Zoe Levitt is an Americana singer/songwriter and mandolinist currently splitting her time between Boston and Kathmandu. As a solo artist, she performs haunting originals, while as a mandolinist her recent collaborations include co-founding the Bluegrass & Nepali Folk fusion band Manaslu Blue and the all-female folk band Ama Yangri in Nepal. She currently performs in the US with the newly formed band Himalayan Highway, a collaboration continuing her efforts to bring together Nepali and American folk traditions. Zoe’s direct and powerful songs touch on everyday experiences and personal struggles; she uses as a platform to address social justice issues. With her haunting yet bittersweet voice, reminiscent of Natalie Merchant and Joni Mitchell, Zoe delivers lyrics of hope and resilience accompanied by gorgeous melodies.
Zoe grew up playing bluegrass with her father in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated with a degree in geology from MIT and moved to Nepal to pursue music — her journey was recently profiled by MIT News. She has performed at venues across the US and Nepal including at Club Passim, Moksh, MIT, and Berklee. She has collaborated with many well-known Nepali bands including Kutumba and Kanta dAb dAb. As a social justice songwriter she has performed at Nirbhaya’s Women in Concert, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s Walk for Change, and the MIT Monologues. When not performing, she can be found jamming with friends, hiking to look at rocks, or baking.