To: You, From: Rosdeli. This is it. This is me, musically. We artists are too hard on ourselves. I have let my perfectionistic ways get in THE way of letting go. Of being heard. Performing has allowed me to dispel of these blocks inside myself by unraveling truths through, improvisation emotions and expressing my imagination.
Like many, my passion for performance has been stunted this year. I miss my band. I miss the stage. There were so many plans panned out for 2020, and still, we have no control as to what is to come. That never ceases to happen in lifetimes. Essence of resilience, remember? So the vault has been cracked open. Back on April 28th, 2019, my mentors, family and friends became witness to what would be one of the most important evolutionary experiences of my life. I was not the same person I came into this performance as once it was all said, sang, and done. This was a live performance that was recorded with no intention of becoming a recording. But you know what? We couldn't go to shows most of 2020 so I'm bringing the show to you!
I present to you, "Rosdeli Live". My first ever EP. OUT ON MOST STREAMING PLATFORMS!
Always a special thanks to the singers, musicians and collective of artisanship as a whole:
Juliette Shipp, voice
Elaine Talmi, voice
Jupiter Dubois, voice
Andrei Pierre, voice
Tanner Swinand, piano
Lily Stern, electric bass
Sebastian Contreras, drums
Benjamin Seacrist, trumpet
Hillai Govreen, alto sax
Billy Duffy, trombone,
TJ Adorno, guitar
Carlos Castellblanch, piano/ nord
Daniel Winshall, electric bass
David Jimenez, congas
Misia Vessio, drums
I appreciate Jill Scott and John Coltrane for their inspiration of the arrangement on "Golden" by Jill Scott featured in the EP.
Brought to you in part by FET Studios. Thank you Daveer for your dedication, and working tediously with me on mixing and mastering.
Cover art was captured and edited collaboratively with exquisite taste by Morgan Zakarin.
Rosdeli Angela Marte is a Vocalist and Songwriter from Queens, New York. Rosdeli found her craft when she was introduced to Jazz, letting it seep into other flavors of music such as Neo-Soul, Avant-garde and Pop. Her songwriting styles range from ambient and airy to upbeat and swingin'. She has shared stages with artists such as Tony Bennett, Lalah Hathaway, and Wynton Marsalis & the JALC Orchestra. In 2016, she received the Downbeat Student Award for Outstanding Performance for Small Jazz Vocal Ensemble with her All-Female Band, while being featured in the Downbeat Magazine front covered by Diana Krall. Rosdeli has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo, Lincoln Center, The Sheen Center, Rockwood Music Hall, Silvana, and many other great venues in NYC.
Rosdeli recently graduated from The New School as a double major in Psychology and Jazz Vocal Performance and is a recipient of the Tony Bennett Scholarship. She performs with John Coltrane's former bass player Reggie Workman, and performed at the Staten Island Jazz Festival. She is working on original arrangements for her band, Rosdeli & the Martians and currently performs all around the New York City area. She continues to captivate hearts through story-telling and open ears through experimental improvisation.
My mission is to connect beings to their higher selves, and therefore to others, through transcendental story-telling by song and interactive performances of high vulnerability and diverse emotional content. As a result, I feel my music will help heal people. As I continue to share my story, this cycle will continue to repeat itself, and become the genesis of universal healing.
I see my artistry as an extension of myself. I want people to know what it sounds like and how it feels to be in my mind, body, and soul as a way of observing what goes on inside their own selves. I want to challenge the listeners’ capacity of empathy by introducing them to dualities of positive and negative emotions interacting with one another. Jazz has given me the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic tools to make these two opposing identities exist within one another.
My story is one that has not been written about yet, and I look forward to sonically accompanying my experiences, thoughts and beliefs. It is important for me to capture an alike essence to my struggles, resistance, and contentment. This is a life-long project that I will share gradually and more precisely with time.
It is important for me to be able to share my story through different styles of music because my life has taught me the vitality of transformation. I can sing in many different styles, why not use them all? I believe this to be the best way to portray my art. I am made up of different identities, and therefore my music will reflect that as so.
Sign up to hear upcoming shows, albums, and events.