Zosha Warpeha

New York, NY (Violin)

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Zosha Warpeha, 21, has been playing since the age of 7, and is currently studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. Her musical influences include Carla Kihlstedt, Bill Frisell, Eyvind Kang, Sam Amidon, Nick Drake, and Casey Driessen. A talent that Zosha wishes she had is cooking as well as her mother. Zosha’s happiest musical experience occurred a few years ago. She says, “I was working at a bluegrass festival in 2011; after a long day I was settling down for the night when I heard what sounded like gypsy jazz in the distance. I set out with my fiddle and a flashlight and followed my ear through the wooded campground until coming to a circle of kids my age sitting around a fire, playing and singing old swing tunes. They welcomed me into the circle that night and we continued to share wonderful music and good company for the remainder of the festival.”

In other musicians, Zosha values patience, open minds, and the willingness to jump in and explore new musical territory. For younger musicians, she had some key advice. Zosha explains, “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. That’s up to you to decide.” At AMS, Zosha is most looking forward to creating and experimenting with fellow musicians; she is also excited to work with a handle of musicians that she looks up to. She explains, “I’ll admit that I did a little dance when I heard that we would have a masterclass with Vasen, currently one of my favorite instrumental groups.”

Check out Zosha cover Fleet Foxes’ Montezuma below:

Be sure to check out Zosha and all of the AMS musicians at the Lucas Theatre on April 8 at the Stringband Spectacular!

Stay tuned to meet more AMS musicians!