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Viva plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy Mercury had been a woman. She is influenced by diverse artists and styles including Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton, NYC, disco and jam band music, and has played everywhere from Bonnaroo with Cyro Baptista to Monterey Jazz Fest with Peter Apfelbaum. She has produced sell out music, burlesque and variety shows at The Slipper Room and Joe's Pub, and is one of the few females to have been featured in Guitar Player Magazine (2009). In 2011 she made her NYC theatrical debut as the musician in Taylor Mac's play WAAFME, which the NYTimes hailed as one of 2011's ten best. She will also be performing with him throughout this next year as part of his 24 hour long concert of imperfection.
Viva's 2010 LP release "Rock & Roll Lover" charted on CMJ and was hailed by WECB as one of the top 10 records of the year. In 2011, her band toured down to New Orleans twice, performed at Amanda Lepore's record release at the Highline Ballroom, premiered at The Gay Ole Opry and the NY Burlesque Festival. For the past 3 years, they have delighted audiences regularly at NYC's finest underground party, Rubulad, sharing stages with acts like The Beets and Lady Rizo. They will be premiering at BAM Café on Friday, March 23rd and on April 6th they play Joe's Pub for the burlesque tribute to The Who's Tommy. In May, she performs with legendary NYC downtown theater group, The Talking Band's newest play, "The Peripherals” at Dixon Place. For the rest of 2012, the band tours in support of their newest record, "Rhinestones & Rust", which they are currently finishing up.
"The love child of Joan Jett and Little Richard" - The Aquarian
"Viva, oh my god your tone is like Eric Clapton!” - Cyro Baptista
"Viva, you're like Diaper Man" - Steven Bernstein
“Viva's got a great voice” - Craig Street, producer kd lang
"The Liberace of the Electric Guitar" - Dirty Martini
"The band's like a cross between Delta 5 and The Pretenders" - Fan