Aurora Ave. formed only a few months into the pandemic, honing their bright indie-rock pop songs in backyards and under carports. A culmination of the diverse music tastes of its members, Aurora Avenue blends their influences seamlessly into a sprawling, unique sound. Aurora Ave. is heading into 2022 strong as alumni of MoPop's SOUNDOFF 2021, playing as finalists in the Shorelake Battle of the Bands, and releasing their debut album "Aurora Avenue" at the end of 2021.
Seattle natives, Hank Sebring (14), Henry Wine (14) and Diego Sotelo (15) began playing music as soon as they could pick up instruments. Now teenagers, Hank is first a classical violinist, Henry a jazz pianist, and Diego a jazz clarinetist. Together they are The Geoducks. The trio deliver a lively set of original and traditional tunes, drawing crowds at music festivals and events around the Pacific Northwest. The Geoducks have played to foot stomping audiences on stages at The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop, Sixknot Ciderhouse in Winthrop, while opening for the bands Pete’s Posse and Mud Junket, and at farmers markets throughout Seattle and beyond.
Osvaldo Ribas, 15, has played violin for eleven years, but has been captivated by guitar for longer than he can remember. In 6th grade he discovered Andrew Foy’s fingerstyle arrangement of Despacito. Since then, he focused on fingerstyle guitar and discovered more artists like Sungha Jung, Luca Stricagnoli and Marcin Patrzalek. Osvaldo continues to learn and expand his musical interests. Currently he’s learning to play Flamenco and his favorite music to listen to is Reggaeton.
Priyal Sahai is a 17 year old senior in high school, dancing queen and singer-songwriter. Her music is centered around storytelling, with the goal of impacting just one person with each song. Priyal dabbles in piano, though she’s primarily a jazz singer as well as has a diploma in Hindustani Classical Music. Priyal is thrilled that she will be attending NYU Tisch in the fall of 2022 as a musical theater double-major with political science! She was last seen at the Moore in DANCE This 2015 and 2019. She was also honored to be an STG Young Ambassador from 2019-2021. Outside of singing, songwriting, and piano, Priyal choreographs, acts and is making her directorial debut this year with Interlake High School’s Taste of Broadway! She hopes her music makes you feel something.
Vocalist Samara Reign is 18 years old, yet she has been singing since the young age of 4. She began singing in public with her church choir at 11. Starting at 13, she began working with Teen Summer Musical. Samara continues to sing with her church and sings regularly at events around the area. She is currently working on making her own music and aims to continue sharing her art with the local community and beyond!
Shemar is artist/stage performer. He was first brought onstage in school plays and musicals. He went on to be a part of the Teen Summer Musical in “Snow White and the Seven,” “Peter Pan,” “The Wiz,” and “Cinderella.” In his freshman year of high school at Garfield High School, he was introduced to a recording arts course that gave him his first experience with recording vocals and mixing a track. He took these skills with him to Franklin High where he graduated and was able to attract the attention of local artist Mike Davis. Shemar would be the first person he’d look to for opening acts and would eventually be the first one to give him a paid rap gig. After receiving a home studio setup for Christmas in 2017, he would go on to release his first EP, “Suddenly Shemar”. Shemar was also part of STG’s inaugural ELEVATE program.
2022 Music Director
MIKE ELIZONDO IS A GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING PRODUCER, SONGWRITER, AND MUSICIAN who has collaborated with major artists across many genres. In addition to an 11-year partnership with Dr. Dre, Elizondo has produced songs for Eminem, Carrie Underwood, NF, Fiona Apple, 50 Cent, Keith Urban, Twenty-One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, Gary Clark Jr., and Regina Spektor. In 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda asked him to produce three songs on the Hamilton Mixtape. His recent productions include Rag'n'Bone Man, Turnstile, Joy Oladokun, Jonas Brothers and reuniting with Lin-Manuel Miranda to co-produce the music for Disney’s ENCANTO. www.noexpectationsmusic.com/mike-elizondo
Mike Elizondo will mentor and perform alongside the artists in this year's 21st annual More Music @ The Moore. The performance on March 25, 2022 will feature exceptional young musicians mixing up diverse music styles showcasing the future of Seattle music. This dynamic performance celebrates the rich talent of top young artists in our community and provides these musicians, regardless of what style they play, the opportunity to make music together.
What is More Music @ The Moore?
For 20 years, More Music @ The Moore has featured exceptional young musicians mixing up diverse music styles with the opportunity to learn through group collaborations, mentorships from music industry professionals, as well as opportunities for production and promotional support. The program culminates with a live performance by the artists, joined by a renowned Music Director.
More Music @ The Moore 2002- 2020:
35,000 Audience Members
600 Young Musician Participants
55+ Genres/cultural styles
8 Music Directors
Genres have included:
A Cappella, Acoustic Pop, Ambient, Americana, Bluegrass, Brass Band, Celtic Folk , Chinese Erhu, Classical, Contemporary Classic, Country, Electronic, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Filipino Gospel, Fingerstyle Guitar, Folk, Folk Harp, Funk, Gospel, Grunge, Hard Rock, Hip Hop, Indian Classical, Indie, Industrial, Jamaican Reggae, Japanese Classical, Japanese Taiko, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin Chant, Mariachi, Metal, Musical Theatre, Neo-Soul, New Age, Opera, Percussion, Pop, Progressive Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Roots, Russian Gypsy, Samoan, Scottish Fiddle, Singer-Songwriter, Ska, Soul, Spoken Word, Steel Pan, Techno, Theatrical percussion, Tibetan Opera, Tongan, Vietnamese Pop, Zimbabwean Marimba
As part of Moore Music @ The Moore, young artists have collaborated and performed with:
The Roots, Robert Glasper, Sheila E., Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Mike McCready, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael Shrieve, Alan White, Maya Rudolph (Princess), and more!
Previous music industry mentors include:
Dr. Carlene Brown, Michael Shrieve, Ernestine Anderson, Bernadette Bascom, Jovino Santos Neto, Alan White, Dave Dederer, Ryan "Nails" Leyva, Jeff Fielder, Derrick Hodge, Ricardo Frazer, Wael “L” Abou-Zaki, Jill Wangsgard, Andrew Joslyn, SassyBlack, Faustine Hudson, Shaina Shepherd, Chong the Nomad, Megan Tweed, Sean Majors, Meli Darby, Kevin Sur, Adra Boo, Jonathan Plum, Jason Clackley, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Dan Droz, Shaina Foley, Sendai Mike and more! (previous music directors are listed below)
Past participants include:
Macklemore, ParisAlexa, Otieno Terry, Austin Jenckes, Emily Randolph of NBC’s "The Voice," international Opera star J'Nai Bridges, Benicio Bryant of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” members of Thunderpussy, members of Industrial Revelation, members of Blake Lewis' band, members of Visqueen, and numerous other touring artists, music teachers, and music professionals.