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Through her expressive lyricism and broadly scoped musicality Searra Gisondo has used music as a means of digesting the world from a young age. Her musical journey began as a child with classical piano lessons, and she has since sought to study and incorporate a diverse array of genres such as folk, bossa-nova, jazz, blues and even Indian music. Searra's diverse musical tastes and talents are held together by her versatile voice, creative guitar (as well as ukulele, banjo and sitar) parts that often utilize open tunings, harmonics, and warm jazzy chords.
Searra's versatility also extends into many different formats as a performer. She has extensive experience playing solo in coffee shop, tea rooms, cafes and the likes, but is often found playing with her group, Searra and the Jazzy Folk, joined by upright bassist Tim Comstock, drummer J Good and often another rotating surprise musician! The Jazzy Folk has played at a number of bars and venues around Asheville and always serenades the audience with an eclectic mix of swinging' jazz standards, sexy bossa-nova tunes, some surprisingly funky covers of well known songs and of course, quirky Searra originals.
Although she grew up not far from New York City, Searra transplanted herself into Western North Carolina, and has found her soul's home and greatest inspiration in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her songs communicate the inner workings of her thoughtful heart, dealing with themes of ecological morality, impermanence, and the terrifyingly transformative power and vulnerability of love. Music is a filter through which Searra can absorb life and expose ideas in a variety of ways; through her ephemeral folksy darkness that feels like a new wave Joni Mitchell, to her zany light-hearted tunes about composting and being a nut. Searra's music is as entertaining as it is complex, and unapologeticly honest.
Searra has recorded her first full length album, "Key of Sea," back in 2012, and has recently finished an EP this January called "Catch and Release."