Having had unique and separate artistic paths, for the last 10 years, the voices of AnnMarie Milazzo and Tyley Ross have been intertwined in a series of projects that range from the popular to the operatic to the theatrical.
AnnMarie grew up in Vermont - just a short drive across the border from where Tyley lived in Ottawa, Canada. As life-long performers, they were both drawn into the New York arts scene and found themselves working in Broadway shows (AnnMarie in Bright Lights Big City, and Tyley in Miss Saigon and The Who's Tommy), touring as side-men for rock acts (AnnMarie with Santana, Angelique Kidjo and Jonatha Brooke) and recording their own singer-songwriter albums. In 2004, Tyley co-founded a rock-opera ensemble called the East Village Opera Company. After playing a few shows in New York's East Village they became darlings of the downtown scene. Somewhere along the way AnnMarie was invited to sing a duet with the group and magic was born on stage that night. She soon became a fixture in the band, sharing lead vocals with Tyley.
In 2005, they were signed to Universal Records and recorded The East Village Opera Company and the Grammy nominated Olde School. In that same year, they signed with Columbia Artists and toured nationally and internationally for 5 years, thrilling audiences worldwide with powerful vocals fronting a rock-opera sound. They were featured on national and international broadcasts including their own PBS special EVOC Live in St. Louis.
In 2008, AnnMarie and Tyley collaborated with modern dance icon David Parsons and developed an evening-length Multi-Media-Dance-Rock-Opera called Remember Me. For the next five years, they toured with the show throughout the USA, Asia, Mexico and South America. AnnMarie and Tyley worked with PBS once again, this time filming and broadcasting Remember Me.
While on the road with Remember Me, the duo envisioned a new musical project with a beautiful new approach to their signature classical musical blasphemy. They chose ten of their favorite classical arias to re-arrange and began re-imagining and re-invigorating them in modern and unexpected ways. Aria Electronica was born.
The album began as a four-song demo in Billy Stein's synthesizer-packed Strange Cranium Studios in NYC, but they were so excited with what they were creating that they quickly decided to extend the project into a full-length album. Stein came on as producer/engineer/synth-god, and they were joined by Nir Z on drums, John Clancy on percussion, Ben Butler on guitar, David Eggar on Cello, and once completed, the album was mixed by music legend Kevin Killen. The result - REDUX - is a lush and passionate album that pushes the limits of pop, rock and opera.