Midwestern bred, Burlington, Vermont based singer//mulit-instrumentalist Cynthia Braren is a composer, poet, and leader of the Thea Wren Band. Her original music has created a growing following for its cool vibe, unique harmonies and relate-able lyrics. Sublty rooted in Jazz from decades as a Jazz vocalist, her first upcoming, all original EP In Between (summer 2019), turns the tide with a new vibe of soulful, Hip Hop, Rock, with a few nods to her jazz heritage.
Drawing her inspiration from life’s stories, intricacies and changing times, Braren weaves powerful rhythms and melodies with lyrics for the soul. Her engaging performances are the culmination of a life long calling to connect with people through writing, music and performance. Supported by her amazing team; Ezra Oklan on drums, Jeremy Mendicino on guitar and bass, Chris Hawthorn on synth, and Peter Krag on keys, Thea Wren’s shows will have you on your feet and lift you up.
Our performances have taken us all around the state of Vermont, as well as into New York. We were featured on the Top Block Stage at the 2015 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and showcased at the Flynn Theatre's, Flynn Space as part of Burlington's 2015 and 2016 First Night New Years Eve Celebrations, playing to sold out crowds both years, and culminating in an exciting run of 10 shows during the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, 2017 and 2018.
The new link to my original compositions for film and live performance is an additional project where I am currently working towards building my repertoire. With this link you can listen to my first 2 compositions in this area. Both were engineered and produced my Colin McCaffrey at the Green Room in Plainfield, VT. I was lucky to have some amazing musicians on these recordings including Jeremiah McClane on accordion and Chris Page (now with the Tenderbellies) on guitar. Notably, I was recently chosen to play them both with a full orchestra and received rave reviews. I look forward to ongoing opportunities to write fresh music for film and theatre. Have a listen! I hope you enjoy them and can visualize the screenplays that they could play out under.
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