Joan as Police Woman (Joan Wasser) is a world-renowned recording artist, performer, songwriter, and multi-talented instrumentalist and producer. Originally trained as a classical violinist, Wasser was influenced by the music of Hendrix, Siouxie Sioux, Nina Simone, Ravel and Bad Brains. She went on to perform and tour in a number of alternative rock bands including The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, and Helium. Throughout the early 2000s, Wasser went on to collaborate with artists including John Cale, Lou Reed, David Sylvian, Antony & The Johnsons, and Rufus Wainwright, several of whom went on to be featured on her own records. In 2002, Wasser formed Joan as Police Woman, and her debut album Real Life was released in 2006 to great acclaim. Her 6th studio album was released late last year and celebrated in Pitchfork for its songs that “remind us of a time when pop tunes wound up in jazz clubs without losing anything in translation.” Tonight Wasser is joined by her band members Parker Kindred, Oren Bloedow, and Thomas Bartlett.