Beautiful & elegant music for your wedding or special event

MoonRise is a Boston-based musical duo featuring the beautiful and expressive violin playing of Jackie Damsky and the soulful and spirited piano work of Jonathan Leaning. Drawing on traditions of classical, jazz, Bossonova, Brazilian, popular, Jewish, Celtic, English country, and folk music, Moonrise can tailor our set lists to meet the needs of your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, corporate event or special function. Please listen to our audio samples for a sense of the musical warmth and style we can add to your affair.

MoonRise can also augment instrumentation by adding the acoustic guitar and electric bass playing talents of Bryan Tucker to meet the needs of your occasion. MoonRise is available as any of the following combinations:

Violin/Piano, Violin/Guitar, Guitar/Piano, Violin/Guitar/Piano, Violin/Piano/Bass and Piano/Bass

Please contact us for Booking, Pricing and all other Information.

Booking & information

Originally trained as a classical violinist, Jackie Damsky has developed a unique improvisational style over a range of genres including jazz, folk, blues, acoustic rock, and popular music. From halls and clubs to the recording studio, Jackie's warm and sweet, passionate and evocative violin playing leaves listeners profoundly effected and deeply moved. Jackie weaves a harmonic tapestry with her fellow musicians, adding depth, color, richness... and a little magic.

Jackie Damsky's live performances in the Boston area include Club Passim, The WUMB Folk Festival, The Paradise, Gilette Stadium, The Colonial Inn, Toad, the Bull Run Tavern, The House of Blues, The Stone Soup Coffee House, NEFFA Folk Festival, The Nameless Coffeehouse, Capo's, The Muse, Cafe Ziba, and The Java Room. She has also performed at The Bitter End in NYC and The Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Jonathan Leaning is a versatile keyboard player who performs a wide variety of styles including jazz, latin, folk, world, brazilian as well as classical music. Jonathan has played extensively with bands in Montreal and Boston, including performances for television, festivals, cafes, and other music venues. His spirited playing includes a broad repertoire of great songs to enliven occasions of all kinds. He is also a teacher of piano and guitar.

Bryan Tucker is a Boston-based guitarist and teacher. He has taught at the Boston Center for Adult Education and Newton North High School
and currently sees private students. His interests range broadly from jazz, blues, rock, and folk to classical music, and he especially enjoys the syncopation and melodies of boss nova. His early influences included Eric Clapton, for flatpicking, and Leo Kottke, for finger-style playing. In later years he developed a love for the standard jazz repertoire and particularly the finger-style method known as chord-melody, which allows full use of the instrument over the entire fretboard. His current influences include Paco de Lucia and Pat Metheny. He has performed at special events, gatherings and private school musical theater in the Boston area since the 1980’s.

Jonathan Leaning & Jackie Damsky

Audio Samples

All of Me
Autumn Leaves
Star of the County Down
Pachelbel Canon in D
Wedding March


















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