Amy Zamarripa & Dan Kaplan

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Amy Zamarripa:

Inspired by old style roots and call-and-response forms of musical expression Amy’s music echoes the love of gospel and blues mixed with traditional folk sounds.

Her writing communicates an appreciation for nature, people and spirit focusing on the processes we all go through as we change and grow.

Folk revival music with a message, Amy’s heart shines through as she delivers her songs. Involved in the Austin Music scene since 2005 she has cultivated many venues which provide a place for herself and other artists to perform. Hosting open mics and singer-songwriter evenings throughout the year and maintaining several Facebook pages including the Austin Acoustic Open Mic Network on Facebook.

Amy trained with vocal professor Linda McNeil in San Antonio at Trinity University from 1995-2001. she picked up guitar in 2003. Started singing out in San Antonio in ’95 on the River Walk. Fronted a blues band called Red Whiskey in ’99.

Amy hosts an Open Mic at Fair Bean Coffee House on Friday’s 5-7:30pm 2210 S. 1st & Live Oak. During SXSW she will host approx. 25 singer-songwriter sets at Fair Bean Coffee. She hosts singer-songwriter showcases on Tuesday nights 8-10pm at the Red Shed Tavern on S. Congress near Slaughter. Wednesday nights 8-10 she hosts an Open Mic at the Red Shed as well. The Red Shed Tavern is located at 8504 S. Congress Ave. These two nights start up again after SXSW. She also co-hosts a Facebook page for Austin Musicians: Austin Open Mic Musician Network.

She is currently preparing to release her second cd with a party at The Volstead on Feb. 24th 10pm 1500 E. Sixth St.

Dan Kaplan:

I received my B.F.A. in 1987. My degree was in lithograpy, drawing and painting. A few years later I received my teaching degree. Since graduating my work has been divided between art teaching ( mostly at the elementary school level ) , music and art.

In the early 1990’s I began recording my solo harmonica pieces. Initially I played the harmonica when taking a break from art work. As time went by I became more serious about music and in 1996 released a CD Titled : Vera Hall : Solo Harmonica by Dan Kaplan. This album was named for Vera Hall, a wonderful singer from Alabama.

For the last fifteen years or so, most of my artwork has been sculptural. My medium is a mixture of paper mache and mixed media ( ink, charcoal,colored pencil and acrylic paint. ) To prepare for my sculptures I write and paint about many subjects and often sculptures come to mind. Sometimes it is in reverse and the form comes first.

In 2006 I returned to recording music and began the recordings for Bus Window. I was teaching at the time, and once a month, over a two year period, I went into the recording studio. The music for Bus Window is related to a series of paintings I did about traveling through the South West by bus and train.

I eventually made a short film bringing the music and artwork together. You can see it HERE.

Since arriving in Austin I have worked mostly on art and music. Showing my work at the GrayDuck gallery, and working on new musical compositions.

I recently finished a residency at the Continental Club Gallery accompanying Ben Livingston.