The Artsy Jumbo | Renaissance woman Mariah Gruner explores musical sounds, fiber art, academia
Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 14, 2013 02:03
Senior Mariah Gruner, a member of the Jackson Jills, has been singing since she was four. From taking lessons at a young age to starting a folk-punk band in high school called “Petite Histoire,” Gruner has filled her life with music.
In her freshman year at Tufts, Gruner joined Tufts’ all-female a cappella group the Jackson Jills on a whim and has been with the “Jills” ever since.
More recently, however, Gruner has been venturing out on her own — she recently put up a 12-song cover album on the Internet.
“It’s so easy to start an artist page on Bandcamp,” she said about her most recent venture. “People can pay what they want to download the album or they can get it for free.”
Many of the cover songs on the album are sung a cappella.
“In terms of instruments, I feel most in control of my voice. I think a lot of singers forget that their voice is an instrument,” she said.
Beyond music, Gruner also makes jewelry, sews, knits and collages.
“For me, it doesn’t make sense to use just one medium,” she explained.
As for the future, Gruner is looking towards teaching while making time for her various musical and artistic ventures.
You can check out her album at www.mariahrose.bandcamp.com and see her perform with the Jackson Jills throughout the spring.