Anna-Maria Violich

- Lead Vocals

Anna-Maria was born in Caracas, Venezuela and grew up in Ciudad Bolivar, the capital of Bolivar state. 

Her musical training began in her native country by singing the folk music of Venezuela. In Caracas she was part of the choir of the Sociology Department at the Central University of Venezuela. She also received folkloric singing lessons with Jesus Rondon at the Bigott Foundation (Venezuela’s Folkloric Institute). 

In 1996 after her arrival in California, she began her college studies at Cabrillo College and continued at UCLA, where she obtained a B.A. in Ethnomusicology in 2001. While at UCLA she was a member of the renowned Bulgarian Women’s Vocal Ensemble and participated in the traditional Afro-Cuban ensemble, Los Angelitos. 

Upon her return to the Bay area in 2003, Anna-Maria obtained a Masters in Education at New College of California and is currently a Spanish bilingual classroom teacher. Through the teaching of core curriculum, she has incorporated the study of traditional music from Venezuela and other cultures. 

In June 2006 Anna-Maria traveled to Venezuela to receive Afro-Venezuelan percussion classes with master musician Alexander Livinali and singing lessons with Sobeida Martinez master vocalist who performed with Vasallos del Sol. 

Anna-Maria has performed with Venezuelan Master Guitarist Aquiles Baez and Bay Area Venezuelan vocalist Rennea Couttenye. She has also performed with bay area based Puerto Rican Bomba group Cacique y Kongo as a backup vocalist. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Venezuelan Music Project, one of the only Venezuelan Folkloric Music bands in the bay area, founded and led by Jackeline Rago.