“A Part of Something Bigger” — Live Review!

Marina, Berna, and Adam at the narrows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan Photography

Live In-Studio Recording/Concert at EvoRad!

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Friday, August 19: Join Marina & Bernardo for an intimate acoustic experience at the Evolvement Radio studios in Newburyport, MA! We will be play an all-original concert that’s going to be recorded LIVE — and we’d love for you to be a part of it! Included with your donation at the door is delicious local beer by Cape Ann Brewing, snacks from KIND Healthy Snacks, a free download of the concert recording, and more. This promises to be a truly unique concert experience – and space is limited (only 20 seats!), so click here to reserve your seat today!

 

Live in Italia!

 

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Back in Italy! I’m excited to return to the continent and kick things off with a concert at Ex Cinema Aurora, an independent folk venue in Livorno, Italy. As its name indicates, this abandoned cinema has been recently converted to a funky concert space. Relics of old Hollywood, including enormous old cameras, stage lights, and film reels dot the walls. And the acoustics are incredible!

I’ll be joined by my husband, producer, and killer guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bernardo Baglioni as we perform an intimate, all-original set. We are looking forward to debuting some brand new music — some of which I *just* finished on the plane on my way to Europe! — that will make its way onto my 2016 album, Tide & Stars. Free entry. Spero di vedervi, amici italiani – mi mancate, e non vedo l’ora di condividere qualche pezzo nuovo con voi!

 

Feature in Granite Coast Magazine

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The New England Music Awards are just four short days away — and Marina is honored and thrilled to have been nominated for Female Performer of the Year! Check out the special NEMA issue of Granite Coast Magazine for the full lineup of nominees, performers, and the lowdown on the event itself, coming up this Saturday, April 18th.

Here’s an excerpt from Marina’s nominee profile:

“Evans’ drive, passion, and versatility are just as evident in her songs — which deftly navigate a range of genres, from folk to pop to rock and roll — as they are in her track record: since 2011 she has independently released 3 original EPs and a full length album, toured across the U.S., to London, and to Italy; […] been featured on local, regional, and internet radio; and earned two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards (2014 and 2015).” 

Click here to check out the full NEMA issue of Granite Coast Magazine.

And don’t forget to tune in to the New England Music Awards this Saturday, April 18th, starting at 6:30pm! Tickets are sold out, but you can stream it live online by clicking here.

Cape Ann Singer for Female Performer of the Year

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From the Gloucester Daily Times (click for full article):

Marina Evans, a local singer-songwriter, has been nominated for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards for the second year in a row.

Her competition in the Female Performer of the Year category in 2015 is  Ashley Jordan, Jessie Chris, Sarah Barrios, Faith Ziegler and Anna Lombard.

In this competition, music fans play a significant role in the selection of the winners by voting online for their preferred performers, so Evans is hopeful that Cape Ann fans will cast their votes. Voting is open to the public until March 1; visit nemusicawards.com to vote for your favorite artists, and to learn more about the New England Music Awards.

“The New England Music Awards are presented every year to the musicians who call New England their home and whose dedication, spirit, and achievements over the last year have without a doubt established them as a contributing force to the most robust and diverse music scene in the country,” according to the website.

The nominating committee consists of a variety of music industry experts including journalists, radio personalities, talent buyers, event planners, record label executives and others.

Evans combines a background in jazz with traditional folk and indie rock. Over the past decade, she has cultivated her unique sound. Her career began on Cape Ann at the age of 16. Since then she has performed throughout the United States, in London, and in Italy, and she has written and recorded three original EPs and the full-length album “Unbound.”

Both her new album and her live performances have received high marks over the past year.

“She creates as much dramatic feeling as two gunslingers approaching each other with hands over holsters,” according to Bill Copeland Music News.

She also stepped up to help out in a community service sort of way last year. She performed at a Rockport PTO musical fund-raising event last spring, and in a benefit concert for the North Shore Health Project this past fall. In both instances, the crowd was eager to purchase her music after the show and learn more about her.

 

Live Interview on WSUR!

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I am so excited to be interviewing LIVE on WSUR, Worcester State University‘s radio station, TODAY at 3:30pm! My interview will be part of a weekly show hosted by New England Concert Reviews, a website and media company that promotes music in New England. Providing high quality live and CD reviews along with beautiful photography, NECR has become a staple on the scene for up-and-coming artists.

You can tune in to today’s radio show by streaming online. Click here or follow the link below, and then click the “Listen Live” graphic that appears about 1/3 of the way down the page. This will open a new window, through which you can stream the show for free!

http://www.newenglandmusicnews.com/new-england-music-news-radio/

Hope to catch you on the airwaves!

 

 

 

 

 

Live Review: Marina Evans & Hillary Reynolds at Braintree Folk

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Opening act Marina Evans and headliner Hillary Reynolds and her band received an excellent review of their sold out concert at Braintree Folk on November 8, by music critic Jay Miller at the Patriot Ledger! An excerpt:

Rockport’s Marina Evans opened with a 45-minute set of her own tunes, and she managed to get a really warm and distinctive sound out of her acoustic guitar. Evans often utilized a wide dynamic range with her high-alto voice, going from whispery to wailing to good effect.  Her “Not Gonna Wait” injected some starkly poignant soul into the mix, while “California” was a wistful look back. Who wouldn’t like her “anti-social media” tune “Little Boxes,” with its gentle chiding of some of the more obsessed among us. Evans also has a nice swinging tempo to most of her tunes, and “How Many Miles” was an especially toe-tapping delight. And there was an undeniable beauty to her gentle, almost crystalline ballad “One Way or Another,” where her voice and guitar were superbly in synch.

To read the full review, click here.

Live on 980 WCAP!

Today at 1pm, Bernardo and I are psyched to be performing LIVE on Lowell radio station 980 WCAP! We’ll be on the show Live at Jack’s Cafe, hosted by Jack Baldwin. He’ll interview us about this weekend’s New England Music Awards, and then we’ll perform a couple of tunes off my new album, Unbound. Tune your radio to 980AM or click here to stream live online! 1pm sharp!

Me, Jack and Berna at WCAP in Lowell

The Noise Live Review: Music in the Courtyard

 

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find a great review of one of my live shows this past summer in this month’s edition of The Noise Magazine – many thanks to author and Noise founder T Max for his ongoing support!

“She smiles pretty, she does a natural little barefoot dance while she sings—why, she’s just like a playful cat… always impressing her audience.”

Click here to read the full review; scroll down, it’s about 1/3 of the way down the page!

iPads in the sky: do fan videos help or hurt?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the stage, last week’s gig at Jazz Club Firenze appeared dark, mysterious, and candlelit. But from the audience, there might have been more than one smartphone or tablet a-glowing. Now I, for one, am flattered that people want to take a piece of my performance home with them. That said, I’ve also been on the other side, furiously glaring at the shoulders of some goon whose iPad in the sky is blinding me and blocking my view of the stage. Hey man, I didn’t buy a ticket to this show to watch it in pixellated miniature on your dinky device. Put it down. Relax.

Turns out, I’m not the only one with this conflicting perspective on fans taking videos at shows. In a recent article, BBC News addresses the issue. On the one hand, exposure is the word of the day for artists. The more fans share photos and videos of you, the greater your online reach. On the other hand, the videos oftentimes have terrible audio quality, making you sound like a monster-robot. And as mentioned above, the glowing devices frequently alienate the poor, purist fan standing behind the jerk with the iPad.

Dublin-based technology firm 45sound seems to have a solution to the first of the above complaints: their unique technology analyzes audio patterns in fan videos and matches them with a master live recording from the same gig. Then fans’ clips are re-uploaded with high quality audio, allowing viewers to scroll through multiple visual perspectives on the same moment in the same concert, all with good sound. So with 45sound, your live videos are not only more interactive — you’re also protected from sounding like a monster-robot and scaring off potential fans.

So yes, technology is cool. And yes, like it or not, smartphones and social marketing are here to stay. But I must admit, when it comes to musical experiences, I think I’m more old school. Live in the moment, anyone? What do YOU think?