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Of Songwriter Krista Detor’s work, Rolling Stone says, “A Small Miracle....” MusicDish magazine states: "Call [Mudshow] a novel like Richard Wright’s “Manchild in the Promised Land” or the musical equivalent of Akira Kurosawa’s “Dreams”: a collection of short pieces - stories or short films of dreams - that taken together, form a whole, more than the sum of its parts. " The Boston Herald says, simply, “All songwriters shouldbe this good..”Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including number oneon the Euro-AmericanaChart, and placement within the top 10 of the U.S. Folk and
Independent Music charts.
She has performed with such notable artists as Suzanne Vega, JoanArmatrading, The Neville Brothers, Louden Wainwright, Sam Phillips, and John Gorka, among
others. Her choral works have been commissioned by the Ashland Women’s Choir, theShrewsbury Community Choir, the Cincinnati Women’s Choir, and others. Krista continues to tour the U.S., Canada and Northern Europe, as a songwriter, performer, and seeker of inspiration wherever and whenever she can find it.
A returning guest lecturer at Stanford University, Detor works with students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her album, Chocolate Paper Suites is now ‘required reading’ for the literature course, "The 'isms of Modernism," in which students seek to explore modernism's impact on, and negotiation with, contemporary culture and art.Says Dr. Rod Taylor of the album, “This album provides an excellent example of how the most salient elements of modernist art and philosophy persist in postmodern culture. Its poetic and intertextual lyrics, captivating melodies, meaningful organization, and complex narrative thread will undoubtedly lead to rich discussions among my students.”
Detor was the only American woman invited to the Darwin Songhouse, a project in which songwriters sequestered for one week in Shrewsbury, England, to write songs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Commissioned by the Shrewsbury Arts Council and Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and covered extensively by the BBC, the project culminated in a live performance and CD. Detor’s work was singled out by The Guardian Newspaper, UK, in a review which called the album impressive & intriguing...’.Says Neil Pearson, Producer of the Darwin Songhouse: “Krista is one of the very finest modern
songwriters at writing within character; and her ability to convey the emotions of the people that inhabit her songs is utterly convincing and believable. The range of situations and circumstances her characters occupy, and the compelling way the narratives are delivered make one of the most flexible and empathetic writers. Her understanding of the human condition and her ability to express the motivation for her characters give her songs real impact and resonance with the listener.”
She is Co-Creator of the CD and stage show Wilderness Plots, which resulted in an Emmynominated PBS Special. Detor, the four other Wilderness Plots songwriters and author Scott Russell Sanders were honored in 2010 by both Houses of the Indiana Legislature for Contributions to the Arts.