Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina.
As a composer, Tamar-kali has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound. Her debut LP Black Bottom, challenged the alt-rock norm and was called “an ambitious new adventure into metal, classical, and progressive styles” by SONIC SCOOP.
The pieces she composes and arranges for her string sextet and voice project, Psychochamber Ensemble, marry the classical music of her Catholic upbringing with post-punk sensibilities. As a performer, Tamar-kali speaks her lyrical truth with a supreme passion and a voice that will shake your foundation and shatter your expectations with its soulful intensity.
2017 marked her debut as a film score composer with Dee Rees’ Oscar-nominated Mudbound. Her “expressive and varied score” (Variety) garnered her the World Soundtrack Academy’s 2018 Discovery of the Year Award and has been classified by Indiewire as one of the 25 Best Film Scores of the 21st Century. The soundtrack for her score to Josephine Decker’s psychological drama SHIRLEY was named The Guardian’s Contemporary Album of the month in June 2020. 2022 saw her debut work from multiple commissions; the LA Opera digital short, We Hold These Truths directed by Peabody award winner dream hampton, a solo cello piece Little Bear Awakens for acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz’ Primavera Project alongside composers Josqin des Prez and Philip Glass as well as a return to the stage to perform Melancholy Ghosts and Other Mothers, a Beth Morrison Projects commissioned song cycle.
2023 promises a range of projects from opera, orchestral and theatrical commissions and stage performances to new solo work and further film collaborations.
Photo by Bas Boegaerts.