Toward the latter part of the set, Badi mentioned that she might be described as part Tori Amos, part Bobby McFerrin. An odd combination, certainly. But a fair summation of her solo work at the Dakota as she gave us what can only be described as vocal magic. Like McFerrin and Theo Bleckmann, Badi is not content to merely sing". Like a saxophonist using circular breathing, or one of the reed players who manages to blow through two horns at once, Badi finds air in more than one place and creates simultaneously very distinct sounds—such as the percussive pops of McFerrin in harmony with longer, more voice-like tones. Add guitar and she is a one-woman orchestra. Already a commanding visual presence as she tilts back on her stool, long wavey hair flying, Badi creates sounds that literally seem to come from thin air.
And it isn't a novelty. It's musical. It's spell-binding. It's as much a new science as a new art form. It's Badi-genics.
Where do those sounds come from? I have no idea.