Monica Demarco lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in Piano Performance and Theory/Composition.
She loves creating and working in the wide open sky and desert atmosphere. Her compositions as an art music composer have won numerous awards, such as the Scott Wilkinson Composition Contest at UNM in 2008 for the piece Las Hijas de la Chingada and again in 2009 for the piece Fray.Demarco’s work is widely varied in content and style. In describing her work Demarco says:
“The most important thing about art to me is that it is an honest representation of the artists’ unique perspective. I want to hear that individual’s voice and experience what new ideas they have to bring to the table. In my own work I strive to be as honest about my current experience as I can be, following my own creative intuitions and interests even if they are controversial or unpopular.”
Demarco's work is a compilation of all the styles she works on as a musician from rock/pop to classical influences. She enjoys collaboration with many different artistic disciplines including dance, theatre and visual art. More detailed descriptions of collaborative works can be found here.She owns the Vivace Music Piano Studio in Albuquerque, a studio dedicated to developing creativity and passion for music for students of all ages and musical backgrounds. As a teacher Demarco strives to help develop “musicians who are independent thinkers and understand what music means to their lives and communities. “ The studio strives to be a place that is open and welcoming to the Albuquerque community. More information on the business can be found here.
She also performs with her band Ya Ya Boom all across the United States. In March 2011, Ya Ya Boom performed in Austin's South by Southwest. The group continues to grow and develop and is a major part of Monica's musical life. More information about the group can be found at YaYaBoom.com.Demarco's side work includes working with the internationally know act The Red Elvises. She will be on a 2 month tour with the group through June and July of 2011.
She is excited to be releasing her first solo album, a patchwork quilt of all that she has learned as a classical, experimental and rock n' roll musician. The disc will be available for free download by the end of May 2011.