Aviva Jaye & Leah Shaw
Saturday Sept. 19, 2015 – Tickets$10
Live From Center Stage – Cape Cod Community Media Center
17 Shadhole Road, Dennis Port, MA 02639
Gate opens: 700pm – Showtime: 8:00pm
Aviva Jaye is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer who loves connecting with people at the intersection of heart, brain and art. A trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist raised on old movie-musicals, Motown and pop, she is dedicated to empathy and diversity through music. From the studio to the stage, Aviva takes a homespun approach to her own compassionate expression, wielding voice, guitar, piano, ukulele & harp to share raw material with simple, haunting motifs & transparent lyrics. Fans of a delicate artist who draws from the simplicity of folk, depth of soul and clarity of pop will be pleased.
Aviva’s experience as a performer includes a plethora of forms from theatre productions and choral concerts to studio albums and live bands. Most noted for her vocal work, she has worked with young Grammy-nominated artists such as Emily King and Matthew Santos and performed with artists covering nearly every genre from folk to hip hop. Whether she is strumming ukulele at a wedding, playing folk-rock piano in Germany with Echo Bloom, or singing jazz-soul with artist Rachel Brotman, Aviva draws from these collaborations as she fine tunes her original, optimistic songs and individual, introspective sound.
A classically-trained bassoon player raised on Beatles records and church hymns, North Carolina-grown Leah Shaw has always been a musician, but it wasn’t until she moved to New York City that she caught the bug for performing and got downright serious about her knack for songwriting. She found her first audiences and her vocal courage busking in the subways of NYC, where she began testing out her original songs and perfecting her skills as a multi-instrumentalist. “In the subways, I refined the art of overcoming awkwardness to play confidently in front of just about anyone. F Train people are my favorite.” Something was resonating in those stuffy, smelly subways; she made her rent money busking, and she began to identify as an artist with a voice and perspective to share.
Leah released her first recordings on the ‘I’m Just the Same’ EP in May 2013 and launched her first tour the following summer. Later that year, she beat 22 other singer-songwriters at the Eddie Owen Presents: Open Mic Shootout at Red Clay Theater in Duluth, GA gaining her a nod from fellow musicians and attention from industry professionals, who judged the competition. Entrepreneur and venue owner Eddie Owen said of Leah’s music, “If you’ve read Southern authors, you know there’s dark, light, tragic and glorious within…sometimes in the same sentence. Well imagine that kind of insightful literature in lyric with the voice of an angel spreading it around. Leah Shaw has that kind of voice and that kind of song. She’ll be one to be reckoned with.”
Leah released several singles in 2014, including Growing, which was picked up by TLC for a television sync license in June 2014, and ‘Carolina I’m Home,’ selected by Our State North Carolina Magazine as the song of the year. Leah continues to perform melodic, honest, energy-infused songs inspired by blues, bluegrass, and soul songs and her own experience wandering away from home and learning to develop her own voice.
The pair of us:
Leah Shaw and Aviva Jaye met at a cafe/art gallery showcase in Brooklyn, where they each performed solo, incorporating six or seven instruments between the two. Sensing a creative common ground, they began sharing sets and bills around NYC, singing and playing each other’s originals and covering pop and folk/country tunes in between. Both classically trained, contemporary inclined and locked in an endless romance with singing no matter what, Leah and Aviva continue to collaborate closely and navigate the singer-songwriter landscape in different but complementary ways. They promise heavy doses of folk, pop, heart and harmony collectively.