Courtney Act, Christmas, and CAKE by Edwin Pabon!

I had the pleasure of performing with fellow Australian and Drag Race alumni, Courtney Act over this past weekend, in her Christmas extravaganza, “‘Twas the G’Day Before Christmas” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. Serving as her “Sexy Santa,” I was stripped by Miss Act, before singing my decidedly un-Christmassy version of William Bolcom’s “Song of Black Max,” accompanied by the incredibly talented Lance Horne at the piano.  Check out Courtney’s wonderful new Christmas single “Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man,” with Willam and Alaska Thunderfuck on iTunes.

Breaking the Internet with the impossibly beautiful Courtney Act, and the formidably talented Lance Horne, Christmas 2014.

Breaking the Internet with the impossibly beautiful Courtney Act, and the formidably talented Lance Horne, Christmas 2014.

In other news, my electro-cabaret, “NOVA NOIR,” returns to the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel December 10, 10:30PM, exploring my neo-Weimar, electropop catalogue, and showcasing my new mash-up of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and Missy Elliott’s “Work It” (first seen last month at The Meeting at Joe’s Pub). The Manderley Bar is located at 542 West 27th street, and the show is free of charge!

 

Tuesday, December 9th sees the opening of “CAKE,” a new photographic exhibition by Edwin Pabon, housed at NYC’s G Lounge. I’m delighted to be included in the show, along with behinds belonging to Will Wilkle, Seth Fornea, and Matthew Camp, among many glorious others. I’m also featured on the official merchandise for the show, in the form of the fantastic t-shirts Mr. Pabon created with Ben Copperwheat, available at the opening of the exhibition (6-9PM//G Lounge//255 W 19th St.), and later in a limited edition collection online at http://www.edwinpabonphotography.com. Follow Edwin on Instagram for more fantastic images at @mrgagger, and click through for his enchanting Tumblr.

Kim Smith in Edwin Pabon's "CAKE" at G Lounge, NYC

Kim Smith in Edwin Pabon’s “CAKE” at G Lounge, NYC

Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir” live at the Manderley Bar, Dec 10!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on December 10, at 10:30PM, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir November 5 & December 10, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith

 

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

 

 

Kim Smith’s “Nova Noir,” live at the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, April 2 — with special guest star, Karen Kohler!

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography

Kim Smith, Photo by Larry Hamilton for Blue Photography, 2014.

Kim Smith returns to The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Wednesday, April 2nd with “Nova Noir.”

$10 advance online sale, or $15 at the door.
Doors open at 7pm, programme at 7:30.
Le Poisson Rouge — 158 Bleeker Street, NYC

Award-winning Australian cabaret performer, Kim Smith, charts a dark and whimsical path through a neo-Weimar pop-fantasia of genre-bending pop and peculiar period treasures with “Nova Noir.”  Mining his debut album, Nova, Smith gives his own electropop originals a decadent 1920′s treatment, while re-imagining works by Weimar-era composers, and modern-day artists alike, including: Friedrich Hollaender, Cher, Kurt Weill, the Supremes, Hanns Eisler, and myriad glittering others.

Karen Kohler

Master of the European Songbook, Karen Kohler.

Nova Noir comes to life at the hands of accordionist/music director Benjamin Ickies  (House of Yes, This Ambitious Orchestra), and his rogue band of marauding musicians, and features a special guest performance by cabaret legend, KAREN KOHLER!

 

Listen to our studio recording of “Padam” below, and click through to purchase $10 advance online sale tickets!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City 

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir at the Manderley Bar, Jan 20!

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013

Kim Smith, Nova Album Cover 2013. Image by RAM Imagery.

Kim Smith’s Nova Noir will take the stage at The Manderley Bar (at the McKittrick Hotel) on January 20, at 10:30PM in a free concert, conjuring the glitter and doom of Weimar-era Germany, and the electronic heartbeat of modern pop in a Frankenstein’s monster of genre-mashing and music making.

Fronting a too-talented band led by the inimitable Benjamin Ickies, Kim Smith performs his own electropop originals alongside peculiar period treasures, incorporating works by Friedrich Hollaender, Kylie Minogue, Kurt Weill, Madonna, The Supremes, Mischa Spoliansky, and myriad others.

Kim Smith/Nova Noir January 20, 10:30PM at The Manderley Bar/The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC). FREE!

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, NYC

“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There’s no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that’s it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City

Kim Smith’s Debut Album, NOVA, Out Now!

Early reviews are in for my debut pop album, Nova! Hailed as “percolating, synth driven, bouncy pop,” Nova is available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon, and is available to stream on Spotify. Don’t forget to download your free remixes of Jealous (a Kim Smith/Kylie Minogue mashup) and Never Ever via Soundcloud!

Kim Smith's debut pop album, Nova. Image by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY. Design by Liam Curry. 2013

Kim Smith’s debut pop album, Nova. Image by Mauricio A. Rodriguez, RAM IMAGERY. Design by Liam Curry. 2013

Pulsating, throbbing electro-dance realness… “Radio” sounds like the long lost sibling of Madonna’s Holiday, and, as such, provides an effervescent introduction to the work of Mr Smith’s percolating, synth driven, bouncy pop.  The lyrics are full of dark thoughts and obsessive tendencies. While the listener is exploring the seedier side of disco, Mr. Smith brings the lyrics and music of the album into vivid focus, it’s musical collaborative alchemy at it’s finest — My Fizzy Pop

Pure art. — Taking Over The Universe

Staying true to his cabaret roots, he has easily injected a flair for the dramatic into every carefully placed lyric.  His delivery is classier than your standard recording artist and that sets him apart from so many other vocalists.  Between the production and his stylings, it’s easy to see how this pop album could create a genre all it’s own, one that I call “Cabaret-Synth”. — Pop Rinse Repeat

Boasting eleven electropop originals, Nova is produced by Måns Ek and written by a galaxy of international songwriters, including American lyricist Charlie Mason, Måns Ek, Dirty Dasmo, Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp), Erik Gold, Dirk Homuth, Johan Emmoth, Erik Lidbom, Richard Hymas, Ricardo Autobahn, Anders Lystell, Linda Stenmark, Florian Buba and Neele Ternes.

Q Magazine Cover, Industry, and Opéra de Québec

Image

Kim Smith: Q Magazine Cover, July 2013. Image by June Toyooka

I’m currently gracing the cover of Australia’s Q Magazine, with an accompanying interview discussing the creation of my debut pop album, Nova! Read the interview here, and check out the new images by photographer Alan Mercer from our recent session in LA.

Tonight (Wednesday, July 17), I’ll be singing “Shooting Star” (from Nova) in the Sherry Vine Show at NYC’s Industry nightclub!  Come along for Sherry’s signature xxx rated parodies, and my own summery pop concoctions, and stay for the libations and the handsome bar staff.

Kim Smith Industry

Kim Smith in the Sherry vine Show, Weds, July 17 at Industry NYC!

July also sees me back in rehearsals for Thomas Adès’ “Powder Her Face” for a brief run of performances in Québec City over August 1, 3, and 5 for Opéra de Québec! I’ll be reappearing in Jay Scheib’s wonderful production in the Corp of Lovers, while my husband, tenor Will Ferguson, reprises his role as The Electrician.  If you’re into naked men and opera, this is the show for you!

Lastly, visit the links below to download two free remixes of my songs “Jealous,” and “Never Ever!”

Happy summer (or winter)!

Kim Smith Live at the Neue Galerie, NYC, June 11!

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim Smith ©2013 RAM IMAGERY. Mauricio A. Rodriguez. All Right Reserved

Kim will be giving a free, outdoor performance at the Neue Galerie as part of the Museum Mile Festival, Tuesday June 11, 6PM!

Supported by bandleader Benjamin Ickies on accordion, Matt James on drums, and Andy Madej on tuba, Kim will lead listeners through disfigured pop treasures (including his own pop singles, “Never Ever” and “Jealous”) and period peculiarities from artists such as Kurt Weill, The Supremes, Hans Eisler, and many glittering others.

The Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street.