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Marina Lazzara
poet/guitarist/singer-songwriter

pablo st. chaos
Lives and works in San Francisco USA
Marina Lazzara was born and raised in Pennsylvania where the Lehigh River falls into the Delaware, but she has called the Bay Area home for more than 20 years. She has toured throughout the U.S. with several musical projects, including the all-girl rock band, Blue Gum Art, her indie-folk solo project, Poetiks, and her current band (with partner, J. Lee) The Rabbles (www.therabbles.com). Marina has also had numerous published works of poetry with such journals as Processed World Magazine, Big Bridge, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Amerarcana, Occupy SF: an anthology of voices for social change, and recently in Big Bell. Throughout Marina's quite diverse work is a running thread of activism and a deep connection to the natural world. She studied Poetics at the New College of California where she wrote a thesis on Emily Dickinson's letters. She has also studied Western Herbalism and Horticulture and is a California native plant gardener by day. She resides in San Francisco with the musician J.Lee and their daughter, Maizie Jade.
She can be contacted at rhythmgardens@gmail.com.

mp3 samples:
Message (from Gypsy Thrift)
Baron (from Gypsy Thrift)
Gypsy (from Gypsy Thrift)
Intraoffice Psychologies (from Voices In The Wilderness)
Sun On the Moon (from Wind On the Firecracker...)

  
Poetiks - Gypsy Thrift - PR90278
Based in San Francisco, Poetiks music is dark-pop with roots in folk songwriting. Moments of psychedelic display and simple rock motifs surround sing-songy lyrics with undertones of critical social dismay that's coated with lyrical idealism. They are: Marina Lazzara (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Claudia Lehan (drums, vocals), Roberto Zimmerman (bass vocals), & Raven (viola, vocals). Check out the Poetiks website & audio clips. press/airplay:
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VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS:
Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America - PR90276
Voices In The Wilderness was created out of the anxiety and disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This composition of twenty-six artists transcends music genres and ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the havoc and bloodshed cause by Bush and the U.S. military's dominance. This collection of political protest music spans experimental, rock, free-improv, electronic, folk, field recordings, and spoken word. This CD is ultimately a reminder and wake-up call that we can not be silent during these times. Contributions from Marina Lazzara, mJane, Marcos Fernandes, Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis, The Slow Poisoners, Neshama Alma Band, 99 Hooker, Cornelius Cardew Choir, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Blaise Siwula, many more. more info. press/airplay: Centre for Political Song, Jazz e Arredores, The Belly of the Beast with Stefan on WFMU, The No Show on KDHX, 2, Improvijazzation Nation #71, The Brian Turner Show on WFMU, The New Edge on WMBR, Drool Trough (show #29) on Aural Innovations Radio
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The Abstractions - novo navigatio - PR90275/EDT4027
From West Coast subtle, psychedelia-improv to experimental songs. Mellow & tense, noise & songs, dark & light. "Vision music" that consists of a colorful orchestration...plus, sinking commentary on the disillusioned atmosphere of George W. Bush's America. Limited edition almost gone! "Sounds like Leonard Cohen deconstructed to some really nice abstract noise." --Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly more info: press: more info. press: Jazz e Arredores, The Jazz Trip, Jackal Blaster Zine, Vital Weekly, Touching Extremes, Aiding & Abetting, Liability Webzine, Bad Alchemy, Opposition De Phase, Kathodik, Music Extreme The Wire
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MARINA LAZZARA - wind on the firecracker... - PR90265
Wind On The Firecracker Of The Building Next Door is Marina's first solo collection of songs. Wind... attempts to re-envision the symbolic plasticity of the pop-folk ballad and to dig into the spontaneous expression of song as nature. Noise folk... where the "experimental" meets the "song". Individually, they are exercises in the reestablishing of personal ideals about love, ancestry and politics. These songs are Marina's emotions. These songs are her blues. press: All Music Guide, Collected Sounds Musikkguiden groove.no, Aural Innovations
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Wind On The Firecracker Of The Building Next Door is Marina's first solo collection of songs. Soon to be published is its companion book of poems that shares the same name. Wind... was inspired by the breakup of a ten-year obsession with love when Marina was left saddened, maddened and completely alone with the hollowness of an unexpected fate. At almost the same time, large planes flew into tall buildings and the roar of corporate America lifted the veil from off its writhing grin.

Wind On the Firecracker Of The Building Next Door, the songs was recorded in Ernesto's & Marjorie's living room with Ernesto at the four-track sculpting silently under headphones like a Buddhist welder. Marjorie edited films in the next room incubating the baby piper. Recorded in an afternoon, half of the compositions were preconceived while others were on-the-spot brain splurts inspired by glimpses of words, phrases and mediocre doodles in Marina's journal. Ernesto Diaz-Infante welds them together with sonic interludes. Lance Grabmiller mixes them with caramel ease.

The songs on Wind... attempt to re-envision the symbolic plasticity of the pop-folk ballad and to dig into the spontaneous expression of song as nature. Individually, they are exercises in the reestablishing of personal ideals about love, ancestry and politics. These songs are emotions. These songs are my blues.

 

 

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