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Hi, I’m Kristen Lee Sergeant – I’m a singer/songwriter based in NYC, and I’ve been captivated by the art of Édouard Manet ever since finding myself at the Getty Museum in 2019, where there was a stunning exhibition of his late work. I’ve been enthralled ever since.

I’ve created a show that celebrates his work and my love of it with special attention to the women he painted.

This site and these demo version recordings were initially created as a mobile audio guide to the Manet/Degas exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a fundraiser to create the album — so it’ll look better on your phone.

The yet-to-be recorded a “Beyond the Frame” album is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization. I welcome your support for that there.

The album is only the beginning as we make plans to bring this to an off-Broadway stage in the near future. If  you would like to be a part of the journey, my team and I would love to speak with you.

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 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?

If you’re so moved, a tax-deductible contribution tot he album can be made  here.

Please follow and contact me for more information on the show and its progress. 

Let’s make something extraordinary together.

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