BIG NEWS! I am thrilled to be supporting none other than Sister Kate Taylor this November at the beautiful Regent Theater in Arlington, MA! Kate Taylor’s “Sister Kate Revisited” tour resurrects the singer/songwriter’s debut album, released back in 1971. Sharing a velvet voice and penchant for folk music with her brothers James and Livingston, Sister Kate is back on the scene after a long hiatus, and is not to be missed.
Bernardo and I are honored to kick off the concert, on November 8th, with an acoustic opening set of my songs. Join us for a night of original music by two songstresses in one of the Boston area’s premier theaters! Click here for tickets and more info.
Hello, hello! I write from a glowing screen in an old stone house in the hills of Chianti, the dark green Persian blinds drawn tight against the summer swelter outside. The wheat sways and glows gold, spilling down the hillside to the well in the valley below. Summer is here, the cicadas are singing, the jasmine is blooming… and I am booking, booking, booking!
After another few weeks in this blissful place, Berna and I will hop a plane and head back to salty New England, guitars in hand, where my trusty steed (… Honda) awaits. The trunk is already packed: tent, fishing pole, amps, CDs. We’ll hit the ground running — as usual — with shows booked in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and New York City (and more on the way). We’ll be stretching out some new tunes — including one in Italian (!) — off my forthcoming album Tide & Stars. And we would LOVE to see & sing to you. It’s been too long!
One of the most lauded singer-songwriters of her generation, Dar Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the early ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her almost three-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist. She has toured with such distinguished artists as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, and Shawn Colvin, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post‘s Green Blog. A dedicated environmentalist, Williams toured throughout the northeast visiting children’s camps and planting bee gardens in summer 2011.
Marina has long been a fan of Dar’s, first having seen her 15+ years ago (!) at a solo acoustic show. Dar’s exuberant stage presence and insightful, funny, and honest songwriting have continued to inspire Marina as her own performance and writing career has developed.
This weekend, Marina & Berna hit the road for two intimate acoustic (and FREE!) shows. The first is on Friday, 3/10 up in the salty city of Portland, ME: we will play two original sets on the newly-renovated stage at Port City Blue, one of Portland’s coziest venues for original folk, bluegrass, jazz, and more. Our set starts at 8pm. Join us for tunes & brews (and maybe some snow)!
Next up, on Sunday, March 12, we head down to New York City to play a set at the Rockwood Music Hall, down on Manhattan’s lower east side. Rockwood has three separate stages, each in its own space with its own bar and staff — so they up hosting dozens of independent musicians each day! It’s a great place to come to discover new music. We hit at 5pm on Stage 1 – hope to see you, New York friends & fans!
Last weekend, Bernardo and I were honored to share the stage with rising star Adam Ezra and his fabulous band at the beautiful Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA. Several days later, while still riding high on the show’s good vibes, we were pleasantly surprised to see a glowing review from Tony Adams at the Live Music News & Review blog! Click here to check it out.
Tony is a dedicated fan of Adam’s, as you will read, and the sheer joy with which he writes of the concert is characteristic of Adam’s enthusiastic and inspired fans. As Adam said himself onstage, his main source of inspiration in writing, performing, and listening to live music is the feeling of being “a part of something bigger than yourself.” And this concert was no exception: we were all swept up in the moment, the music, the experience, singing and swaying together at concert’s end like the very best of old friends. It was an honor to be a part of this night, and to be a part of this incredible community that Adam has built up over many, many years on the road… and it certainly gave us something to aspire to.
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.
Marina is back in beautiful Tuscany for the fall and early winter, and is excited to announce two intimate acoustic concerts here in the coming months! Performing in duo with Florentine guitarist and producer Bernardo Baglioni, Marina is excited to share new music from her forthcoming album, Tide & Stars.
Hello all, in honor of the International Day of Peace on September 21, I am very excited to share a brand new song with you along that theme.
I wrote this song in a moment of helplessness — a feeling that is becoming all too familiar to many of us, unfortunately — when news of bombs and shipwrecks and shootings is constant and overwhelming. I got caught on the idea of peace as a burden that must be fought for, earned, and shared among the many, as opposed to a blessing bestowed upon and enjoyed by the few (hardly a new idea, I know, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it). But true peace is not easy, and neither is true love — and in this way, these challenges are also our sweetest blessings, both to give and to receive. I’ll leave it at that, and let the song say the rest. Click here to watch the video on YouTube if the below embedded preview isn’t working.
Across wild seas and war torn lands
In droves they flee, screaming and wringing their hands
One fence, one borderline previously unseen
Is now a trench sharply defined, defended by artillery
We can spare it – a little love
We can share it – I know there’s more than enough
I am sitting here in the warm cocoon of home
I’ve never known such fear, never was reduced to skin and bones
Who decided that this life
Was not for everyone, that this dream was divided?
We can bear it – a little peace
We can bear it – to give love, give love is
Freefall – it’s scary
It’s a blessed burden
To light and tend this fire
People, rise – and hold each other tight and near
Love defies the dark, the anger, greed, and fear
We’re just one little planet in a sea of stars
And whether we are gonna make it is a question of heart
We can bear it – a little peace
We can bear it – ’cause it’s love will set us free…
Big news, everybody: I’m back in the studio again working on a brand new original album entitled Tide and Stars! As with my two most recent records, Unboundand The Tuscan Sessions, I am working with Italian producer (and my husband & musical partner, incidentally) Bernardo Baglioni. Unlike our past two records — both recorded here in Italy, with our Italian band — this time we’ll be recording with a mix of Italian and American musicians, and we’ll be doing so on both sides of the pond.
We hit the studio this week in Florence, Italy with Florentine drummer Donald Renda (pictured above), who is also featured on both Unbound and The Tuscan Sessions. And as usual, he nailed it! Next up are the basses, followed by guitars, mandolins, and possibly dobro & banjo — and finally, we’ll wrap things up with the vocal tracks.
This record takes a decidedly more acoustic, folk/americana turn than my last two projects, and I’m looking forward to realizing these songs in a more pared-down context. The songs are direct, to the point, and hark back to traditional song forms & structures. It’s raw, it’s true, and it’s me — so it’s thrilling, and more than a little scary, to bring this music to life and to share it with the world. That said — I can’t wait! Stay tuned for more news & updates as the project moves forward. Onwards!
I am thrilled to be featured this month in The Florentine, Florence’s premier English language news publication! With distribution of over 10,000 copies in print and online, throughout Tuscany and across the pond in New York City, this magazine is read by expats and lovers of beautiful Florence the world over. It is quite an honor to be featured on these pages! Thank you, the Florentine and to writer & editor Mary Gray!
The article tells the story of my love affair with this stunning and historic city. The above photo was taken back in 2008, when I was studying in Firenze during my junior year in college. As I sat on that rooftop terrace, humming and picking out some of my very first songs, I never could have imagined that the rambling, musical path I had started on would lead me back here — but I am sure glad it did! The bicontinental life of a troubadour has blessed me with 3 EPs, a full album (and another one on the way), countless concerts across the continents, and last but certainly not least – the man I am proud to call my husband & musical partner, Bernardo Baglioni. Click here to read the full article & get all the details!