2nd Sunday songwriter series
AUGUST Featured Artists
Joe Matzzie is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. His songs reflect an inherent love and passion for storytelling with a prosodic sincerity. Joe grew up in the post-industrial comic book that is Pittsburgh, PA and has been playing guitar since the age of five. His first guitar lessons were at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh and his first performance experience was in the Our Lady of Grace church folk group at the age of ten. An obsessed fan of songs, he would pour over the music of The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver, pondering the meaning of such obtuse lyrics as “She’s got a ticket to ride and she don’t care”.
Moving to New York City after graduation from Duquesne University School of Music, Joe founded the five-piece band Joe Matzzie Beyond Belief and began playing clubs such as The Continental, CBs Gallery and Arlene Grocery. He produced and released the EP The First 20 Minutes and then the full length album It’s All True, in the process founding his own record label U.S.Records and publishing company There’s Been a Publishing.
At the same time his love of acoustic, folk and traditional styles of music led him to the festive world of Renaissance fairs. Joe was a founding member of the group Mince Pye who performed at the New York Renaissance Faire and garnered a huge underground following at such events as the New York City Witches’ Ball. Over the years he has played in such diverse styles as Renaissance, Medieval, Traditional Celtic, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz, Old Time Fiddle Music, Macedonian Gypsy Folk and Hawaiian.
Joe turned away from writing songs after 2001, and turned to composing for film and freelancing as a guitarist. This brought him through the film scoring program at Berklee College of Music and eventually to Los Angeles. He has assisted other film composers with music preparation, orchestration and hardware and software support. Joe’s compositions have appeared in movies, television, radio, web videos, theater and interactive games.
In 2013 Joe launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fan-fund a new album of songs titled This Box Makes Noise. The album is due out this spring and is a collaboration with producer Brian Packer. It also features Nate Laguzza on drums and Adam Popick on bass. This Box Makes Noise signals Joe’s return to the musical medium that originally captured his imagination and inspired his heart so many years ago.
British music artists Sera & Frankie begun making music together back in 2012 (along with their then-boyfriends), however to everyone's surprise, a few years into the project the girls fell madly in love, the rest of the group disbanded, and so the girls moved over to California to work on developing their music.
Now wife and wife, based in Los Angeles, Sera & Frankie create epic and empowering pop anthems and are leading powerhouse voices of activism within music, inspiring passionate followers from the women’s empowerment movement, and of course the LGBTQ community among others. Their message that ‘love knows no boundaries’ is one that has ignited thousands of their fans around the world.
Multi-instrumentalist Frankie performs the majority of the instrumentation on the records, and produces the songs with a mix of epic modern sounds and layers, fused with an old-school soulful feel that appears to have been lost in a lot of today’s pop music, whilst Sera pens intelligent and socially conscious lyrics that speak to the empowered and evolving voices of today and tomorrow. The acclaimed Unsung Lilly live show is packed full of anthemic hits, Goddess-imagery inspired costumes from Sera, and Frankie hopping from instrument to instrument.
In 2018, Unsung Lilly placed 7 of their songs in award winning movies, and two in a trailer. Unsung Lilly’s music has received independent radio play all over the world, and the girls have performed at some of the UK’s top festivals, including Belfast Pride, Guilfest, Weyfest, and Magic Summer live.
After successfully completing a ’12 songs in 12 months’ challenge, where the girls wrote, recorded and released a song every month for a year between 2017-2018, their album 'Twelve' was released world wide on June 21st, 2019 (which features the twelve songs from the challenge plus two bonus tracks), and have announced a new EP is also in the works for release later in the year.