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....
AwardsMusical 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
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.' ... I suspect that the old adage that good sounding music is easy to record is also part of why this sounds so good. Zapen not only writes great songs and sings them well, but she also has real arrangement talents and plays a variety of instruments. -- Tape Op
Rebecca Zapen could easily be the long-lost love child of Astrud Gilberto and that side of Pink Floyd we glimpsed in “San Tropez.” On her latest release, Zapen will lure you with sleepy, laid-back vocals and creative instrumentation. ...Overall, Japanese Bathhouse sails delightfully along between the waters of pop and jazz, with gentle breezes and soft ocean sighs to soothe you on the way.. -- Performing Songwriter (DIY Top 12 Picks)
...The whole album exudes a nod to the past, deploying sea shanties, nursery rhyme xylophone and country fair accordion. Then just when you think you have finally got inside Zapen's head she throws out a sophisticated lounge bar number in the form of 'Dolores'. -- Tasty
...Zapen sings with a slow beauty reminiscent of the legendary Chet Baker, making a drowsy folk tune telling the standard tale of a doomed love affair a stand out song. Filling simple lyrics with pure emotion. -- Gigwise
...timeless, genreless songs that will impress everyone, regardless of musical leaning. -- NeuFutur
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