Enchanting Chanteuse Returns to Open Space
Back by popular demand, Rizo returns to Open Space on Friday, January 31st. A Manhattan fixture with global acclaim, Rizo has earned a name for herself by transforming nightclub-pop into soulful and theatrical cabaret performances. Read on to learn about the performer who gets the island buzzing.
“Rizo is, with no exaggeration, the most skilled and wildly entertaining performer I know. She blows my mind, for real!” -Kevin Joyce, Arts and Event Producer, Vashon
“An anarchist streak still runs through me,” says Rizo, the singer-sophisticate who was once a teenage punk rocker. “I love the idea of claiming something that’s uncool and making it authentic.” To that end, the NYC-based artist has earned a name for herself by transforming nightclub-pop into experiences that are more soulful, more theatrical. Watch below to experience a taste.
“A formidable belter who can sustain phrases and notes even when sprawled on her back on a piano and scissoring her legs.” – The New York Times
The New York Times once referred to Rizo (né Amelia Zirin-Brown) as “a formidable belter who can sustain phrases and notes even when sprawled on her back on a piano and scissoring her legs.” They’re not alone in that enthusiasm. Rizo — who released Indigo, her second album, in 2017 — has collaborated with Moby, Reggie Watts, and Yo-Yo Ma, the latter on his Songs of Joy & Peace album, which won a Grammy Award.
Rizo has brought her unmistakable and unmissable talent as a chanteuse from London to New York and from Spotify to TED Talks. She’s received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, a Time Out London theater award, and a 2013 London Cabaret Award. She also co-composed music for Adam Rapp’s Los Angeles, as well as theme songs for the Fuse network and E! Entertainment. All of which is to say: Our Lady of Perpetual Creativity is, by design, many things to many people. Below, she performs for her original cut “Ink Drip” on Art Zone is Seattle.
Rizo fully embraces the role of chanteuse. In recordings, she is a mysterious figure, a siren ushering you through tableaus of heartbreak, lust, and the murkiness in between. Live, she is an eyeful. “Freddie Mercury embodied songs with his voice and body,” she says, admiringly.
“SENSATIONAL… A fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ’n’ roll” – New York Times
Like the Queen singer, she too can make even the simplest sentiment feel voluminous. Those lucky enough to find themselves in Open Space on January 31st will experience an electric performance that is the hallmark of Rizo’s world-class cabaret.
“★★★★★ – “Rizo boasts a powerhouse set of pipes and personality galore.” – The Times of London
Rizo just finished a 6 month role as Madame ZinZanni in Teatro ZinZanni’s Love, Chaos & Dinner in Chicago. This is her fourth time performing at Open Space. According to Arts and Event Producer Kevin Joyce, it’s no wonder Vashon audiences can’t get enough of the renowned performer, “Rizo is, with no exaggeration, the most skilled and wildly entertaining performer I know. She blows my mind, for real!”
“If you only see one cabaret show this year, see Rizo” – Time Out
Rizo is already sold out in Seattle, which means this is your chance to catch her in the Evergreen State. May we even suggest treating yourself to wine and chocolate, front row seating, and a private reception with Rizo herself by purchasing a VIP ticket (while supplies last). The perks? Front row seating, complimentary chocolate and glass of wine, and a Private Reception with Rizo herself! Backstage VIP tickets are $60 advance, and $70 at the door (if available). This is a 21+ event.
“Soulful, uproarious, irresistible. Rizo is your perfect introduction to cabaret today.” – Time Out London
Reserved Table Seating is $38 advance and $45 at the door (if available). General Admission is $26 advance and $30 door.
Doors open at 7. Show at 8. Get your tickets here.