“Vienna Carroll...a unique story of America, sung by an incredible voice. Simply stunning. ”
— Woody Lewis, Musician
Reviews and Interviews
Blues Matters! - "genuinely listenable and enjoyable, but also extremely educational and yes, political
Neon Jazz: Famous Interviews with Joe Dimino - "Harlem-based Vocal Powerhouse Vienna Carroll"
New York Music Daily - "politically-charged reinventions of classic blues and gospel themes"
Red Hook Star Revue - "downright inspirational"
Howard Jordan, Jordan Journal - "Vienna Carroll brought the house down"
Jazz & Blues Report - "superb recording"
Vienna Carroll’s new CD Harlem Field Recordings is a collection of Spirituals, work songs and blues with a Serious Groove like you haven’t heard before. It grew out of her project Folk First: Black Roots Music celebrating early Black music and its influence on the music of today. Vienna draws unexpected folkloric connections with contemporary artists, and NYC subway candy men, noting specific historical moments in African American history.
It’s the fire in her belly that lights up the fire in your soul. Vienna's folksy blues and soulful funk take you back to church, back to the roots. The passion in her voice and her masterful storytelling fill a room, draw you in and hold you close. Vienna's larger-than-life performances channel influences from Ray Charles, Dinah Washington and her great-grandmother Susie Stokes' Wheatfield Church of the Living God.
Harlem Field Recordings features Vienna on vocals, Stanley Banks (George Benson) on bass, Washboard XT aka Newman Taylor Baker (Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Henry Grimes) on washboard, Keith Johnston (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Jon Hendricks) on guitar, and guests Nioka Workman (Anthony Braxton, David Murray) on cello, Melanie Dyer (Joe Bonner, Reggie Workman) on viola, and Henrique Prince (Ebony Hillbillies, Sun Ra Arkestra) on fiddleviolin.
Vienna's first album, Singin Wid A Sword in Ma Han reprised tunes from her award-winning play of the same name in collaboration with Washboard XT on spoons, pots and other percussion.
Her second album, Vienna Carroll Live, is a live recording of an evening celebrating Blues and Roots music at NYC’s famous Living Room and featured Washboard XT, Michael O’Brien (Harry Connick Jr., Ruben Blades) on bass, Melanie Dyer and Keith Johnston.
Vienna's current CD project in development, This is Harlem Country, includes stories that highlight sea shanties and rare spirituals, songs in whose bosom all American music rests. She will continue to work with her stellar string band.
Plays and Other Projects: |SHALLOW BROWN: Thessalonia and the Free Sailor, First Langston Hughes Playwright Showcase, Harlem NY |Valor In The Hills, award-winning series about a free Black NY community during the Civil War. Resident Artist, Hudson River Museum NY |First NYC Underground Railroad Festival Juneteenth Celebration, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrim, Brooklyn NY |Singin Wid A Sword In Ma Han, NYC Fringe Festival Audience Favorite Award.
Vienna is a NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Music/Sound.