Lucy Kalantari will bring lightness to your heart and a warm smile to your face with Pockets Full of Joy, a collection of ukulele ditties with a 1920s flair about the wonders of love, being a mom, and babies.
Pockets Full of Joy was born out of a song-a-week project called The Ignition Lab in 2013. Drawing inspiration from adventures with her newborn, she found herself with a handful of kid-friendly ukulele songs and began to perform Baby House Concerts for moms and their babes. Sophisticated enough for adults and irresistible to children, Pockets has an elegantly sparse arrangement of ukulele, clarinet, bass and drums, nestled with laid-back tones reminiscent of Billie Holiday. You’ll find yourself bopping to the rhythms and singing along to the memorable melodies before they’re over.
Since 2000, Lucy has released 2 full-length albums and 1 EP under the pseudonym Luciar. While Luciar sings about the pain and turmoil of love lost on the piano, in Pockets she sings of love found and appreciating the simplicities of life.
Performing sparingly in the tri-state area if you get a chance to see her live, do it. You’ll leave with your pockets full of joy.
Pockets Full of Joy
Released May 27th, 2014
All songs written by Lucy Kalantari
© & ℗ 2014, A Few Little Notes, ASCAP
Lucy Kalantari: vocals & ukulele
Linus Wyrsch: clarinet
Jay Foote: bass
Rich Kulsar: drums & percussion
Darius Kalantari: kazoo & giggles on “Betta’”
Recorded and mixed by Denise Barbarita at MONOLisa Studios, Queens, NY; and A Bloody Good Record Recording Studio, Queens, NY
Additional recording by Lucy Kalantari at Kalantari Palace Recordings, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Alan Silverman, Arf! Mastering, New York, NY
Produced by Lucy Kalantari, with a little bit of help from everyone.
Cover by Rina Miele, HoneyDesign
Photo by Roman Kalantari
I offer you this album with so much joy. Many thanks TO YOU for taking the time to listen and help me spread joy. Lots of thanks to every individual who contributed to this album, you helped shape the ideas in my head. To my son Darius, who gave me more inspiration than I thought was possible. To the Ignition Lab, that kept me immersed in music while raising an infant. And thanks most of all to my husband Roman, for urging me to get this all recorded and out into the world.