The New Season, a series of concerts at Birdland featuring top Broadway performers, continues with Toxic Audio. Rated #1 in the Wall Street Journal/Zagat Theater Survey, Toxic Audio showcased its unique vocal, comedic and improvisational skills at the John Houseman Theater in an Award-winning Off-Broadway run last year. Within the first two months, the show had won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for "Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience." They have since performed as special guests at Gracie Mansion, for the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Actor's Fund concert of Hair. Toxic Audio won the 2003 CARA Award for "Album of the Year" for their third cd entitled Chemistry. A World Tour begins in Tokyo, Japan in January 2006. The Birdland concert celebrates the release of their new cd on the DRG label, entitled Word of Mouth.
The five vocalists in Toxic Audio use no instruments other than the human voice to create complex sonic textures, rhythmic drumbeats, thumping bass lines, and searing guitar-like solos in their performance of contemporary pop songs, timeless classics, jazz scat, and vocally-orchestrated original compositions. The group features the varied talents of Jeremy James, Shalisa James, Rene Ruiz, Paul Sperrazza, and Michelle Mailhot-Valines. Sound design is by John A. Valines III.
The New Season at Birdland is presented by Jim Caruso, in association with TheaterMania.com.