- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2001

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Local folk singer Lisa Moscatiello has been a solo artist for barely five years but already has become a dominant force in the D.C. music scene. Fresh from four wins at the Washington Area Music Association Awards including artist of the year and album of the year Miss Moscatiello seems ready to live up to the acclaim that more than 20 local music awards have brought her.

She plays with folk vocalists Sloan Wainwright of New York and Terri Allard of Charlottesville tomorrow at the State Theatre in Falls Church.

Miss Moscatiello, 34,got her musical start from her parents while growing up in Arlington.

“I did a lot of singing in my church,” she says from her Takoma Park home. “My parents listened to a lot of opera, classical music, folk music.”

Those varied influences led her to the guitar at the age of 11, and she continued doing music part time while she studied history at Yale University. After graduating in 1988, she played with the folk-rock group the New St. George while working at the Library of Congress.

In 1996, after finishing her first solo album, “Innocent When You Dream,” she decided to pursue music full time. Her second album, “Second Avenue,” was released last spring, at the same time that Whirligig, the New York-based Celtic group with which she sings and plays, released its third album, “Spin.”

“It just happens to have my name on it, but there´s a lot of people who helped make it really special,” Miss Moscatiello says of her second album. She´s right 17 other musicians added their parts, from soprano saxophone to accordion and Celtic harp on different tracks but Miss Moscatiello´s alto is the common thread that pulls it all together.

She especially gives credit to guitarist Dave Chappell, bassist Rico Petruccelli and cellist Fred Lieder for helping round out her sound on the album. Though she alternates between playing solo and joining Whirligig on tour, she says her ultimate goal would be to have a venue where she could play a weekly gig with a full band, instead of playing several smaller shows.

“I think it´s going to be a little different than the shows I´ve done in the past,” she says of tomorrow's performance. “The atmosphere in the State Theatre is very exciting, and I think when you have these other two singers up there I think that will generate a lot of creativity and inspiration for everybody.”

Miss Moscatiello became a fan of both Miss Wainwright and Miss Allard from hearing their work on the folk-festival circuit. Because of their similar vocal ranges, she jokingly refers to the lineup as the “Three Altos.”

“I always like having other musicians on the bill with me,” she says. “I wanted to bring in groups that I thought my audience will like. I think we´re going to give the audience their money´s worth.”

WHAT: Lisa Moscatiello, Sloan Wainwright and Terri Allard

WHERE: The State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church.

WHEN: 8 p.m. tomorrow

TICKETS: $13

PHONE: 703/237-0300

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