a new ​festival experience.

Addi McDaniel, “a dynamo with a brass plated voice” (The Los Angeles Times), and “exceptionally virtuosic and sensitive harpist” (Classical Source Online) Jacqueline Kerrod join forces to bring you a sound that "transcends genre, unlike anything you've heard before” (Bob Power, Grammy-winning producer).

With nothing but a rehearsal room, a harp and a voice, New York City-based duo Addi and Jacq have created a diverse and compelling body of music. Their songs span pop, jazz, folk, R&B and more. Some buzz with quick vocals and smart rhymes, while others bubble slowly with blended voices, though all are grounded by skilled writing, singing and playing.

Collectively Addi McDaniel and Jacqueline Kerrod have performed all over NYC including Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Birdland & Joe’s Pub. Their debut album Less Likely Places was released April 2014. They were voted “best emerging band in New York City” as winners of the 2015 Battle of the Boroughs hosted by NPR-WNYC.

About jacq, harpist

Origin: Johannesburg, South Africa
Education: Yale University School of Music
Teacher: Nancy Allen

Jacqueline Kerrod maintains a varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has played as a member of the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater, American Symphony and the American Composers orchestras. She has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed for various Broadway and off Broadway shows (Cinderella, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, The Fantasticks and DonnyBrook!).

An active advocate of contemporary music, Jacqueline is a member of the American Modern Ensemble (AME) and has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea Chamber Ensemble, Either/Or, Wet Ink and Argento Chamber Ensemble. As a native South African, she is passionate about commissioning and performing music written by South African composers and has performed over a dozen works written for her.

about addi, vocalist

Origin: St. Augustine, Florida

New York-based songwriter and actress Addi McDaniel made her NYC debut playing Luisa in The Fantasticks currently running Off-­Broadway. She made her on-camera debut starring in a People’s Choice Award winning short film, Stripes. She has performed leading roles at South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, and North Shore Music Theatre. She has performed featured roles at The Guthrie and The Dallas Theater Center. Favorite credits include leading a cast of 5 as Monica in the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Cloudlands, (written by Adam Gwon/Octavio Solis) and Gabriella Montez in Disney’s High  School  Musical.  

addi + JACQ