Visual art is an engaging dialogue and music a social conversation, two tools for a singular expression in the profound works and enchanted life of Alison Chase Radcliffe, a true ace of the arts. In her own words, "Art and music are my tools to investigate and present a coherent expression of the universal experience of joy and sorrow. I approach the past and the present as one state of being, and seek answers with artifacts from my imagination as well as engaging social dialogue through portraiture."
As a young child Alison was steeped in traditional music and surrounded by working artists. She began to create her own music and art at the age of three, but probably earlier, performing with her mother's string bands and assisting her father with his photography. This was the beginning of her lifelong devotion to art and music.
For Alison, the ultimate human experience is making art. She unifies these art forms to explore the human condition. Alison's drawings and paintings can be described as psychological portraiture, reflecting and revealing unseen qualities of her subject. The subject is often a person Alison is interacting with in her everyday life (she draws whoever is in the room with her) Sometimes, Alison holds mad tea-parties in other dimensions, creating expansive time areas. Many pieces originate from imagination or are first rendered from observation and then finished by means of imagination and memory.
As a musician, Alison works in blues, spirituals, jazz, and soul. She arranges and performs traditional music, as well as composes originals for vocals, and keys. Alison's deep and resonant vocals and powerful vibrato are juxtaposed with her understated rhythmic piano and keyboard accompaniment. She seeks to take the audience on an exploration of sound, guiding listeners to a smoldering core interior intersection.
Alison shows and teaches art and music locally and internationally, and performs both as a solo act and collaboratively. Some of these collaborations are: The Blood & Sunflower, Alison Chase Radcliffe (ACR) and Daryl McElveen; The Sorrow Singers, ACR and Allen Holmes; The Alison Radcliffe Band, ACR and Friends; Alison Chase Radcliffe and David Jackson Duo
Her recordings include Doris in Mind, Songs of Peace and Forgiveness, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, Soul of a People Smithsonian Documentary Soundtrack, and her new EP "Hard Feelings". She is currently working on a new album.
Alison's Recordings and Artworks, as well as upcoming Art/Music Shows are listed on her website and social media. Inquiries are welcome:
Selected Art Exhibitions and Musical Performances are:
*Welcome To The Rainbow Lodge" Solo Exhibition and Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe, Dorchester Center for the Arts, MD State Arts Council, Cambridge, MD
*"Pictured People, Painted Faces" Exhibition of Portraits by Alison Chase Radcliffe, Jack Radcliffe, and Dave DeRan, Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe, The Liriodendron Mansion, Bel Air, MD
*Oscar Marion Memorial, Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe , Arlington Cemetary
*Jack Radcliffe’s photography exhibit in Cascais, Portugal, Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe
*Washington Folk Festivals, Alison Chase Radcliffe and Friends, Washington, DC
*Creative Alliance, Art To Dine For , Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes, Baltimore, MD
*Centrum Country Blues Festival (performer and instructor of vocal workshop), Port Townsend, Washington
*D.C. Blues Society Festivals , Musical Performances by Alison Chase Radcliffe, and Friends, Washington, DC
*Baltimore Ethical Society, Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes
*Harmonica Conventions across the U.S. , Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes
*The Root Social Justice Center , Musical Performance by The Blood And Sunflower (Alison Chase Radcliffe and Daryl McElveen), Brattleboro, VT
*Sycamore Rouge Solo Art Exhibition and Concert by Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes, Petersburg, VA
*Art and Drama Therapy Institute , Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes , Washington, DC
*Lincoln Theater with Art and Drama Therapy Institute D.C., Musical Performance by Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes , Washington, DC