CapitalBop’s artist residency returns with Amy Bormet’s AMYANA

Before the pandemic, CapitalBop’s Spotlight Residency was a monthly showcase of D.C.’s most innovative bandleaders, presenting two nights of their music at Local 16 on U Street. As luck would have it, we had planned to take March 2020 off, and to resume with an April presentation of AmyAna, a band fronted by D.C. pianist Amy K. Bormet and her collaborator, drummer Ana Barreiro.

But we all know how March 2020 went down.

With two years of rescheduled shows and virtual concerts behind us, we are beyond excited to announce that AmyAna will be our first D.C. residency to return in person. Amy and co. will perform a public concert at Pen Arts (The National League of American Pen Women) this Saturday, March 5, at 7pm. This iteration of AmyAna is filled out by two D.C. stalwarts, bassist Karine Chapdelaine and guitarist Matt Dievendorf, and Los-Angeles-based saxophonist David Wise, an original member of the band.

Tickets are available now at!

AmyAna is a passion project co-led by pianist Amy K. Bormet and drummer Ana Barreiro. The two met in Los Angeles during a stint Bormet spent there, and they quickly found kinship as both friends and bandmates. Bormet’s forceful and deliberate touch on the keys is a natural fit to Barreiro’s virtuosic, disciplined approach to the drum kit, and the original compositions of the group rely on the musical chemistry between the two.

Following the release of its 2018 self-titled debut record, the band coasted to the finals of the DC JazzFest’s DC Jazz Prix, and since then have been a coiled spring waiting to let loose. Come see that momentum live with us!

This presentation is one of a handful of rescheduled shows that comprise our SPRING 2022 season. (Keep your ears open for a full-season announcement next week.) We hope to see you on Saturday at Pen Arts — and at each of our knockout shows all spring.



About Jamie Sandel

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Jamie is an organizer, musician and multimedia creative. He is a native of Silver Spring, MD, and returned to the D.C. area in 2018 after some time in Massachusetts, where he assisted the Amherst College Concert Office and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with a degree in music from Amherst College. Reach Jamie at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wjsandel.

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