Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall. He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. In over a decade writing, recording, and performing music professionally - sharing studios and stages with his band Rusty Belle, or supporting touring acts like Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey - Zak Trojano has evolved his own thing: a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar, floating above spare lines of cello and lap steel, horns and brushes, with a deceptively simple lyricism that on repeated listening shows that the fellow at the end of the bar doesn’t say much, but he’s worth hearing.
Julia Mark grew up in semi-rural New Jersey listening to bebop greats and folk music legends. After several years of classical piano lessons, she began writing her own music as a student of the late jazz pianist, Eric Doney. Julia went on to major in music and psychology at Wesleyan University and has been performing as a singer/songwriter since 2013. Julia is currently based in Boston, MA.
Julia Mark's music is optimistically dissonant and lyric-driven. Her songs cover a range of topics, including: dreaming trees, lucky coins, secret plans, and life on the moon.
In September of 2015, Julia was the winner of the 16th Lizard Lounge Main Event.
In February 2016, she released her 6-song album, "Question Mark" available on Bandcamp.
Julia also performs as a member of the Boston Music Award- and New England Award-winning Ruby Rose Fox Band.
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