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. Her debut LP Black Bottom, challenged the alt-rock norm.
"an ambitious new adventure into metal, classical, and progressive styles." – SONIC SCOOP
The pieces she composes and arranges for her string sextet and voice project: Psychochamber Ensemble, marry 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 Vijay Iyer to Meshell Ndegeocello 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. She composed two works in a series of orchestral pieces focused on the Gullah Geechee during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In addition she scored 4 films total; 3 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 just ahead of its January 31st release. The 4th film, a documentary, John Lewis: Good Trouble is slated for theatrical release this summer.
Tamar-kali's current artistic 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.
Milan Records announces the JUNE 5 release of SHIRLEY (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by genre-defying artist, musician and composer TAMAR-KALI. Available for preorder now, the album features new music written by Tamar-kali for NEON's forthcoming film about renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson. Also making its debut alongside today's preorder is the album's lead track "Baby" – listen here. Originally making its award-winning premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Shirley, starring Elizabeth Moss, will be available everywhere Friday, June 5 from NEON.