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Gary Muszynski and Friends
Saturday June 4th at 3pm-Outside concert
World Music: Sounds and instruments from Africa, Brazil, and Peru blend with jazz improvisation for a unique musical hybrid.
- Join Gary Muszynski (hang and world percussion), David Worm (voice), Moses Sedlar (cello) and special guests for a very special outdoor house concert.
- Feel free to arrive a bit earlier to picnic and hang out with your family and friends. Bring cushions, backpack chairs, blankets, food, and whatever else you might need to be comfortable.
- About Gary:
Gary Muszynski is a percussionist, composer, educator and facilitator who views rhythm, music and sound as doorways to healing, self-expression and group transformation. Through One World Music, his approach to music as a metaphor for leadership, collaboration and community has found its way into organizations and conferences worldwide. In addition to his work with organizations, Gary offers workshops and classes for the general public under the title Presence, Power and Percussion: Discovering your Musical Mojo.
Gary has studied rhythm and percussion in Brazil, Cuba, Indonesia and the U.S. with various masters. He has taught at the Kennedy Center, the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center and performed with Bobby McFerrin, David Darling, and WeBeThree. Gary plays the surdo, pandeiro, berimbau, udu, mbira, ashiko, and bongo. In recent years, he has explored composing for and performing on the hang, a hybrid instrument from Switzerland that combines the sounds of the Indonesian gong, the Indian Guatam pot, and the Trinidadian steel pan.
- Moses Seder is a composer, of music for concert stage, modern dance, and film. He is also a concert cellist, and recording artist. Moses has a background rooted in classical music, as well as improvisatory music, with influences of Indian classical music, and eastern European folk music. Moses studied composition at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington, before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to study north Indian classical music with Ali Akbar Khan.
As a cellist and composer Moses has been working with concert ensembles, theater companies, choreographers, and filmmakers for over 15 years. Some of the collaborations include Lines Ballet, The Picasso String Quartet, Kunst-Stoff, Davka, Janice Garrett and dancers, Kitka, and Open Eye Pictures.
- David Worm performs and records with his band Glass House as well as with SoVoSo', Left Hook and The Miribai Ensemble. He also composes for Bay Area dance companies, including Robert Moses' Kin, Stanford Lively Arts, Project Bandaloop and Axis Dance as well as scoring for film. David also tours with Booby McFerrin and is widely considered one of the finest vocal percussionist around. Anywhere.
"The music was beautiful, healing, mysterious, and full of wonder. The spirited and world-class playing was incredible!"
- Yoshi Akiba, Owner of Yoshi's Jazz Club
Listen to some tracks --Gary Muszynski
One World Music
Ellen Robinson with The Don't Wait Too Long Band
Saturday June 11th at 3pm, Outside concert
Jazz singing at it's best
- Join Ellen and her band for this special concert. Come early to socialize with friends & family. Bring chairs, food and whatever else will make this afternoon a festive event.
- Ellen Robinson (vocals) --
Jazz singer, composer, bandleader and choral director Ellen Robinson started her career as a singer-songwriter in New York City and shifted to jazz after coming to the Bay Area in the 80's. An inventive singer, Ellen Robinson is always full of surprises: her repertoire ranges from jazz to folk to pop, from swinging, sparkling up-tempo rhythms to the hushed intensity of sensitive ballads. It's the work of an artist with a clear, heartfelt vision and a lovely voice that lingers in the ear long after the music has finished.
- Ellen Robinson knows how to connect with an audience, "she just lets it fly, and what happens is a lovely melodic parade." All About Jazz
- Celebrated for her expertise in telling a story with warmth and vulnerability, DownBeat Magazine awarded 3½ stars to her latest CD "Don't Wait Too Long." This show will feature her Don't Wait Too Long Band: pianist Murray Low, bass player John Schifflett; reed player Kristen Strom and drummer David Rokeach
- Also a gifted educator, Ellen teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley and the Community Music Center in San Francisco. She directs several vocal programs and ensembles, including Musical Theater at Stagebridge and the Anything Goes Chorus, a community chorus performing since the early 1980s. In 2011 Ellen was recognized with a prestigious Jefferson Award for her musical service to the Bay Area.
Check out this link for sample tunes....
- Murray Low (piano)
Murray was nominated for 2008 Pianist of the Year by the Latin Jazz Corner. He received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album and nominated for Piano Player of the Year from Latin Jazz Corner. He currently teaches Jazz Piano and Ensemble performance at Stanford University.
- Kristen Strom (sax)
Kristen has performed with Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis and Natalie Cole, among many others. She one of the finest contemporary sax players having recorded with many top jazz artists, in addition to leading her own quintet and being part of the international jazz group Crossing Borders. Kristen is saxophone and jazz combo instructor at Santa Clara University and is on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop.
- John Schifflet (bass)
John has performed with Mel Torme, Madeline Peyroux, Kurt Elling and Boz Scaggs and performed in a variety of settings ranging from radio and TV jingles to jazz, country and pop recordings. He is currently an instructor at San Jose State University, teaching bass, small ensembles, and Jazz History.
- David Rokeach (drums)
Versatile in all musical styles, David has played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Alison Brown and Ernestine Anderson to name just a few of the singers he has worked with. David currently teaches at Stanford University and has also been a regular faculty member at the Rhythmic Concepts Jazz Camp West.
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