Greta Bro first began singing and performing in high school in the late 60’s in musicals and as the lead singer with a peer soul/rock band. While in college in Vermont, she supported herself singing with an acoustic soul, pop and jazz group called Cold Mountain Trio. In the late 70’s she moved to Brooklyn, NY and organized and led her first world beat band, Pass It On, which quickly became a popular Park Slope party band.
In the early 80’s while Greta was recovering from major illness, she moved to the Boston area to attend graduate school in Expressive Arts Therapies and Counseling Psychology at Lesley University. Not long after moving to Boston she began singing with The Stan Strickland Group. She also began working as a music therapist and expressive therapist with people living with terminal illness. She would employ carefully chosen pieces of music and read poetry to help relieve physical symptoms and address the ultimate issues that arise when people face death and dying.
She wrote her graduate thesis on transformational theater and in her final year at Lesley she coached, directed and co-created an original multi-media theater piece through an independent living project in the Boston area for people living with MS,The piece incorporated music, dance and theater to express some of the challenges they were facing in their lives and culminated in performances at The Open Theatre Project in Boston for a sold out audience.
After graduating she worked at Cambridge Friend’s School in Cambridge, MA with middle school youth helping them create original, peer theater pieces that told their stories using contemporary dance, music, costume and staging that were then performed for families, teachers and classmates.
In the mid to late 80’s Greta once again struggled with debilitating auto-immune illness and went deeper into the transformational and healing properties of music, sound, toning and chant. She was able to heal the illness completely in part by immersing herself in sound and energy which helped her release trauma and clear blocked energy that contributed to the illness.
In the 90’s Greta she started new band, The Color of Sound, with Baron Browne on bass, Syd Smart on percussion, Sarah Mendelsohn on drums and vocals,Tony Pearson on guitar and guest soloists like saxophonist, Stan Strickland and guitarist, Leo Quintero. The band focused on global music, jazz and soul but this time Greta began writing much of the music herself.
Greta calls her current project, WOKE, with Stan Strickland on sax and flute, Josh Rosen on piano and Akili Jamal Haynes on bass, trumpet and percussion. Greta’s lifelong exploration of the sacred and transformational properties of music and story are at the heart of her current composing.
She continues to explore inspirational music genres such as sacred jazz, bossa nova, Hindustani, kirtan, latin, reggae, island and world pop. Her lyrics skillfully capture the rapture and struggles of the human condition. Greta performs at clubs, colleges, sacred sound events, house concerts, fundraisers and wellness programs at holistic centers.She has played a variety of festivals including the renowned Ibitipoca Jazz Festival, in Ibitipoca, Minas Gerais, Brazil where she has been invited to perform six times.
Greta has directed and co-created many multi-media theater pieces. Her most recent endeavor, The Hibakusha Piece Project, co-developed and performed with Jane Bernhardt, wove the stories of survivors of the A-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki into a tapestry of theater, movement, Greta’s original music and visual art. It was lauded by audience and critics as “transformational theater at its best.”
Greta’s soulful and sensual vocal style and her intensely personal approach to performing has brought her strong rapport with audiences from clubs to festivals to house concerts to college campuses. She has the ability to make each member of the audience feel as if she is singing to them alone. Her independent CD, Love’s Song, has pleased audiences across the US, Brazil, Sweden and France. The Boston Herald’s Larry Katz wrote,”The unforced sincerity and soulfulness of Greta Bro’s voice will touch you deep inside. Absolutely lovely.”
Over the years Greta has performed with gifted musicians like Stan Strickland, Bob Moses, Baron Browne, Dudu Lima, John Macdowell, Omar Gonan-Haela, Leo Qunitero, Mike Rivard, Peter Meyer, Hermanes Abreu, Ricardo Frota, Cyril Latruc, Mishaal Alomar, Syd Smart, Brad Hatfield, Wes Wirth, John Hicks, Sarah Mendelsohn and Ruthie Ristich. She’s opened for musicians such as Stan Strickland, Hermanes Abreu, John MacDowell, Carioca Freitas, Juarez Cariocca and Azymuth.