Avi Wisnia presents a refreshingly eclectic mix of original songs and inventive covers, inspired by Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 50’s west-coast jazz, and contemporary pop. His clever lyrics give a knowing nod to his contemporaries, while his smooth vocals and deft piano skills assure you that this truly is something new.
Touring in support of his debut album of the same name, Avi has performed in prestigious venues around the world – from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to The Kennedy Center in Washington to international concerts in Warsaw and Rio de Janeiro.
His latest single, Sky Blue Sky, was recorded via satellite between Philadelphia and Brazil, winning recognition from the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Competition. In addition to being a performing songwriter, Avi Wisnia has also given a TED talk about “The Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova” and performed with The Moth storytellers. Here's a little taste of what folks have to say about Avi…
“Think acoustic Americana with Brazilian bossa nova. Drink a caipirinha, and enjoy the sounds that originated in warmer climates.” — The L Magazine
“Jazzy singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia has a Ben Folds-y way of weaving stories into his piano-driven songs.” — Time Out New York
“Gloriously summery jazz-soul fusion, awash with shiny pianos and smooth vocals – a little like an acoustic Maroon 5, but with more Bossa Nova, more attitude, and more talent in his little finger.” — Subba-Cultcha
"Without hesitation, Avi Wisnia. No question about it. He’s just fun to watch. He’s personable, he gives 110% every time (we’ve seen him several times this year). He’s gracious, talented, easy going, and loves to entertain. We can’t wait to host him again." Linda Bolton (NJ House Concert host)