In her hit cabaret show "Torch," Lina Koutrakos brings her rich, soulful voice to an exquisite lineup of blues-drenched torch songs - reimagined for a contemporary audience. She is joined at the piano by award-winning arranger and musical director Rick Jensen, with whom she came of age in New York City's nightclubs. With years of life and musical experience under their belts, they have teamed up to create an intimate, inspired evening of iconic and rarely sung musical gems.
"Torch" received a glowing review in The New York Times among other publications and enjoyed an 8-month run at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. Lina and Rick have toured the show nationally, with performances in Santa Fe, Chicago, Boston, Palm Springs, and St. Louis among other cities.
"Her emotional strength is embedded in singing that has a defiant rock edge. Ms. Koutrakos resembles Patti LuPone in certain vocal mannerisms and a two-fisted dramatic approach."
"If you've never caught one of Lina's cabaret concerts, you've really missed the opportunity to hear a vocal talent that pours her heart and soul into every musical phrase and turn of a lyric. It's like watching and hearing the characters from these songs come to life in front of your eyes. And, when you combine this husky voiced chanteuse with Rick Jensen's expert accompaniment, these songs really sparkle."
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