Rebecca Zapen : Hummingbird

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Sell date: 12/2003
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{The Short Version} Rebecca Zapen is a violinist/singer/songwriter from Jacksonville, Florida. Zapen is known for her versatile violin playing, pure clear voice, and her ability to write nostalgia-infused music. She earned her music and biology degrees while attending Florida State University on a music scholarship. Her music has earned her comparisons to Astrud Gilberto, Suzanne Vega, Stephane Grappelli, and Chet Baker. As a performer of many musical styles, including jazz, swing, classical, klezmer, country, folk, and rock, Zapen has performed with or opened for such artists as Vassar Clements, Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Botti, Longineu Parsons, and Michael Ray of Sun Ra, and played in musical groups and symphony orchestras in the United States, and in the UK and Europe. She released her debut solo album, Hummingbird (Bashert Records, 2003), a jazz album blending violin, voice, sax, marimba, and rhythm section into a warm spacious sound, available at Her newest album is all original indie folk-pop, Japanese Bathhouse, also available on CDBaby. {In the Beginning} Originally classically trained, Rebecca began studying violin at the age of 3, learning through the Suzuki method from her mother, Lois Gosa. Rebecca attended Florida State University on scholarship, receiving Bachelors degrees in music and biology. While there, she studied with Eliot Chapo, Lisa Robertson, Bill Kennedy (jazz), and had the privilege to play for jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano. Her uncanny ability to mimic and echo, both vocally and via her violin, was apparent at a young age, when Rebecca, at age 2, would sing violin concertos from the back seat of her mother's car. At age 6, not wanting to go to bed, she came out of her bedroom with her violin, playing by-ear the TV show theme to 'Dallas', as her parents watched the opening credits to the show. {Branching Out} It was during her college years that Rebecca began to explore more outside of the classical realm, studying jazz and performing in local Tallahassee venues. Soon after, Rebecca joined northeast Florida klezmer band, Klezmania, where she added a spark with her beautiful vocal harmonies and lively violin solos. Playing out in public led to musical collaborations with groups including new world lounge band Tropic of Cancer, folk trio Blue Horse, award-winning poet Al Letson, and acclaimed blues and swing band Pretty Boy Freud. In addition to promoting her new album, Hummingbird, Zapen's projects include her original-music group, The Rebecca Zapen Trio, and performing with indie rockers Michelle Payne Band, and jazz combo Gary Starling Group. A love for life combined with a thoughtful, sensitive nature is key to Rebecca's performance style. This side of her personality is well-expressed through the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, who is also a great inspiration to her songwriting. Other influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Suzanne Vega, Tierney Sutton, and Diane Hubka. Her first full-length jazz recording, Hummingbird, was released in September 2003. It features jazz standards (and not-so-standards), as well as several of Rebecca's original tunes. {A Versatile Performer} An accomplished classical violinist, Zapen has played in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, as well as other orchestras in the Southeast. She also enjoys playing in small classical chamber groups. She was the mandolin soloist for Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, and was a featured vocal soloist with the Hollywood Philharmonic Orchestra. As an in-demand session musician, Zapen has done recordings for film soundtracks, television, public radio, and various musical groups. A multifaceted performer, Rebecca is equally comfortable gracing a concert hall stage or an intimate cabaret, and has been delighting audiences since early childhood. She began her musical education 'practically from the womb. My mother is a professional symphony violinist. Though I'm afraid I can't remember it first hand', she smile

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