Anna Dagmar (Patti DeRosa Opens)
British-born / New York City-based artist Anna Dagmar cites influences including Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel and Leonard Bernstein. Dagmar is an Eastman School of Music graduate, a Gold Prize Winner in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest, a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. This summer (2012), the NYC-based pianist, arranger and singer-songwriter released a new album, "Satellite", produced by Ben Wittman and featuring Marc Shulman, Lucy Kaplansky and Natalia Zukerman.
BORN IN ENGLAND
Her love of words was born at a tiny desk, in a tiny room,
just north of London. St. Albans' Cathedral choir, father's
classical radio, and mother's lullabies echoed all around.
And at age seven, she perched on the steps of a new
home in Massachusetts, on lookout, for the piano delivery
FROM CHOPIN TO JONI MITCHELL
While many young students turn their noses up at classical
music, as they would at Brussels sprouts, Dagmar devoured Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy like chocolate cake. It was the surprises in the music that fascinated her. At fourteen, she discovered the tender, mystical poetry of Joni Mitchell alongside the wondrous improvisations of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, who transformed the piano into a choir of tiny voices. By the end of her training at The Eastman School of Music, Dagmar had found a way to weave her passions and influences together into surprising songs of her own.
Born in Britain and based in New York City, she has rapidly become known across the US and all the way to Stockholm for her virtuosity as a pianist, singer and song writer. She will be releasing her fourth album in June 2012,and has shared the stage with artists including Nadine Goellner, Ellis Paul and Lucy Kaplansky. Tours include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Stockholm and venues such as City Winery, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Club Passim. Dagmar has been selected to perform for luminaries such as photographer Annie Leibovitz, former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, and Swedish Nobel Prize Winner Torsten Weisel.
DISCOGRAPHY AND SONGBOOK
2001 One More Time in the Air - debut album, recorded at The Eastman School of Music
2004 Solo Songs - an intimate portrait of Dagmar's repertoire
2005 Martha Colby, Across Two Rivers - keyboard side person, special feature on the song, "Twister"
2006 Nadine Goellner Live - keyboard side person, recorded in concert at Mo Pitkins in NYC
2008 Anna Dagmar Songbook - printed sheet music with accompaniment CD
2009 Let the Waves Come in Threes - full length, full band album with producer Ben Wittman
2012 Satellite - scheduled for June 1, 2012 release
HONORS AND AWARDS
Gold Prize in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for Satellite song, "We Were Children"
Five awards in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for album Let the Waves Come in Threes
Roots Music Report "Folk" National Top 20 for Six Consecutive Weeks, Peaking at #6
#1 Airplay and studio recording on WVIA, A-List Artist Feature on High Plains Public Radio
WFUV "On Your Radar" Series, Williamsburg Songwriting Contest, Unisong International Contest,
Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Tri-Centric Showcase, Composer-in-Residence at The Nightingale-Bamford
School, ASCAP Listening Panel Expo, and the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.
Patti DeRosa is a well-known singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Boston area touring on the local, national, and international music scene. Her style is acoustic music peppered with rhythm and spice, simmered with the flavors of folk, jazz, R&B, & rock, and served piping hot. Her eclectic mix of musical magic and engaging stage presence creates an unforgettable type of performance that is passionate, insightful, topical, and full of attitude.
Patti has released three CDs: "Packing My Bags Patti D Live" (2011), "Secrets and Stories (2007) ,and "Paradise" (2005). Visit: www.pattiderosa.com
"Patti DeRosa imbues her folk based music with a distinctive jazz and R&B flavor and an overall sense of musicality that places her in the upper echelon of today's singer-songwriters." Mark Stepakoff, The Center for the Arts at Natick
"A honey-warm voice, adventurous guitar work, and incisive lyrics are only the tip of her talent iceberg." Vance Gilbert, singer-songwriter
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