“I remember really enjoying her voice, and just her ability to merge Jazz, Blues, Folk, Pop - all those elements seem to be brought together in her music." "She really does a great job .. (Oh, Legs!) is a fun, fun song. Each of the songs is different. I love what she does with the creation of these tracks.”
— DC Music Rocks, Aaron Tinjum & Brian Nelson-Palmer
“Piano is home, song is the heart, and improvisation is joy for me.”
A seasoned pianist with a love for improvisation, CYNTHIA MARIE is passionate to create. From jazz & blues to folk, pop, and original works, her eclectic songs dance with ease and emotion. Her latest album “Harbor" has been featured on WERA.FM, Voices from the DMV, FEMchord, DC Music Rocks, Takoma Radio, Hometown Sounds, and WAMU Bandwidth. She is also an active collaborator to a diverse array of bands and musicians throughout the DMV area.
CYNTHIA MARIE grew up playing classical piano, studying with Bonnie Litten and Ann Tanabe, and went on to win the Honolulu Symphony’s Best & Brightest Concerto competition at age 17. She began songwriting in high school and continued to write while attending UW School of Music in Seattle. Here she found her voice in a small piano room, and began singing for the first time in vocal jazz choir, playing out her original music, as well as accompanying her fellow vocalists, and gigging around town with local musicians. “The deep and diverse Seattle music scene is an amazing place to develop as a musician. I learned about jazz music, improvisation, folk & dance music, gamelan, all kinds of world music, and just was immersed in creating.”
She received Jackstraw Artist in Residency Grant in support of her debut CD release “Golden Tree Story: Openings”, and Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Smart Ventures Grant to create a musical community welcome event for the IRC upon releasing her 2nd album, “Beyond EP”.
Since arriving on the east coast, CYNTHIA MARIE has been featured regularly in The 9 Songwriters’ Series, Columbia lakefront concerts, Takoma Porch festivals, DC’s 1st Asian-American Songwriter showcase, Washington Women in Jazz Festival, and performed at favorite DMV venues such as: IOTA Club, Jammin’ Java, Atlas Performing Arts, the Athenauem, Ebenezers, and the Black Cat DC. In addition to Seattle, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, she has also performed her songs in New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina, and Breschia, Italy.