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Inspired by the blues, Val Kinzler draws from an eclectic array of society's war torn heroes and working class zeros granting them poetic immortality in a razor heart edged Valhalla.
Val Kinzler is founder of the "The Righteous Women Who Rock" concert series.
The first of these inspiring events was launched on April 17 at Tammany Hall
in New York City.
Co-hosted by Rew Starr/Marina Kamen & Michelle Fury, it proved to be an
inspiring celebration of female fronted acts preaching empowerment through
Kinzler's fierce lyrics and in your face style has pegged her as one of
New York City's most righteous women rockers.
Val's "Resume" CD (produced by Larry Russell of Muzik Jakit NYC) is a collection of unique,
soul wrenching, torch songs with
psychedelic edge. This music is not for the faint hearted.
"Playing politics among the flowers when my career took a shower/ Now I
set hair for Bright Twisty Lies/ We keep the tears lacquered down inside"
"Raised a Girl Scout been called a whore sold Voodoo cookies door to door"
"What's a place like this doing in a girl like me?"
(A Place Like This)
East Third Street, (produced by Genya Ravan) heralds the downfall of an aging beauty queen turned wino. In the Alleyways of Love, a sanitation worker falls in love with a working girl while he's picking up the garbage. Hence, one man's trash is another one's treasure. On the original track of Alleyways, Hilly Kristal (CBGB's) played the voice of the sanitation worker!
Genya Raven sang background vocals with Val on the East Third Street CD which gives these well crafted songs an early rock and roll girl group feel.
In 1998, Kinzler placed in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the pop category for her song "Love Won't Break."
Thereafter, she was awarded with a Martin Guitars Women In Music scholarship. Val was also a first place winner in RAD's (Recording Artist Development) singer/songwriter Summer 2012 competition.
Theatrically expressive,intense, and emotionally intelligent, this versatile artist encompasses her own unique musical genre. Kinzler's musical mini-dramas can be likened to a hope opera for society's war torn idealists.
"The Path To Freedom" was written by Val and students post 9/11 as they struggled to impart a message of hope and strength to the victims and volunteers. They performed their poetically empowering tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11, for school dignitaries, at fire departments, police stations and ultimately, Ground Zero amidst hate graffiti on the wooden platform overlooking the canyon of wreckage.
Val's Music Cool songwriting program became an integral part of the elementary and middle school curriculum. Music Cool secured several grants, recorded a peer-led CD and performed A "Silence the Violence" concert and "Please Don't Tease" anti-bullying initiative led by Val and her band of student activists. Music Cool's concert series was featured on WFUV's City Scape program alongside Sesame Street and Songs of Love.
"Resume," 2004. (Produced by Larry Russell Muzik Jakit)
Available at CDbaby, Amazon, Itunes and at her
Reverbnation.com/valkinzler on line store.
"True Love Lies" is a re-mastered collection of Val's work co-produced by Popa Chubby who also joins on lead guitar.
These tracks are available in the Reverbnation.com/valkinzler store for purchase.
East Third Street's title track was featured in the BBC documentary;
"The Children of Woodstock"
"East Third Street CD; "Alleyways of Love", "On My Mind" and "Out of Town" were included in the nationally released film "Road Trip" produced by David Harder
Currently, Val Kinzler plays in the NYC & tri state area while working as an independent teaching artist for Music Cool World.
Her band strives to carry on the tradition of old school classic rock with punk spirit.
Val is currently is recording & gigging in the New York City area.
Joseph Vasta (bass/production)
David White (lead guitar)
Tony Lazarra (Drums/vocals)
"Great stuff! Let's hear it for Valkyrie."........... Marty Balin
"Interestingly hip!" ........... Dr. John
"Val Kinzler's Resume needs to be heard!" ........ David Malachowski The Daily Freeman