Joan Wasser performing at the Summer Sundae festival, 2006
|Birth name||Joan Wasser|
|Also known as||Joan As Policewoman|
|Born||July 26, 1970|
|Instrument(s)||Violin, guitar, piano|
|Years active||1991 –present|
|Associated acts||The Dambuilders, Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Joseph Arthur|
Joan Wasser (born July 26, 1970, in Biddeford, Maine) is a violinist and singer/songwriter in the indie rock world. Summer Sundae (also called the Summer Sundae Weekender) is an annual Music festival held in Leicester, England which focuses on indie Events 657 - Battle of Siffin. 811 - Battle of Pliska; Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Norwalk is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Reveal Records started life as an independent music retailer in Derby, England. Events 657 - Battle of Siffin. 811 - Battle of Pliska; Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. It is the largest city in the county and is the 6th largest in the State Indie rock is genre of Alternative rock that primarily exists in the independent Underground music scene Her best known album is Real Life, released in 2006 under the moniker Joan As Police Woman. Real Life is the debut album by Joan as Police Woman, released on Reveal Records in the UK on June 12 2006 and a year later in the In addition to her time with the Dambuilders, Wasser's resume includes live performances and studio work with Lou Reed, Tanya Donelly, Sheryl Crow, Sparklehorse, Dave Gahan, Elton John, the Scissor Sisters, Antony and the Johnsons, Joseph Arthur and Rufus Wainwright. History The Dambuilders was a band in the early 1990s Boston rock scene Lewis Allan Reed (born March 2 1942 is an American rock Singer-songwriter and Guitarist. Tanya Donelly (born July 14, 1966, in Newport Rhode Island) is an American Grammy -nominated Singer songwriter and Guitarist Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American Singer-songwriter and Musician. Sparklehorse is a United States Rock music group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous, who records much of Sparklehorse's material in his home Dave Gahan (born May 9, 1962 in Epping, Essex, England) is the Baritone lead singer for the English electronic Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 is an English pop / rock Singer, Composer The Scissor Sisters is a Grammy Award -nominated American band that formed in 2001 Antony and the Johnsons is a Mercury Prize -winning music act from New York City. Joseph Arthur (born September 28, 1971) is a contemporary Singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio.
Wasser was raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, with a younger brother, Dan. Norwalk is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. She began piano lessons at age six, before starting her first violin lessons at age eight. Wasser played violin in school and community orchestras before leaving Norwalk for her college studies.
Wasser began her career during her studies at Boston University where she was an early admittance student studying with the renowned Yuri Mazurkevich, who himself had studied under Russian violin virtuoso David Oistrakh. For similarly-named academic institutions see Education in Boston MA. David Fyodorovich Oistrakh (Russian Давид Фёдорович Ойстрах) David Fiodorovič Ojstrah; &ndash October 24, 1974 She played with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra before joining local bands the Lotus Eaters, Hot Trix with Mary Timony, and the Dambuilders. Mary Timony (born in Washington DC, 1970 is an American Indie rock singer guitarist keyboardist and violist. History The Dambuilders was a band in the early 1990s Boston rock scene
During her time in the Dambuilders, Wasser first began to make a name for herself in the indie rock world as she developed her aggressive style of playing, which led to work outside of the group. In the late 1990s, Wasser began to explore more musical paths than those limited only to violin playing, adding guitar and keyboard parts to the Dambuilders recordings, singing vocals, as well as co-writing several songs. Examples of these new explorations can be heard on the Dambuilders' Against the Stars; on both Luster and Itch It, Wasser wrote the lyrics and handled the lead vocals. Due to disillusionment, creative malaise, and a need to expand their respective musical horizons, the Dambuilders disbanded in October 1997.
In May of 1997, her boyfriend, musician Jeff Buckley, drowned accidentally, in Memphis, Tennessee. Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17 1966 – May 29 1997 raised as Scotty Moorhead, was an American Singer-songwriter and Guitarist He was the son Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17 1966 – May 29 1997 raised as Scotty Moorhead, was an American Singer-songwriter and Guitarist He was the son Memphis is a City in the southwest corner of Tennessee, and the County seat of Shelby County. He had written the song "Everybody Here Wants You" about her. " Everybody Here Wants You " is the second track on the posthumous Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk album release by Jeff Buckley. She continued to play with the Those Bastard Souls, a solo project started in 1995 by an old friend, Dave Shouse of The Grifters. History An independent rock band formed in 1995 as a solo side project by David Shouse of The Grifters. They made a record entitled "Debt and Departure". In 1996, Wasser also made a record with Nathan Larson called Mind Science of the Mind. Nathan Larson may refer to Nathan Larson (musician, an American musician Nathan Larson (politician, an American politician In late 1997 she created a band with the remaining members of Buckley's band called Black Beetle and finished an eponymous album which was never released. Beetles are the group of Insects with the largest number of known Species. This was the first project where she was writing as well as fronting a band.
In 1999, Joan joined Antony and the Johnsons. Antony and the Johnsons is a Mercury Prize -winning music act from New York City. She contributed to his Mercury Award winning album "I Am A Bird Now". Joan has stated in interviews that being part of this band saved her life because of the nurturing effect of Antony and his singularly beautiful voice.
The end of Black Beetle in June of 2002 brought the beginning of Wasser's work as a solo artist and the creation of a new band, Joan as Police Woman. Wasser formed the trio in New York City the same year. The group includes songwriter/vocalist Wasser on violin, keyboard, and guitar; Ben Perowsky on drums, percussion and backing vocals; and Rainy Orteca on bass and backing vocals. Other musicians working with the group have included Maxim Moston and Charlie Burnham. The group self-released an eponymous EP in 2004.
In February of 2004, Rufus Wainwright asked her to join his band, tour extensively and open the shows with her new project. Her intimate songs and relaxed stage presence gained her notoriety and new fans.
In December 2005, Wasser signed a distribution deal with Reveal Records, a British indie label, and subsequently released a 7" single as well as re-released Wasser's debut EP. Reveal Records started life as an independent music retailer in Derby, England. Joan As Police Woman's full-length debut, Real Life, was released in the UK on June 12, 2006 and released in EU, AU and Japan through PIAS based out of Brussels. Real Life is the debut album by Joan as Police Woman, released on Reveal Records in the UK on June 12 2006 and a year later in the Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It was released in the USA on June 12, 2007 on Cheap Lullaby Records based in Los Angeles. Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The music video for the single Eternal Flame, directed by Leah Meyerhoff, is currently airing on MTV Europe. Eternal Flame is a Music video for Joan As Police Woman directed by Leah Meyerhoff. Leah Meyerhoff (born December 4 1979 in San Francisco, California) is a Student Academy Award nominated director, producer and
Joan Wasser provides vocals and plays the volin on the song' Ballad of a Deadman' alongside David Sylvian on Steve Jansen's album 'Slope' which was released in 2007. David Sylvian (born David Alan Batt, 23 February 1958 in Beckenham, Kent, UK) is an English Singer, Musician
The end of 2007 finds Joan in the studio making her second record "To Survive" which will be released in mid 2008. She continues to play with Rainy Orteca and is now recording with Parker Kindred, old friend and drummer of her previous band, Black Beetle. Parker Kindred is an American drummer who played in the band of Jeff Buckley, appearing on his second album unfinished Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk Beetles are the group of Insects with the largest number of known Species.