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Manze Dayila — singer
genre: Haitian "roots" music

Manze performs with her band the Nago Nation, including guitarist Alexis Monvelyno (RAM), percussion/vocalist Evens “Zilibo” Seney & Jakobo, rapper Bennchoumy Elian, bassist Andy Galore and drummer Peter Barr. Her debut CD “Solé” features her beautifully crafted pop songs in english (“That Feeling” & “ I Want To Be Free”), arrangements of the Vodou (‘racine’) songs, sung in Kreyol, which she learned from her ancestors, and electronic remixes of roots music that clearly establish Manze Dayila as the “Empress of Vodou Music.” She has performed at colleges and clubs throughout the northeast United States.

performing "Ibonodub" | performing "Kafe" at Joe's Pub, New York

 


Opera Collective
genre: opera

Opera Collective was founded in August of 2005.  It currently consists of 7 core members, with rotating singers and pianists on its roster. 

Opera Collective is an active part of the Music Under New York program, and performs twice weekly at various spots throughout Manhattan. It has been featured three times in the “Summer Sundays Series” at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, and performs regularly at Piola, an Italian Restaurant near Union Square. 

Opera Collective has done educational outreach in NY, NJ, and CT, and hopes to continue to teach students about opera.  In 2006, the Collective gave its Manhattan debut concert in collaboration with Kids & Dreamers Productions, and in 2007 collaborated with them again in a scenes program based on the 7 Deadly Sins. Opera Collective has also been featured on NHK’s documentary series “New York Streets”, and on a live broadcast from Battery Park. Its members have performed with companies such as Opera Colorado, Sarasota Opera, the Caramoor Festival, Connecticut Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Dicapo Opera and New Jersey Verismo Opera, and in venues such as Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

performing "Brindisi", from La Traviata | performing "Dunque io son", from Il barberie de siviglia

 


Cathy Grier — singer, guitarist

genre: folk, blues

Cathy Grier loves to sing and play the guitar.  Her favorite guitar that she bought in 1990 could tell stories of recordings and performances, and world travel. Her songs and performances echo Joni Mitchell with a touch of Bonnie Raitt on the side.

In reviewing her CD ‘Comin’ Back To Me,’ Vintage Guitar Magazine wrote, “The title cut features nasty slide and a great lyric. And "Good Thing" is about as good as it gets. It's blues-mama heaven.”

When not jamming with a Blues Band, or writing English lyrics for French recording artists, Cathy performs as part of the MTA program, Music Under New York.  She blogs under the name NYCsubwaygirl and can be followed on twitter and fan pages of facebook and myspace.  Cathy was on the cover of AM New York and she has performed at BAM, Avery Fisher Hall, Radio City Music Hall and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as in numerous documentary films based on subway performers.

Cathy loves the energy and vitality of the city and riffs off the commuters who inspire exciting spontaneous moments.

Cathy records on her own label SideHill Music. Cathy’s CD’s and clips can be found on itunes and cdbaby.com.

performing at Union Square Station | performing at Times Square Station

 

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