Lady Rizo aka Amelia Zirin-Brown is a NYC based performance artist, comedienne, singer, composer, and actor. Received with critical raves three years in a row at the Assembly Festival in Edinburgh, she won the inaugural Time Out London and Soho Theatre Award, and the 2013 London Cabaret Award. She is also a Grammy winner for a 2010 collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma on the Holiday album Songs of Joy and Peace.
A recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, her original pieces have shown at the Public Theatre in New York (resident artist for 3 years Joe’s Pub) London’s Leister Square Theatre, and the city- wide Sydney Festival (nominee for a 2013 Helpmann award). An original cast member and co-creator of Young Jean Lee’s Untitled Feminist Show, she performed in it for 3 years in over 7 countries. Rizo created the 6-piece house band and was the mistress of ceremonies for the popular NYC supperclub The Darby, performing alongside musical luminaries such as John Mayer, Leann Rimes and Bruno Mars. She co-created the web-series and composed the theme song VIDS for the Fuse network and E! Entertainment. Her compositions have also been featured in performances by NY theatre company The Civilians and Julian Sheppard’s Los Angeles which debuted directed by Adam Rapp at the Flea Theatre in 2007.
Along with Yo-Yo Ma, she has recorded with Moby, Reggie Watts, and her recent collaboration with musical group CocoRosie is documented in the film “Eyes of the Moon” which was recently shot in Marfa, TX. She just finished her second sold out run with Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle. Her debut album is entitled Violet and her second album Indigo will be available this year at www.ladyrizo.com