Mary E Lobb
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If you walk into LIC Bar on the eve Monday, March 9th, you can expect to hear some distinct voices singing in various languages.
In an another effort to showcase our neighborhood's musical uniqueness, LIC Bar has programmed an evening featuring three singer songwriters whose material is not solely restricted to the English language.
Mary Lobb, who kicks off the evening, writes her own songs inspired by Latin grooves from her days in South America, Celtic melodies from her Irish roots, and Mediterranean rhythms from her studies in Greece. Her rich, beautiful voice tells powerful stories about the complexities of love in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Making his third appearance at LIC Bar, the dynamic Miguelito LaMorte writes and performs songs in Spanish and English in a variety of styles. He will be performing with percussionists Los Hermanos Ayuso. (Pictured above)
Closing out the evening will be Astoria-based singer songwriter Renee Goust who delivers her haunting tunes in Spanish, French, Italian and English in a style that is not always easy to pin down.
Also, the LIC Bar will be serving a delicious Latin-themed buffet dinner free for all audience members.
LIC Bar is located on 45-58 Vernon Blvd & 46th Ave?Show starts at 8pm and ends at 11:00. - LIC Times

Will O’Reilly music coordinator at Lovin’ Cup, never ceases to amaze me. Last night 12/27/08, Will had his old band on the stage, who filled the club and created a groove caught by all. Tonight, Will put together an eclectic night of music for the Cup. Seems like lots of his friends are in town, which was an enabler for a great night of entertainment.

Will opened with a string band, and was quick to announce that tonight’s Jazz will deviate from the norm. The room continued to fill up, and anyone who came out to hear jazz, came to appeasement with the program

Next up, a female vocalist Marye Lobb accompanied by Upright Bass and Mandolin player. Little closer to jazz than the string band. The Mandolin player sat out, and then Marye sang a Jobim tune with the Bassist only. This format allows a singer to fill the song with emotion, which she did. She sang the tune in Portugeuse which augmented her expression providing the audience with a south of the border entrée’.

Marye left the crowd calling for more, but as Will had lots to go, the show moved on. Next came a groove-rock-funk outfit. The kind that gets the crowd (which by now, at 9:45 was large and holding) swaying back and forth. The audience sang along to Gotta Get Over as these guys provided more hypnotic grooves. Now, with a captive audience, the boys took the crowd on their ride.

All in all, Lovin’ Cup was like a NYC showcase. Thanks Will and Leslie. - Freetime Magazine

Ever since Marye Lobb graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in 2001, she’s been traveling the globe.

“I felt like I was searching during a lot of this time,” said Lobb, who now lives in Manhattan. “I realized that the place where I feel most at home is in music. That way wherever I go, I’ll be at home because music is with me.”

Though music is her home, the singer/songwriter also made a trip to her literal hometown last week for a release party for her debut album, “Finding Home.” After holding release parties in New York City and Boston, Lobb said it only made sense for her to have one back home in Pittsford -- Oct. 10 at Tasteology.

Lobb’s extensive travels are evident in the music on her album. It’s a fusion of Latin music from her time in South America, folk from her time in Asheville, N.C.; jazz and blues, among other influences.

“I hear so many different things,” she said. “I’m able to take them in and put them out again in my own way and own interpretation. The more I travel, the more I am influenced and the more unique art I get to put out.”

Lobb also holds a degree in professional music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Promoting her album hasn’t been limited to the Northeast — or even North America. Lobb promoted the album in parts of Brazil and Chile, where it caught on very quickly with those who heard her perform, she said. Two of the songs on the album are in Spanish, one is in Portuguese and yet another is a mix of Spanish and English — or “Spanglish” as she calls it.

Recently, Lobb started performing with Bossa Brasil, a Brazilian jazz group in New York City.

“She’s incredible,” said Mauricio de Souza, Bossa Brasil’s drummer. “I remember we actually got in touch through a guitar player and she sent me her material and I was really impressed. She’s a great writer and a great singer. I thought, ‘Man, this is going to create some great projects.’”

Since Lobb is still starting as a musician, she can’t take her band with her on the road, so she plays with local musicians. For the Pittsford release party, she reunited with some friends who are in the band DOJA.

The rehearsals were held right in her parents’ living room.

“It’s a real fun experience having rehearsals right here,” Lobb said last Tuesday. “My parents will be making food, it’s real laid back — a feeling you wouldn’t get in New York City.”

The CD is available online at and digitally on iTunes and

Contact Dan Goldman at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 270, or at - Brighton Pittsford Post

February 27, 2007

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Women's Musician Network
The 10th Annual Women Musicians Network concert represents a significant milestone for Berklee women. This year's program features 12 distinctive acts performing songs in a wide range of musical styles composed, arranged, and directed by more than 50 women students and guest alumnae from around the world. This unforgettable, and often unclassifiable, concert presents diversity at its best, with a mix of different styles and approaches—everything from fusion jazz and Afro-pop, to hard-driving political rock and Latin folk. In this concert women shine in traditionally non-female roles, on and off the stage, as producers, bandleaders, drummers, bass players, sound engineers, and more.
The Women Musicians Network concert is Thursday, March 15, at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. The concert is $5 and begins at 8:15 p.m. Please call 617 747-2261 or visit for more information.

This landmark show is the only annual concert at the Berklee Performance Center presented by a student club. The varied music will include original songs by Berklee students Yuko Yamamura, Emily Greene, Hanna Kloetzer, Stephanie Johnson, Manami Morita, Mary Elizabeth Lobb, Emily Shackelton, Chesca Santos, Bronwyn Bird, Jenna Hardy, and Lisa Fazenbaker; faculty advisor Lucy Holstedt; a new arrangement of a traditional Japanese song by student Keiko Ueda; and a traditional Haitian song set to new original composition by the group Zili Misik, featuring students and alumnae.

Lending their considerable talents to the evening will be alumnae faculty members, trumpeter Christine Fawson, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianist Holstedt, and vocalist Diane Richardson; and alumnae, guitarist Lexi Havlin, saxophonist Joy Roster, drummer Jobeth Umali, and sound engineer Stephanie Planchart. In addition, this concert will serve as an introduction to players who will be performing in the ROCKRGRL Women of Valor Award evening honoring Fanny, at the Berklee Performance Center on April 20.

About the performers:

Emily Greene gives songwriting an unconventional twist with her colorful range and expressive vocal style. Her marriage of unorthodox vocal techniques and honest lyrics offer a rawness rare in pop culture today. Noted for her creativity and originality, this up-and-coming young artist hails from Miami, FL, and is slowly, one fan at a time, making her mark in the Northeast. Greene is a pianist majoring in music business/management.

Stephanie Johnson has played harp since saw a picture of one in the newspaper at age 7. Johnson has gone through phases over the years with playing percussion, piano, and guitar, but always stuck with the harp. She counts among her proudest moments playing harp with the Boise Philharmonic at 16, playing with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, singing in the ACDA and MENC All Northwest choirs in high school, and winning an impromptu scatting competition at Columbian Basin College.

Manami Morita started playing classical piano at age 4. At that time, she hated piano lessons because she wasn't attracted to the classical piano. On the other hand, she loved to play just as she liked and felt. At 13, Morita discovered jazz and became addicted, even learning improvisation on her own. In 2004, she received a scholarship to study at Berklee, and decided to come to the United States from her native Japan in 2006 to attend the college.

Mary Elizabeth Lobb calls New York City home but has lived in Rochester; Detroit; Asheville, NC; Ireland, Boston, and Chile. Lobb's unique songwriting style reflects her Celtic roots, as well as the sounds of the Appalachian mountains and the vibrant melodies of South America. A poet in both Spanish and English, Lobb creates a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, Latin, and pop music. She is performer whose voice can send shivers down your spine. Currently a performance and composition major, she recently spent a semester in Athens, Greece, studying at the Phillipos Nakas Conservatory.

Zili Misik - Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo-soul, Zili Misik – led by Kera Washington, and including students Rajdulari Barnes, Krystal Johnson, Hinako Sato, and alumnae Joy Roster, Lexi Havlin and Jobeth Umali – honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. The group takes its name from the Haitian spiritual entity " Ezili," who is envisaged as mother, lover, and warrior. Zili Misik's songs are sensual, political, self-reflective, positive, and the lyrics invoking love glide seamlessly from English to Kreyòl to Portuguese to Spanish.

Emily Shackelton, a vocalist from Biwabik, MN, is studying songwriting and performance. She made her stage debut in community theater at 4, (and has con - Berklee Press


Finding Home, 2008



Marye Lobb has traveled and lived throughout the world and her music is a reflection of these experiences. This bright rising artist writes her own songs inspired by Latin grooves from her days in South America, Celtic melodies from her Irish roots, and Mediterranean rhythms from her studies in Athens, Greece. Her rich, beautiful voice tells powerful stories about the complexities of love in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Playing her Brazilian acoustic guitar she transports you to far and away places to reflect on the vibrancy of life. Marye has incredible range and the strength of her voice carries you through a wide variety of emotions while "Finding Home."
Marye has performed in Co. Kerry, Ireland, Athens, Greece, Santiago, Chile and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the United States, she has played in Boston and Los Angeles and regularly performs in New York City. She grew up Rochester and currently resides in Manhattan. Marye is committed to social justice; 10% of the profits of the album will go to charity.
Marye is always seen performing with outstanding musicians, such as: Mauricio de Souza (drums, Brazil), Marcelo Woloski (percussion, Argentina), Gabriel Riesco (guitar, Spain) Nir Namaan (tenor sax, Israel), Kazuyo Kuriya (flute, Japan), Manami Murika (piano, Japan) and Claire Finely (bass, USA). Lobb graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008.