22 year old nyc native misia vessio shines through the melting pot with her musicianship, ambition, and dreams.
A recent graduate from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, 22 year old NYC native Misia Vessio is one of the most passionate and driven musicians on the scene today. After nationwide and televised success with her band VESSIO, a brother/sister rock duo, her dedication as a working musician has developed into a promising career. Having played with many prominent artists, including Tony Bennett when she was only 17 years old, and having mentors such as Bobby Sanabria, Antonio Sanchez and Billy Martin, she is fluent in the genres of Rock, Jazz, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Avant-Garde and Pop. Misia has a VEVO special, has performed on Off-Broadway and continues to perform vivaciously throughout the world.
While at The New School, Misia studied with the most prestigious musicians on the scene: Reggie Workman, Rolando Morales-Matos, Tommy Igoe, Jimmy Owens, Andrew Cyrille, Jane Ira Bloom, Amir Ziv, Bobby Sanabria, Ray Marchica, and Billy Martin. She has also performed with Candido Camero, Mike “Maz” Maher, Cassandra O’Neal, Joe Lovano, and Samantha Maloney.
As a drummer/percussionist and singer/songwriter, Misia’s versatility allows her to easily become part of any musical setting and her artistry has taken her around the world. In 2016, Misia completed a two week tour in Japan and performed at Mona Records in Tokyo, Hard Rock Cafe in Osaka and The Kansai Music Conference in Kobe, (sponsored by D'Addario) with the Petra Jarrar Band. The band also traveled to Los Angeles to perform at The Mint, Molly Malone’s and Silverlake Lounge and has performed at the 2016 NYC Marathon and was the headlining band at Webster Hall in November of 2016. As the percussionist and backup vocalist for the group John The Martyr, Misia has performed in New Orleans in the 2017 Bayoo Boogaloo Festival, opened for Grammy winning band The Rebirth Brass Band and has recorded on their eponymous album, which will be released this upcoming year. As the new drummer and backup vocalist for Modern Diet, an up and coming Indie Rock band, the group recently finished up a North American tour, performing in Washington D.C., Nashville, New Orleans and Austin, Texas.
Among playing and producing for bands, Misia is an artist herself. Having written music all her life and being influenced by artists like Stevie Wonder, Fiona Apple and The Beatles, her music stays true to who she is and the experiences of her life are portrayed in each song. Having a severe stutter throughout her childhood, Misia took to the drums to speak her mind. Reminiscent of Phil Collins and Sheila E., Misia says, “I did not let my stutter stop me from continuing to fulfill my dreams, one of which is being the front woman of my own band." Her self-produced debut EP is slated to release in summer 2018.