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August 4, 2013
New York artist/activist Marla Mase has confirmed that she and guitarist Tomás Doncker will be bringing her “Speak” show to Summerstage 2013, joining a lineup that includes The Zombies, Django Django, Dead Prez, Lianne la Havas and Rakim. The CD “Speak Deluxe” found Marla touring both China and Europe, being honored by Friends of the UN, and receiving top reviews from publications such as The Huffington Post, who said “her feisty message of peace will perhaps wake up the beast in all of us”.
“Speak” is a multi-media concert and dance piece inspired by the songs of Marla Mase’s acclaimed 2013 album, “Speak Deluxe”. Combining live music, spoken word, dance and visual imagery, Marla has teamed up with choreographer Adrienne Hurd, filmmaker James Jankiewicz, and director/producer Sara Berg (who directed A Brief Night Out, Marla’s rock opera about a women going through a mid-life rock-n-roll crisis in 2012) for one of a kind show. “Speak” presents a powerful portrayal of “the universal woman’s” confinement, sexuality, body image, trauma, oppression and freedom, celebrating the raw reality of the human condition as expressed through the eyes, bodies, and voices of women.
Marla Mase’s “Speak” performance takes place on August 17 at The East River Park. It is free to the public. Event information can be found here:

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Artist: Marla Mase  (backed by Tomás Doncker Band)
Location: New York, New York
Styles: rock (alternative/classic), punk, spoken word, funk, reggae, experimental
Similar to: Patti Smith, Henry Rollins, David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Iggy Pop, Ian Dury, GTO’s
CD: SPEAK DELUXE (Feb 28, 2013)
Marla Mase – Lead Vocals
Tomás Doncker:  guitars, vocals
Josh David :  bass, vocals
James Dellatacoma:  guitars, computer (sounds, etc)
Damon DueWhite:  drums
Alan Grubner:  violin
Heather Powell:  back-up vocals
Manu Koch:  keyboards
Daniel Sadownick:  percussion
Produced by Tomás Doncker and James Dellatacoma
Engineered by James Dellatacoma of Orange Studios
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper of Turtletone Studios
Music videos:
Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City.  Marla is known for her provocative, raw performance style and intelligent lyrics. Her music ranges from rock n’ roll to experimental spoken word, funk and punk rock. She is backed by the Tomás Doncker Band. When touring in China, Marla was invited by Friends of the UN to perform for UN GLOBAL PEACE DAY in Linzhou City, where she was given an honorary “Messenger of Peace” award for her visionary work as a songwriter and performing artist. The Huffington Post featured her in 2013, saying “her feisty message of peace and perhaps wake up the beast in all of us.”
Marla released “SPEAK Deluxe” on Feb 28, 2013, a 16 track CD containing human rights and feminist perspectives on tracks like Piece of Peace, Lioness, Scream, and AnnaRexia, a reggae track featuring Garrison Hawk from Bill Laswell’s Method of Defiance. AnnaRexia is spearheading the StayImperfect Project or Love Your Butt Campaign, which Marla created to empower women to love themselves and their bodies. Proceeds from AnnaRexia go towards, a non-profit founded by two teenage eating disorder survivors, that raises funds for girls whose families cannot afford to send them to treatment.
“SPEAK Deluxe” was well received worldwide, earning write ups in The Huffington Post, Underthegunreview, Absolute Punk, Obscure Sound, Dingus, Critical Mob, Nothing But Hope And Passion,, Tone Deaf, The Deli NYC and Rock & Roll Report among others. Marla played locally and also visited Europe for a string of live dates in support of the album.
Mase also developed THE SPEAK SHOW, a multi-media concert/performance piece using music (from SPEAK Deluxe), 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. It was booked twice for NYC Summerstage 2013 alongside major acts such as The Zombies, Dead Prez and Django Django.
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’s play, The Canarsie Line directed by Kathryn Rossetter, ran at The Bank Street Theatre to sold out audiences in 2002. Her play Man/Woman was work-shopped at the Abingdon Theatre in 2004.
Marla has her MA in writing and performance from NYU and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Most importantly Marla is the mother to two beautiful souls.

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