The Hear and Now

The Hear & Now – March 22, 2007

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Singer-songwriter Claudia Schmidt pays her annual visit to the Bay Area and stops in at KPFA, guitar in hand, to sing a few songs, perhaps recite a few poems, and offer selections from her latest CDs, "Live at the Dakota" and "Spinning."

Michigan-native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of ground in her more than 30 years of recording and touring. Equally at home in a folk club (she plays the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley on Friday, March 23), in jazz venues (she’s been singing a lot of standards and jazz-influenced originals of late), and on theater stages. From singing on "A Prairie Home Companion" to appearing in Les Blank’s film "Gap-Toothed Women" to composing a score for Brecht’s "Good Person of Szechuan," Schmidt has established herself as an under-the-mainstream-radar woman for all seasons.

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