For immediate release
June 15, 2015
Contact: Alex Olesen
Cassia DeMayo Announces Release of “Heart, We Will Forget Him”
CD marks debut for American-born jazz vocalist
AARHUS, DK- With her new CD “Heart, We Will Forget Him,” a Gateway Music release, Cassia DeMayo makes a brilliant debut as an up and coming jazz artist to watch. The album has already received enthusiastic reviews. In the words of Ivan Rod (Gaffe Denmark), “open doors (and ears) is what this debut deserves.”
The nine-tracks in this collection, a tasteful mix of original compositions and select jazz standards, showcase what critic Martin Loft describes as a “warm, sensual world vocal.” Taking a minimalist approach, DeMayo uses space, patience and finessed phrasing to open up the lyric and express the emotional story of the song. Each track –from the tenderly wistful “My Party” to the sprightly “Lady Bird” and the unexpectedly metered “I Thought About You”– reflects DeMayo’s eloquent aesthetic, adroit musicianship and broad range of expression. The disc also features the talents of Alex Olesen on guitar, Tejs Dragheim on bass and Kristoffer Lysgaard Madsen on drums. The trio provides nuanced support throughout, allowing DeMayo’s voice to remain squarely in the forefront. Synnøve Søe (Jyllands-Posten.dk) calls the recording “a fantastic little debut.”
“Heart, We Will Forget Him” is presently in rotation on numerous radio stations, including “The Jazz UK” and “Virginia Music,” where it is featured as a recommended listen. The CD is available for purchase through the following: i-Tunes, Amazon, WiMP and Google Play.
Cassia DeMayo is an American-born jazz vocalist and composer who presently makes her home in Aarhus, Denmark. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Cassia studied classical voice, first as a child at the Pasadena Conservatory for the Arts and later as an undergraduate at the California Institute of the Arts. After shifting her focus to jazz, she enrolled in Cornish College for the Arts in Seattle, WA, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Since her 2011 arrival in Denmark, she has appeared at jazz clubs, private events and notable festivals including Riverboat Jazz Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Vinter Jazz Festival and the Bayerisches Jazz Weekend in Germany, where she was one of three featured performers. For more information, please visit: cassiademayoquartet.dk.