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

Becoming Human ~ Songs of observation, realization & transformation

Vocalist/percussionist Marji Zintz fronts the trio, which performs music composed by guitarist Jim Kunkel and bassist Mickey Kopchack. 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 “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 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 long list of people who have studied with him over the years and have gone on to enjoy a successful music career.

Mickey Kopchak 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 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
Phone: (845) 657-3111

Calendar for Becoming Human
July 7
7:00 pm
10:00 pm
Songs of Observation, Realization & Transformation
with Becoming Human
Acoustic, Jazz, and World. originals, etc.
Lydia's Café & Bar
7 Old US Highway 209
Stone Ridge, NY   See Map
Becoming Human (Marji Zintz, vocals; Jim Kunkel, guitars; Mickey Kopchak, bass; and Larry Balestra, percussion) brings their original songs of observation, realization, and transformation to Lydia's in Stone Ridge, an intimate listening and dining space that is perfect for Becoming Human! Don't miss it! Music from 7 to 10 pm
Becoming Human on the web
July 21
8:00 pm
Eclectic ShowCase
with Becoming Human, Derek Knott, Dave Kearney (also hosting)
Contemporary, Acoustic, and Jazz. folk, rock, original, mind-blowing, transformative
Green Kill Arts Space
229 Greenkill Ave
Kingston, NY   See Map
Three captivating performers in a beautiful space!

An evening of acoustic music hosted by Dave Kearney... doors 7:30 pm. music 8:00 pm.
Becoming Human on the web
September 15
7:30 pm
Artful music!
with Becoming Human, with Jim Kunkel on guitar, Marji Zintz on vocals & percussion, Mickey Kopchak on bass, with Larry Balestra on percussion
Contemporary, Jazz, and Alternative. songs of observation, realization & transformation
Amity Gallery
110 Newport Bridge Road
Warwick, NY   See Map
Becoming Human is four people who have been making lots of music for lots of years and are coming together now for this special, artful, moving, evocative project. Most of the pieces performed will be Jim's compositions. Mickey also composes.
Becoming Human on the web

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