Dave Farah, Kiirstin Marilyn, Don Kim, Zia Hassan

Dave Farah is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Northern Virginia. Somewhere buried beneath Jonathan Safran Foer novels and moleskin notebooks full of random thoughts, he found a space where words in patterns made sense. Eventually poetry turned into spoken word which turned into lyrics and he started writing music. Dave graduated from the University of Miami, FL with a double major in Video Production and Creative Writing and have since been focusing on writing, recording, and touring ever since.

Kiirstin Marilyn

With a life steeped in music and performance, Kiirstin Marilyn isn't just at home on the stage - she was born to it.

After a childhood focused on theater - culminating with a B.A. in musical theater and an extended role in a nationally touring Broadway revival of Cabaret-Kiirstin entered the world of live, original music by joining Hoboken-based progressive rock band Ground To Machine. In 2007, with Kiirstin as their lead, GTM won the Break Contest which earned a place on the Bamboozle stage, and played the Saints & Sinners festival headlined by Glassjaw.

Inspired by the band's success and looking to grow as an artist, Kiirstin left Ground To Machine to form Verity In Stereo - a genre-bending jazz/rock quintet that achieved much local success. Verity In Stereo repeatedly headlined Asbury Park's legendary Stone Pony, opened for Cobra Starship and 3OH!3 for the finale of MTV's Too Fast For Love Tour, enjoyed regular air play on college, internet, and commercial radio (including a spotlight feature by 95.9 WRAT's Maria Mar), were nominated for the 2011 Best Avant-Garde Asbury Music Award (Kiirstin was also nominated for Best Female Vocalist), and named RAW:NYC's Band of the Year for 2011.

True to her inimitable, boundless ambition, Kiirstin closed a year of great achievement by enlisting the producing talents of Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes, current touring guitarist for The Wanted) and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw; Men, Women, and Children) for her solo project, an intensely personal venture that nonetheless defies the notion of genre boundaries. Mixing big-band orchestration, hip-hop percussion, R&B melodies, and vocals that soar from Jazz Age crooning to heartbreaking intimacy and everything between, Kiirstin has crafted a sound as eclectic and remarkable as the woman herself - deeply grounded in musical history yet endlessly inventive, Kiirstin Marilyn promises to be like nothing you've ever heard before and won't ever forget.

Kiirstin currently resides in New York City, where she debuted her solo EP at The Bitter End in March 2012. She recently won her second RAW:NYC Musician of the Year title and has been touring regionally in the US as well as internationally with shows in London, UK and Toronto, CA. Keep up with news, shows, and music at KiirstinMarilyn.com or facebook.com/KiirstinMarilyn.

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Zia Hassan is a storytelling singer-songwriter who tries to capture earthly moments from a cosmic vantage point. He writes songs about reality, surrogate motherhood, space, time travel, and solar particles. He's also been referred to as "DC's #1 Love Song writer," and he has often been hired to write love songs for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays. He sings with soulful passion and a soaring falsetto. His on-stage stories open small universes, beckoning new listeners to enter his strange and loveable world.

Zia released his first solo album, Grow Slow, in 2009. The album was received extremely well, especially on the internet -- every single song from the record was up-voted to the front page of TheSixtyOne.com, a popular music ranking service. Songs like "A Love Like That" received the most praise, spawning a fan-made video on YouTube. "Carry My Love," a song about a surrogate mother carrying a baby for her sister, a cancer survivor, touches the heart of anyone who hears it. To promote the album, Zia performed through an online broadcast so that international fans could hear his live act.

Zia's love of sound goes beyond traditional music. In addition to writing solid pop folk tunes, he produces experimental work as well, working as a "sound sculptor" in the tradition of Brian Eno, John Cage, and Steve Reich. In 2010, he released the innovative The Flop, The Turn, The River; an album of field recordings and interviews from the smokey mountains set to instrumental and spacey music. In 2012, he released the album Lines with collaborator Scott Colman, which used processed field recordings of the DC Metro. Zia is currently working on integrating neuroscience into his live show using a brainwave-sensing headband to create music using nothing but his mind.

Zia's sound has been compared to Duncan Sheik, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Ellis Paul, Joni Mitchell, Ben Gibbard and others. He's played at a lot of great DC venues like IOTA, Velvet Lounge, Ebenezer's, The Atlas Theater, and The Hamilton, where he had the opportunity to share the stage with his musical hero Teitur. Zia is currently in the studio working on an extremely ambitious supermassive project called Sports, Weather, Time and Space - a two disc album (one contains folk songs, and the other contains a 60-minute ambient sonic tour of the solar system), a DVD of short films about reality, and a book of short stories and poems.


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