An Evening of Music with Melanie Sroka-Chaunce & Kim Hilliard

Featuring MELANIE SROKA-CHAUNCE, accompanied by Robert Chaunce and Andy Herr
& Matty Ro… performing new songwriting and original music, created partly with a 2014 Pathways Honorarium.

“The Siren and The Waves” is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Melanie Sroka-Chaunce. The name originates from a title to a one-woman musical, and has since evolved into a collection of songs inspired by her love of the Oceans and Earth.

The Siren’s sound is a soulfully original blend of jazz, reggae, latin rhythms, funk, and blues. The result is a danceable, passionate, poetry-filled experience not to be missed! Melanie is accompanied by drummer/husband, Rob Chaunce, bassist Andy Herr, and possibly other very special guests!

Melanie hails from a musical family, comprising of a jazz drummer, a music teacher, an opera singer, and a Broadway performer. While studying music she was the featured Jazz Singer with the Western State Big Band. She later traveled to Cuba with her world music group, “Gaia Roots” numerous times, where she studied Salsa and Latin percussive styles, which still influence her songwriting and composing.
She is inspired by her love of the earth and its oceans, her interest in sailing, ocean themed mythology, and the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard ~ which are all popular themes in her music.

Singer, songwriter Kim Hilliard has been playing guitar since the age of thirteen, a self taught musician, she plays guitar, bass, drums, since 2011 has been learning to play the piano, and most recently is learning harmonium and Hindi to enhance her chanting and mantra practice.

Kim has played with numerous local bands since the 1990’s, including The Endorfins, Byrd and Felicia Taylor, Moneyshot, and Sugarbowl, performed regularly at the legendary Wintertide Coffee House, where she managed the open mic evening for several years, and has appeared live on several radio stations across the country and in many music venues on Martha’s Vineyard.

Kim plays her own original music, folk/rock covers, and has released several music videos, and three CD’s. She has contributed to compilations featuring island musicians, such as Save Our Woods, WVVY Radio, and Rick Bausman’s Die Kunst Der Drum, amongst others.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11th … from 6:30 to 9:00PM
Music Starts 7PM

Free Admission / All Welcome