VIVE Katerin attended the performance by singer/songwriter Esnavi at the BAM Café in Brooklyn. An independent artist whose first single “Unexpected Love” has already reached the Top 40 on the Urban Adult Contemporary Charts, Esnavi has a sound that draws comparisons to other soulful, leading ladies such as Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones and India.Arie. Yet, Esnavi has a style which is uniquely hers. The rich, deep breathiness of her singing voice is the vehicle in which she connects her audience with her inner self. Her songwriting is honest and from the heart; there are no gimmicks, ulterior motives or over-thought lyrics – just memories or musings which she then captures in words. She has a stage presence which is rare for a young artist. She is open and aware of herself and her band, but of the audience as well. She had perfect control of her powerful vocal ability and she approached each song with confidence. Esnavi was genuinely having a great time on stage and this resonated into the audience. Speaking with her after the show, it was clear that this young lady is equally as poised and balanced in life offstage as on. She praised her family for their love and support and indeed her parents as well as her brother (who flew in from Wisconsin) were in the audience.
The BAM Café provided an intimate performance venue for Esnavi, and was a refuge from a rainy, windy evening in New York. The space, originally opened in 1908 as the ballroom of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, went through many other uses over the years. It was renovated in 1997 and is currently used both for dining as well as live musical performances on Friday and Saturday nights. BAM is currently celebrating its 150th year anniversary. Visit their website www.bam.org to see a calendar of upcoming exhibits and performances.