ARTIST BIOS AND VIDEO Links
COMING IN MARCH
emi Ferguson - Emi was a featured performer alongside Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, and James Taylor at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony of 9/11 at Ground Zero, now part of the permanent collection at the 911 Museum.
SABIR KHAN IS THE SYMBOL OF THE SARANGI IN INDIA. Pre-show yoga class with Simone Norblom
videos and bios
Sabir is a virtuoso in musical improvisations with sustaining melodic and rhythmic skills framed by the raga form and interpreted in vibrant play by which he renders the “hundred colours” of the sarangi, the sublime and most demanding of instruments. Sabir has opened an exciting new phase for North Indian music and the Rajasthani folk compositions that he inherited from his forefathers.
Simone Norblom is a Kundalini Yoga teacher with more than 20 years of studying Kundalini as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Simone has been a student of many radiant teachers including Guru Singh, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Maty Ezraty.
Almir Cortes, Brian Rice, Harvey Wainapel and Scott Thomson premiere original Brazilian Jazz CD “Trançado.”
Visiting from Rio de Janeiro, Almir Côrtes presents the North American premier of his CD “Trançado.” Recorded in Brazil and California, the album’s title roughly translates to “braided” or “interwoven,” reflecting the repertoire’s mix of Brazilian folkloric rhythms with jazz improvisation, as well as the cultural interchange between Brazil and the USA. The project was awarded a generous grant from the state of São Paulo, funding the recording as well as a tour throughout that state.
Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova has been called by the ABQ Review "a true poet of the piano." She is known for her innovative approach to performing in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. Karolina performed a Clara Schumann program that she performed earlier in the year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
the bee eaters
Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. Hammer dulcimer wizard and composer Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique.
Her recently released EP The Long Embrace was recorded and produced by Ben Tanner, member of the Grammy-award winning band Alabama Shakes. Featuring musicians Caleb Elliott, Jeremy Gibson, Adam Morrow (Belle Adair), and Ben Tanner, The Long Embrace was recorded in John Paul White's (Civil Wars) Sun Drop Sound Studio in Florence, Alabama and pulsates with ethereal longing and a driving rhythm inspired by the Muscle Shoals sound.
World renowned Brazilian singer, songwriter, percussionist, and guitarist in the jazz and worldbeat genres.
VideoS and BIO
Brazil's Badi Assad is one of the most innovative, passionate and talented Artists of all times and is lauded as one of the world's most unique and cross-transcendental performance artists of this generation. She transcends traditional styles of her native Brazilian music with a mixture of pop, jazz and world/ethnic. Badi played on the Inverness Ridge the night before she played Herbst Theater in San Francisco. A recent documentary film about Badi’s life called BADI won Best Documentary at the LA Brazilian Film Festival.
São Paulo pianist/composer/arranger AMILTON GODOY is a true pioneer of modern Brazilian instrumental music. In 1964 he founded the iconic Zimbo Trio. This became one of the most influential Brazilian instrumental groups in the second half of the 20th Century, making 51 recordings and playing in 40 countries over the years. LÉA FREIRE is a major force in creative Brazilian music, as a performer, composer, and producer. HARVEY WAINAPEL, They were joined by Bay Area saxophonist/clarinetist HARVEY WAINAPEL, who has toured internationally with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, and Jovino Santos Neto.
Antonio Iturrioz - Steinway Artist and filmmaker
Steinway artist and filmmaker Antonio Iturrioz presented his "Gottschalk and Cuba" program from his upcoming CD which he recorded at Skywalker Ranch. He played a world premier of his arrangement of a piece written for a 650 piece orchestra for a single piano.
“That you have given the world this historic ‘first’ re-hearing of Gottschalk’s original intentions for ‘Night in the Tropics’ is more than worthy of being recorded for posterity.”
ANDRE WATTS, March 26,2018
Grammy artist and founder of platinum selling bluegrass trio Nickel Creek played his new material from his newly released album, What to Fear. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger.
In the tradition of songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, and Jay Farrar, Jacob's music is intensely beautiful, well-crafted, and haunting. His alternative folk songs weave flawlessly between light and dark, with a lyricism that conjures forth cinematic images of landscapes both external and internal.