NYC-based singer-songwriter and jazz pianist
Her love of words was born at a tiny desk, in a tiny room, just north of London. St. Albans'
Cathedral choir, father's classical radio, and mother's lullabyes echoed all around. And at
age seven, one never forgets sitting on the steps of a new home in Massachusetts, on
lookout, for the piano delivery truck.
Anna Dagmar's songs have an uncommon sense of patience, tenderness and depth in both
the lyrics and music. Her first album, One More Time in the Air, grew from a diary written
on a ship in Alaska. She orchestrated and recorded the songs in 2001 at the tail end of her
studies at the Eastman School of Music. This CD, which was released shortly before she
moved to NYC, would opened many doors, beginning with performances at The Bitter End,
The Knitting Factory, and Battery Park.
Inspired by singing lessons with Theo Bleckmann, Dagmar created a new album, Solo
Songs, in 2004. While her pure and gentle voice delivers the message of each song, rich
accompaniments and improvisation also offer a glimpse of her pianistic virtuosity. The
album's peaceful ballad, We're Alright Now, garnered an award from the Unisong
International Competition as well as a publishing partnership with Gold Guitars Music.
Dagmar also celebrated the release of Solo Songs in a homecoming concert at London's
She has returned to full ensemble arrangements on her latest collaboration with producer
Ben Wittman (Jonatha Brooke and The Story, Patty Larkin, Lucy Kaplansky). The new Anna
Dagmar EP also features soundscape guitarist Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), vocalist Theo
Bleckmann, and acoustic string and woodwind textures. The songs range from an upbeat
tale of a Brooklyn greasy-spoon, to a hopeful soldier's folklike durge. A detailed interview
on this collection can be found in the April 2006 edition of Chorus and Verse Magazine.
Dagmar performs frequently in NYC at venues including Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood
Music Hall, Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Mo Pitkins. Tour dates
have also included Boston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Berlin, London, and Manchester.
In addition to song writing, she has been studying the art of Indo-classical improvisation
with the Rajaf Quartet. The group recently performed ragas for the Prime Minister of
Pakistan. Dagmar can also be heard on song writer Nadine Goellner's new live CD (2006),
and on cellist Martha Colby's album Across Two Rivers (2005). Other collaborations
include contemporary duets with pianist Emily Manzo, and accompanying for mezzo-
soprano Rebecca Comerford. While new musical projects continue to expand and develop
in Dagmar's life, her own songs hold centerstage. Simply put by Amy Lotsberg of Collected
Sounds, I can't even think of a strong comparison to Dagmar. She's an original.