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Lucia Comnes, violin - Listen for Life performance

Category: Music2013-09-12  
Project: Listen for Life - Music
logoLucia Comnes is an American singer and violinist who interprets songs from many traditions, a songwriter, and an artistic director who has produced three albums and a myriad of musical collaborations in the Bay Area and internationally. A San Francisco native with a rich background in performance, travel and ethno-musicology, her focus has been Irish/Celtic and Balkan/Eastern European folk music. She recently accompanied Joan Baez on violin for a series of concerts with French singer, Marianne Aya Omac.

She started her career as a vocalist with Kitka in 2002 - the Oakland-based women’s acappella vocal ensemble specializing in Balkan/Eastern European folk music. Simultaneously Lucia became active in the Irish music scene in Ireland and the U.S. She has studied with fiddle masters such as Martin Hayes, Kevin Burke and Oisín MacDiarmada, played in countless sessions, performed with numerous artists, including Liam Ó Maonlaí (The Hothouse Flowers), and attended the Traditional Irish Music Program at University College, Cork, to study spoken Irish (Gaelic) and sean-nos, or ‘old-style,’ singing in 2005. Lucia and her band were featured in the San Francisco Irish Festival in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and starred in San Francisco's 160th St Patrick's Day Festival Civic Center Plaza Concert 2011.

In 2006 she completed her BA in Ethnomusicology (Long Island University, New York) after research in Ireland, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. - See more at:

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Performer: Lucia Comnes
Location: Oakland, CA
Organization: Listen for Llife


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