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
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