Passim Monday Discovery Series with Liv Greene & Asaran Earth Trio: sponsored by Nine Athens Music
Olivia Ann Greene is an emerging singer-songwriter based in Boston, Massachusetts. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Liv began playing guitar and singing at the age of 12 and has since discovered passions for mandolin and banjo. Raised on Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile and Patty Griffin, Liv discovered her love for songwriting at an early age. After attending a fiddle camp in New Hampshire in 2013, Liv developed a deepened interest in songwriting as well as Appalachian folk and roots music. She has since felt at home writing Americana and indie folk music. In summer, Liv is part of a touring americana duo with fiddler and songwriter, Olivia Baxter, called "Liv & Let Liv." The two have toured extensively, playing venues such as the Floyd Country Store and Club Passim and spend the summer playing traditional music at festivals. Liv Greene is a 2016 YoungArts finalist in Voice (Singer-Songwriter) and an alum of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she graduated in 2016 with honors, a Fine Arts Award in songwriting, and the singer-songwriter program's Artist of the Year Award. She is currently enrolled the prestigious dual degree program between Tufts and the New England Conservatory, where she studies Contemporary Improvisation.
So a Croatian, a Brazilian and a Hungarian walk into a bar…
A collective of vocalists from different corners of the globe (as well as the set up to a great punchline), Asaran Earth Trio is a group dedicated to signing beautiful music from around the world. With New York City as their figurative ‘bar’, Asaran came together out of the desire to take different traditions in new directions, combining folk elements together with the adventure of group improvisation and each member’s musical ‘history’. Together they sing, clap, play percussion and are known to cause groups of strangers to laugh, cry, sing, dance and shake some groovy shakers. Asaran features Astrid Kuljanic from Croatia, Artemisz Polonyi from Hungary and Anne Boccato from Brazil. They love to share their music and stories all around the Earth – in living rooms, theaters, houses of worship, festivals, on the street and even in actual bars.
Anne Boccato is a pianist, composer and vocalist born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She has been living in the United States for over 10 years, enjoying the Jazz scene in New York City, teaching piano lessons and performing her own music, as well as collaborating with some wonderful musicians.
Her aim is to connect people to each other and to a snapshot of her inner life through her compositions, be they instrumental or songs sung in Portuguese, English or Spanish. Her love of languages is matched only by her love of watching her students go “aha!” and smile with satisfaction.
When she’s not rolling around on the floor singing songs with 4-year-olds, Anne can be found coming up with her best musical ideas in the shower (though she’d prefer you didn’t come find her there).
Croatian vocalist Astrid Kuljanic has immersed herself in an eclectic variety of musical traditions from around the world. Her journey from Eastern Europe and Balkan music influences to New York has allowed her to absorb Jazz, Brazilian, and Indian music and acquire an advanced knowledge of performing with electronics using Ableton Live.
Ms. Kuljanic’s mission is to engage audiences across cultural boundaries. To that end she founded Crescendo Music Festival (Croatia) that has helped local audiences connect with a diverse array artists.
With her quintet ‘Mildreds’ she has toured Europe and released two albums for the major Croatian label Aquarius Records. Astrid holds Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory G. Tartini, Trieste, Italy, and a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.
Artemisz Polonyi is a singer deeply immersed in jazz, folk and choral music currently living in New York City.
She fell in love with singing harmonies (favourite being the moving middle voice) during her childhood, when in Hungary she was surrounded with the Kodaly tradition singing folk songs and choral music.
In her adult life she is mostly required to sing very high notes, sometimes in a cappella groups, sometimes in choirs and quite rarely in jazz groups.
Artemisz performs in New York City with her jazz trio, conducts her chorus which experiments with world music and improvisation and teaches voice in her studio and introduction to music in public schools as a teaching artist.