinson’s first solo full-length album, she has garnered international and critical success for quite some time. During a two-week sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The List named her “Top 20 Shows to See” and applauded her performance: “Robinson yields a powerful authenticity… [She is] a source of boundless enthusiasm and friendliness.”
Robinson has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Marvin Hamlisch, in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as on Broadway. One of her most notable projects involved Robinson composing and conducting a 20-minute orchestral exploration through the East End of London. She enlisted the help of 500 bicycle bell-playing participants. The Cycle Symphony received a #1 Time Out London Critic’s Choice and she earned a spot on BBC Radio 1.
“It’s really special to do a show right in my ‘backyard’, as so many supportive neighbors and friends helped to actually make the album possible,” says Robinson. “It’s a way to give back and celebrate new work, patience, and of course, community. Three years later and I’m still feeling the love.”
The Rundown: Amelia Robinson Album Release Party for The Space Between
When: Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm
Where: Old Stone House, 336 3rd Street between 4th And 5th Avenues
How Much: Free. View Amelia’s website for all details on the new album and all upcoming shows.