One of the truly original voices in new jazz, New York-born, Philly-based Cuban singer-songwriter Venissa Santi will grace the Singer Songwriter Salon at Trumansburg, NY’s Rongovian Embassy this Sunday for a brunch showcase.
Santi and four other singer-songwriters will perform their original material 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in a brunch scheduled just for this occasion, hosted by Amy Puryear.
Santi will introduce several original songs on piano. The music will flow, as will the Bloody Marys, coffee, tea, and delectable brunch items. Donation suggested: $5. Music at the Rongo is located on 1 West Main St., Trumansburg, NY.
Santi found fame in 2013 with her breakout album Big Stuff, Afro-Cubanizing Billie Holiday standards, with percussionist François Zayas.
Last year, Santi and guitarist/composer Monnette Sudler collaborated on a multi-generational jazz musical full of original music and original feeling for the Kimmel Center Jazz Residency in Philadelphia. On A Line premiered June 19, 2015 at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio.
The jazz musical also featured playwright Marie Sirakos, director Carolina Osorio Gil, painter/set designer Jesse Hill, cameraman Jason Fifield, who shot some scenes for the big screen, and fellow jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale. Santi, Pascale, and Sudler appeared in the musical as themselves “in a play about women in jazz, life, melody and the love notes we leave behind,” the Cuban-American visionary explained on her website’s news section.
Santi plans to perform and document more of the musical soon.