Bio

“I started playing guitar at the age of 10, and (after horses) it became my first love! I moved to Greece with my mom and my brother at the age of 12 and met a kid from New York named Barney, who told me that it was easier to play lead guitar than rhythm, and I was off and running. After traveling to India and jamming with a lot of cool freaky people, I ended up in London, where at the age of 17 I joined my first band, Archipelago. Wonderful music and wonderful people, drugs, and of course drama!  I left London four years later with two kids headed for New York. I ended up in the East Village, in a railroad flat on E. 10th St. I played around a bit and jammed with a bunch of people and ended up in a band called Yahoo Yahots. We played CBGBs and a lot of cool venues, and when my kids were 4 and 5 my Mom and I bought a house in New Haven. My first band in CT was Bering Strait, followed by Circa 88, Sister Brother, Sisterfunk, DeeVine, EV3, and DeeLish. I got clean and sober in 1996 and that’s been the best thing I have ever done for myself. The musicians I have worked with in Connecticut have become dear friends, especially Michael Kurjan and Deb Piccolo.

“My most recent album, Kickass Woman, is the result of many years writing and playing with great musicians in Connecticut. The experience I gained over the years playing and recording a total of 7 CDs with Bering Strait, Sister Brother, Sisterfunk, D-Vine, EV3, and Dee-Lish was invaluable and the best part of it was the love and friendships that I made with these wonderful players. Michael Kurjan, who is my brother from another mother, was my writing partner for many years; we had that special flow together that is beyond words. I started out with a plan to record 5 songs with the incredibly talented Lydia Arachne on bass and keyboards, and my eagle-ear drummer of many years, Deb Piccolo. Deb had introduced us to Pace Ferro, who was developing a studio right across the street from her, and so we started recording in January 2019. The 5 songs were so easy and sounded so good that I thought, why not keep going. A bit of digging and rewriting, and we ended up recording 11 songs! I hope you enjoy and spread the word! Thank you for supporting original music and I hope to see you at a gig soon! 

Love, Vange

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