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Music in the hands of an Optimist.

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Guitarist Zabdiel Alvarado and oboist/singer/songwriter Lydia Consilvio came together as graduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park. Molecular biologist Zabdiel comes from sunny Puerto Rico and began playing guitar at age twelve. His swift adaptability and good ear is rooted in years of playing in church as the instrumental leader. Zabdiel can learn music after just a couple of hearings and is able to transpose on the spot. This is paired with his classical training and ability to read as well.

Zabdiel has also dabbled in music composition and production. He enjoys using his training to help bring musical dreams to light.

Oboist Lydia Consilvio is from the quaint New England area and has been singing for as long as she has been speaking. She started her musical training with eleven years of piano lessons starting in the second grade. As a classical piano pupil, she had an affinity for jazz. She surprised audiences as a little girl when she would perform ragtime numbers with criss-crossed hands. Lydia has been known to tend towards the unexpected.

Lydia began playing the oboe in seventh grade and has continued to pursue it professionally at the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music. She was a soprano in the Christ Church Schola Cantorum while attending Eastman.

Lydia started writing songs in high school and had the opportunity to perform one of them for distinguished songwriter Kara DioGuardi in 2015. She was recognized as a semifinalist in the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards and received Honorable Mention in UMD’s State Song Lyric Competition in 2018. She recently performed her song “Craving a Heartbreak” with rapper Konshens the MC in a live show at One Love Massive HQ.

Zabdiel and Lydia plan to produce and release an album which explores a lighthearted style of Lydia’s writing. They will continue to embark on a musical journey of composition, stretching the boundaries of genres, and using the guitar, voice, and oboe/English horn to create a unique sound. They look forward to performing at intimate venues in the D.C. area.

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