Best known for her collaborations with Josh Groban, Chris Botti and classic rock band Jethro Tull, and for her role as Annie Talarico in the critically acclaimed HBO Series Treme, Lucia Micarelli will bring the house down this summer in her performance at the Meyerson flipping from the likes of bluegrass to Led Zeppelin to Ravel to Tom Waits without batting an eye. “My brain doesn’t separate genres of music,” she said.
Her life was front-loaded with classical training from the likes of Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and even from Perlman’s teacher, the legendary Dorothy DeLay. It’s not that she got it out of her system early. She still loves to play the classics. Her system just needed more high-octane fuel. Barely 20 years old, straight out of Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, she got the itch to stretch out and started moonlighting with local jazz and rock bands. Before long, she was sawing away with the vein-bursting Trans-Siberian Orchestra and touring with crossover stars like Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand and Ian Anderson’s flutey, meta-medieval rock band, Jethro Tull.
“I’ve had this great privilege of being exposed to so many different kinds of music, and learning about them from greats in those fields,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’m switching hats. I think of it all as music that I love.”