Natalie Weiss

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Musician/ Puppeteer / Playwright / Performing Artist Natalie Weiss has been creating music under the moniker Unicornicopia since 2001. Her eclectic Unicornicopia performances are as well received at world-renown art shows such as the Performa Biennial and the Museum of Modern Art's Warm Up at P.S. 1 as they are at rock and cabaret venues such as The Knitting Factory, the Box and Joe’s Pub. She collaborates extensively with costume designer riderhood and prominent music producers such as Joe McGinty (Losers Lounge, Psychedelic Furs), Jeff Saltzman (producer of The Killers multi-platinum album Hot Fuss), and duets with Ann Magnuson (of Bongwater) on the upcoming Fischerspooner album.
Her postmodern compositional style also extends into the realm of musical theatre: at 19 years old she wrote, composed and directed her first musical, Cami, Lamby and Quinn, which she self-produced at the International Fringe Festival. Since then she has written, composed, directed, designed and produced two additional full-length musicals, both of which reflected her growing skill as a puppeteer. Using a style developed while teaching AIDS education in Africa, and utilizing a technique developed under Moscow Art Theatre's Robert Francesconi, Weiss is now a deft designer, performer and director of multiple mask and puppetry types. Her third original musical, the smash Off-Off Broadway hit Jack and the Beanstalk, featured 6-foot two-wheeled human-integrated puppets as well as Vietnamese-influenced water puppets that were manipulated in a pool of water by non-actors (including George Wallace, Werner Herzog’s schizophrenic darling) in a converted mayonnaise factory.
Weiss' smart and playful genre mashing isn't restricted to original music - she also works as a music supervisor for fashion and theatre regularly. Music supervision highlights include Meryl Streep’s benefit for the Soho Repertory Theater, Steve Martin’s benefit for Elevator Repair Service and Monica Byrne's Spring/Summer 2008 presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

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