Treya Lam is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose joyously complex identity informs but does not define their work, whether solo or when collaborating with a variety of multidisciplinary ensembles. Their strident voice, politically charged songwriting and fluent instrumental prowess on guitar, piano and strings recalls Nina Simone and Andrew Bird.
Their debut album Good News was created entirely by an all women and gender nonconforming team and released via Kaki King’s label, Short Stuff Records. Lam is currently developing otherland – an audiovisual chamber-folk album on radical self-acceptance, intersecting identities and healing in the wake of grief and loss.
Lam is an active member of the Resistance Revival Chorus and has their song Dawn featured on their debut album This Joy – released on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. Treya was a resident at Joe’s Pub in 2019 and frequently works with ecotheatre company Superhero Clubhouse. Lam has performed original music at Lincoln Center, the Newport Folk Festival, Prospect Park Bandshell, MASS MoCA, American Museum of Natural History and the New York Public Library.
“perfectly captures the mixture of love, loss and hope” – Smithsonian Magazine