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Press

Occasionally, someone mentions the music director!  That's nice.

NYTimes Mad Jenny Review, April 5, 2016

Woman Around Town Review, March 9, 2016

H5G Sound Department Interview with Charlie McCarron of Composer Quest

Rethinking the Accordion in Bryant Park (Wall Street Journal) 

Clocktower Radio Interview with Jenny Lee Mitchell and Edward Einhorn for Money Lab

"An absolutely terrific band features Maria Dessena on piano, accordion, and vocals, Ric Becker playing mercurial trombone, and Jerry DeVore expertly communing with a 5-string bass. Outstanding arrangements by Dessena evoke the era like a time machine." - Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town

"Dess(e)na's rendition of a Bjork tango was engaging and affecting, making good use of a tender, flexible voice." - Broadway Baby

"Also sounding great is the live band (Derek Davi(d)son, Maria Dessena, Ryan Ferreira, Michael Rafalowich, Sparkie Sandler), intensely presenting each and every song." - The Artswire.com

"Music director Maria Dessena ably leads the 5 piece band (Ryan Ferreira and Michael Rafalowich on guitar, Derek Davidson on bass, Sparkie Sandler on drums, with Ms. Dessena on piano and accordion) in a variety of styles from simple folk-style recitative, to full-blast rock." - StageBuzz.com

"...She had the good fortune to be accompanied by the accomplished pianist Maria Dessena..." - Spectaclemagazine.net