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Press Release
May 29, 2013
25 Performers and Groups Chosen for MTA’s Music Under New York


MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design today announced that 25 individuals and groups have been accepted into the Music Under New York (MUNY) program after performing at the program’s 26th Annual Auditions held on May 13 in Grand Central Terminal.
During the auditions, approximately 70 acts performed live for a panel of judges of musicians, music professionals and transit representatives to become part of the MUNY program. The annual Auditions, which are open to the public, showcased a diverse array of performers.  Among the acts seen and heard were musicians playing the Appalachian dulcimer, kora, Classical Indian sitar, Baroque harpsichord, Brazilian guitar, steel drums, lute and viola. Other acts included pianists from classical to blues, singers from Greek Rebitika to Irish folk, and a psychedelic harp among others. As a result of the judges’ scores, the following acts were selected for the MUNY program:
  • Affinity BrassBrass quintet
  • Robert Anderson Jazz BandJazz group
  • Astorica Afro fusion band
  • Catahoul Cajun Band“Northern fried Cajun”
  • Charly & MargauxClassical viola and violin duo
  • John Colianni QuartetJazz combo
  • Leanne DarlingSolo viola and lute
  • Yacouba DiabateBurkina Faso kora player
  • José FernandoLatin singer and dancer
  • Eve FingalAlternative folk
  • Foreign CorrespondentsClarinet quartet
  • Natasha GilevSpanish vocal and guitar duo
  • Guitaro Acoustic guitar, drums & vocals
  • Helvetica Trio String trio
  • Erik Robert JacobsonBach cello
  • Susan KeserClassical, pop violin
  • Poor CousinsIrish folk duo
  • Amui PtahR&B, soul piano and vocals
  • Peggy Salano and her Jazz TrioJazz trio
  • The Blind TellersFolk band
  • The Peace Industry Music GroupVocal group
  • Tipsy OxcartBalkan party music
  • Verbal AseBeatbox, vocal impressions
  • Zooga Malaga“Brazilsegredo” guitar & singer
  • Adam ZunigaWorld guitar
MUNY has more than 350 individuals and groups on their roster, performing approximately 7,500 annual performances in 30 transit locations around the City. Music Under New York is one of many visual and performing arts programs administered by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design to enhance the station environment for the customer.  MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design enhances the transit environment throughout the MTA system with permanent art, music performances, photography, poetry and posters. 
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