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Friday,June21,2013 ::TheIslander::Page13 AfterDark NewYorknative“Curly”Karen Schleiferperformsfromtheheart— withamixofcovertunesandsoulful originals. “...AnythingfromMarvinGayeto BrunoMarstoBillyJoeltoJohn PrinetoPinktoFionaAppletothe RollingStones,”shesaid. Butitisheroriginalmusicthat getsthegreaterreaction,shesaid. Herfriendsencouragehertofo- cusonhersongs,andataGrapevine giginTuckertonlastweekend,it wasn’tuntilsheperformedsome originalsthatpeoplestartedtopay attention,shesaid. Lifeandheartbreakinspireher. Schleiferlostbothofherparentsin the1990s,andshestartedwriting moreafterthat,shesaid.Onceshe hadaninstrumentinherhands,“mu- sicstartedpouringoutofme.” Schleifer,whoisfromStatenIs- landandnowlivesinBrooklyn,has beenperformingsinceshewas young,startingoffasagymnastand adancer.Shehadaroleintheorigi- nalBroadwayproductionof“Annie” in1978.Fromthere,shewasinvolved intheater,playinginschoolproduc- tionsandwiththeStatenIslandCivic Theater,wheresheappearedin“An- nie”againin1984,thistimeinthe titlerole. Althoughshebegancollegestudy- ingmusicaltheater,shedecidedit wasn’tforher,finishingwithade- greeinliterature.Whenshemovedto LosAngelesin1996,however,shehad achangeofheart. “Iwoundupproducingforathea- tercompanythere,whereImeta friendwhotaughtmetoplayguitar,” shesaid. Themusicaldirectorfortheshow shewasworkingontoldhershe shouldbesingingandthatsheneeded topickupaguitarandlearninorder tohaveaninstrumenttoaccompany hervoice. “Ineverreallylikedtoplaypi- ano,”shesaid.“Writingmusicwith(a guitar)camemuchmorenaturallyto me.” Schleiferfirstplayedguitarin 1998,whenshewas28. “ThemomentIpickedupaguitar, allthemusicalityIhadinmyhead mywholelifecameoutandIimmedi- atelystartedwritingmusic,”she said. By2003,shehadputsongstogeth- erforanalbum,andthenextyear movedbacktoNewYork. “Itwasn’tuntilIstartedattending aweeklyjamsessionin2008onSt. Mark’sPlacethatIfeltmymusic reallyexpand,”shesaid.“Iwasbeing soveryinspiredtoplaymoreand singmore,andstartedcollaborating withotherartiststhathavenowbe- comemycoreband.” Oftheseven-toeight-pieceband sheworkswithinNewYork,three comewithhertoherareashows. Whoshebringschangesfromshow toshow,butusuallyincludesguitarist SteveGregoire,whoshehasworked withsince2009;drummerJonasMa- nashowitz,whosheknewandworked withsince1996inLosAngeles;and keyboardistBillGoffi. Tommy“SmoothT”Siconolfi,who producedhersecondalbum,“Yes, YouCanTouchIt,”willbeherlocal summersoundguy. SchleiferhasbeencomingtoLBI sincecollege,andshehaddreamsof livingandplayinglocally.She thoughtmoreaboutitlastyearwhen shecametoseeafriend’sdaughterin aSurflightproductionof,ironically, “Annie.” Timepassed,andafewmonths ago,SchleifercameacrossaBeach Havenbeachbadge,remindingher aboutherdesiretoplayhere.A friendendeduprecommendingher tosomeonewhoworksatPlantation inHarveyCedars,whoforwarded herinformationtoPetePalladino, generalmanagerofthatrestaurant andDaddyOinBrantBeach. “Therestishistory,”saidSchleif- er,whowasaskedtoplayatDaddyO everySaturdaythissummer. “It’ssoorganicastohowmymu- sicisworkingout,”shesaid.“My goalistokeepplayingliveshows, recordmorealbumsandtobeactive- lywritingforotherartists.” Andshe’sdoingjustthat. “I’mcurrentlybeingsignedtoa distributiondealformyfirstalbum ‘OnlytheOcean’withEssential MediaGroupbasedoutofMiami,” shesaid.“Theywillbereleasingthat album,I’llbewritingforoneoftheir up-and-comingartists,andwe’re planningonreleasinganalbumofmy newworksbeforetheendofthe year.” Inthefall,sheplanstobeginre- cordingherthirdalbum. SchleiferwillperformatDaddyO inBrantBeachfrom6to10p.m.Sat- urdaysandoccasionalFridaysat PlantationinHarveyCedars(in- cludingtonightandJune28)from9 p.m.toclose. Formoreinformation,visitface- book.com/CurlyKaren. ‘Curly’Karen Schleiferhasa storytotell ByLauraGooley FortheIslander “Curly ” KarenSchleiferwillperformfrom6to10p.m.everySaturdayatDaddyOin BrantBeach. PHOTOCOURTESYOF“CURLY ” KARENSCHLEIFER LIKEUSONFACEBOOK Facebook.com/IslanderLBI

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