Updated: Sep 30
Roni Zagoria is a singer, pianist, songwriter and band leader living in
performs solo as part of her “Pajammin” live stream series. She is a true
creative powerhouse behind the keys and on the mic, while also being an
incredibly warm and genuine community leader. This spring’s quarantine
and shut down of live music forced her to pivot to streaming as a
practical necessity and that success is now translating into opportunities
that Roni intends to direct towards her bands.
On Wednesday July 15th we spoke about her creative process and approach to leadership.
Throughout our discussion the idea of community participation rooted in
genuine passion for music and people was omnipresent. This passionate
approach to being a resource to the Colorado Music scene, more than any
other principle, seems to be the driving force behind her success as a solo
artist and band leader.
The correlation between an effective band and a family is perhaps so
common as to be overstated. However, that association has never been
more appropriate or relevant with Roni in charge. In our discussion the
concept of creating an embracing and constructive environment for the
people and their creativity was central. This approach goes well beyond
her Southern lineage and speaks to the integrity of her intent, building
genuine and lasting friendships with her team.
Over years of leading, the jam/ rock band Zagriculture, a culture of family has united the team in the pursuit of a unified goal. That goal being creating engaging, period
defining original songs. Growing community on any level requires a lot of
service and sacrifice born of passion and tempered by consistency; these
acts are often overlooked but are what drive any healthy group dynamic.
Zagriculture has been Roni’s long-term project, and the prime space to
execute her approach to team building and idiosyncratic creativity.
Over time there has been a maintained focus on nurturing the individuals involved in the team, and this is especially true for new additions. Practice makes perfect, or darn close, because the group executes their exemplary sound with solidarity and intention.
The band navigates through a blend of alternative rock, funk, jam, and more, balancing
innovation and familiarity in an incredibly visceral sonic experience.
The future looks very promising for Zagriculture with plans that include studio
time and integrating the live band into the streaming environment.
Femistry is a recent all female super group formed in honor of National
Woman’s Day. The group includes Roni, Jessica Holloway, Jami McNeill,
Alana Dym, Sarah Mount, and they are a supergroup of talented and
assiduous musicians bringing action to the idea of ‘women helping
women”. Recently they were featured on Rocky Mountain Virtual with
more performances in discussion.
One of the most captivating things about Roni to me is her song writing
approach, which has the ability to be familiar while also being radically
unique. The focus on genuine creation and original compositions is
something I relate with and appreciate. Similarly spreading support and
fellowship in an effort to connect with genuine people is another effort
worthy of validation. Building and maintaining a team capable of success
and longevity takes a lot of sustained effort and dedication.
Trusting in the “Law of attraction” to bring the right people and pieces together is
often easier said than done. These efforts reflect the passion and
attention to detail that Roni applies to music, and I am very excited to
see where it will take her next.
written by Ross Sandlin
Jungle Ruckus Productions
(Blog Cover Photo Credit - Charla Harvey)