|Born||New York City, New York|
|Genres||Americana, blues, jazz, folk|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro|
|Labels||Talisman Records (2001–present)
Weasel Records (2008–present)
Natalia Zukerman is an American artist and musician raised in Manhattan, New York. She is the daughter of violist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman and flutist/writer Eugenia Zukerman, and the sister of opera singer Arianna Zukerman. With diverse influences that include Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and even Classical, Natalia Zukerman has been described by public radio as “an example of the finest Americana.”
“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” –New Yorker
“a strutting brass band one minute, a sighing lover the next.” –The Boston Globe
“a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” –Philadelphia Daily News
Music and Career
Zukerman's music is a cross-genre blend of blues, jazz, bluegrass and folk. The subject matter ranges from the whimsical to the metaphysical. Often she tells stories or relates personal observations about life and relationships, but her songs are not "confessional" in nature. Her vocal style reflects strong jazz influences.
Zukerman plays a variety of guitars including acoustic, electric, slide guitar, dobro, lap steel guitar and banjo, but primarily focuses on her Goodall acoustic guitar and vintage 1938 Rickenbacker lap steel guitar. Her guitar playing is described as "fluid and smooth" while she is also acclaimed for her dexterity and nimble fingers.
Reflecting her varied musical roots, Zukerman cites Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, Bonnie Raitt, Erika Luckett, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones and Ani DiFranco among her musical influences. Her first three albums were released on her own independent record label, Talisman Records. In 2008, she released her fourth album on Willy Porter's Weasel Records label.
Along with her work as singer, songwriter and guitarist, Zukerman is also an accomplished artist specializing in large format drawings and murals.
Her latest studio album was called Gas Station Roses and exemplified her electric, acoustic and lap steel guitar playing. The album features many guest appearances, including Patty Larkin, Garrison Starr, Meghan Toohey (The Weepies), Adrianne Gonzalez (The Rescues), Todd Sickafoose (Ani Difranco), and Ray Bonneville and offers an array of sounds – from Rock anthem to Americana Blues lament, heartfelt love songs, pop and folk. It was first released in 2011 and early post order issues contained original paintings or prints of paintings by Natalia Zukerman.
- 2011 - Gas Station Roses
- 2008 - Brand New Frame
- 2006 - Only One
- 2003 - On A Clear Day
- 2001 - Mortal Child
- Winterbloom: Winter Traditions (2009)
- Indie-Music.com - Natalia Zukerman ~ On a Clear Day
- The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music - Natalia Zukerman
- http://meandthee.org/blog/txp/blogspot/100/quick-q-and-a-with-natalia-zukerman Quick Q&A With Natalia Zukerman
- Denver - Music - Natalia Zukerman