Mary Gatchell will be performing her great music with her NYC band at the new Leddy Center at Verdant Pastures on Ladd's Lane in Epping, NH, Friday evening, October 12, at 7:30pm.
Mary Gatchell is a dynamic singer, pianist, and composer living in New York City. With four albums to her credit, she has played in legendary clubs such as the Blue Note, Birdland, Bitter End, CBGB's, Knitting Factory, Boston House of Blues, Ryles, and many more.
From Epping, New Hampshire, Mary cultivated her musical talents in voice, piano, and oboe gaining a solid foundation from her parents, both musicians. At 18, she moved to New York City to attend New York University. The city exposed her to all kinds of music, which significantly inspired her to write and explore different sounds and rhythms. While continuing to study voice, piano, and oboe at NYU, she graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning her degree in theory and composition, having studied with composers Jim McNeely and Justin Dello Joio. She has written several pieces, not only for her own group made up of a traditional rock band instrumentation, but also for orchestra, choir, and chamber ensembles.
Mary is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Siena Summer Music, a chamber music festival in Italy for talented, young instrumentalists, opera singers, and composers. For info on Mary, visit her websites at www.sienasummermusic.org and www.marygatchell.com.
Joining Mary is Ken Dow on bass. Ken has played both upright and electric bass for over twenty years, touring all over the world playing with distinguished artists including Brian May & Roger Taylor of Queen, Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors, Peter Sprague (Chick Corea, Al Jarriqu), Sara & Sean Watkins of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, Rodney Holmes
(Santana, Joe Zawinul, Randy Brecker) and Chris Thompson (NanfiEd Mann’s Earth Band, lead vocalist on international hit “Blinded by the Light”), (toto), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Cliff Almond (Michel Camilo, Patti LaBelle, The Manhattan Transfer), Roy Hargrove, and Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea). Ken currently performs with the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Platinum-selling Best Original Cast Album as well as four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Ken has worked with international film and theatre stars Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, David Norona (Six Feet Under) and Billy Zane.