NEW NEW YORK: ANNI ROSSI

By Jessica Glick

She stood outside waiting for me. Her mind seemed to be elsewhere as I approached. She quickly focused and then we headed to her apartment. We caught up as we walked two short blocks. In 2009, a mutual friend introduced us. He had taken me to one of her shows and I was instantly intrigued by her viola infused sound…

…we arrived at her place. We headed up the stairs and went inside. She asked if I minded if we went to the laundry mat. I sat with her roommate as she gathered her things.  He was focused on his computer so I let my eyes look around. On the bookcase, I noticed a stack of games. Hung to the right, was a black and white photo of a couple. Then, I spotted a globe on the floor just before she walked back into the room. She was carrying a large red bag filled with clothing. I grabbed the laundry detergent in the kitchen and we headed out. At our destination, I held the door for her. She walked to the back and began to separate her things. Once she was done, we took a seat on the red bench by the window to chat as we waited for her clothing to finish washing. She told me that she has been working on a new record, which she is thinking about calling Limousine. Attempting to experiment with different ways of writing, she has evolved and wants to express her life and sexuality through music. Touring since she was 17, she’s used the past few years as an opportunity to get to know herself. Now, her main focus has become the development of her identity. She’s found that rhythm and blues best expresses her transformation. Studying 90s R&B for inspiration, she created her first overtly sexual demo called “Daddy”. As she discussed her song, I was momentarily distracted as the Mexican music playing throughout the room suddenly increased in volume. Her voice rose slightly, and I refocused. She continued on by explaining that she is trying to develop her sound in a variety of ways. She’s been using different instruments, such as the piano, and other genres, which has allowed her to step away from the folk artist her first album represented. In attempt to further express her multifaceted personality, she has begun drawing. She uses her sketches as a way to showcase her humorous side, a part of her she feels her music in the past did not show. She prefers not be restricted by labels but, she does want to be perceived as a strong female artist that is comfortable with her sexuality. Her desire to exude strength may relate to her role as a teacher. She meets with individual students and assists them in song writing. Helping others communicate through music has become just as important to her as her own self-expression…

 …she got up from her seat and put her clothing in the dryer. I was left contemplating my own growth and how evolution has been a common theme of late. I wondered how unsettling it must be to not evolve…

-Jessica Glick

Learn more about Anni Rossi

Jessica Glick is a photographer, writer, and music lover. She developed an interest in photography while working at various Lower East Side music venues. Jessica started photographing local musician and has now expanded her work to include fine art and fashion. In addition to photography, Jessica has been writing since she was a child. Attempting to combine her writings with her photo work, she created an ongoing portrait/story series called VAGABOND.