October 15, 2023

Caroline Getz a.k.a Ambrose Getz talks about her debut album and upcoming show at The Sultan Room, and how her time at NYU led her to this moment.

Caroline Getz (LS'12, CAS '14)

photo by Alex Joseph

She’s a little bit jazz, a little bit folk, and a little bit rock and roll. But really, Caroline Getz (LS ’12, CAS ’14) [she/her], who performs under the stage name Ambrose Getz, describes her musical style as art-pop. With a debut album release fast approaching and an upcoming show at The Sultan Room to celebrate, we caught up with Caroline to discuss how her time at NYU brought her to this moment. 

“I was always at the piano rooms in Kimmel. Storied venues like The Bitter End, LPR, Zinc Bar, Rockwood, and Webster Hall were just minutes away and I got to see many of my idols perform,” says Caroline when asked to talk about her time at NYU. “My freshman year I lived in Rubin and won our dorm’s UVL competition. Playing at Skirball and getting advice from one of the judges was formative. She told me that ‘career happens outside of institutions.’”

With that advice in mind, Caroline made sure to not only see her idols perform at these storied venues, but eventually started performing at them herself, leaving her musical footprints across lower Manhattan, just steps away from NYU. 

With the help of her village, made up of other musicians and her own NYU community, Caroline Getz worked her way up to hit a musical milestone with her debut album release, Great House of Embers. Read more about how this was possible, what she misses most about NYU, how alumni can listen to her music, and more. 

Congratulations on your debut album Great House of Embers! Can you tell us what that journey to creating this album was like?

Thank you so much! The great city of New York influenced every aspect of this album—each song was written here, and I met my collaborators through Brooklyn’s local indie jazz scene. In my room on my guitar, I wrote songs about what matters most to me: telling women’s stories and shining a light on aspects of our daily lives that are overlooked. I brought the songs to my amazing band (producer/bassist Almog Sharvit, drummer Ben Silashi, pianist Micha Gilad, and guitarist Tal Yahalom). 

Great House of Embers Cover Art

Great House of Embers Cover Art

We performed them all over the city, recorded them in-studio, and then added post-production elements and guest features (phenomenal Brooklyn-based string quartet Bergamot Quartet, incredible saxophone player David Leon, and beautiful Melotron from our talented friend Noah Rott) with mixer Daniel Bloch at his studio in Bushwick, BK. It truly took a village and I’m grateful to every single person who helped me tell these musical stories.

You mentioned that NYU nurtured your passion for music. Can you tell us how?

I wanted to study literature and language, but I also wanted to be able to play and connect with the vibrant arts scene in New York, which is why I chose to go to NYU. I remember thinking that everybody I met who was studying at NYU was also pursuing their passion outside of school, and it impressed me so much. 

My freshman year I lived in Rubin and won our dorm’s UVL competition—playing at Skirball and getting advice from one of the judges was formative. She told me that career happens outside of institutions and I still think about that conversation. 

I was always at the piano rooms in Kimmel and to this day I wish I still had access. Storied venues like The Bitter End, LPR, Zinc Bar, Rockwood, and Webster Hall were just minutes away and I got to see many of my idols perform. 

Also, I had a chance to study at NYU Buenos Aires my junior year and learn about Argentinian music. I wrote my senior thesis on Rock Nacional in Argentina and got to research the incredible artists who resisted censorship and oppression during the dictatorship.

You mentioned those beloved storied NYC venues, like The Bitter End, LPR, Zinc Bar, and Webster Hall. Did you play at any of those venues while you were at NYU?

I played Bitter End, went to many jam sessions at Zinc, and I especially remember playing at the (now closed) Sidewalk Cafe on Avenue A. I played guitar and sang, while my cousin Camille Getz (TSOA ’16) played violin. 

Mostly what I remember is getting to play with professional musicians who we met at shows and jam sessions who were so generous with their time, talent, and knowledge.

Where can folks listen to your debut album and what’s coming up for you next? 

Great House of Embers will be available November 2 on all streaming platforms. If you’d like to support my music, you can purchase the record on Bandcamp

If you are in the New York area, please join me at my album release celebration on November 8 at The Sultan Room! We’re throwing an all-out bash with a full band, string quartet, and special guests to celebrate this album and cheer on the incredible women artists in our lives.

What do you want the NYU alumni community to know about you, your music, and where can they get to know you a little better? 

Following my album release, I’ll be playing shows around New York, and have an east coast and west coast tour in the works for 2024. I would love to see you in your city and share this music with you. 

You can follow along with me on my website, www.ambrosegetz.com, social media, or sign up for my newsletter! This newsletter announces shows, new releases, and is basically a love letter from me to you full of fun stories and music recommendations of artists I can’t stop listening to.

Do you have a favorite NYU memory that you’d like to share?

One of the best parts of NYU was meeting and collaborating with other students. I have a really happy memory of making a show promo video with my roommate Nicolette Harris (STEINHARDT ’14) and our friend Andrew Daugherty (TSOA ’14). The three of us went to Washington Square Park on a cold February day and shot a video. I’m pretty sure I played Colin Huggins’ piano. It was such a quintessential NYU/NYC moment—featuring the people in the park and WSP’s legendary squirrels.

What do you miss most about your time at NYU? 

There is a beautiful sense of possibility at NYU. During my time there I felt like I could explore arts, academics, and the city and never get tired of it. It’s something I still feel today about New York. I still love seeing the students around Washington Square Park, exploring the city and dreaming big dreams.