Tiny Desk Concert On The Road 2019
Quinn Christopherson, Tiny Desk Contest winner for 2019 (photo courtesy of NPR Music)
NPR Music, WFUV and Blue Microphones are on the road with 2019 Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson! On Tuesday, June 25 in New York City, we'll have a one-of-a-kind concert with Quinn Christopherson and some amazing artists of the Tiny Desk Contest community in New York.
Thousands of unsigned bands and artists entered NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2019, our search to find the next great undiscovered artist to perform at the most famous desk in music. Our judges picked one winner, but we discovered many great musicians along the way. Now, NPR Music and Blue Microphones are teaming up with WFUV to bring Quinn Christopherson to New York, playing Brooklyn's Baby's All Right.
The show is sold out, but we encourage you to keep an eye out for Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson and the local bands opening for him: Bandits on the Run, Nik Alexander, and Sofie Zamchick.
Quinn is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq songwriter who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Quinn addresses his childhood and his role as a transgender individual navigating Alaska's social landscape through his music. Quinn’s entry captivated the Tiny Desk Contest judge panel from start to finish. His powerful song “Erase Me” is a nuanced take on his experience as a transgender man coming to terms with the power of his voice. Standing in front of a majestic painting of Mt. Denali, Quinn and his bandmate Nick Carpenter created their own work of art.
Bandits on the Run is Brooklyn's very own criminal whimsy ring, composed of cellist/badass Bonanza Jellyfish, guitarist/fool Roy Dodger, and player-of-toys/clairvoyant Clarissa. Veterans of the NYC busking scene, the three specialize in coloring any old place with a distinctive atmosphere, easily connecting with an audience while trading off frontman roles, with each bandit adding their unique voice and songwriting prowess to the pot for a heady, mood-buoying brew.
Nik Alexander is a versatile singer, songwriter and story teller. Using gospel, jazz and musical theater inflection. The New York native combines chords and lyrics that evoke freedom, refuge and restoration. Clinging to great influences like Stephen Sondheim, Stew and the Negro Problem, and Eartha Kitt, Nik's boundless energy and vocal ability has made him a favorite on the New York City music scene.
Sofie Zamchick is a New York-based singer/songwriter, musician, and actress. Accompanying herself on VibeKAT, marimba, piano, and guitar, Sofie writes indie pop songs that are anxiously romantic, exploring intimate moments and fleeting memories. Sofie is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing and Juilliard Pre-College. Her upcoming EP “look at you” is an autobiographical collection of songs exploring intimacy through technology.