Jen Murdza’s music has a familiar quality to it, as if you heard it once long ago, although that’s unlikely since she’s relatively new to the modern music scene. Perhaps it’s the old-world quality of her voice with its sultry jazziness. Or maybe it’s the hint of almost-lullaby-comfort to her background accompaniment. Ah, or maybe it’s just that she’s really good at what she does and it makes you think that she’s been doing it forever.
Murdza’s music is a little bit of pop, a little bit of folk, a little bit of soul – all supported by strong lyrics which remind the listener that music is poetry. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing her perform live, but I’ve heard rumors that her in-person performance is absolutely captivating. If you happen to be in or around the Massachusetts / greater New England area, you can check her out at the following spots and let me know what you think.
2/8 in Montpelier, VT at Langdon Street Café
2/9 in Burlington, VT at Radio Bean
2/17 in Mashpee, MA at No Place Special House Concert
2/22 in Norwood, MA at Perks
2/25 in South Portland, ME at Borders
3/2 in South Burlington, VT at Higher Ground
3/6 in Cambridge, MA at Tommy Doyles
3/9 in Braintree, MA at Borders
3/20 in Boston, MA at The Bullfinch Yacht Club
3/23 in Newton Highlands, MA at Lincoln Street Coffee
4/7 in Lynn, MA at Gulu-Gulu Café
4/14 in Wakefield, RI at Brewed Awakenings
4/20 in Shrewsbury, MA at Borders
4/21 in Methuen, MA at Borders
5/10 in Londonberry, NH at Tupelo Music Hall
6/3 in Mashpee, MA at NPS House Concerts of Ryan Montbleau
As you can see, the shows are mostly coffee-shop and bookstore shows so you can see her cheap (or free) in an intimate setting before she gets too big.