Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina.
As a composer, Tamar-kali has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound. The aggressive, melodic, rock of her five-piece outfit enchants you with its melody, while delivering a swift kick to the gut with its incisive emotional core. Her debut LP Black Bottom challenged the alt-rock norm.
The pieces she composes and arranges for her string sextet and voice project, Psychochamber Ensemble, marries the classical music of her Catholic upbringing with post-punk sensibilities.
Tamar-kali speaks her lyrical truth with a supreme passion and a voice that will shake your foundation and shatter your expectations with its soulful intensity. Her range and versatility has allowed her to perform on a variety of domestic and international stages with a diverse list of artists from Vernon Reid and Roger Waters to Vijay Iyer and Moses Sumney.
2017 marked her debut as a film score composer. Her work on Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated “Mudbound,” garnered her the World Soundtrack Academy’s 2018 Discovery of the Year Award.
Her subsequent film scores; Joshua Marston’s Come Sunday, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Martin Sheen, and The Lie, directed by Veena Sud, reveal an expanding palette that originates from her emotional artistic core.
2019 was a hallmark year for her work as a composer. In addition to composing her first symphonic commission, she scored four films total; three of which were featured at the Sundance Film Festival 2020. They include Dee Ree’s anticipated thriller, the Joan Didion novel adaptation The Last Thing He Wanted, starring Anne Hathaway, Willem DaFoe and Ben Affleck; Josephine Decker’s psychological drama Shirley, starring Elisabeth Moss as famed horror author Shirley Jackson; and Kitty Green’s The Assistant.
Tamar-kali’s current artist landscape includes a range of projects. A theatrical concert work, Demon Fruit Blues, is in development with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a solo EP featuring a collection of eclectic torch songs, My Morning Cameo, is slated for release this year.
Learn more at Tamar-kali.com.