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Pittsford native Marye Lobb held a release party for her debut album Friday.

By Dan Goldman, staff writer
Ever since Marye Lobb graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School in 2001, she’s been traveling the globe.

“I felt like I was searching during a lot of this time,” said Lobb, who now lives in Manhattan. “I realized that the place where I feel most at home is in music. That way wherever I go, I’ll be at home because music is with me.”
Though music is her home, the singer/songwriter also made a trip to her literal hometown last week for a release party for her debut album, “Finding Home.” After holding release parties in New York City and Boston, Lobb said it only made sense for her to have one back home in Pittsford — Oct. 10 at Tasteology.

Lobb’s extensive travels are evident in the music on her album. It’s a fusion of Latin music from her time in South America, folk from her time in Asheville, N.C.; jazz and blues, among other influences.

“I hear so many different things,” she said. “I’m able to take them in and put them out again in my own way and own interpretation. The more I travel, the more I am influenced and the more unique art I get to put out.”

Lobb also holds a degree in professional music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Promoting her album hasn’t been limited to the Northeast — or even North America. Lobb promoted the album in parts of Brazil and Chile, where it caught on very quickly with those who heard her perform, she said. Two of the songs on the album are in Spanish, one is in Portuguese and yet another is a mix of Spanish and English — or “Spanglish” as she calls it.

Recently, Lobb started performing with Bossa Brasil, a Brazilian jazz group in New York City.

“She’s incredible,” said Mauricio de Souza, Bossa Brasil’s drummer. “I remember we actually got in touch through a guitar player and she sent me her material and I was really impressed. She’s a great writer and a great singer. I thought, ‘Man, this is going to create some great projects.’”

Since Lobb is still starting as a musician, she can’t take her band with her on the road, so she plays with local musicians. For the Pittsford release party, she reunited with some friends who are in the band DOJA.

The rehearsals were held right in her parents’ living room.

“It’s a real fun experience having rehearsals right here,” Lobb said last Tuesday. “My parents will be making food, it’s real laid back — a feeling you wouldn’t get in New York City.”

The CD is available online at CDbaby.com and digitally on iTunes and Digstation.com.

Contact Dan Goldman at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 270, or at dgoldman@messengerpostmedia.com.