If sex appeal took a chill pill, and intellect could be wrapped in the warmest of blankets, it would sound like Mari Rosa. With impressionistic cascades of chords, and a big-hearted sensibility, Mari Rosa’s music has drawn comparisons to Ingrid Michaelson, Astrud Gilberto, Sara Bareilles, and Bjork.
When she wrote her first formal song at age 8, Mari Rosa never imagined she’d grow up to win songwriting awards in four genres, or perform on a Miami-based talk show with the likes of Cuban music legend, Cachao. She wasn’t even supposed to be alive. Having suffered a bought of childhood illness that nearly ended her life, Mari’s youngest years were introspective, and music was their beautiful antidote.
The multi-lingual daughter of an Italian Argentine father, and an American mother, Mari Rosa grew up in one of Boston’s Irish American enclaves. She attended college in New York where she studied with double Grammy nominee, Thomas Young, and trained with Hilda Harris, mezzo soprano and session singer for dozens of legendary musicians like Luther Vandross, Nina Simone, Quincy Jones, and Bob Dylan. In addition to her original project, Mari pens original music for others in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Currently residing between Paris, France and Boston, where she has served on the faculty of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Mari is set to release her a series of 12 singles and multimedia works beginning January 2018.
Mari has recorded/performed with Latin Grammy Award winner Fernando Otero, Scott Healy (Conan O’Brien House Band), Emmy Award winning composer, José Cancela, Kermit Driscoll (Bill Frisell), Richie Morales (Spyro Gyra), Federico Aubele, Parks, and many others. She blends elements of indie pop, jazz, and glossy Latin song forms, combining the familiar with the exotic to create music that will slink past even the most sophisticated social armor. The result will make your cheeks pink in a New York minute.