I had a fabulous time in LA at this years Grammy's. If you want to get a feel for what it's like to be an independent artist you might be interested in reading this article by my friend Sharon Lia who documents her first journey to the Grammy's. For the last three years I have done a small wine and cheese party to close out the Grammy's. She enjoyed it and included it in her article with some pictures!
I've finished my album "The Pink Room". I've been busy designing the packaging and planning my launch. I'm always busy teaching music full time in Des Moines and I have recently moved into a great space down by the Marina and taking time to write new music. Outside of teaching full time I have taken more time for myself to write new music, exercise and read more. I have stepped back from performing live as much as I was before I moved here to make room for that! I have begun rehearsing with a ten piece show band and look forward in getting out performing with them in 2017.
I will be in Yakima on March 25th to do a gig with Bart Roderick at AntoLin Cellars from 7-9:30. Hope my Yakima peeps can make room in their calendar since it's more of a rare thing for me to do this now.
I have released my second single "The Bass Song" on my upcoming album called "The Pink Room". This song is an arrangement of old and new songs celebrating the bass. The Gershwin's tune "Slap That Bass" and "All About That Bass" turned out to be a very fun arrangement to create and produce. The download is available for purchase at i-tunes, cdbaby and many other on-line music stores. (See links tab)
I have "Black Denim Trousers and Motorcyle Boots" with a video available digitally at cdbaby.com. You may also enjoy the Whiteboard video that Whiteboardgirl did for the song. You can find it on my YouTube Channel rondimarsh1 or follow this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJbPrSy3RQ
This song was recorded as a duet with artist "The Wanz". ( You might know him from "Thrift Shop" by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis big hit') My other fantastic musicians on the recording are David Lang (accordian) , Michael Gray (violin) and Neil Andersson (acoustic guitars) from Pearl Django; Ryan Donnelly (string bass) Don Kinney (drums) Brent Irwin, Jeff Chang and Ed Ullman (on horns) Anne Chapman and myself on background vocals. I have thrown it into the ring for consideration with the Recording Academy in the Best Roots category, Best Pop/Rock Duo, Best music video.
Looking ahead to 2016. I have the same line up of amazing musicians for the album but....I am on hold until I can do some fundrasing towards the completion of the album. Being a elementary music teacher doesn't afford me the luxury to do this project all on my own! Stay tuned on how you can contribute to the project!
Other news: I have recently started rehearsing with a 10 piece show band to peform with. We have many great new charts with various styles that will be fun to let people come out and dance to.
"Need to have music for your next event?
Have a venue that would benefit from some live music?
You need an experienced performing vocal That's where I come in." Rondi
You will find an immediate warm connection between Rondi and her audiences who go to hear her sing. Her songs and voice touch the heart in an honest way and explore a spectrum of human emotions. Her voice and personality always displays a expressive, sincere quality which holds her audiences attention.
What ever mood or atmosphere you are looking to create for your venue or event music is always a great choice. If you are looking for a quiet musical atmosphere you may need no more than a duo with Rondi and her acoustic guitar singing a folk-rock song. Or maybe you'd rather consider her entertaining you with some jazz songs and an jazz guitar player or jazz keyboard accompanist. If your event deserves a little more energy and your entertainment budget allows for it, you may consider a jazz combo adding more players such as drums, bass and saxophone or trumpet.
Rondi Marsh & the Jazz Crush Combo
Rondi's performances provide entertaining jazz vocal standards and original compositions ranging from torch singers of early days jazz to pop hits with a jazz twist like with he arrangements of "Spooky" or "Moondance". Her expressive voice and repertoire mixes the lounge singers appeal of yesteryear with contemporary pop-jazz. Her approach to making and performing contemporary jazz makes her performance appealing to audiences of all ages.
To See a list of songs she selects from to perform click on the "songs" link above.
Rondi Marsh Acoustic Folk-Rock
In the mood more for some vocals with acoustic guitar music? Rondi (aka: Kitty Dakota) covers a wide variety of folk, rock, pop and blues styles with original and cover songs. She can sing solo with her guitar or provide a fuller band sound by adding more players depending on your venue and budget.
To see a list of songs she selects from to perform click on the "Songs" link above.
Make your event a success with some great live music.
Rondi's life is full as a vocalist and music educator. Besides her full time teaching position in the public schools she is a performing
songwriter/producer. She has three albums of mostly original
music and many years experience singing and writing folk, pop, rock, adult-contemporary and
Rondi is a voting member of the Northwest Chapter of the Recording Academy (The
Grammys) which she has been a member of for over ten years. As an educator she is a member
of the National Association for Music Education and has served as a guest presenter , Orff
instrument arranger and site coordinator the children's All-State Choir. She has also been a
member of the Evergreen Orff Chapter in the Seattle area.
She has performed with her group "The
Jazz Crush" with a rotating line up of Yakima's jazz players and is asked to perform acoustically with her Martin guitar and her friends singing blues, folk and rock music. She has also sung Alto with the Yakima Symphony Chorus as a chorus member and soloist. She was in the Chamber select group Canticus as well.
first two folk-rock album releases "Cache" (under the name Kitty Dakota) and "Thorny Bouquet"
have received airplay on radio stations in several
countries around the world and she has a strong
presence on internet
radio. She has received positive press and recognition for her first
albums including "Winner of Best Harmony and
Aesthetics Award" at Los Angeles "Call to the Arts"
conference for her song "Alice May" from her album "Cache"
under her stage name Kitty Dakota.
albums "Cache" "Thorny Bouquet" and her jazz/pop
album "The Journal" can be heard and purchased at
cdbaby.com, I-tunes, Rhapsody as well as other online stores around
Rondi has studied with Karin Allyson, Greta Matttassa, SachelVassandani, Randy Halberstadt, Marie
Rene', Dee Daniels, Kim Nazarian of the New York Voices and performed with notable players such as
Dawn Clement, Darin Clendendin, Clipper Anderson, Doug Miller, Byron Vannoy at Egan's, Tula's and at
Jazz Port Townsend. On her latest album "The Journal" she worked with some of the best regional
Thomas-horns (Seattle Repertoire Jazz) Jeff Busch-percussion (Jovino Santos-Neto) Ben Smith-drums
(Heart, Phoebe Snow)
"It has been a real musical highlight for me to work with such amazing musicians and to have them record with me. Even more fun and exciting is the opportunity to perform a live show in front of a great crowd. There is always an element of playfulness and surprise to the music that reaches and touches an audience. That connection between me, the players and the audience is what inspires me to perform." Rondi
Folk-Rock awards, press, internet and radio recognition.
1st place award recipient for Aesthetics and harmony at the "Los Angeles Call to the Arts" conference in Los Angeles, CA for her song "Alice May" from her album "Cache".
Reveiwer , Bill Carrera, of Evor.com. It has been said on many different occasions by far more scholarly a person than I, that music works to move the soul, fill the heart, and stir the emotions. When you find such an artist or artsts that has that special talent to touch all three then it is important to include them in your musical listeing agenda."
Central Washington Entertainment News: Editor Tim Anderson."Her new release...is a stunning collection of music that brings to mind the voices of AlannisMorrisete, Joni Mitchell, Ricky lee Jones etc., and songs that reflect the many journeys this very talented performer has taken. Don't miss her!"
Yakima Herald Republic: Maisy Fernandez: writer."A fiesty but amicable firecreacker with a contagious smile..(she) seems to bring positive from the negative in her songs. But one thing is for sure: Her music makes listeners think."
Starpolish.com: RoberDoerschuk, music critic/journalist:"She writes memorable tunes and delivers them with vivid yet well modulated emotion...commercial yet genuine, polished and powerfully expressive. (she) is a major-leaque talent. Her students are lucky to learn from her."
Rondi has been a public music teacher for many years. She has her Bachelors degree in Education with an endorsement in music as well as a Masters Degree in Education. She has taught music, dance an other subjects to all ages from pre-school to college ages students in Washington State and Alaska. She has experience directing choirs, marimba bands, dance groups and art classes.
She currently teaches full time Elementary music for Toppenish School District and teaches private voice in the evenings.
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