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 original 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 neurodivergent artist living with synesthesia, her original work often crosses disciplines of poetry, visual art, body movement and tactile art.
Abbate has performed as a violinist and singer with ensembles in NY including PARK Quartet, Femmelody Chamber Music Collective and the Creative Music Orchestra. She has worked as a studio recording artist for bands including Cornelius Eady Trio, Mariachi Flor de Toloache and the Latin music group Inti and the Moon. She has released four full length studio albums of her original music spanning genres of New Classical, Jazz, Experimental and Folk.
Her original electroacoustic composition for the film “L'attessa” (directed by Vera Comploj) premiered at the International Fashion Film Festival of Milan 2015. Her Dance scores, made in collaboration with choreographers from Arch Contemporary Ballet and WO Dance Company, have been performed at Lincoln Center, Sheen Center for Performing Arts as well as Theatre for the New City in New York.
Her album Mirror Touch released in 2020, was performed as part of the Convergence Seminar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2022 and was referenced in the academic publication "Music and Synesthesia, abstracts from a conference in Vienna" (Jörg Jewanski, Sean A. Day, Saleh Siddiq, Michael Haverkamp, and Christoph Reuter (Eds.)). The album explores the experience of synesthetic empathy.
Most recently, her composition, LAMINARIA (A Folk Horror Chamber Music Suite) has received funding from the New Music USA Foundation, the Alice Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Howard Gilman Foundation,The Amphion Foundation,The Cheswatyr Foudation, ASCAP and BMI.
Abbate has attended notable artist residencies including TAKT Gallery in Berlin (2016 and 2018) as well as the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva Island, Florida (2019).
In 2014 she founded a Music Education program called Teacup Music which provides sliding scale music lessons to students in Brooklyn. Through this program she is a mentor to a vibrant community of students. Her teaching work has received grants and recognition from Brooklyn Arts Council, The Roothbert Fund and the Charles Mayer Foundation.
Abbate is a trained community Death Doula through Going With Grace and she and her dog Pepper provide volunteer therapy at nursing home facilities through NYC’s Good Dog Foundation.
Concetta is a voting member of the Grammys Recording Academy. She holds degrees in Music, Education and Cultural Studies from Smith College (BA) as well as Columbia University (MA).