When Larissa plays solo, on the keys back home in Austin, she is often called “Norah Jones on Fire.” However, Larissa’s diverse songwriting styles connects with a broad spectrum of music lovers while Larissa’s musical style has transformed from classical to jazzy to pop to R&B over the years. This evolution is due to her past eclectic music experiences. She was trained as a classical pianist from the age of three, and since then, she has toured with & managed her own band, joined the well established rock band called Burn, and attended Texas State University for a music education that encompassed both Classical and Jazz vocal training.
Artists often used to describe Larissa’s solo musical performance on the piano include Colbie Caillat, Sarah McLachlan & Sara Bareilles.
In the past year, Larissa’s song “Je T’aime” aired on commercials for B & H Music Stores. These commercials are appearing on MTV, VH1, SPK, NICK, FXNC, SFI, & ENT in the Houston, Texas area.
Larissa’s music has received radio play all over the US, England, France and Germany. Austin’s biggest rock station, 101X, recently added tracks from her first album to their Sunday morning “Chillville” segments.
In addition to Larissa’s resume, song, “Je T’aime” had been featured in the New York independent film “Dykeotomies,” she was also commissioned by 40/20 Productions to co-write the theme song for the upcoming Austin independent film “Lost in Sunshine.”
“Je T’aime” will also be featured in the upcoming film, “Until I See You Again”: from the two-time Emmy-award winning producer of the hit TV shows Felicity and Alias.
Just before the Hello album release, Larissa’s song “Thoughts Of You” was featured on a trailer for CBS’s Primetime show Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt!
Larissa recently completed production in the studio working with HeLLo YOung Productions on her most recent album entitled Hello, with guest rappers including Young Mischiff and well known radio artist Ray C. On album, Hello, you will find that Larissa blends Hip-Hop beats with sexy, ethereal vocals to mold a unique new urban Trip-Hop/Pop/R&B sound.
In December of 2008, Larissa released, I’ve Found You, a side project E.P. of both jazzy and “Latin flavored” music, incorporating Flamenco, Salsa, Bossa Nova , and Samba beats to create an exciting “Norah Jones goes Latin” sound. With Larissa writing French lyrics and featuring players from the world renown Latin groups including Cienfuegos and Grammy-nominated Grupo Fantasma, these tracks are a refreshing new approach in Larissa’s music career.
After 4 months of arduous dance rehearsals, October meant the completion of Larissa’s new music video for her fan-favorite song “Thoughts Of You.” The video showcased 16 professional dancers and Larissa playing the piano backwards with her toes.
In November of 2009, at the Music Video Premiere Party, Larissa Ness along with a drummer, DJ, vocal percussionist, and two backup singers, performed a live show with selections from her Hello album to a vibrant crowd of 350 people shoulder-to-shoulder at the Phoenix in Austin TX. The performance featured rapper Young Mischiff, BET rap artist Ray C, and Larissa playing solo flute during her song “Running.”
With 5 albums capturing Larissa’s growth as an artist, Larissa will begin a heavy promotional assault on the music industry with album, Hello. Hello will continue to reach TV and film placement as well as video and radio play. Ultimately, Larissa wants to bring inspiration and motivation to those who are striving to make a career doing what it is that they love.
Fans can stay up to date on Larissa’s progress and upcoming events, including show dates, upcoming music videos, and special events by visiting her website www.LarissaNess.com
Live performance footage and Music Video outtakes can be seen on YouTube.
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What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
Set up: PA & keyboard can be provided for an extra fee, if there is not an acoustic Grand Piano on site.
Wedding Ceremony music: Everything from Traditional instrumental Wedding songs to more Modern requests. (ie. The Bridal Chorus, The Wedding March, Air from the Water Music Suite, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, etc.)
For Dinner Receptions or other events, a music repertoire with a wide variety of genres is available:
Classical favorites (ie. Fur Elise, Clair de Lune, Charlie Brown Theme), Jazz Standards, and/or Larissa's original LOVE songs (Adult Contemporary/Piano pop/Jazzy with both English & FRENCH lyrics).
Also ask about pricing for a one of a kind ORIGINAL song to be written ESPECIALLY for the wedding couple. (This would include a special CD, with THE "specialty song" on it, for the couple to remember their wedding by. The song would be professionally recorded and personally performed by songwriter Larissa Ness.) A great and unique addition to your wedding photo album!
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