Virginia Schenck 4/30/19Tuesday, April 30 2019 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Virginia Schenck 4/30/19
Virginia Schenck, known by the stage name VA, is an accomplished jazz performer and vocalist utilizing both straight-ahead and free improvisation. She often spices up her shows with world music influences from her own vocal exploration and of CircleSinging, which she studied under legendary Bobby McFerrin. Just this past December, she was honored to perform with McFerrin as part of his Atlanta, Ga., CircleSongs concert. In addition to performing with him, Virginia was handpicked to put together the exclusive 12-voice ensemble that led McFerrin's CircleSongs for the concert. Read more about that here.
Receiving global airplay, performing regularly in Atlanta’s top jazz and music venues, her recent appearances also include New York & Seattle for a play with totally improvised music, “The Gift”, with aerial dancers at The Robert Mondavi Ctr/UC-Davis, St Patrick’s Cathedral/Dublin, IR, Chartres Cathedral/France, Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center, and Rome, Italy.
Schenck has studied and performed music since her childhood, but in 2007, she renewed her commitment to singing full-time. Using the stage name VA, she has released three critically acclaimed albums, which showcase her artistry.
A Florida native, Schenck came to Georgia after graduating from Florida State University. While her degree was in Music Therapy, she studied jazz piano, voice and dance. She started singing jazz gigs while in school, and continued to sit in with groups after she launched her music therapy career. Her love of jazz was enriched through a friendship with drummer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band. Known both by her birth name and by her stage name VA, Schenck is an imaginative vocalist with a broad stylistic reach. She can soothe her audience with a beautiful ballad, invigorate them with a re-imagined standard and challenge them with a powerful blast of free improvisation. Yet all of these aspects exist within one singular and unique voice.