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Friends since childhood and artistic co-conspirators,Amy Ziff (Vocals, Cello, Piano), Elizabeth Ziff (Vocals, Guitar, Programming) and Alyson Palmer (Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Programming) have been recording, touring, performing, and creating together as independent artists for twenty-seven years. In addition to television, film, Off-Broadway theater and concert tours, BETTY travels the world as Arts Envoys for the US State Department, performing humanitarian outreach and cultural diplomacy.
From their inception, BETTY has pushed the boundaries of pop music, utilizing their powerful, fun, fierce, female energy as an extension of their tight harmonies, breezy backbeats, and unwavering emphasis on melody. BETTY aspires to bring joy, love, heartbreak, sex and hilarity through their music.
BETTY is currently working on a new album - watch this space for details.
Up-coming dates in 2015 - more details coming soon
April 11-12 - Phoenix, Az
April 18th - NYC
April 23-26th - L-BEACH Germany
May 9th - Westchester NY
May 15th - DC Smithsonian Freer Sackler Birds of a feather Gala After Party
May 17th - DC Smithsonian Freer Sackler Musical Landscape Panel
May 21st - DC Smithsonian Freer Sackler pop up concert
June 13th - DC Smithsonian Freer Sackler Asia After Dark Outdoor concert
August 5-9 - MichFest
20th February 2015, Joe's Pub, NY
BETTY Anniversary Concert
31st January 2015, MASS MoCA
BETTY delivered the live version of the soundscape composed for Darren Waterstone's Peacock Room installation; see below for more details.
BETTY'S annual sell-out holiday show at the City Winery, with Gloria Steinem.
Watch this sound-check video:
BETTY performed at the Feminist Health Center's Annual Awards Celebration, "Stand Up for Reproductive Justice" on April 12th 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.
BETTY, freshly back from their US State Department-sponsored visit to India, headed for the studio, this time with Thorne producing.
The artist Darren Waterston constructed a warped and destroyed version of Whistler’s Peacock Room, and he asked the band to contribute music and sounds to be played from around eight sources scattered around the space at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. BETTY performed there on March 22nd 2014.
BETTY’s last release Rise is an EP featuring the song the band wrote in 2013 for Eve Ensler’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls, One Billion Rising.
Their last full-length release, Bright & Dark, produced by David Maurice (Kelis, Garbage) is a lush exploration of the challenges and triumphs of their recent past, including Elizabeth’s battle with breast cancer. That album features guest vocals by Kate Pierson of the B-52’s and is the band’s best-selling song collection to date. Currently, the band is writing songs for their tenth album. Buy from Amazon
Stereo Society releases
To BETTY: A Day At The Carnival
To Mike Thorne's production commentary: Carnival
To Mike Thorne's production commentary: Jungle Jane Remixes
To Mike Thorne's production commentary: Hello BETTY!
Watch the video of BETTY performing Rise at L-Beach 2014, Europe's biggest Women's indoor festival, then watch them play live there in April 2015.
The BETTY Effect is a non-profit organization using music and art to foster self-advocacy in women and girls, diversity groups and artist activists for social change and human rights worldwide.
BETTY Rules, BETTY's Off-Broadway show at New York's Zipper Theatre tells the story of the band's development, the ups and downs and the sideways lurches. The reviews after the first night were rave, as were the audiences. As the slogan went, truly 'the exception to the musical'.
From October 15th 2002, they delivered 212 performances. They took the show to Chicago May 6 2004, finishing six weeks later on June 20.
A five week run in Washington DC finished April 3 2005, having sold out every show.
Go to the BETTY Rules show page
Find out about the BETTY Rules soundtrack cd
Click to take the photo tour of New York 2003
Click to take the photo tour of Chicago 2004
To BETTY interview with Mike Thorne (02/00)
To audio clips from BETTY interview
To BETTY's 2nd interview with Mike Thorne (03/00)
To audio clips from BETTY's 2nd interview with Mike Thorne
To BETTY's interview with Melanie McGee (11/97)
To The Washington Post CD review of Carnival
To BETTY press and news clippings
To Carnival's CD Release Concert at Bowery Ballroom
To BETTY at Fragglerock
To BETTY: A Group History, photos 1987 to 1998
To BETTY: Punctuations In Time, Flyers and posters
To BETTY Rules last NY night photo gallery
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