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Becoming Human  ... is a Trio performing Alternative, Jazz music.

Becoming Human ~ Songs of observation, realization & transformation

Vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Marji Zintz fronts Becoming Human, a newly formed trio (and sometimes quartet), which performs music composed by guitarist Jim Kunkel and bassist Mickey Kopchak. They explore and inhabit many genres across the musical spectrum, from folk to jazz, modal to avant-garde, spiritual to classical to Brazilian. They honor the space and each other’s unique and evolving “voice,” creating and holding a fertile ground for conversation, interplay, improvisation, and emotion.



Marji brings a long and diverse performance resume, working in myriad settings since the 1970s as a vocalist and guitarist. She has performed in voice-double bass duets with such notable players as Mike Richmond, Jay Anderson, Josef Pelletier, and Vin Warner. She also worked in a progressive jazz-based ensemble that included Erik Lawrence on reeds and Jim Kunkel on guitar, often using her voice as one of the horns. She has worked in collaboration with improvisational vocalists Victoria Christgau and Shula Ruth Weinstein in a mostly a capella recording and performance project called Sister Sound, and has arranged, recorded, and performed with many other innovative musical projects over the years as well as performing extensively as a soloist. She teaches guitar and coaches voice and harmony in the Hudson Valley.



Versatile guitarist Jim Kunkel has composed music for independent films and documentaries such as the Aspects of the Arts series profiling poet Dan Masterson and artist Frederick Franck. As leader and sideman, he has performed and recorded since the late seventies, including a quintet that performed many of how own innovative compositions. Jim has a lengthy list of musicians who have studied with him over the years, many of whom have gone on to enjoy a successful music career.



Mickey has been playing bass professionally since the age of 10. Known not only for his sensitivity and presence, Mickey expands the sonic assignment of the bass by tastefully and creatively employing a multitude of interesting effects, creating rich and expansive soundscapes, as well as reaching emotional depths. Because of his versatility, expertise, and dedication to excellence, he is widely sought after and has performed and recorded with jazz and pop artists throughout the northeast.

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Contact Info
Location: Ulster County, NY
Website: www.becominghuman.us
Email
Phone: (845) 657-3111
Alternative email address: marjimusic@gmail.com

Videos
Healing Song (Excerpt)

Calendar for Becoming Human
Saturday
July 16
7:30 pm
Music Festival in Rosendale!
with Marji Zintz, 79-plus other performers & bands over two days
Acoustic, Folk/Traditional, and Roots Music. etc.
Rosendale Street Festival, SOY Stage
419 Main Street
Rosendale, NY   See Map
The annual Rosendale Street Festival is BACK, boys and girls!!!!

This year, I'll be playing on the SOY Stage, a more intimate setting! I'm going to have FUN, and you will, too!

The festival (in case you never heard of it) is a
family-friendly, two-day event that takes over Main Street and boasts seven stages, over 80 bands, over 100 of the best vendors in the Hudson Valley. There'll be parades, kids' crafts, film festivals, and lots of yummy eats!

This is a completely volunteer-run event and proceeds go to supporting the music departments of the Kingston, New Paltz, and Rondout Valley School Districts.

So much music and joy and summertime bliss!!!!

This is the place to be this weekend, so bring a lawn chair, c'mon down, and get ready to have a great time!
Marji's Website

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