Large will take Park City by storm
Entertainer loves her job
Storm Large is a renaissance woman.
She is a singer that loves to entertain audiences with an array of bands, most notably being Le Bonheur and Pink Martini, and, in addition to releasing three albums under her own name, has released six albums as part of other projects.
She also performs with symphonies and orchestras.
Large is also an author of a 2012 New York Times Bestselling memoire, “Crazy Enough,” which was named Oprah’s Book of the Week and was awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.
The book is also a basis for her one-woman musical “Crazy Enough.”
She is also an actress of the theater, film and TV, most notably as a contestant in the reality TV show “Supernova.”
Large is full of suprises and she promises to keep things spontaneous when the Park City Institute brings Large to Park City Saturday night for a cabaret-inspired performance at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts.
Large’s goal is to “To bring as much joy as possible into your theater, then to invite everyone to have a snow angel making contest, and/or a snowball fight,” she said during an email interview with The Park Record.
She also promised the performance will include her band Le Bonheur, who is scheduled to show up that evening.
“If they aren’t I will see them in court,” she said. “Of course they’ll be with me, they’re amazing.”
The show will focus on Large’s work with that band and not any of her other musical outings.
“I try to keep both bands preciously apart,” she said. “It keeps them both unique.”
Being an entertainer was something Large believes she was supposed to do.
“I grew up weird and super lonely, so I always tried to get attention, positive or negative — cracking jokes, singing [and] imitating any and every sound, person or accent,” she said.
“I craved being noticed and hoped to be liked. [The] only difference between now and then is that now I get paid for it.”
She cited “punk rock, rock ‘n’ roll, sex, horror movies, horses and wolves” as her main influence in regards of her creativity. And after a quarter of a century in the business, she still knows what she wants to do.
“My goals haven’t changed much since I started performing professionally 25 years ago,” she said. “I want to be good at what I do, and to improve at every opportunity.”
Throughout her career, Large has performed musically with Kirill Gerstein, John Doe, Rufus Wainwright, P-Funker George Clinton and k.d. lang. She has also worked with a sting of actors including Katie O’Grady and Theresa Russell.
Large said it would be flattering if she influenced them when asked how they have all influenced each other.
“I have no idea how I may have inspired them, [but] I’m always inspired by other performers’ energy, how they approach a song or a scene,” she said. “It is such a private, instant choice they make every moment. I love watching other people do their thing.”
Although the influences and inspirations are limitless in her career, Large said there are some challenges.
“Staying healthy on the road has to be the hardest,” she said. “Also [it’s hard] maintaining any romantic relationship for too long. I’m gone two-thirds of any given year at least. [That} keeps it romantic, but is also frustrating.”
Still, Large gets a kick out of performing for people.
“I get to make people happy, take them out of their heads, tickle and spit shine their thinking,” she said.
As for future endeavors, Large doesn’t want to stop being creative anytime soon.
“[I want to] write another book, play, and become fluent in at least two more languages,” she said.
Park City Institute will present singer, author and actress Storm Large at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, 1750 Kearns Blvd. Large, known for her work with Pink Martini, will perform with her band Le Bonheur. Tickets range from $29 to $79 and are available by visiting http://www.ecclescenter.org.
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