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Episode 53 with Briana Di Mara

Creating Haven

March 20th, 2019

Listen to the story and the music of violinist, Briana Di Mara as we celebrate her Global Music Award winning album, Haven. Journey into the sounds of traditional folkloric music from all over the world through the eyes of this inventive artist as we talk about reluctant musical offspring, Briana's path through Suzuki and hard times, finding her tribe and more!

Opening and closing tracks by composer, Dan Cantrell

​All other music in this episode is compliments of Briana Di Mara from her album, Haven.

Musical Credits:

Briana Di Mara (violin), Ali Paris (qanun), Tobias Robertson (darbuka, cajon, riqq, frame drum), Sean Tergis (riqq, davul), Kalliope Landgraf (vocals), Gari Hegedus (mandocello), Aharon Wheels Bolsta (tabla, saraz handpans, frame drum), Surya Prakasha (drum set), Dan Cantrell (accordion), Diana Strong (accordion), Gabriel Navia (guitar), Schuyler Karr (bass), Miles Jay (bass), Evan Fraser (kalimba, ngoni, calabash), composed and arranged by Briana di Mara (except La Partida Tango based on a trad melody)

Click here to find Briana's music for listening and purchase!

Eclectic Bay Area violinist Briana Di Mara brings her love of the instrument and its soulful expression to every performance. She was trained in western classical music as a child and has since gone on to study and perform a wide variety of traditional styles including Celtic, Balkan, Turkish and Arabic. She harmoniously weaves these influences into own unique sound and musical compositions. She is known for her evocative improvisations and skillful ability to play a broad range of genres from many different cultures.

She has performed and recorded with numerous artists, some of whom include Stellamara, the Ali Paris Project, Beats Antique, Darioush Sami, Dan Cantrell, Moh Alileche, Sweet Moments of Confusion, Lounès Kheloui, La Ruya, and many more! She has also collaborated with well known dancers such as Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Miriam Peretz and Jill Parker. These projects have led her to perform in a wide variety of venues, theaters and festivals around the globe, inspiring audiences with her expansive interpretation of world music and exciting interaction with dancers.

Her debut album, "Haven", has earned rave reviews and reflects the dynamic collaborations that she has built around her original compositions. For more info or to purchase her music, please visit brianamusic.com.

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