Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia - Scranton Jazz Festival | Jazz, Food, Spirits

Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
May 16, 2024
John Hart
June 24, 2024
John Hart
June 24, 2024
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
May 16, 2024
Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia
https://robertadrianamusic.com/

Meet Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia: accomplished solo musicians who combine their talents to form an exceptional duo. Their performances encompass an array of styles, blending standards, originals, Great American Songbook classics, reharmonized pop covers and Latin jazz. Adriana’s one-of-a-kind voice and multi-stylized phrasing blends seamlessly with Robert’s tasty harmonic accompaniments and solo virtuosity. The resulting alchemy of this combination is a soundscape of orchestration rarely heard in duo format. Together, they inject new vitality into the jazz scene, crafting a distinct and invigorating sound.

Continuing their trajectory of innovation, Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia unveil their latest project, a piano/vocal duo album titled “Quenara,” set for a soft release in the fall of 2023 (with official radio play release January 2024). Mixed and Mastered by Grammy Award-winning producer Bill Hare, this album weaves a musical tapestry that transcends time and genre. This duo collaboration features a blend of jazz standards, Prester’s original compositions, and a jazz-infused interpretation of Howard Jones’ 1980s hit “Things Can Only Get Better.”

INDIVIDUAL BIOS

Robert Prester

Robert Prester, a luminary American pianist, has etched his name in the fabric of music with his exceptional command of both classical and jazz idioms. Renowned for his virtuosic and articulate approach, Prester seamlessly navigates the intricate realms of improvisation, infusing his music with a distinctive flavor that resonates deeply. His innovative stylization of jazz standards and the Great American Songbook further sets him apart as a maestro of musical expression. Prester’s musical journey commenced with early piano studies at the prep division of Manhattan School of Music, where he would later earn his Masters in Music on a scholarship. His classical opus “Rapsodya” showcases his original Piano Sonata in F Minor alongside classical compositions by Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, and Debussy. On the contemporary front, “Dogtown,” his latest instrumental Latin jazz composition, soared to #16 on the jazz charts and garnered widespread radio airplay. A highlight of his discography, the Christmas/Wintersongs album “First Snow,” released in December 2020, enchanted listeners with its harmonic melodies and inventive arrangements, receiving substantial airplay on jazz radio stations. Robert Prester’s musical journey continues with the upcoming release of the piano/vocal duo album “Quenara,” a collaboration with singer Adriana Samargia. This creation interweaves jazz standards, Prester’s original compositions, and a jazz-infused reinterpretation of Howard Jones’ ’80s hit “Things Can Only Get Better.”

Prester’s musical endeavors extend beyond the studio, as one of his early projects included composing and producing the soundtrack for the CityKids Foundation show, which premiered at the St. James Theater on Broadway. As Musical Director, he shared the stage with heavyweights like Herbie Hancock and Grover Washington Jr. on the Phil Donahue show. During his tenure in Hawaii, Prester graced the stage with the Honolulu Symphony for pops concerts, and his keyboard prowess was featured on MTV’s Real World during Oahu episodes. Now based in the Northeast, Prester continues to make waves in the music world. He performs as a solo pianist, with his own trio, and collaborates with diverse ensembles such as The Cameo Chamber Players, The Parson Brown Singers, Boca Symphonia, and Phill Fest’s Brazilian Jazz Ensemble. Anticipating the future, Prester’s creative trajectory remains vibrant, with a jazz/latin recording project on the horizon. As he weaves melodies and paints harmonies, Prester’s musical legacy shines ever brighter, touching the hearts and souls of audiences worldwide.

Adriana Samargia

Adriana Samargia is an American vocalist renowned for her distinctive musical style and inventive interpretation of various genres. Her expansive repertoire encompasses jazz standards, world music, classical compositions, and selections from the Great American Songbook. Samargia’s vocal versatility has extended into animated productions, television, radio jingles, and even voice work for toys. Her musical journey commenced in native California, where she was immersed in Balkan musical influences from an early age. Growing up in a family with a strong emphasis on performing arts, she cultivated her musical talents. During college years, Samargia sang lead with the prestigious jazz vocal group “The Fanfairs,” showcasing her singing prowess. Motivated by a desire to refine her performance skills, Samargia relocated to the east coast where she co-led the musical ensemble “Bluez Imbabwe” alongside guitarist Tom Lippincott. Her dedication and skill were recognized when she was honored with the esteemed “Best Jazz Vocal Soloist” student award by Downbeat Magazine. This acknowledgment marked a significant milestone in her burgeoning career.

In 2020, Samargia and pianist Robert Prester released the album “First Snow,” a collection of Wintersongs and Christmas melodies including her own vocal arrangements performed by The Parson Brown Singers; a vocal group she founded and continues to perform with. Songs from “First Snow” garner substantial airplay on jazz radio stations each holiday season. Continuing her trajectory of innovation, she unveiled her latest project, a piano/vocal duo album titled “Quenara.” Crafted in collaboration with pianist Robert Prester, “Quenara” stands as a testament to Samargia’s ability to create musical magic. Mixed and Mastered by Grammy Award-winning producer Bill Hare, this album weaves a musical tapestry that transcends time and genre. This duo collaboration features a blend of jazz standards, Prester’s original compositions, and a jazz-infused interpretation of Howard Jones’ 1980s hit “Things Can Only Get Better.” Anticipating the future, Samargia’s artistic journey remains dynamic. A jazz quartet recording project named “Everybody Loves the Eighties” is on the horizon, slated for release Spring of 2025. This album aims to reinvigorate pop classics through jazz interpretations, reflecting her penchant for pushing musical boundaries.