MoJa = Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun
“World-beat? More like world-wide badass!”
Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun have a sound all their own. Having influences from all over including Jazz, Funk, Worldbeat, Classical and more, to categorize their music is nearly impossible. In concert, their energy is powerful while still being delicate enough to dig deep into listeners’ hearts and make them weep. As a duo or with their full band, they are a strong force and continue to bring freshness to their fans.
Their new album, “The Hollow” was released in Europe in July 2015 and in the U.S. in December 2015. The album features their quartet, Pete Spaar on upright bass, Devonne Harris on drums & keys, and special guests including, accordionist, Thomas Lasko, French jazz guitarist, Stephane Wrembel, fretless bassist, Michael Manring, electric guitarist, Joe Lawlor, and vocalist, Ezra Hamilton. The group has played great venues and festivals across the country and internationally, including Club Bonafide (NYC), Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage (DC), Floyd Fest (VA), Smoky Hill River Festival (KS), Festival delle Colline (Italy), Musicastrada (Italy), and many others.
Morwenna Lasko – Violin & Vocals
Beginning to play music at the age of 3, Morwenna begged her mom for a violin after she saw Itzhak Perlman as a guest on Sesame Street. Throughout her childhood she was classically trained, and then went on to learn fiddle and gypsy swing tunes where she showcased her talents in her band with her father, Thomas Lasko (guitarist & accordionist). She graduated high-school a year early to attend Berklee College of Music, where she studied jazz. After college, she found her true voice in music, creating her own unique sound on the violin. Morwenna continues her studies to constantly grow her sound.
Jay Pun – Guitar
Bio coming soon
Peter Spaar – Upright Bass
Peter is the founder and bassist of the Free Bridge Quintet, U.Va.’s jazz quintet-in-residence. He is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Spaar maintains a very active freelance career as both a jazz and classical bassist.
Devonne Harris – Drums / Keys
Devonne specializes in RnB, Soul, HipHop, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Modern Jazz, Blues, Country, Easy Listening, and Rock-A-Billy. He leads his own team of HipHop writers known as Reeverb Entertainment. He’s played with local jazz figures like Lance Dickerson, Carl Lester, Justin Kauflin, Skip Gailes, Bob Hallahan, Charles Owens, Alan Parker, Jason Jenkins, and Marcus Tenney. He’s also performed with Amaury Acosta’s Unity, Robert Glasper, NOBS Brass Band, DJ Williams Projekt, Beast Wellington, New Belgians, Big Payback, Bryce McCormick, Ohbliv, Photosynthesizers, the Root Downs, Just Plain Sounds, and more. His work with Butcher Brown is also heard on the track by 50 cent, “50’s my Favorite”.
Special guests and extended fam…
Kelli Strawbridge – Drums
Bio coming soon
Ezra John – Vocals
Ezra John is a vocalist like none other. His wide range of sounds and musical stylings are a culmination of 20+ years of experience. He has shared the stage with some of the greatest names in music including: members of Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Randy houser, Dave Matthews Band, Daughtry, Everything & Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. As well as, Gavin DeGraw, Robert Randolph & Chris Whitley.