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Acoustic Kitchen: Marilyn DeFrange, Janet Orsi
Sun, Aug 9 2015, 7:00 pm$15
Marilyn DeFrange, singer-songwriter-guitarist, and Janet Orsi, bassist, are a delightful adult contemporary duo covering a wide array of musical styles including jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, country, folk, and pop. The listener can expect a unique experience with this duo’s memorable original music, arrangements that groove and dynamic vocals that capture the heart.
Marilyn’s songwriting connects to the audience with accessible themes and stories. Her lyrics often invite the listener to relate to their own personal experiences. With a rounded, deep vocal style and an openness of heart, Marilyn‘s voice provides an intimacy with the audience and runs the gamut from a delicate whisper to a full blown bluesy wail.
Marilyn has recorded and or performed with Denis DeFrange, Will Siegel, Les Boek, David Raitt,Spencer Brewer, Paul Kemp, David Hayes, Bonnie Raitt, Alex DeGrassi and Paul McCandless. Her voice and songwriting skills canbe locally found on many of her peers’ CD’s in Northern California. She has produced three CD’s: Someone to Hold, Future, and Something Good. Janet Orsi’s foundational bass is the glue that holds theduo together, oftenside-tracking to complement vocal melody lines and the mood of the songs. She loves to feel the passion of original material and express her signature style to embellish the songwriter’s creation.
Janet effortlessly adapts to the variety of music styles presented by Marilyn’s songwriting. She plays a fluid and solid bassline to rhythm and blues, jazz, soul, contemporary pop, folk and country. Her warm tones create the union between the bass and Marilyn’s rhythm guitar. The duo often plays off each other in an intuitive way with rhythms and melodies. Janet helped to form local bands with her brothers,The Mendocino Mining Company and Restless, and has recorded and or performed with DeFrange and Raitt, Robin Cottrell, Michael John Poirier, Judy Fjell and others.Other recording/performance collaborations included Cayenne Boyd, The Brian Quinn Group, JazzA, Danceland and Red Diamond Band on the Central Coast before returning to Mendocino County.
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