Allison Tartalia
Allison Tartalia "Tartalia is to pop music what granola is to cereal." –

Indeed, Allison is not your run-of the-mill songwriter. Her unconventional arrangements, brutally honest lyrics, and wry humor make for performances that are as unforgettable as they are unpredictable. Audiences are taking notice at clubs, colleges and festivals around the country.

A classically trained pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Allison draws upon diverse influences to create her unique brand of orchestral chamber pop. The NY Times calls Allison a "singer with a sultry voice" and the Village Voice wrote "This native New Yorker's debut CD sounds legitimately more jazzy than folky—smack-dab in the Laura Nyro/Ricki Lee Jones/Sophie B. Hawkins lineage." Recently, Allison was named a finalist in the Solarfest Songwriter Showcase and CT Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, and other tunes have been recognized by the Billboard and John Lennon Songwriting Contests.

Allison's insatiable passion for anything musical has led her to develop an impressive and eclectic resume. In 2007, Allison's first foray into musical theatre as composer and arranger, 1918: A House Divided, was produced by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Theater for the New City, and an original cast recording was released in 2008. She has already begun work on another project to debut at Theater for the New City in March 2011. Recently, Allison was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the score to the documentary 5,000 Miles From Home. She has also performed as a singer with Petra Haden and the Sellouts and can be heard playing piano on numerous independent recordings.

Her latest project, the Sweet and Vicious EP, was produced by Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz, Yoko Ono) and will be released later this year.