23 year old nyc native misia vessio shines through the melting pot with her musicianship, ambition, and drumming power.
A recent graduate from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, 23 year old NYC native Misia Vessio has one of the most passionate and soul performance playing you will see on the music 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 and at the renowned landmark venue Tipitina’s this past September, opened for Grammy winning band The Rebirth Brass Band and has recorded on their eponymous album, which will be released in 2019. As the drummer and backup vocalist for Modern Diet, an up and coming Indie Rock band, the group finished up a North American tour, performing in Washington D.C., Nashville, New Orleans and Austin, Texas.
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 pursue my musical aspirations, one of which is being a predominant drummer in the music scene.” As one of the three members of her newly formed band Holy Vulture, you can hear Misia’s psychedelic rock and jazz enthused playing live throughout NYC. Holy Vulture’s upcoming debut EP is set to release on May 1st of this year, and they will also be releasing their debut music video “Call My Name” on Saturday, 4/20.