A third-generation musician in a family tree including players of violin, piano, double bass, guitar, and accordion,Rebecca Zapen has developed into a multifaceted performer:classically-trained violinist, jazz crooner, and award-winning songwriter. She graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Music and Biology. Past appearances include Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Florida Folk Festival, and Public Radio International show Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?. Currently performing extensively in Florida, past tours have included venues such as The Bitter End (NYC), Genghis Cohen (L.A.), and Katerina’s (Chicago),and abroad at Les Temps Modernes (Switzerland), Le Caveaudes Oubliettes (France), and Paganini Auditorium (Italy).
The versatile vocalist and violinist has released 4 albums:Hummingbird, Japanese Bathhouse, ZapStar, and Nest.Awards and accolades include: Florida Album of the Year 2011 for Nest; Jacksonville’s Musician of the Year 2008; and Best Cabaret Album & Best Cabaret Song in Just Plain Folks Awards 2009 for Japanese Bathhouse. Zapen’s original songs appeared in a national promotion for Crocs Shoes. She placed 2nd in the Bushman World Ukulele Video Contest, and she was a Finalist in the 2007 Disc Makers’ Independent Music World Series. My Old Kentucky Blog says of Zapen’s Nest:“There’s a sense of arcane, jazzy pop; fifties romanticism,classical music, and Yiddish and other folk traditions; a bowl of ingredients from which Zapen intuitively ladles the right elements for her evocative compositions...Nest is something of a miracle.” Zapen was awarded Best Local Classical Musician in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2015. Nest received 6 nominations in the JPF Music Awards 2017.
Originally a native of Jacksonville, Florida, St. Petersburg has been her home since 2008, where she lives with her husband, pianist, music director and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their two children.
For more info and upcoming performance dates, visit www.zapen.com.
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