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One of the things I love about living in Brooklyn is that you can bike to the beach and eat all kinds of Russian food there. Amazing!
Another one is Lars Dietrich's music: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/larsdietrich


 Tue, Nov. 18, 7-9pm
Maria's Music @ 55 BAR

(55 Christopher Street, subway: 1 to Chr.St or A,C,E,D,B,F,V to W4 St; no cover)

Maria Neckam - voice and songs
Lars Dietrich - alto sax
Samir Zarif - tenor sax
Aaron Goldberg - fender rhodes
Thomas Morgan - bass
Greg Ritchie - drums

See you there!!! : )

get CD on: http://cdbaby.com/cd/maryland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maria-Neckam/19889501827
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9npUbOyWqTQ


 Hello hello hello!
I am very, very happy and I think you know why ; )
Things are changing and this time for the better ... and here's where we will celebrate:
196 Allen Street, between E. Houston and Stanton, take the f and v subway to 2nd ave)
THURSDAY NOV. 13, 10:30pm

MARIA NECKAM - voice and songs
LARS DIETRICH - alto sax
SAMIR ZARIF - tenor sax

Looking forward to seeing you there!!! : )
p.s. There are other bands before us, you might wanna check them out ...www.rockwoodmusichall.com
p.p.s.: no cover charge, 
21-and-over. Photo ID required
p.p.p.s.: coming up: tue, nov. 18: 55 Bar 

Yours truly and forever,

On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maria-Neckam/19889501827
On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9npUbOyWqTQ
On ilike.comhttp://www.ilike.com/artist/Maria+Neckam
On Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/marianeckam

Live at "Bello Sguardo" tomorrow! (Wed)

Hello friends!
I hope you're doing well.
I will be singing my music for you at the beautiful "Bello Sguardo" (downstairs) this coming Wednesday!
(410 Amsterdam Avenue, betw. 79th and 80th Streets, $5 cover)
Wednesday, November 5, 8:30pm

Maria Neckam - voice and songs and piano
Yotam Silberstein - guitar
Zack Lober - bass

This is really a lovely place to hear lovely music at : ) and it's so convenient for all the Uptown people!
And such a pleasant trip for the Downtown people ... aaand great Italian food. What more could we wish for on a Wednesday evening in November?
Thanks for your smile,


Tonight @ 55 BAR in NYC

 Hello friends! Tonight!

Maria's Music @ 55 BAR
Tuesday, Oct.21, 7pm

Lars Dietrich - alto sax
Samir Zarif - tenor sax
Jon Cowherd - keys
Perry Wortman - bass
Greg Ritchie - drums

55 Bar is one of my favorite venues, it's sooo cozy and has such a great vibe, so I'm looking forward! : )
(address: 55 Christopher Street, subway: 1 to Chr.St. or A,C,E,B,D,F,V to W4 St.)

Here are some new pictures from our Europe tour:

And here is some of my electronic pop music:
Looking forward to seeing you tonight, have a great day!



All About Jazz: "Take 5 with Maria Neckam"

Mini-Interview on AllAboutJazz: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=30837


Teachers and/or influences?

Teachers: Luciana Souza, Peter Eldridge, Nils Vigeland, Samir Chatterjee, Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Sandhya Sanjana, Annett Andriesen.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I was born (well, probably before that).

Your sound and approach to music: 
My music is a reflection of my life. I never try to be someone else than myself. I believe this is the only way other people can find themselves in my music.

Your teaching approach:
Find your own voice. Don't go against what's natural. (I use Estill's Voice Technique. It's the best. Simple and clear.)

Your dream band:
It's my band! Lars Dietrich (alto sax), Samir Zarif (tenor sax), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Thomas Morgan (bass), Colin Stranahan (drums).

Favorite venue:
55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Rockwood Music Hall These places really support good music and appreciate it.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
My new record that's coming out soon!

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? 

Did you know...
that I am from Austria and speak German?

How do you use the internet to help your career?
I try to connect as much as possible with my fans and give them insight into my creative world, how I make music and why. Mostly through my website,marianeckam.com but also through my MySpace Page and Facebook Page. And of course through my mailing list—sign up by e-mailing info@marianeckam.com. I try to bring a bit of sunshine to my friends and fans with every e-mail.

CDs you are listening to now:
Kneebody, Kneebody (Greenleaf Music)
Moss, Moss (Sunnyside)
Sigur Ros, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum
Kurt Rosenwinkel, Heartcore (Verve)
The Notwist, Neon Golden

How would you describe the state of jazz today? 
It's time for something new! It's coming... Check out www.thestorymusic.com, for example.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? 

What is in the near future?
New record Deeper will be released shortly.

New project, Electronic Music, with Lars Dietrich Duo, with classical pianist Asami Tamura.

last night and musical recommendation

We had such a great time playing at Rockwood last night! Thanks to everyone who came!
I am just listening to new music from my good friend Franz von Chossy, an amazing pianist and composer.
Give it a listen!


Videos on YouTube

 Check out those videos of my band performing in NYC and Europe:




Gig at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

My band and I will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall - New York's place to be for every Indie Music lover! : )

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30pm

Be there and have a blast with us!


Beautiful Review on Jazz.com



CD "Crossing and Blending"

Maria Neckam (vocals),
Franz von Chossy (piano), Valdi Kolli (bass), Uli Genenger (drums),
Niti Ranjan Biswas (tabla)
Composed by Maria Neckam

During a recent trip to New York, I wandered into the cellar of an
Italian eatery just off Washington Square, where I was fortunate to
discover an enigmatic young singer-composer named Maria Neckam. It
wasn't just the unaffected clarity or refreshing timbre of her voice,
nor her remarkable range that captured my imagination; it was the
fearless integrity of her musical ideas.

A Viennese expatriate who now calls Brooklyn home, Maria has broken
the mold in many ways, and admits that people either love or hate her
voice. I would say that, if you have an extensive Britney Spears
record collection, you're not likely to be a huge fan. For the rest of
us, there's no denying the purity of her pipes or the control of her
technique. The tone of her voice suggests a violin with a hint of
soprano sax coloration and no hint of affectation. She writes quirky,
provoking, poetic lyrics. Some of her compositions have a decided
Weill-Brechtian flavor, as if written for a 21st-century Threepenny

This particular track offers a wistful, spirited head over a Latin 5/4
feel with tasty Indian tabla texturing. There are no lyrics to divert
attention from her unique voice as it glides above a Lydian
dreamscape, backed by an assured, tight group of multinational
musicians. The recording is vibrant, the playing strong and
intuitively supportive.

"How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?" wrote Oscar Hammerstein
about another Austrian songbird named Maria. The answer is
simply…don't. Just open your mind and enjoy.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes