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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.
Up-coming dates in 2015
September 25th, The Loft,White Plains,
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August 5th-9th, BETTY played Mich Fest, the 40th Anniversary of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival
Filthy Lucre Soundscape CD now available
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'A request by the artist, Darren Waterston, that the band make acoustic fragments for his installation now showing at the Smithsonian institution in Washington DC, provoked much music. Through a couple of twists and turns, we came up with something unanticipated and unlike anything BETTY had done before.' Read Thorne's comments on the recording and production of BETTY's Filthy Lucre Soundscape, released May 2015.
The grand opening of Filthy Lucre: the Peacock Room Remix, at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery took place on May 16th 2015, with BETTY performing at Flock Together, the after-gala party on the previous evening.
Find out about Filthy Lucre events.
BETTY rock at PEACOCKalypse!
On June 13th, BETTY performed at the Asia After Dark: PEACOCKalypse, the after-hours party that this year was an official event of Capital Pride. Party-goers flashed back to the gilded glamour of the Peacock Room and met its alter ego Filthy Lucre, an installation by artist Darren Waterston that reimagines Whistler’s famous work as a resplendent ruin.
BETTY'S Anniversay Concert Part 2 took place at Joe's Pub, NYC, April 18th 2015. This was an extra show: the February show sold out so quickly, and a lot of people couldn't come.
New songs, old songs, and old songs in a new way.
20th February 2015, Joe's Pub, NYC
BETTY Anniversary Concert
BETTY'S annual sell-out holiday show at the City Winery, with Gloria Steinem.
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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’s previous 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. 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!
Raising Your Unique Voice For Change
The most recent BETTY Effect Workshop took place in Riga, Latvia, as part of the June 2015 Europride Festival. BETTY helped participants in the workshop; strengthen their voice to connect personal power with community action. Latvia is the first post-Soviet country to host EuroPride.
Unstoppable activists, BETTY use music for humanitarian outreach: working for equal rights, peace and aid, as well as the empowerment of girls and women.
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.
Watch the video of BETTY performing Rise at L-Beach 2014, Europe's biggest Women's indoor festival..
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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