Jessica Rozario-OspinoSouth Richmond Hill, NY
Jessica Rowboat grew up near the hill stations of New Delhi and began writing at the age of nine. She attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she was trained in chamber music, gospel, jazz hands, theatre, and song writing. Her music ties them all together in a folky blend. She is fondest of deliberate disconcerting situations, Wolverine, and Gouda cheese. She is not very fond of serious conversation. Jessica lives in Queens, New York with her husband and their Shih Tzu, Frodo.
It’s about a woman named Dora Maar, who was one of Picasso’s lovers/muses. He painted about her a lot and when I read about their love story I felt totally inspired to write this song. Initially it started as an acoustic song and when I found out about the Battle of the Boroughs I assembled 3 amazing musicians and tried to tell a more complete story with their help. It has actually been a big starting point for an album I want to write with the help of a band a branching away from my usual acoustic/folk/soul sound.
Covers: A Collective
I was approached by Brooklyn Muse to do a series of cover songs back in September of last year. After recording a dozen songs we picked the most unconventional and interesting compositions and released Covers: A Collective in February. Mirrors is the title track of the album and it’s meant as a dedication to my husband. Each song has it’s own individual cover with a different animal mask and the image of the Deer that serves as its cover refers to a ring he took from me on our first date and wears to this day.
For You is the first song I composed on the Banjo. It is from the first “album” I recorded/released on bandcamp titled Pears. I recorded it using logic on my computer with an old mic my brother had lying around. I had a lot of fun coming up with the harmony and adding a little percussion at the end to give it a nice swell before the abrupt end. It too is dedicated to my husband.