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Mara Hruby w/ The Park
January 23, 2013
Oakland's own neo-soul songstress
Wednesday, January 23
Yoshi's is honored to introduce the fast rising artist from Oakland, CA, Mara Hruby. She arrived on the scene at the start of 2010, playing shows throughout the Bay Area, and on November 30, she released her debut EP, From Her Eyes. Mara worked on this EP for nine months to which she applied her multi-talented dedication to recording, arranging, and engineering her own work. She had previously performed on stage with a Bay Area dance company; fate would prepare her for this path. She has chosen to speak through music in order to connect with those of us who love music. "From Her Eyes" is now a highly celebrated EP that has captured attention from around the world.
During an interview with a local entertainment magazine, Mara was asked to describe her sound: “My sound/style comes from what I have experienced in life. I feel my sound is organic, distinct, melodic, eclectic, and filled with sensitivity. To say the least, I’d call my music a melodic melting pot.”
The current practice of recording “covers” of well known music by well loved artists, has led to some very creatively unique results. The surprise breakthrough of Les Nubians’ version of Sade's mellow and soulful ballad, "The Sweetest Taboo," helped their American debut album, Princesses Nubiennes, to achieve a higher position on the Billboard charts than any other French-language album had in the previous decade.
The seven tracks on her "From Her Eyes" EP represent the genesis of the view from Mara’s eyes of the various works of her favorite male artists. Each song is connected to a memory experience in Mara’s young life. The beauty and elegance of Van Hunt’s “Character”, Bob Marley’s love for Jah, Mos Def’s soulful poetry, André 3000’s “Take Off Your Cool”, Jamiroquai's "Alright", as well as D’Angelo’s “Send It On” and The Roots "Stereolab" – are all examples of art forms from today’s exceptional musicians.
Mara Hruby is a mesmerizing artist who performs on stage with poise and grace. You will be surprised to discover how naturally her music will enter your heart and bring out love and inspiration.