Viva plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a
ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy
Mercury had been a woman. She is influenced by diverse artists and
styles including Jimi Hendrix, Dolly Parton, NYC, disco and jam
band music, and has played everywhere from Bonnaroo with Cyro
Baptista to Monterey Jazz Fest with Peter Apfelbaum. She has
produced sell out music, burlesque and variety shows at The Slipper
Room and Joe's Pub, and is one of the few females to have been
featured in Guitar Player Magazine (2009). In 2011 she made her NYC
theatrical debut as the musician in Taylor Mac's play WAAFME, which
the NYTimes hailed as one of 2011's ten best. She will also be
performing with him throughout this next year as part of his 24
hour long concert of imperfection.
Viva's 2010 LP release "Rock & Roll Lover" charted on CMJ and
was hailed by WECB as one of the top 10 records of the year.
In 2011, her band toured down to New Orleans twice, performed
at Amanda Lepore's record release at the Highline Ballroom,
premiered at The Gay Ole Opry and the NY Burlesque Festival.
For the past 3 years, they have delighted audiences regularly
at NYC's finest underground party, Rubulad, sharing stages with
acts like The Beets and Lady Rizo. They will be premiering at BAM
Café on Friday, March 23rd and on April 6th they play Joe's Pub for
the burlesque tribute to The Who's Tommy. In May, she performs with
legendary NYC downtown theater group, The Talking Band's newest
play, "The Peripherals" at Dixon Place. For the rest of 2012, the
band tours in support of their newest record, "Rhinestones &
Rust", which they are currently finishing up.