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Singer/pianist DIANE MARINOwas born in Manhattan, NYC and grew up in the borough of Queens. After playing piano “by ear” for a couple of years,she received her early piano training of classical studies and improvisation from the age of 10. Diane was accepted on NYC’S ‘Famed’ High School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major. She later attended and graduated from Mannes College of Music in Manhattan where she studied piano with world-renowned concert pianist Murray Perahia.  Singing came as natural to Diane as playing piano. After graduating from Mannes, Diane began singing professionally in clubs and resorts in the NYC metropolitan area. She has been performing ever since, as a pianist/vocalist. Performing has always been a life-long dream for Diane, always striving for the next level of performance. She has recorded and released 4 CD’s that have all gathered critical acclaim and national and international airplay.

Currently Diane lives in Nashville TN where she performs regularly in the area, in addition to playing out of town Jazz engagements in various cities, including her hometown, NYC.

Diane, welcome, and thank you so much for doing this article with me without hesitation and through a very busy schedule.  I sincerely appreciate it as I’m certain our readers will as well. 

No. 1)  What is music to and for you?  (generally and personally)DIANE MARINO WPLN pic

Music for and to me is my way of communicating feelings and emotions.

No. 2 What inspires you?

My particular mood may inspire me to create and play in a certain way. Often an event or situation will inspire me to play and improvise.

No. 3) When you are singing, creating, or playing an instrument, if you do, where does it take you?  Where does your mind travel?

My mind will take me inside the music…hard to describe, but a different plane, – a feeling.

No. 4) Do you feel music (singing), visual art and health are related and if so, how?

Absolutely…..music is a great healer. To the artist, and to the listener. Music can make the artist forget all kinds of problems- health, emotions. etc.  In helping one’s self through music, you will also be helping others who may find your music uplifting, healing and comforting.

No. 5) How do you feel when you are singing?

When I am singing I am completely within the lyric. Songs tell stories of emotions, and in getting “inside the lyric” it puts me in a different place…almost as if in theater.

diane piano pic croppedNo. 6) Do you identify with your songs, and if so, on what level?

I sometimes do identify with my songs. In fact I find it difficult to sing a song that I don’t identify with. I must believe in a lyric if I chose to sing it.

No.7)  Under what conditions do you work best?

Actually when I am alone, with quiet, I am the most creative…..no distractions. Of course when performing, I am at my best before a crowd…..You “feed” off people’s reactions.

No. 8)  Does music help you connect with your higher self, whatever that may be for you?

It does, at times bring me to a different place. I find if you just give in to the music, it will bring you somewhere else.

No. 9) How do you feel about creativity in the public school system? DIANE MARINO 005

It definitely should be encouraged. I went to the NYC public school system and as far back as I can remember, my teachers always remarked about my singing ability and general aptitude for music. Creativity produces students’ direction and focus.

No. 10) In your opinion, what could be a simple solution to improve creativity in the public school system?

Teachers’ awareness of students’ talents- this is a difficult question to answer- More “one on one” attention to particular students’ needs and talents.

No. 11) What is jazz to you?

The ultimate form of free expression and creativity.

No. 12)  How do you feel about improvisation?

It gives one a sense of total freedom and sense of expressing one’s feelings.

No. 13)  In public establishments where they have live shows like bars, clubs, etc. do you think there should be a separate area for people who just want to talk from those who actually want to listen to music?

That would be helpful to the artists, but realistically establishments are concerned with keeping their customers happy also! I think if the club owner/manager can demand that kind of behavior from their customers, that would be great. It would also show total respect for the performers. Sadly this is not always the case- and the artists have to deal with the talking/excessive noise. But in answer to your question, Yes!

Again, Diane, thank you so much for sharing with us your thoughts and feelings and your incredible talent.  Until we work together again, be blessed!

diane-034TO THE READER: 

You are cordially invited to visit Diane’s links below and get to hear more of this beautiful, vibrant and dynamic singer.  Your comments are always appreciated, thank you and enjoy!






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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours