About Marya Zimmet
In my childhood home in New York City’s Greenwich Village, music was strictly forbidden. We ate only cold porridge and slept on wooden boards. Haha! Kidding! My parents played Billie Holiday, The Beatles, Lead Belly, and Mozart; my older sister loved Judy Garland and The Four Seasons. "Come and See the Peppermint Tree" was my favorite record. At school, we sang old folk songs and choral music. James Taylor and Cat Stevens were my first (imaginary!) boyfriends, Grace Slick my role model. When I was 14, Mom and I moved to California. I sat on cushions in a San Francisco commune listening to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Rod Stewart. Lying on my bunk in 10th grade at a Colorado boarding school, I identified music and dance as my “calling.” Santa Cruz, L.A., an Indian guru, singing and acting lessons, "free" school, public school, prep school, no school... At age 21 I returned to NYC and studied jazz at City College. Then followed a brief (33-year) detour to pursue a doctoral degree and career as a school psychologist, during which time I periodically engaged in varied musical endeavors: a 5-woman folk group, a couple of jazz trios, and the creation and performance of several cabaret shows. I retired from my job in February 2020 and simultaneously began planning to record my first CD. Covid-19 slowed down that process! As I write this, the recording is almost completed, and should be ready to launch in early spring 2021.