Now Teaching @ Marblehead/Salem School of Music!

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Marina is excited to be joining the team at the Marblehead/Salem School of Music this winter! She will be giving lessons in voice, guitar, songwriting, and ukulele. Study with Marina while she’s home — she will only be in the States until the early spring, so catch her while you can! Click here to learn more and sign up!

More about the Marblehead/Salem School of Music:

At the Marblehead and Salem Schools of Music, we strive to provide a total musical experience for each student. Drawing on the wide-ranging talents of our teaching staff, we are able to match student and teacher based on a variety of criteria, including personality, learning style, goals, and interests. As part of private lessons, all students are given the opportunity to collaborate with other musicians and to showcase their skills; either live, at a formal or informal recital, or in the recording studio.

We make lessons fun and our studios funky, but everything is rooted in pure, wholesome academics. We track student’s weekly progress in a password protected database to make parent-teacher communication seamless. We take pride in the accomplishments of all of our students and view their growth both as individuals and as musicians as our success.

SONGS FOR THE ANGELS on September 10!

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During National Recovery Month, the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is hosting an exciting benefit concert featuring Cape Ann’s favorite singer/songwriters. Songs for the Angels will showcase Cape Ann’s vibrant music scene — represented by singer/songwriters Fly Amero, Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and Willie Alexander, and introducing opener Quentin Callewaert, plus a special performance from Chief Campanello, among other surprises. All will come together for the crucial cause of fighting addiction, both in our local community and across the nation. Held in the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this promises to be a one of a kind concert for a very important cause. You won’t want to miss this one!

>> Click here to reserve your tickets! <<

About the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI):

The concert will support the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI). In 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal developed a revolutionary new program aimed at getting opioid drug users the help they need, instead of putting them in handcuffs. PAARI’s mission is to support the Gloucester Police’s ANGEL initiative and to aid other police departments to implement similar programs. PAARI-committed police departments share a common mission: Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery; Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses; Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities; and Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. In just over a year, PAARI has grown into a network of over 150 police departments across the country. PAARI works to remove the stigma associated with drug addiction, turning the conversation toward the disease of addiction rather than the crime of addiction. We work directly with over 200 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance.  For more information about PAARI, please call PAARI at (888) 9-PAARI-9 or visit paariusa.org.

Schooner Serenade: Concert aboard Adventure

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Friday, August 12: Marina & Bernardo are so excited to be the third concert in the songwriter series Schooner Serenade! Held aboard the stunning Schooner Adventure as she is docked in her home port of Gloucester, MA, this series features New England songwriters lending their tunes to the valuable cause of preserving this historic ship’s legacy. Marina & Berna will be debuting new music from their forthcoming album, aptly entitled Tide and Stars.

Photo by Michael Bergmann

Harness the Wind to Escape the Land: Concert Aboard the Schooner Adventure

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On a sultry summer evening, a hot breeze blows off the land over the cool Atlantic, bringing with it the cries of seagulls and the smells of an industrious downtown. It’s just before 5pm, and already the streets are jammed with workers eager to make an early return home after a long day. I pull around the generous bend of Harbor Loop, catching blue sliver glimpses of the harbor between buildings and street lamps, and park beside the entrance to Maritime Gloucester. The enormous masts of the mighty Schooner Adventure, now moored peacefully at her pier, peek out over the rooftop. The pennant bearing the ship’s namesake flutters in the wind from the highest mast, its swallowtail playful and proud. Fair winds, and warm — perfect for a sunset sail.

The breeze stiffens as the sun begins to set, and by the time all are aboard it’s strong enough to justify a delicate maneuver: departing from the dock under sail, with no help from the motor. The crew hauls the golden sails partway up and they billow and swell as the ship bows elegantly and silently away from her slip. She moves so gently, as if she is embarrassed by her own beauty. A real lady.

Once we’re safely away from the pier and in the middle of the deep harbor — fittingly deemed “Le beau port” by Samuel de Champlain centuries ago — I fall in line to finish raising the sails. Keeping the rhythm set by the crew, we lean and pull, sigh and shout, as the thick, coarse lines give our smooth “city folk” palms a run for their money. “Hey, aren’t you a guitar player? You should be watching those hands!” someone calls to me over their shoulder. I smile and shrug, proud of what little calluses I do have on the tips of my fingers, and oddly relishing the tingle of my now-pink palms. It’s a satisfying kind of suffering, to burn your palms hauling a line: comparable to that good kind of sore after a long run, but somehow more immediate, more fundamental. You’ve got to harness the wind to escape the land.

Today the wind proves itself to be quite the stallion, filling the sails with the joyous bluster of newly discovered strength. Adventure lays back, leisurely, leaning her dark shoulders into the ocean. We pick up speed as we pass the dog bar (breakwater) at the edge of the harbor. The blunt knockabout bow heads south towards Boston; the wind picks up and the ship leans further in, her decks tilting at a sharp angle, the lines beating out an exuberant battle cry against the sails’ taut canvas. The wind increases steadily, as does the frenzy of the singing lines and the heartbeats of all souls aboard. Though she reaches a thrilling speed of just over 10 knots, Adventure is just as graceful flying through the open water as she was in her delicate departure from the dock. Her new rigging relishes the wild wind, and shamelessly sings its praises; her wise old hull, cracked many a time by ice and sea and salt and heat and caulked by generations of seaman’s worn hands, silently drinks in the glory of the ship’s rebirth.

Built in Essex, MA in 1926, Adventure was the last dory fishing schooner left in the Atlantic when she retired in 1953. She was the biggest moneymaker of all time, a “highliner,” having brought in nearly $4 million of cod and haddock throughout her illustrious career as a fishing vessel. She spent the next 34 years windjamming off the coast of Maine, and her speed and elegance earned her the title “Queen of the Windjammers.” Then, in 1988, Captain Jim Sharp (who had owned Adventure since 1965) donated her to the people of Gloucester (her home port) and to Adventure, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is threefold: to restore & preserve Adventure in perpetuity; to use her as a research and educational resource; and to sail her as a symbol of Gloucester’s rich maritime heritage. This marks the second full summer Adventure has been back in the water after 20-odd years spent on dry land for renovations. The joy of her resurrection is tangible in the singing lines, the swooping sails, and in the shining faces of captain, crew, and passengers alike.

As we approach Salem harbor, we come about in a broad, smooth arc. The boom swings effortlessly across the deck, and the sails billow and shake for only a brief moment as they find the wind. The Captain catches my eye from his post at the wheel and I pull out my guitar, settling down on a bench, looking towards the bow. Although the wind has died down since the jubilant departure from the harbor, I still have to brace myself (and my mic stand) with one foot steady on the deck, leaning into the weathered boards to keep my balance as I begin to play. At this moment I am particularly grateful for my coastal upbringing, and for my sea legs, without which both I and my precious guitar would probably have ended up overboard.

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I play and sing for an hour or so, and the setting throws into sharp relief the fact that I grew up here, that this place and these waters are inextricable from myself and my songs. The sea, the horizon, the rocks, the wind — and the idea of a safe harbor solidified through longing from afar — these things often find their way into my songs and lyrics. These themes are all too familiar to the fishing families of Cape Ann, and have seeped into the island’s culture so that even first generation locals like myself can perceive and appreciate them. My voyages away from home have not been by sea, but they have been far, and frequent. I can understand, at least on the surface, the concept of feeling at home while on the road (or on the water), in flux — the apparent contradiction between the happiness and freedom of travel, and nostalgia for the fixed place in the world that formed you — and I wrestle with this through my music. And as I play, an eerie familiarity settles over me, as if Adventure already knows these songs — she’s heard it all before.

Breathing the salt air and singing into the sunset, it really feels like we are in another world — as if Adventure is floating freely in a summer snow globe filled with flecks of gold instead of snowflakes. We are untouchable here, with nothing but wind and song and sea to fill our hearts. We lounge on the decks alongside ghosts of sailors past, whose feet wore down the boards, whose heads rested below in the fo’c’s’le, whose voices echoed over calm seas or disappeared into furious winds, and we join them in awe and humility before the benevolent, endless, wild sea. And with a reverence far deeper than our own — hard-earned over a 90-year love affair with the Atlantic — Adventure bows and sighs, her hull kissing the wavelets, her sails blushing at their own beauty.


Marina will be performing aboard Adventure with Bernardo Baglioni while the ship is docked in Gloucester harbor on Friday, August 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 / $15 members; for more info, to learn about the ship, and to purchase tickets, visit schooner-adventure.org

Photos: first photo taken & edited by Marina; second photo taken by Peter Souza & edited by Marina

 

 

 

 

 

Homeward Bound: Stateside Summer Shows

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It’s that time of year again – when I fly across the Atlantic from Italy to Cape Ann, Massachusetts, only to hit the ground running (& singing!) for a summer tour across New England. And I couldn’t be more excited!

This summer, it’s quite the mix: solo acoustic shows, concerts in duo with my musical partner & killer slide guitarist Bernardo Baglioni, and performances fronting the incredible Compaq Big Band. Everything from house concerts (in living rooms, recording studios, and one on the stunning shores of Lake Winnipesaukee!) to museums, from the decks of one of Gloucester’s historic schooners to the hallowed halls of aged New England churches — there’s a concert for everyone. Click here to see the full calendar!

I’m also looking forward to a benefit concert for the Schooner Adventure, “the last of the Gloucestermen,” a historic ship that is a living testament to our rich maritime history (August 12). I’ll be performing in acoustic duo with Bernardo aboard the ship as she’s docked in her beautiful home port of Gloucester, MA. Come join us for a sunset concert beneath the spars!

More concerts are being added all the time, so stay tuned — click here to view the full concert calendar, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-the-minute news. Many thanks all — looking forward to seeing you (and singing to you!) along the road!

 

Schooner Serenade: Summer Songwriter Series

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BIG NEWS! I am so excited to be collaborating with the Schooner Adventure on producing Schooner Serenade, a summer songwriter series to benefit this historic ship!

Join us for a unique and intimate musical experience as the sounds of strings and voices mingle and echo from bow to stern, as the sun sets and the stars rise…

This monthly concert series will be held aboard the stunning Schooner Adventure while she is docked in her home port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and will run from May through August. Featuring singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond performing their original music, this promises to be a series of shows not to be missed.

May 29th ~ Allen Estes   Get Tickets

June 26th ~ 3rian King & Nathan Cohen   Get Tickets

July 12th ~ Daphne Lee Martin Get Tickets

August 12th ~ Marina and Berna Get Tickets

Beyond being America’s oldest seaport, Adventure’s home port of Gloucester, MA is also a vibrant artistic community that has nurtured and inspired renowned visual artists, poets, and musicians throughout the centuries. Schooner Serenade unites Gloucester’s unique cultural history with Adventure’s crucial mission to educate on maritime, cultural, and environmental issues  and to restore and preserve her for future generations love of the sea. Held aboard Adventure while she is docked in her historic home port, Schooner Serenade features talented singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond whose original music and live performances have earned them local, regional, and international acclaim.

A National Historic Landmark, the Schooner Adventure is among the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners, the last of the “Gloucestermen”.  An icon of the American fisheries and a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education, Adventure is an invaluable, living monument to our fishing and maritime heritage, both in Massachusetts and America as a whole.

About The Artists:

Allen Estes  May 29, 2016

A Cape Ann favorite whose songwriting has earned him co-writes with such illustrious songwriters as Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, and David Mallett, and whose dynamic live performance has earned him opening slots for such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, J. Geils (and many, many more), Allen Estes is a local treasure who is not to be missed. Combining a full, rich voice with exceptional fingerpicking skills and honest, elegant songwriting, Estes masterfully mixes country, folk, and blues in his songs. Learn more at allenestes.com.

3rian King & Nathan Cohen  June 26, 2016

3rian King (voice, keys, guitar) and Nathan Cohen (violin, trumpet) are the founders of the neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?.  The pair like to bend and blend genres, allowing the song to be what it needs to be in order to express its emotional core. Together they have packed houses in Boston, NYC,  and throughout the country. 3rian’s strong gender-defying voice has been compared to Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, and Amy Winehouse.

His song “Cold Rain” was recorded by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas on her Grammy-nominated album, “Simply Grand,” which also features Cohen on violin.  Time Out New York advises “catch him as his star rises.” Cohen is fluent in classical orchestral and chamber music, but has also studied and played music all over the globe on remote Pacific Islands, Ghana, Ireland, and Turkey, to name some favorites. Nathan currently runs the Rockport Public Schools Orchestra and Chamber Music program, and is an adjunct professor of music at Endicott College. Check out What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? at www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

Daphne Lee Martin  July 12, 2016

Winner of Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 New England Music Awards, Daphne Lee Martin combines a unique vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline, and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case with original, timeless melodies and arrangements that hark back to harmony-rich maritime folk songs, tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s, and of course, Tom Waits. A songwriter with a mission, Martin has used her music as a means of teaching sustainability, environmental science, and the importance of traditions to the communities of the future during the several years she spent within Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater community. Her deep experience uniting community-based initiatives with her unique and award-winning songwriting makes her a perfect fit for Schooner Serenade. Learn more at daphneleemartin.com.

Marina & Berna   August 12, 2016

Combining a background in jazz with folk Americana, blues, and an indie edge, Cape Ann singer/songwriter Marina Evans’ sound is all her own. Marina’s strong, sultry vocals and the raw grit of her husband, producer, and musical partner Bernardo Baglioni’s slide guitar bring her unusual melodies and lyrics to life. Having released 3 original EPs and a full length album in recent years – two of which were written and recorded abroad in Bernardo’s native Italy – the pair has toured across the U.S. and internationally. Marina’s passionate live performance has earned her two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards, as well as opening sets for such folk legends as Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, and Loudon Wainwright III. Debuting brand new material from Marina’s forthcoming album  fittingly entitled Tide and Stars — this dynamic duo is not to be missed. Learn more at marinaevansmusic.com.

Singing for Pathways: Volunteer Appreciation

Over the past few years, Marina has been volunteering at Pathways for Children, a local non-profit organization providing care, support, and services to children & families in need. Visiting a few times per week, Marina has worked with the kids at Pathways in music & movement classes. “I was very fortunate growing up to have lots of exposure to music, starting at a young age,” she says, “and I wanted to give these kids a chance to have that special kind of creativity and freedom of expression that comes with music and dance.”

Marina is honored to have been invited to speak and perform at Pathways’ annual Volunteer & Donor Appreciation event, held this year in Gloucester, MA. “When they asked me to perform, I thought, what better song to express the unique strength & character of the hardworking, dedicated people who built this organization, than my own love song to Cape Ann? Music and community, a sense of place and a sense of meaning, are all closely tied — and this song expresses that better than any words could (I hope!).”

Click below & watch Marina’s live performance of her original piece “Cape Ann Song.” Lyrics are posted below. Many thanks to Gloucester’s illustrious Mayor Sefatia for the video!

 

Cape Ann Song, by Marina Evans

In a little town at the end of the earth

Full of scent and sound of the water

Hangs a history, deep and oh so long

Wild as the sea and pretty as her songs

 

This is more than an island

More than sea and shore, more than tide and wind

 

The harbor birds are crying, swooping low and fast

O’er fishermen arriving, hulls heavy with their catch

From a granite ledge with panoramic view

The painter tilts his head to glimpse that golden blue

From salty saloons to the riverside

Poets sway and singers swoon, drunk on love of light

 

This is more than an island

More than sea and shore, more than tide and wind

You see it in silver scales shining in the sun

In spindrift and great white sails

Mysteries and tall tales…

 

Generations, living and breathing the ocean, the ocean

Four hundred years of devotion, devotion

Oh a legacy that can’t be sold

Oh and we — we can’t let go

 

Now it’s in our hands, in our hearts and minds

To live and love this land

By the sea defined

By the sea defined

Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert

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This Saturday, January 23, I am honored to join an all-star lineup for a benefit gala & concert for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce! Hosted at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center, one of the premier performance spaces north of Boston, this concert is not to be missed. Featuring the best & brightest from the Cape Ann music scene, this show will highlight 6 vocalists — hostess & event organizer Mari Martin, Kate Barry, Renee Dupuis, Megan McKenzie Downey, and myself — backed by a killer 4-piece band (Mark Retallack, Roger Brockelbank, Vinny Briguglio, and Jake Pardee). All concert proceeds will go to benefit the Cape Ann Chamber, a vital organization that supports our local businesses. Click here to visit the Chamber’s website to learn more about the event, or visit Rockport Music’s website to purchase tickets.

What: Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert for the Cape Ann Chamber
When: Saturday, January 23; 6pm gala, 8pm concert
Where: The Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Tickets: http://rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-chamber-of-commerce-dinner/

Tunes & Toys for Pathways for Children

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This Wednesday, 12/16, I am excited to come together in song with fabulous performer & songwriter Fly Amero in support of Pathways for Children, a local nonprofit whose mission — to educate, empower, and support local children and their families — is vital to our community. Every year, Pathways partners with local businesses for its annual toy and book drive, and has distributed over 1,000 toys to local children & families enrolled in their programming. This drive is special because it is truly neighbors helping neighbors: all toys and books donated stay in our North Shore community! So please, join us this Wednesday at The Rhumb Line in Gloucester – come for the tunes, stay for the good cheer, and if you can, bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to donate!

Concert & Sail Aboard the Schooner Adventure!

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Nearly one year after their wedding on her decks, Marina & Bernardo are thrilled to return aboard the historic Schooner Adventure to perform an intimate, sunset concert as she cruises around beautiful Gloucester harbor!

The concert will be held on Sunday, August 23 on a late afternoon cruise, from 3-6pm. Tickets are $60 for non-members, and $45 for members; click here to visit the Adventure’s site to learn more & reserve your tickets. This is a rare opportunity to hear local, original music aboard one of the country’s last surviving fishing schooners!

Called “the last of the Gloucestermen,” Adventure is the last remaining fishing schooner built in Essex, MA that features the unique, blunt bow of a working ship adapted to navigating a crowded harbor. After a 20+ year and multi-million dollar renovation, 2015 marks the first summer that Adventure has sailed in decades — a truly momentous moment, and a major feat for the non-profit organization dedicated to the ship’s restoration and upkeep.

Come celebrate Gloucester’s heritage with a cruise aboard the historic Adventure, accompanied by original music by two of the island’s acclaimed young musicians. Come “see how she scoons”!