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Zambri performing live at Pianos in New York City, April 2011
Zambri performing live at Pianos in New York City, April 2011
Background information
OriginNew York, NY, United States
Genresexperimental pop, alternative, electronic
Years active2008–present

Zambri is the New York City based experimental music project of sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica Zambri.[1] The duo write and produce the entirety of recorded material. Drummer Seth Kasper and multi-instrumentalist Will Spitz complete the group's live lineup.

Zambri's first live show in its current lineup occurred on September 12, 2010 at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.[2] Many positive live reviews circulated shortly after the band's first performances in New York City and Brooklyn. Cristi Jo and Jessica toured south to Austin, TX in March, 2011 to perform several shows as featured vocalists with Hooray For Earth at Austin's yearly SXSW Festival.[3][4]

The group have released a handful of internet downloads, notably a collaboration with Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot on the song "Carry".[5] Additionally, the sisters have released several remixes of other artists' work, including tracks by Denmark's Oh No Ono and Grammy Award-winning group Arcade Fire.[6][7]

In December 2009, FACT Magazine featured a download of "From The Starts".[8]

Cristi Jo and Jessica have been frequently featured online wearing clothing by New York fashion designer SENA.[9]

Alan Yaspan of Brooklyn-based Popgun Booking says: "The intense noisy progressive pop created by Zambri is as shimmering as it is foreboding. They have addictive, approachable melodies as well as perplexing production and complex song constructions that reward the listener's curiosity. The 80’s are strong with this female duet, as hints of The Cure, Kate Bush, and Giorgio Moroder often noticeable, yet Zambri’s ambition and use of sonic wizardry put them amongst the most forward thinking artists in New York City".[10]

In Nov 2011, Kanine Records released the sisters' debut EP of self-produced material, Glossolalia. Kanine calls it "a first introduction into the world of Cristi Jo & Jessica Zambri".[11] Zambri says about the EP: "It’s really the first time, besides being in fifth grade, we’re putting music out together." [12]

Following the release of Glossolalia, popular music site Stereogum featured Zambri as their "Band To Watch" in November.[13]

Glossolalia EP produced two music videos, "On Call" and "To Keep Back".[14][15]

Debut full-length House Of Baasa was announced in early 2012 with three singles, "ICBYS", "Places" and "Hundred Hearts", released in anticipation of the album.[16][17][18] SPIN Magazine premiered an "ICBYS" music video.[19]

The group was well received at 2012's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX making appearances at several events including those hosted by SPIN, Under The Radar, Stereogum and Buzz Media.[20][21]

Kanine Records released House Of Baasa on April 10, 2012. VICE-run music site Noisey hosted a stream of the record on their site the day before release.[22]


  1. ^ "((Zambri)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts". Oh My Rockness. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 7, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Redfern, Mark. "Shure Presents the Under the Radar SXSW 2011 Party Recap – Okkervil River and More | Under the Radar - Music Magazine". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  4. ^ "WEIRD MAGIC: sxsw photo journo: day 2". 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  5. ^ Escobedo, Julianne (2010-09-21). "Zambri f. Jon from Bear in Heaven, "Carry" MP3". The Fader. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  6. ^ "Stream Zambri's Oh No Ono Remix | Sentimentalist Magazine". 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ FACT (2009-12-29). "Zambri: 'From the Starts' - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  9. ^ Peter Vidani. "Sena In Nyc". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  10. ^ "Santospartyhouse.Com". Santospartyhouse.Com. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  11. ^ Date (2012-04-10). "Kanine Records". Kanine Records. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  12. ^ mtv (2011-11-14). "Zambri's Electro-Pop Soundtrack for an Unknown Movie - MTV". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  13. ^ "Band To Watch: Zambri". Stereogum. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  14. ^ "Zambri – "To Keep Back" Video (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  15. ^ Roffman, Michael (2011-09-09). "Video: Zambri – "On Call" (CoS Premiere)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  16. ^ "Zambri – "ICBYS" (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  17. ^ "Media - MP3: Zambri Takes You On An Electronic Dream In "Places" (FILTER Exclusive)". FILTER Magazine. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  18. ^ "Zambri – "Hundred Hearts"". Stereogum. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  19. ^ SPIN (2012-02-02). "Video Premiere: Zambri's Eerie 'ICBYS'". SPIN. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  20. ^ Cooper, Margot. "Greetings from Zambri at Under the Radar's SXSW 2012 Party | Under the Radar - Music Magazine". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  21. ^ SPIN (2012-03-17). "Cloud Nothings SPIN". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
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