BETTY concert at MASS MoCA



BETTY at Museums

BETTY created the soundscape for Filthy Lucre. First commissioned by MASS MoCA. Moved in June to the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery. On view through January 2017.

“Filthy Lucre,” an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston, reimagines James McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room. In “Filthy Lucre,” a near life-size recreation of Whistler’s aesthetic masterpiece, Waterston transforms almost every detail with images of decay, excess and natural phenomena. A soundscape by the band BETTY haunts the space.

In addition to creating the Soundscape for Filthy Lucre, BETTY also performed it live in the space at both MASS MoCA and Smithsonian.

Listen to Filthy Lucre

See full performance here: BETTY live soundscape Smithsonian Sackler Gallery

Live concerts of all original songs also were performed at both Museums.
Asia After dark concert performance at Smithsonian.
Live performance inside space of Filthy Lucre Peacock room, Smithsonian


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BETTY is the original pop rock band fronted by Alyson Palmer and sisters Elizabeth and Amy Ziff. The band's heartfelt passion and signature sound of soaring harmonies, lively melodies and clever lyrics layered over strong grooves create an energetic, boundary-pushing live show that is a popular attraction worldwide. Elizabeth (vocals, guitar), Alyson (vocals, bass) and Amy (vocals, cello) are the singer/songwriters and arrangers. At times, the trio augments their sound with other instrumentalists live, and with guest artists from a broad spectrum of pop culture: music, art, literature and activism. BETTY’s last release “Rise” is an ep featuring the song the band wrote in 2013 for Eve Ensler’s global campaign to end violence against women and girls, One Billion Rising. Their last full-length release, “Bright & Dark”, produced by David Maurice (Kelis, Garbage) is a lush exploration of the challenges and triumphs of their recent past, including Elizabeth’s battle with breast cancer. That album features guest vocals by Kate Pierson of the B-52’s and is the band’s best-selling song collection to date. Cuts are featured on the hit television series Weeds, NBC’s Love Bites, Ugly Betty, The L Word and more. Currently, the band is writing songs for their tenth album. Unstoppable activists, the women of BETTY use their music for humanitarian outreach: working for equal rights, peace & aid, and the empowerment of girls & women. Since forming in 1986, they are most proud about being part of many hundreds of events that have improved lives, helped change policy and raised millions of dollars for worthy causes, research and people in need. Named Arts Envoys in 2012, the trio works with the U.S. State Department internationally in Cultural Diplomacy. BETTY and their music have been featured on national and international radio, television, films, commercials, jingles, web projects, as guests on recordings, compilation albums and in live theater, including the smash Off-Broadway hit directed by Michael (Rent, Next To Normal) Greif, BETTY Rules. They do.


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“As thoughtful as [they are] fun… their harmonies are gorgeous.” - Bruce Weber, New York Times

“Lively, candid, funny and electric.” - Donald Lyons, New York Post

“Joyous, humorous and entirely engaging” - Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News

“They are hot! Forget Destiny’s Child, BETTY are the real survivors.” - Entertainment Weekly