Heather Masse and her five piece band of Barbarians present an elegant, insistent melange of jazz, country-blues, folk, soul, and rock and roll. Shifting plainly between reverie and sobriety and braced all the while by a rampant tenderness, the Barbarians craft a pliant, artful sound that demands, engages, and soothes. With a growing repertoire of stunningly-arranged originals and cover-songs, the Barbarians, who formed at the New England Conservatory of Music, have been performing in Boston and New York City for several years.
Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Having taken a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing music of all sorts. She has performed with the world-renowned contemporary bluegrass band "The Wayfaring Strangers," appearing at venues including NPR's World Cafe, and Boston's Symphony Hall, sharing the stage with the Boston Pops Orchestra. She recently recorded an eponymous album with the up-and-coming Boston-based group "Joy Kills Sorrow." Heather recently joined the acclaimed Canadian band “The Wailin’ Jennys” and will be touring the country beginning in April 07’
Heather Masse - vocals
Ben MacDonald - guitar
Peter Bitenc - bass
Eric Platz - drums
Adam Schneit - alto saxophone, clarinet
Josh Sinton - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet