“Little Annie aka Annie Anxiety Bandez, is a smokey contralto, raconteur and restless spirit who has spent the last 30 years creating a body of work that would take much more space than available here to list. Since stepping onto her first stage at the age of 16, her music – and her life – has defied categorization, limitations and/or restrictions her life often imitating her art and visa versa. A native New Yorker she is a chanteuse and lyricist, a self-taught painter, and multimedia artist, She has recorded with vanguard figures of late twentieth century music -bringing a blend of tortured soul/ sardonic humor & wild love & awe of life to tracks she’s cut with everyone from Adrian Sherwood & the ON-U Sound Stable to Crass to Current 93, COIL, The Wolfgang Press, Jennie Mathias, , Anthony Hegarty to Marc Almond” [Robert Conroy]
How would you summarize this past year on artistic and personal level?
Workwise it was wonderful to tour so much as performing live is my passion. USA tour which was Baby Dee & I, driving across the country being two dreams at once coming true- working with Dee and seeing parts of he USA even it mainly be highways, it was magical on every level. So many places where – the gigs always are – each person whom walks in the room changes it. It was also exhausting at times, especially the flying, but it was worth it. Great touring with Paul Wallfisch again, and getting to see my pals in THE SWANS on LARSEN tour. It was a productive year on many levels though didn’t get much painting time in as I would have liked too. On a personal level ok, good, knock on wood though missed loved ones while being away so much. And get a nasty bug in September so had to use my down time working from home instead of painting in studio as planned. But no complains really. Also had a wonderful week in Oaxaca City, Mexico, Luche Libre wrestling and saints be carried by dancers in huge paper mache heads – what a magical place.
What album you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2013)?
Luther Vandross’ “Greatest Hits”
What was the best cultural experience not related to music?
Luche Libre ( Mexican Wresting). I had no idea how much skill was involved- they were ‘amateurs’. It was Olympic standards, triple somersaults over ropes onto cobblestone, and so funny with crowds, just wonderful.
And best trip? Most beautiful or magic place you visited this year?
Oh, it’s so hard to pick. Oaxaca, Sicily was insanely wonderful. Napoli & Avellino, returning to Belfast for the first time in 30 years and seeing how it blossomed, drive down from Calgary to LA- sunset in Detroit, Czech Republic. It’s impossible to pick.
What was your greatest disappointment of 2013?
The verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin -this country still has so far to go in its attitudes about race & guns. Zimmerman should never have been allowed on the street armed in the first place.
Did you learn anyting particular this year?
Yes, absolutely -that strength takes constant work, be in body, spirit, faith or heart.
Plans, hopes, expectations for 2014?
Do more theatre & film, see some projects that were someday become today, learn to not beat myself up when not working 24 /7 – it never feels like enough. Being quiet takes effort, but then again if not that’s ok to – still thinking that one out – jump out comfort zones, keep it fresh, and hope the world realizes (myself included) that we are all connected. Plans are great but life is life. Try to keep one foot in front of another and pray to God for health and happiness of loved ones. Everyone’s loved ones.