The Performing Arts Studio presents singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Antje Duvekot at the Sunday, March 18 Winter Wind Concert. Held in the Norman Train Depot, 200 South Jones, the concert begins at 7:00 pm. Admission is $10. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Light refreshments will be served.
“The very first time I listened to Antje's CD, Big Dream Boulevard, I fell in love with her music. It's so rare to feel such excitement and know immediately that this is someone that you're going to be listening to for a long, long time. She is taking New England by storm and word about her is spreading across the country. I'm so excited to be hosting her for her first ever show in Oklahoma.” says Winter Wind Committee Chair Becky Grider.
Norman poet and musician Nathan Brown, having just returned from the International Folk Alliance Conference said “Antje was a big hit, and a big buzz around the place.”
Duvekot came to this country with her mother at age 13 from Heidelberg, Germany. She began recording her own music at age 16, producing limited edition cassette tapes for her friends. At 18, she won the first open-mic competition she entered. Within a year she had recorded a number of songs on a borrowed 4-track tape machine, and released a self-produced full-length cassette entitled Waterstains. Two albums based on live performances followed.
She was named winner of the "Best New Folk" Competition in June, 2006, competing against 800 entries at the 35th Annual Kerrville New Folk Competition. The Boston Globe picked her first studio produced album Big Dream Boulevard as the #1 folk release of 2006, with a Bruce Springsteen album as #2, although neither is strictly folk. Antje’s song “Soma” won the grand prize in the rock category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2000.
Ellis Paul says “Antje Duvekot is America’s next great songwriter...my favorite new poet...the rare artist that can write about the social and the personal in the same breath. She is as understated as she is wise and her songs go down mentally as well as soulfully.” Duvekot now often tours with Paul, who sings on Big Dream Boulevard, her first studio produced album (Black Wolf Records, 2006.)
“I've never found anything like songs, that can get so many elements of my heart and brain working all at once." says Antje. " They're just a few minutes long, but you can live a whole life in a song."
Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Mark and Teresa Marsee; and Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School. The Montford Inn provided lodging.
For additional information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Performing Arts Studio at 405-307-9320. Hours are from 8 to 3 Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 5 on Sunday. For additional information on Duvekot, visit www.antjeduvekot.com.