Maurice Tani (2021 program)


A special performance for our 2021 online festival! Watch the performance anytime on festival day by clicking on this link:

Maurice performs modern, original popular vocal songs performed in a traditional folk style utilizing acoustic guitar and bass accompaniment. Tempos are anticipated to range from 80-120 bpm.

Maurice Tani is a “supercalifornigraphic” singer-songwriter known for his wry/rye-to-romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing. His band, Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora, has been the source of untold, but exquisite suffering for over 15 years. Tani now has 8 albums to his credit. The latest is “This Is It!” (Little Village – LVF1026), a live album recorded at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage.

What is supercalifornographic? It’s short for “Supercalifornographicexpealidocious”, the term Tani uses to describe his particular flavor of Americana. While rooted in country music, Tani’s writing is centered on a West Coast perspective.

“Though much of my material is based on fictional characters and situations, I still write what I know. I’m not particularly comfortable or interested in the rural imagery of tractors, 4x4s or general agriculture common in much country music. What attracts me most about country is the storytelling in it. My stories are more likely to be centered around an urban experience. I’m a Californian from a large metropolitan area and I write about the things that hold my attention. I think of these songs as a sort of cinema for the blind. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast.”