Tucson-based multi-instrumentalist Vicki Brown is a sound sculptress of compositions created with acoustic (violin, viola, vox) and electronic instruments (loopers & other sound modifiers). Playing since she was 9, Vicki's stylings range far and wide. Her improvisational/experimental organic creations reveal ethereal cinematic moods that evoke imagery suitable for one's life soundtrack. Her work is captured on "Winter Garden" (KEEP Recordings, 2006).
7 out of 10 "...a tremendous piece, evoking a mood reminiscent of smoky Appalachian dawns with the sun rising on a frosty landscape, crying out for a visual treatment, one can envisage this music set to film...if your mood is right it can put you inside a wonderful musical landscape that rewards repeated listening."
Paul Kerr, Americana-UK
"Clearly, Vicki can play it both heavy and light: Balancing the delicate with the intense, she paints evocative sonic pictures perfect for contemplating, mind-tripping or just spacing out."
Carl Hanni, Tucson Weekly
GeoMusical Map coordinates include: dirty dirges, absolute noise, ethereal sounds, trippy tango, balkanese waltzes, romanian horas, desert sounds, americana traditional, the non-traditional, the baroque, the bach, the old timey fiddle, the broken stringed sounds, the detuned, the denuded sounds.
Her recent projects include collaborating with T.T. Lund (Giant Sand, Desoto Caucus) & The French Cowboy of Nantes, France, work that has yielded hours of material, some of which will be included on Brown's upcoming release.
Brown is also an active member and provides the music for Tucson's Movement Salon (http://movementsalon.wordpress.com), a group of movement artists and writers who practice and perform the art of compositional improvisation. The teaching sessions use guided movement and creative writing activities to help people explore relationships between bodies and space, choice and responsibility, and self and others.
Besides her solo work, Vicki's violin and voice are frequent contributions to the likes of Chris Black, Will Elliot, Amy Rude, Marianne Dissard, Leila Lopez, Cathy Rivers, Campo Bravo.
She was recently voted Tucson's Best String artist as part of the 2008 TAMMIES (Tucson's Grammys).
Amy Rude - The Missing (2008, SR)
Marianne Dissard - L'Entredeux (2008, Trop Expres Music)
The Desoto Caucus - Elite Continental Custom Club (2008, SR)
Carl John - We can build an Island (2007, Sidecho Records)
Year Long Disaster - Year Long Disaster (2007, Volcom)
Ian Moore - To be Loved (2007, Justice Records)
Naim Amor - Sanguine (2007, Atmospheric)
Amy Rude – Snakeheart (2006, SR)
Chris Cacavas - Love's Been Discontinued (tba, Blue Rose Records)
Will Elliott + The Heretics - beat this horse (2006, SR)
The Holy Rolling Empire (SR)
Jim Pugliese (tba)
Beautiful Bird (tba)
Lucille Sparks & Arthur Vint (tba)
Campo Bravo - Denver Lights & Eagle Rock Dreamers (2006, SR)
Campo Bravo - Goodbye, Oklahoma (2006, KEEP Recordings)
Jacob White - The Staircase (2007, SR)
András Laszló Weil Fisher (2007, SR)
The Low Ones - Swimming to the Moon (2007, SR)
Lonna Kelly (tba)
The New Drakes - Staircase Wit (2007, SR)
John Coinman - Songs from the Modern West (2005, CoraZong Records)
Darren Hanlon - Little Chills (2005, Candle Records)
She has toured and/or shared stages with Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter * Sparklehorse * Calexico * Woven Hand * DeVotchka * Nicolai Dunger * Jon Langford (The Mekons) * Pam Rose (Emmy Lou Harris) * Hanz Araki * Marianne Dissard * Cathy Rivers * Naim Amor * Amy Rude * Campo Bravo * Paul Horn * The Lowlights * Carl Johns * Marie Frank * Kristin Hersh * SMOG * M. Ward * Okkervil River * Norfolk&Western * Cyril Barrett * Scout Niblett * Paul Niehaus (Calexico)