Born: April 14, 1978 Primary Instrument: Piano
Born in England, raised in MA and based in NYC, Anna Dagmar creates piano-woven art-pop songs that will surprise and move you. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she has been influenced by artists including Debussy, Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel and Anais Mitchell. She has released three CD’s and the Anna Dagmar Songbook. Let the Waves Come in Threes (2009), was produced by Ben Wittman (Patty Larkin, Jonatha Brooke) and charted #6 on the Roots Music Report. It features string trio, guitarist Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), bassist Richard Hammond (Dar Williams), vocalist Theo Bleckmann (Laurie Anderson) and trumpeter Shane Endsley (Ani DiFranco). WVIA DJ George Graham named it, “one of the best singer-songwriter albums of the year, in a crowded field.” Dagmar has performed and recorded with Lucy Kaplansky, Ellis Paul, Natalia Zukerman, Joe Crookston and The Lascivious Biddies. She has been selected for the A-list on HPPR, the UN Day of Peace, FODfest, and WFUV’s “On Your Radar” series, five awards in the Mid-Atlantic Contest and composer-in-residence at The Nightingale School. She continues to tour and is recording her 4th album, propelled by fans, who doubled her fundraising goal on Kickstarter.com....
Awards:5 Awards in the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest ASCAP Expo Listening Panel ASCAP Plus Award Top Albums of 2009 Collected Sounds Magazine "Graham Award" on WVIA 2009 NERFA Tri-Centric Showcase Unisong International Contest - Honorable Mentions
Anna Dagmar...has more craft, soul and passion than a lot of the top bods in music crammed together. Simon Smith - Review of Let the Waves Come in Threes, High Plain Music UK
...one of the best new singer-songwriter recordings of the year so far, in a crowded field. George Graham - Review of Let the Waves Come in Threes, WVIA
Anna Dagmar's album showcases her gorgeous voice, lyrical piano stylings and lovely, intelligent songs. Lucy Kaplansky, singer/songwriter - Review of Let the Waves Come in Threes
From the opening moments of 'Let the Waves Come in Threes,' her piano spills out over the band in these fantastic hooky cascading lines and I'm swept in. It's a beautiful ride. Jennifer Kimball, singer/songwriter - Review of Let the Waves Come in Threes
Anna Dagmar has an unique voice for pop music...but with the rising popularity of Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer...there is definitely a place in the mainstream for Dagmar. Andrew Marx - Review of Let the Waves Come in Threes, Smart ReMarx
Let the Waves Come in Threes astounds and astonishes me with the beauty and quality therein. Anna Dagmar has rare gifts and is one in a thousand. I as I am listening, I ask myself, How can these songs possibly be this good, one after another, from start to finish? Ron Goad, Songwriters Association of Washington- Review of Let the Waves
...a lush and welcome instrumentation, including Dagmar's string arrangements, and a, warm production that catches the listener's ear immediately... Matt Mrowicki - Review of Anna Dagmar EP, Chorus and Verse
Musically refreshing. Like a breath of fresh air! Anna Dagmar showers us with a boatload of musical talent... Duss Rodgers - Review of Anna Dagmar EP, Catsask Magazine
Great live and equally as fabulous on cd!...I was so taken with Anna Dagmar and her band... Jules Cohen - Review of Anna Dagmar EP, Jules RedjMusic
One More Time in the Air
Anna Dagmar EP
As A Side Musician
Across Two Rivers
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
BM from Eastman School of Music in Jazz Piano Performance and Music Education. Currently booked with beginners/weekly afterschool. Open to taking adult students, scheduling lesson-to-lessons. Special topics include composition, theory, jazz improvisation, song writing.
Experience teaching clinics at: Southern Vermont College Sonatina School of Piano Mamaroneck High School Penfield High School Eastman Community Outreach Nazarath College University of New Hampshire Simsbury Public School (CT)