Maritri

Maritri

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Maritri approaches music with delicate poignancy, drawing comparisons to artists such as Norah Jones and Natalie Merchant. Her playing style shows a great deal of passion for both French Impressionism and jazz.

Biography

There aren’t many artists who can move from one form to another and do it well. Maritri has a gift for music, learning instruments with an ease that is impossible to describe and equally impossible to forget.

Maritri taught herself to play guitar a little over a year ago and in what seemed seconds later, was performing on stage. She picked up the cello in the summer of 2005 and six months later, she made her debut as a cellist at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Few singers talk about stories of love, life, and loss the way Maritri can. Her poignant, bittersweet lyrics, tells “grown folks stories” in a poignant way that will break you down to the core. Maritri was destined to share her gift of music with the world. As a two-year-old in Southern California, Maritri developed her love of music when she began playing the piano under the loving and watchful eyes of her parents. Even then, it was clear that she was something special.

Maritri studied jazz with Grady Tate and Geri Allen and classical with Raymond Jackson and Russell Baldwin. She received a B.S. degree in Biology from Fisk University in Nashville where she also was a world renowned Jubilee Singer. Maritri also holds a Bachelors in Composition and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Howard University, Washington, D.C.

In 2002, Maritri made her classical piano debut at Steinway Hall in New York. She was subsequently commissioned, along with cellist Shana Tucker to compose music for two ballets at the Washington Ballet under the direction of Mary Day at the Kennedy Center and at the Witts Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Maritri has opened for Gladys Knight, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Stanley Jordan, Toshi Reagon, Hiram Bullock, Muzz Skillins, Vinx and the Indigo Girls with her band Hue; appeared on BET on Jazz as a musician and host, performed at Nina Simone’s family memorial with Patti LaBelle, Nina Simone, Valerie Simpson, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. Maritri was also chosen as one of the background singers for Barbara Streisand at the Clinton inaugural gala.

Maritri’s TV credits include BET on Jazz and BCAT’s Straight Up! With Stella Winston. Her recent performances include the 52nd Street Association Jazz Festival, Jazz @the Arc, Washington, DC, Fisk University, Mohegan Sun (with Michael Amante), Def Poetry Plugged In at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, hosted by Danny Simmons; the Apollo Theater with Sekou Sundiata and Ani Di Franco, the Cutting Room, Central Park's Summerstage, the Women's Jazz Festival at the Schomberg Center with Tamar Kali, Borders Books, Bar Sputnik, 4W Circle, New York City’s Triad Theatre, the 92nd Street Y-Makor/Steinhart Center, the New School and Aaron Davis Hall with Sekou Sundiata as part of "The America Project," Rush Arts Gallery, Sin-E (with FunkFace), The Knitting Factory, BRIC Studios, Riverbank State Park, Joe's Pub, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, BAM Café’.

www.maritri.com
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Discography

CDs
"Reunion of Souls" (2006), Produced by Ian Friday for Tea Party Productions
"In Your Room" (2005), Produced by Ian Friday for Tea Party Productions
singles "In Your Room"
"Slow"
"Merman"

Set List

Reunion
The King of Pain
Time After Time
All in All
The One
Lullaby
Stay
Merman
Where U Belong
Say A Little Prayer
Chariot
In Your Room