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Manet & The Women

Hi, I’m Kristen Lee Sergeant – I’m a singer/songwriter based in NYC, and I’m captivated by the art of Éduoard Manet. I’m currently creating an album of songs based on his paintings – these are some demos of a few for your listening pleasure.

This site was created as a mobile audio guide to the Manet/Degas exhibit at the Met — so it’ll look better on your phone.

Since the exhibit closed, this site serves to introduce you to the work in progress, and to invite you to support the forthcoming album and the immersive concert experience. Thank you for listening!

“Manet & The Women” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization.

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In the News

11.23

 AllAboutJazz ran a piece on Kristen sharing the music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Read it here

Nana, 1877

SONG: Nana

Paint a face that moves in the glass

Curl the hair pout the lip fringe the lash

It’s a portrait that someone’s buying

Say that’s not art — you’d be lying.

Plum Brandy, ca. 1877

SONG: A Woman Alone

A woman alone’s a performer

A woman alone is on view

A woman alone must be waiting for you…

The Café Concert, ca. 1879

SONG: Ennui

Some applause, glasses clinking

Some old lecher winking

All damn night in this bright garish gleam…

Plums, c. 1880

SONG: A Plum

Life’s not still

Paint it quickly for it will move on…

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882

SONG: Suzon

What do you see, Suzon?

I’m currently finishing the last song for the album, and preparing to record. There’s a ways to go to make sure the project is funded — if you’d like to make an immediate tax-deductible contribution, you can do so here.

If you’d like to see more information on the project, drop your email here and I’ll send you the PDF deck right away for the project.

    Let’s make something extraordinary together.

    Kristen Lee Sergeant, songs & vocals (all tracks) 
    Jeb Patton, piano (all tracks)