Origin: New York
Genre: New Classical, Jazz, Experimental and Folk.
Years Active: 2012 - Present
Official Websites: ConcettaAbbate.com
“Concetta’s music is a great example of contemporary virtue."
- RadioAktiv Italy
Concetta Abbate is a classically trained violinist turned improviser and composer. Grammy.com describes her performances as a mix of “Violin and delicate vocals that float between the worlds of Modern Classical, Neo-Folk, and poignant and poetic verse” As a synesthetic artist, her original music crosses disciplines of poetry, visual art, and tactile art.
Abbate has performed as a violinist/singer with ensembles in NYC including her own Concetta Ensemble. She has released four full length studio albums of her original music spanning genres of New Classical, Jazz, Experimental and Folk.
Mirror Touch (2020), her album of art songs exploring synesthetic empathy, was performed as part of the Convergence Seminar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2022 and referenced in the academic publication "Music and Synesthesia".
Her composition, LAMINARIA (A Folk Horror Chamber Music Suite) has received funding from New Music USA, the Alice Ditson Fund, the Gilman Foundation,The Amphion Foundation,The Cheswatyr Foundation, ASCAP and BMI.
Abbate attended notable residencies including TAKT Berlin (2016 and 2018) as well as the Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island (2019). Her original electroacoustic composition for the film “L'attessa” (directed by Vera Comploj) premiered at the Fashion Film Festival of Milan (2015). Her Dance scores, made in collaboration with choreographers from Arch Contemporary Ballet and WO Dance have been performed at NYC’s Lincoln Center, Sheen Center for Performing Arts as well as Theatre for the New City.
In 2014 she founded a Music Ed program called Teacup Music. Her teaching work has received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, Roothbert Fund and the Charles Mayer Foundation.
Abbate is a professional Death Doula and founder of Sound & Memory music collective. She and her dog Pepper provide volunteer therapy through NYC’s Good Dog Foundation.
Concetta is a voting member of the Grammys. She holds degrees in Music, Education and Cultural Studies from Smith College (BA) as well as Columbia University (MA).