"Tartalia is to pop music what granola is to cereal." – NYRock.com.
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
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.