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Primary Instrument: Violin

Born: December 17, 1973    

Versatile violinist, vocalist, and songwriter Rebecca Zapen's first musical memory was that of sitting under the baby grand piano as a toddler, her ears filled by the sounds of her mother playing Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart. Her college years were filled with opera, orchestra, chamber music, and late night jazz jams. The journey continued to twist and unfold, rich in varied musical experiences: Tom Waits tunes via CB radio and Celtic harp, a four-year trip to the Old World in Klezmania, spoken word with eclectic folk, Gypsy jazz. She walks her present path as a performer of range and depth: a classically-trained violinist, a jazz crooner/violinist in quartet ZapStar, and an award-winning songwriter/composer. Rebecca's dreamy, ethereal vocals swoon and sweep atop sublime melodies and infectiously charming lyrics, instantly hypnotic and effortlessly charming. Accompanying herself on ukulele, guitar, and violin, and joined by double bass, string section, and dobro, Zapen's music is mellow, creative, happy, and smart....
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Awards

Musical guest on Public Radio International, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?; Original songs on "The Postcard Collection" for YOU by Crocs; 2nd place, 2007 Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest; + Endorsed by Bushman Music Works; Finalist in the 2007 DiscMakers' Independent Music World Series; Silver Medal of Excellence (Best Use of Music in a Short Film), 2008 Park City Film Music Festival
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Featured recording “ZapStar”

Latest Release

ZapStar

Bashert Records (2006)

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”This is a debut that is already assured without swaggering, full of thoughtful and subtly emotive music which is the product of a discriminating set of players led by a singer who is clearly one to watch for.” -- eJazzNews

“Nothing adequately prepares for the way in which her deeply personal album instantaneously envelops and never loses its grip.... The title song and others bring to mind no less than early solo McCartney and Brian Wilson's SMiLE.... One of those near-perfect hidden gems...” -- Relix

“This one falls firmly into the “wow, this is really well (self) produced and (self) recorded at home category.' .....

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Pistucci 1909 violin, Bushman ukulele, Yamaha nylon-string guitar
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