Five Floor Monica was founded in 1995 and has performed since then at venues all over New York City, including Fez, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wave Hill and the late great Sin-e.
Jonathan Alger is the group's principal songwriter and the producer of its debut album, Superwoman. By day, he's a museum exhibit designer.
James Bohanek, a native New Yorker, has appeared as a stage actor on and off Broadway, and now works in film and TV production.
Marya Grandy's recording credits include work with Paul Simon and The Manhattan Transfer. Marya is also a member of the sketch-comedy group The Associates.
Matt Heimer has also written music for Five Floor Monica and has been the group's artistic director since April 1999. He previously played guitar and sang with the bands Generica and Cogswell Cogs.
Eric Savolainen, a stockbroker, has performed throughout the U.S. and the world with the groups The Whiffenpoofs and Mixed Company.
What I Want
The Lonely & The Glorious
I Am A Camera
No One Came To Love
Five members, including alto singer Marya Grandy explain the five
floors, though Monica remains unaccounted for. Almost entirely comprised of
original songs, "Superwoman" is quirkily offbeat, and the group has a tight
and punchy sound that will conjure up visions of the Bobs in some places. The
sardonic intelligence and poetic imagery of lyrics such as "now he runs and
she hides and they fill the phone with alibis" are intriguing. The standout
arrangement is "Blackbird," where the bass and percussion rhythms establish
a rolling countermotif to the familiar melody. This development of texture is
also observed in "Sorry Susan," as the treble, bass and melody lines traverse
countervailing patterns that gradually converge. Smartpop.
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