Vocals & Guitar
Long before her days forming & leading the former acoustic rock band Project Mercury, Marian's
musical life began in 6th grade with a "cool"
flower-covered electric guitar and amp (with
tremolo!). As a "child of the 70's," she blissfully
sang along with Queen, Elton John and Led Zeppelin
- until anyone walked into the room.
In the late
80's, voice & guitar classes at the New School
in Manhattan helped move Marian out of her room and
into NYC's CBGB's Record Lounge, The Back Fence
& Trocadero. In '95 Marian formed the duo
Mercury Rising, playing at Downtime, CB's Gallery,
Orange Bear, Baggott Inn, etc.
The duo grew
into the band Project Mercury in winter '98, and
appeared at showcase venues Nightingale Bar, Elbow
Room and the Lion's Den. In October '98, Charlene
Donohue and her violin came on board, and the band
edited down to take on the coffeehouse crowds at
Eureka Joe's, the Gaslight, Hillside Cafe, and Sun
Music Company. With the addition of Craig Fox and Jeanne Fox, Project Mercury evolved into one of the premier bands in the Hudson Valley, forging a path up and down New York state's acoustic highway.
Life and love have fueled some interesting lyrics, like Beach
Musings, a tribute to the Jersey
shore and Rest of Your Life, a song of hope. Marian's influences include said 70's rock
gods; songstresses Kate Bush, Dar Williams and
Tori Amos; and a mix o'men like Damien Rice, The
Decemberists, R.E.M., Ben Folds, World Party and Joe Jackson. To
hear what this adds up to, check out these songs and visit the MUSIC page:
Patience: demo MP3 of one of Marian's newer originals
Love.com: Project Mercury live performance video
At Palisades: the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society set Marian's tune to video
Project Mercury was named Best New Band by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2006.
Leather grabbed an Honorary Mention in
Billboard's International Song Contest.
Marian was among the winners of the 2002 New Jersey Folk
Festival's new songwriter showcase award.
Did You Get Like That won a Billboard Certificate of
Achievement in 1998.
Marian is a volunteer for Musicians On Call.
Photo credit: devinphoto.
photos of Marian.
Project Mercury alumni Marian & Charlene team up to deliver favorites from the Project Mercury songbook, as well as a cache of adventurous covers. Special guests: Stefan Waldman on guitar, dobro, mandolin and banjo; and Glenn Govier on bass. Reservations recommended; tasty food available; donations to the "artist appreciation box" in lieu of official cover.
Saturday July 15th, 8:00-10:30pm
Starving Artist Cafe
249 City Island Avenue
City Island (Bronx), NY
Featuring: Marian Mastrorilli-vocals & guitar, Peter DiIorio-guitar & vocals, Nick DiLello-guitar & vocals, Glenn Govier-bass, and special guest Victor LaGamma-keyboards.
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