Tonight, Monday, August 3rd, Maria Neckam (voice) will perform her music with Jon Cowherd (keys) and Thomas Morgan (bass) at Bar Next Door, downstairs at La Lanterna (129 MacDougal Street. subway to W4St) 8-11:30pm (3 sets. cover is $10 for the whole night)
About Maria Neckam
Born in Vienna, Maria grew up surrounded by the constant presence of the city's music and rhythms. Immersed in the rich musical traditions around her she developed a deep passion for all kinds of music and sound - from opera to pop, from stage musicals to rock and punk, from church music to jazz. She absorbed herself in the piano, guitar and electric bass, composed songs, set up a diverse range of bands, and performed in a city choir. As a teenager she performed and recorded regularly with the rock-band Sounds of Silence and as a singer-songwriter. This early and long chain of experiences guided her heart to follow the unpredictable and exciting life of a musician. In 2000, she was drawn to Amsterdam to study jazz singing. Here she met musicians from all over the world and embraced a wide range of musical traditions, resulting in projects characterized by their extensive and hybrid range of styles: from standard jazz to contemporary classical music, from free improvisation to Drum 'N Bass, from pop to Indian music. After she graduated at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2004, she decided that it was time for a change. She got accepted into the Master’s program of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she studied since September 2005 with Luciana Souza, Peter Eldridge and Indian tabla player Samir Chatterjee and graduated in May 2007. To date, she has developed and refined her very own style of singing and composing music that runs like a bright and vivid thread through her different bands and projects.