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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Nico Gray Celebrates Art d’Ecco
Mark welcomes back Nico Gray as “Guest Producer”. Nico is a writer, performance artist, and actor who has performed with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Gorilla Theatre, 8th St. Cafe Theatre, Actor’s Craft, and Big Bang Buffet. Nico has worked for Theatre League, The Midland Theatre, and is currently a marketing & advertising consultant with Union Station, KC Fringe, and KC Creates. Nico grew up in KC but has lived in Chicago, New York, and Marseille.
Nico Gray Celebrates Art d’Ecco with selected musical tracks from his albums: DAY FEVERS (2016), TRESPASSER (2018), IN STANDARD DEFINITION (2021) and singles. Mixed with the music, Nico shares multiple short segments from a 2-hour interview he recently conducted with Art d’Ecco on the phone from Victoria, British Columbia. Nico also plays music from Art d’Ecco’s influences: David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, U2, Love and Rockets, and Cosmo Sheldrake.
Art d’Ecco has been compared to David Bowie, The Cure, and Sparks. Born in Ottawa, Ontario and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, d’Ecco’s father put him up at a family home in the Gulf Islands to care for his grandmother, then ailing with Alzheimer’s disease. It was during this time that d’Ecco wrote the songs that would make up his solo debut, DAY FEVERS, recorded with a piano and an iPhone. After touring with DAY FEVERS, d’Ecco began to experiment with his image. Inspired by his fascination with Iggy Pop and Deerhunter he had arrived at his signature glam-androgynous look, just as he released his second album, Trespasser. In 2021 d’Ecco released his third album, IN STANDARD DEFINITION, recorded in analog on a 50-year-old console. More info at: http://www.artdeccomusic.ca
Nico Gray Portrait by: Jan McNiel
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