Chelsea Mazzotta and Brian Weaver met in 2010 when they were both music students at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Soon after, they began to collaborate for acoustic performances, most notably for Seton Hill’s annual “Love Notes” and "McKenna Melodies" concerts. In 2012, the pair joined forces again in Seton Hill University’s Jazz Combo. The combo, which included voice, drum set, bass, guitar, coronet, saxophone, trumpet, and hand percussion, would soon set the stage for the duo’s interest in jazz and acoustic covers.
Upon graduation, the pair wished to continue their work together and formed Briar Rose Acoustic Duo. This new duo specialized in acoustic re-interpretations of jazz, pop, oldies, country, and R&B favorites. Since it's inception, Briar Rose has performed for audiences in wineries, museums, restaurants, colleges and private settings.
Shortly thereafter, the pair took an interest in exploring a larger, fuller sound. In the fall of 2015, they founded “House of Leaves”. This new band specialized in jazz, blues, pop, and fusion music. With the addition of previous combo members Dave Henry on bass and Ben Wingrove on drum set, new possibilities arose. “House of Leaves” has played in venues including The Supper Club, Greenhouse Winery, and West Overton Museum’s Annual “Whiskey Smash” Event, among others.
In 2015, the duo released their first album, ""The Cover-Up", which featured songs from artists including Dolly Parton, Sam Smith, and Melody Gardot. The album was recorded at Seton Hill University and produced by David Sykut.
Chelsea Mazzotta and Brian Weaver continue to focus on creating unique and expressive acoustic covers for young and old alike. Today, Briar Rose Acoustic Duo performs in venues throughout the Pittsburgh area, expanding their reach to audiences all over Western Pennsylvania.
Photographer: Eric Wielock
Musicians: Chelsea Mazzotta and Brian Weaver