Musicians
Afia Walking Tree - Percussionist, Instructor, Lead Facilitator, Ritualist, Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed is a world-class percussionist, cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment facilitator, leadership development advocate and trainer. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she is currently based in the California Bay Area. Walking Tree's drumsongs are prayers of gratitude for the generosity of spirit. Her lyrics are evolutionary teachings, addressing present day issues of social justice, freedom, healing and self-love. More info: www.spiritdrumz.org




Aharon Wheels Bolsta - tablas and bansuri. Aharon is a drummer and percussionist working with an array of music-makers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He began classical drum study at the age of eleven and continued with teachers of various styles through high school, most notably Jim Dalrymple of Cal Tjader’s ensembles. This period culminated in Aharon’s tympani, marimba, and snare work with the California State Honor Band, and in musical theater and jazz combo work at College of Marin. Although he continued to perform sporadically as a drummer for jazz projects and rock bands, Aharon put down the sticks and focused on non-musical academics for nearly four years before finding renewed love for drumming through the North Indian tabla. More info: www.rhythmwheels.com



Amar Khalsa - flute, clarinet and Tibetan bowls. More info: www.facebook.com/amar22#!/amar22?v=wall










Anna Helwing, soprano, was born and raised in Poland where she earned B.A. and M.A. in English and American Literature. There she also studied piano and organ at the Wroclaw School of Organ. For several years she also sang in the internationally acclaimed Wroclaw Technical University Choir, having toured in over twenty countries, including U.S. After immigrating to California in 2002, Anna decided to further develop her musical education, and in 2008 she received a masterʼs degree in vocal performance at University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied with Dr. Katharine DeBoer. She has performed solo concerts in Germany and Poland. And locally, she regularly co-operates as a soloist artist with TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sierra Nevada College Choir, NorthStar Chamber Players, Opera Bel Canto of Reno, Nevada Opera, and organizers of Valhalla Arts Festival. Her performances have included: Regina Coeli K.128, and Requiemby Mozart, St. Matthewʼs Passion and Mass in B minor by J.S. Bach, Messiah by Handel, Requiem by Brahms, Carmina Burana by Orff; as well as the roles of Amahl in Menottiʼs Amahl and Night Visitors, and Belinda in Purcellʼs Dido and Aeneas. More info: http://www.tahoeculture.com/events/south-shore-events/nature-a-musical-vision-of-the-four-seasons-at-valhalla-aug-8



Anneliese Messner is an Austrian/American singer who has performed as a soloist as well as a member of various ensembles in the US and in Europe. She has two Masterʼs degrees in Music from the Mozarteum in Austria and the University of Massachusetts and has worked with singers such as Nancy Armstrong and Paulina Stark in the US and the pianist Marlies Nussbaumer-Eibensteiner in Austria. She has won several prizes and scholarships in Europe and the US. Besides singing, she gives private voice and piano instruction on the peninsula. She also has many years of teaching experience at public and private schools in Austria, Germany, Massachusetts and California. She presently teaches music at CSMA, the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. More info: http://www.anneliesemessnermusicstudio.com




Bindi Society - Featuring an exotic fusion of timbres and disciplines, Bindi Society combines Celtic, Indian and Middle Eastern-style vocals with classically-tinged groove harp, world percussion, santur, marimba and kick-ass electric bass. The instruments and voices merge to produce a global, rhythmic, spiritual and highly unearthly timbre. The Bindi's are 3 women musicians based in the SF Bay Area. Central to the music is Barbara Imhoff's guitar-like harp sound. Vocalist Cait McWhir provides haunting interpretations of Indian chants, & mid-eastern flavors with a Celtic touch. Tina (bean) Blaine, adds exotic percussion & backup vox.More info: www.bindisociety.com





Brass Menazeri - Balkan brass bend. Brass Menažeri (pronounced “Menagerie”) is San Francisco’s original & hottest Balkan Romani (“Gypsy”) Brass Band. Our music cascades through Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Greece & even Rajasthan with wild rhythms, new sensibilities, innovative arrangements & original compositions, expanding the traditions while we remain rooted within them.

Directed by trumpeter & clarinetist Peter Jaques, Brass Menazeri unites the Bay Area’s foremost interpreters & reimaginers of the Balkan traditions. More info: www.brass.menazeri.com



Charming Hostess - Charming Hostess is a music ensemble at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness.  Founded by Jewlia Eisenberg in 1998, their mission is to make lovely noise about complex ideas.  For Art in Nature we will be singing sacred music about moving into the new year. Their most recent performance installation was The Bowls Project (YBCA 2010), based on Babylonian amulets of sex and magic. Previous recordings include Sarajevo Blues (Tzadik, 2006), settings of Bosnian resistance poetry, and Trilectic (Tzadik, 2002), a look at the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin.  ChoHo’s music has been curated into the Prague Bienalle, the Museum of Peace in Uzbekistan, and the SF Contemporary Jewish Museum.   More info at :www.charminghostess.com



Cornelius Boots - flutes and clarinet. East Bay reed renegade Cornelius is a progressive rock composer, bass clarinet performance specialist, wu wei woodwind instructor and Zen flute adept. Since 1996, he has led and released two albums with Edmund Welles, the world’s only composing bass clarinet quartet, for which he has composed and arranged over 60 pieces of virtuosic “heavy chamber music.” Recent projects include Sabbaticus Rex (elemental sound-structuring ensemble) and mukyoku etudes: 27 Training and Performance Pieces for Taimu shakuhachi (large Zen bamboo flute). More info: www.corneliusboots.com 







David Samas - David Samas  is a composer, inventor, performer, jeweler, poet, painter, philosopher, father, farmer and ethnomusicologist with a passion for sacred geometry and arcane healing techniques. An extended technique vocalist, he practices tibetan chant, tuvan overtones, and bird and whale songs. David is the host of Turquoise Yantra Grotto, an intimate house concert venue for avant improvisors and instrument inventors. He has performed with the SF Opera and SF Symphony, receiving a Grammy for his participation in the best classical recording of 1994. More info: www.soundcloud.com/search?q[fulltext]=david+samas 





Diana Rowan - Currently performing worldwide and recording both as a solo artist and collaborator, harpist Diana Rowan’s playing and compositions have "unusual power and beauty."  Her latest album "As Above, So Below" reflects recent travels in Asia and PhD research into the unusual harps of Ethiopia and Persia - the original harps.  Combining both virtuosic technique from classical training and soulfulness from immersion in folk traditions, Diana explores the borders of the harp's voice. Born in Ireland, she lived, performed and studied on the East Coast, in Europe and the Middle East before choosing Berkeley, California, where she received her Master of Music (MM) degree. Each country left a strong impression on Diana's music, which interweaves Celtic, Eastern European, Near Eastern and classical arts and mythology.  Besides performing everywhere from the Australian Harp Festival to Washington DC's Smithsonian to Eastern European cathedrals, Diana teaches to advanced level and can be heard on many CDs and soundtracks for film and TV, including her three solo albums Panta Rhei, The Bright Knowledge, and upcoming As Above, So Below.  She splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Eastern Europe, pursuing a PhD in harp composition at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Diana believes strongly in the healing power of music and plays often in hospitals and healing centers. More info: www.dianarowan.com



Flutist Dorothy Wu enjoys a career of near unparalleled diversity, garnering recognition not only for her inspired performances but also for her distinctive gifts as an educator, writer, producer, and creative firebrand. In recent seasons, concert engagements have taken Wu on tour throughout France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Eastern Europe and East Asia, to include debuts  at major venues such as Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Opera House (Lyon), Tonhalle (Zurich), Konserthuset (Stockholm), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Teatro Carlo Felice (Turin), Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center (New York), and Museum of Modern Art (New York).  She has been led under the batons of prominent conductors Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Paavo Jarvi, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos and Gianandrea Noseda, and as an orchestral flutist has appeared in-concert with luminary soloists including Martha Argerich, Bryn Terfel, Radu Lupu, Evgeny Kissin, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Joshua Bell, Thomas Quasthoff and Helene Grimaud. More info:http://www.notesontheroad.com/The-Notes-Team/Dorothy-Wu.html



Duamuxa - latin fusion. The story begins at the end of 1989 when Ricardo travels from Chile and Marci from California to meet each other in Mexico City, Mexico.

Their music began simply as "Dueto Azul" in 1990 in Mexico City and later in the same year they moved to the East Bay of the S.F. Bay Area California where they established themselves as musicians participating in numerous events and projects within an active social movement around the then popular La Peña Cultural Center, Mission Cultural Center, and Universities in the Bay area. As an idea or concept ‘Duamuxa’, was born in 1999, this was after Marci and Ricardo moved from California to Iowa (Mid-Western USA), which has a very humid and hot summer, the coldest winter and all the snow they could ever imagine. There was only one thing they could do in these conditions-music- and there in a beautiful wooden finished basement (a rare thing for them coming from California), these two artist began paving the way to become Duamuxa or Two Muses; Words and Music. More info: www.duamuxa.com


Elektra Schmidt - Elektra Schmidt is a pianist, teacher and curator originally from Athens, Greece. She performs as a solo artist and in chamber groups in Greece, France, the US and the United Kingdom and has had the good fortune to work with such visionaries as Marios Papadopoulos, Neil Immelman, Theodor Paraskeveku, the Ganev duo and others. After graduating summa cum laude from the National Conservatory of her native Greece, Elektra pursued her post-graduate studies in Paris at the Schola Cantorum and the Conservatoire Raoul Pugno under the guidance of distinguished pianist Lilia Boyadjieva. She received her master’s degree with First Prize and Distinction (Medaille d’Or avec les felicitations du jury). Elektra is the founder of Artist Migration, an organization dedicated to the integration and mobility of international artists. Elektra lives in San Francisco where she performs and maintains a studio practice. More info: www.artistmigration.com



Eric Mandala - Founder of "Mandala World Music" an international ethnic fusion world music group with people from all around the world. He uses traditional influences of music and art to create new and dynamic original material. He has traveled around the world collaborating with over 100 artists under the name Mandala. His focus is to bring sacred styles of art and instrument together for a new fusion in this multi-cultural world. Eric Mandala has Produced and Recorded 8 Albums in North America, Africa, and Asia. When performing and recording he uses live loops and over 100 ethnic and modern instruments from around the world. He sings in Universal Language mixing ancient tongues and ethnic styles of vocals with modern sound scat poetry. We hope you enjoy listening to the music because they sure love to make it! If you haven't seen this original show yet be sure to catch it as soon as possible! More info: www.reverbnation.com/ericmandala



Evan Fraser - multi-instrumentalist. I am a global multi-instrumentalist. I have over 100 musical instruments here at my house in Oakland, CA. Most of them fall into the percussion, keyboards and winds catagories. My favorites are the jaw harp, kalimba, n'goni, clavinet, melodica, pandeiro, berimbau, overtone flute, zabumba, marimbula, mouth bow, Rhodes electric piano, and electric lapsteel slide guitar. I record, travel & perform, sharing my music wherever I go. More info: www.reverbnation.com/evanfraser









Evelie Delfino Såles Posch - performing ritual music. Evelie is a sacred song singer and writer, recording artist, drummer, dancer, Tibetan and Kundalini Yogini, sound and pranic healer and practitioner. Coming from a family with a long line of musical history, "Evelie was singing before she could talk," according to her mother, a radio and club singer herself. Evelie performs with and directs Mahal, a kosmik-ethnik- ekstatik- trance-tribal fusion muzik ensemble; the Kismat-Mahal Kirtan Ensemble; the Bodhi-Gaia Ensemble and Chorus which leads antiphonal spirit chanting and other devotional music; and the Spiral Dance Chorus and Band for Reclaiming's annual Samhain celebration. More info: www.dreamtimecircus.org/performers/profile_evelie.html



Francesca Genco - singer. I have been singing and exploring sound as a dynamic source of healing and transformation for many years.  The practice of kirtan  (devotional chanting in the yogic tradition) and the shamanic practices of many cultures continue to inform and enrich both my personal practice and the Chanting and Sound Healing Circles I co-facilitate with my fellow members of Shakini, a powerful group of women singers and musicians. I have also collaborated with Troels Folmann, a British Academy Award winning composer who specializes in creating epic and emotional scores for films and video games. He has created a voice library of my singing for composers, which can be found at www.tonehammer.com. More info: www.songofthebody.com



San Francisco-based musical artist Karla Avila combines her virtuosic and deeply expressive clarinetistry with her passion for Western classical music, jazz, folk and popular music the world over in dynamic and innovative live performances ranging in musical style from the traditional to the latest in genre-bending experimental. Karla's unique musical stylings on clarinet, saxophone, and voice can be heard everywhere from the concert hall to intimate neighborhood cafes. She has performed as a soloist and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe and the U.S., and loves to collaborate with composers, dancers, and visual artists of all kinds. A music educator with over 15 years of teaching experience, she maintains a private teaching studio in San Francisco as well as serving on the woodwind faculty of various Bay Area secondary schools and colleges. More info: http://www.karlaavila.com



Keenan Webster- kora and calabash

Kora is a ancient 21-24 string ancient African harp dating back possibly to the 12 century or more.  Its from  a family of bridge harps or harp lutes. The kora played the Mande people Of Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissua, Mali, Guinee, and Ivory Coast. It's played by the Mandinka, Malinka, Bambara, and Dioula people. Played by musicians and griot, it's often used for telling oral history and genealogy. www.myspace.com/keenanwebster






Kevin Njikam - keyboard. Waves are the language of the universe. It's the way in which solar bodies communicate with each other and with us. It's the way we communicate with each other, our environment, and how our environment communicates with us. Basically everything in existence exists or at least started as a wave or vibration. When a waves moves enough air we call it sound or music. All thoughts, feelings, and emotions exist in the medium of waves. Therefore, keeping in the original medium of creation makes music the purest language. That's why I do it! ( ...or at least part of why). More info: http://singingbear.bandcamp.com



Janet Janay Cipriani is a Certified Angel Therapy Practitioner® and has a healing practice in Sonoma, California called Divine Connections. An amazing clairvoyant and clairsentient, Janay is an intuitive, medium, healer and Angelic Reader who uses her gifts to offer guidance, insight, and energy healing. Ceremonial Sound Healer René Jenkins & Angel Therapy Practitioner® Janet Janay Cipriani from Sonoma, CA have integrated a unique blend of healing modalities through the beautiful sounds of ancient ritual instruments, healing touch, and the power of Inspiration for well being. Together, they conduct a potent healing environment for clearing and inviting in new energies to activate deep cellular shifts as directed by your Higher Self. More info: www.wholarts.com/vibetherapy/services.html



Jeni Swerdlow - expert rhythm facilitator. San Francisco Bay Area percussionist and art therapist Jeni Swerdlow is a dynamic and engaging facilitator, trainer, presenter, and performer. Founding DRUMMM in 2000, her interactive, rhythmic events have captivated many thousands of participants at several hundred events in the U.S. and abroad. In 2009 alone, DRUMMM brought the experience of drumming to over 9000 participants across America! Swerdlow is best known for her innovative strategies and playful attitude that inspire drumming with freedom and confidence among diverse populations. She is currently working on her first book, documenting the rhythmic activities, games, and best practices Swerdlow has developed over the many years of her work with groups. More info...




Jessica Styler - voice, Hang. www.jessicastyler.com










Jewlia Eisenberg is a composer, extended-technique vocalist, lay cantor, and the founder of Charming Hostess. She is interested in the particular emotional, erotic and spiritual terrains that the voice can traverse. Her work explores the intersection of text and the sounding body, pushing for translation strategies between verbal and non-verbal languages. Collaborators include anarcholits Fantom Slobode, choreographer Jo Kreiter and filmmaker Lynn Sachs. Commissioned work includes Harmonices Mundi, an opera about Kepler’s mother, and Red Rosa, a song cycle based on the letters of Rosa Luxemburg. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at MIT and University of Denver; she has studied with sozanda Muna Nissimova, Fred Frith and Daniel Boyarin. Hobbies include class war, knitting, and smashing SUV windshields. Brooklyn born and bred, she now calls San Francisco home. More info:  www.charminghostess.us/jewlia.html



JouJou are three women who sing songs that hail from the rich and passionate folk traditions of the world. JouJou’s music can range in mood from poignant to comically raucous, and leap from rich lyrical harmonies to mysterious eerie dissonance in a heartbeat. Songs are in Yugoslavian, Macedonian, Russian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Croatian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Armenian, Greek, Italian, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, medieval French, Appalachian, Ladino, Turkish, Lebanese and Laz. They’ve played with groups like Rosin Coven, Charming Hostess, and Faun Fables. More info: www.joujousings.com



Jungle Love - didgeridoo. For the past 7 years Jungle has been carrying the yidaki (didgeridoo)..the yidaki called to him while he was living in Australia...it called out to him in the middle of the night and early morning while everyone was asleep. Jungle infuses his style of yidaki playing with other earthy elements...the way of the drum and spirit flute. Frankie "Jungle Love" Cepeda was born and raised on the beautiful island of Guam. A native of the "Chamoru" indigenous people of the Island.At a very young age he has been attracted to different sounds, music and musical instrument from all over the world... Jungle Love is available for"Didgeridoo Activating Sessions" (individual and group sessions are available) please contact Jungle Love for more info, rates and bookings... More info: http://www.facebook.com/junglelovecosmicserpents



LAURA INSERRA - artistic director and HANG player. Laura Inserra is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and director.

She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions as well as soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians. For many years she has been involved in the artistic direction of multi-disciplinary performances in Europe and in the US. In 2007 she founded Samavesha, an international multidisciplinary non profit performing arts organization based out of Berkeley but performing all over the world. Among her productions Art in Nature Festival, the Cave Concert and Musical Journeys concert series are the most popular. Novilunio is her current world fusion music project. Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality and the passion she brings on the stage. www.laurainserra.com


Luciano Chessa - composer, pianist and performer. As a composer, pianist, and musical saw / Vietnamese dan bau soloists, Luciano has been active in Europe, the U.S., and Australia. He currently teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and collaborates with SF’s Italian Cultural Institute. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luciano_Chessa






Mama Crow Ensemble - Carmen Gutierrez, aka MAMA CROW is truly a rare bird. A New York native and East Bay transplant, this self-taught guitarist and soulful songstress evokes listeners on a deep, soul level. Her sound is a mix of rhythmic, funky finger picking and string slapping, guttural blues belts and quick lyrical flow with insidious phrasing.

Creatively, she is influenced by the world around and within her. Sonically, she is influenced by artists like Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, STS9, The Knife, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Beastie Boys, CocoRosie, Tribe Called Quest, Bjork, Janis Joplin, Galactic, Beck, Oasis, Led Zepplin, Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Robert Johnson, Nick Drake, Nikka Costa, Bill Withers, Frank Zappa, ZapMama, Lila Rose- to name a few. For 22 years, she has been writing songs and playing guitar for 13. Spending over 17 years working with children of all ages as a director, teacher, counselor, child care-provider, friend & Auntie- MAMA C is fiercely creative and just as passionate about empowering youth as much as she is about sharing her music with the world. More info: www.reverbnation.com/mamacrowmusic


Marina Roznitovsky currently teaches harp at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, and operates a private harp studio in Reno. She is currently the principal harpist with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Susanville Symphony and the Nevada Opera. She is active in charity concerts and events and a number of her performances have been broadcast on National Israeli and United States television and radio.Throughout her Career Ms. Roznitovsky performed with several professional orchestras in Israel and in the United States and recently was a featured soloist with the Susanville Symphony, the TOCCATA Orchestra in Tahoe and Oistrach Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. She also performed under the baton of Mr. Daniel Barenboim during a worldwide tour with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Ms. Roznitovsky was a recipient of the American Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship award four consecutive times. She also received multiple scholarship awards from the Dunie Weitzman Conservatory (of Haifa, Israel), Indiana University (Bloomington), Barenboim-Said Foundation (Spain) and the Bureau of Jewish Education (CA). Ms. Roznitovsky was born in Ukraine, and immigrated to Israel with her mother when she was six years old. At the age of twelve she began studying harp under the instruction of Professor Olga Moitlis. More info: http://www.marinaharp.com


Morgan Manifacier - Morgan Manifacier is a singer-songwriter who grew up in the small-town brushes of southern France, learning piano and guitar from a young age; he taught himself the subtle beauty of music, which he now combines with a modern approach to song-making in his debut album, 'Grande', and his newest release, 'The Bridge'. More info: www.morganmanifacier.com






More Than One is a brand new choir. It explores musical connections spanning centuries, through work with the voice and the body. Caitlin Tabancay Austin is continuing her explorations begun at Double Edge Theatre, and she currently sings Eastern European folk music with Oakland-based Kitka. Tom Purtill's past musical projects include singing in the band Paper Crocodiles, conducting the Albatross Choir, and five years singing with San Francisco Choral Artists. Tim Silva teaches and performs throughout the bay area. More info: http://caitlintabancayaustin.tumblr.com





Nicco Tyson - multi-instrumentalist. Nicco Tyson graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2009, combining courses from the School of International Studies, the Conservatory of Music, and study abroad in Mali and Brazil to receive a BA in international relations with a concentration in world music. From 2009 to 2010, he spent nine months in Mali, West Africa performing with the Mande Afrobeat group Malikan and starting Studio Nanou, a project to record underground music in Bamako. He has been performing and teaching guitar and harmonica for seven years, playing an eclectic mix of folk, samba, blues, funk, jazz, classical, reggae, rock and African styles. More info: www.reverbnation.com/niccotyson



Pauchi Sasaki - classical/contemporary violinist. She is a classicially trained Japanese violinist and experimental performance artist residing in Lima, Peru. In 1999, she began studying Andean violin in the Center for Music and Dance at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. In 2005 and 2008, she studied violin with Alicia Sviglas (Klezmatics) in New York City. From 2006 to 2009, she studied classical Indian music with master Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, California. Pauchi's mesmerizing performances involve virtuosic violin-playing, electro-acoustic experimentation and innovative improvisations combining sound and imagery. She has has collaborated in numerous international musical events, video and installation projects. Her most recent album, koPpu (2011) contains 10 pieces composed for film and dance productions. More info: www.pauchi.com



Peter Jaques - Peter Jaques  has been celebrated in the Bay Area Eastern European & Near Eastern music scene since 1995, for his innovative meld of traditional Balkan Rom, Greek, Turkish, & klezmer styles with his own deeply soulful approach. He performs principally on the Bb clarinet & truba (rotary valve flugelhorn), as well as Egyptian nay (reed flute), alto saxophone, & Turkish G clarinet. Peter is highly regarded for his thorough knowledge and skills in Turkish, Greek and Eastern European styles, as well as his exceptional musical sensitivity and passionate expression on his instrument. Peter directs the Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band, winner of the SF Weekly's Reader's Choice Award (2008) in the "Best International Band" category. Peter also performs with Rumen Sali Shopov's Orkestar Sali; former Kitka director Juliana Graffagna's Janam; Stellamara, a Middle-eastern/Balkan/world fusion ensemble led by Sonja Drakulich; and the legendary Gonifs klezmer band with accordionist/vocalist Jeanette Lewicki. More info:  www.huzzam.com



Rafael Manríquez has been one of the leading exponents of Latin American music in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Rafael brings us the gift of both his exquisite voice and remarkable skill on Latin American string instruments, ranging from the guitar to the charango to the cuatro and tiple. Rafael is a passionate and well-loved composer and performer. Through his music, he reveals the richness of Latin folk rhythms influenced by the Spanish, Native American and African cultures. His lyrics reflect the struggles and hopes of the people of this continent. He has performed throughout the Americas and Europe. His music has been recorded on over ten albums. More info: www.rafaelmanriquez.com






Rebecca Trujillo - Rebecca Trujillo is a Bay Area pianist, teaching, performing and gathering musicians wildly throughout the year!  Co-director of the Garden Gate Creativity Center, pianist for tango group "Orquestra Z", solo player, and Suzuki teacher, her days are filled with the wonders of music and art. More info: www.gardengatecreate.com










RENE’ Jenkins - ceremonial and multi-instrumentalist.

René Jenkins is a multi-instrumentalist, ceremonial sound practitioner, speaker, teacher and professional musician for over 25 years playing trombone, piano, and ancient indigenous instruments.

Currently, as a Ceremonial Sound Practitioner & Healing Performance Artist, René performs "healing concerts" across the country, along with his partner Janet Janay Cipriani, offering private & group sound healing ceremonies, house blessings and workshops. More info: www.wholarts.com/vibetherapy/bio.html







Rusty String Fields - bluegrass/americana. The result of the 10 year collaboration of some fine Northern California Bluegrass, Jazz and Americana musicians, Rusty String Fields has put together a great mix of pickin, grinning,’ and singin’. Take a listen and hear for yourself, in the studio, live or in your living room, Rusty String Fields can bring it. The band was conceived by long time friends Russell Ives and Matt Lauer while in... Costa Rica in 1999. The idea…..”let’s bring together a collection of incredible musicians from the bay area and showcase the rich musical diversity of the Bluegrass, Country Americana scene on the west coast.” More info: www.facebook.com/pages/Rusty-String-Fields-Bay-Area-Bluegrass/126079417487274




Sam Rogers - Rogers is an internationally-acclaimed performer, skilled educator, experienced healer/bodyworker, and Certified TaKeTiNa Rhythm Teacher. He is called "The One Mouth Band" for good reason. He makes all the sounds of a band -- bass, guitar, synthesizers, horns, mouth-defying drums/percussion, and more -- using only his mouth, and with the precision of a seasoned musician. Sam was the first solo act to compete (and win!) in an a cappella group competition, he has spent half his life being the resident beatboxer/rhythm section for SF Bay Area a cappella groups (including "SoVoSo" a spin-off of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra), and has two live solo vocal albums ("One Mouth Band" & "100% Organic Human Music") to his credit. He is a finalist in the US Beatbox Championships, a teacher at the Sound Healing Institute, and happily astounds audiences from North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. More info: www.onemouthband.com



Sarah Cahill - pianist. Recently called “fiercely gifted” by the New York Times and “as tenacious and committed an advocate as any composer could dream of” by the San Francisco Chronicle, has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Composers who have dedicated works to her include John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, and Evan Ziporyn, and she has also premiered pieces by Lou Harrison, Julia Wolfe, Ingram Marshall, Toshi Ichiyanagi, George Lewis, Leo Ornstein, and many others. Cahill has researched and recorded the music by the important early 20th-century American modernists Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford, and has commissioned a number of new pieces in tribute to their enduring influence.  She enjoys working closely with composers, musicologists, and scholars to prepare scores for performance.  Recent appearances include Spoleto Festival USA, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Pacific Crossings Festival in Tokyo, the Portland Piano Festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival.  In December she was soloist with the Berkeley Symphony for Lou Harrison’s Piano Concerto.  She has performed chamber music with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and many other chamber groups. Sarah’s most recent project, A Sweeter Music, premiered in the Cal Performances series in Berkeley in January 2009 and continued to New Sounds Live at Merkin Hall, Rothko Chapel, the North Dakota Museum of Art, Le Poisson Rouge, and venues around the country, with newly commissioned works on the theme of peace by Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, Frederic Rzewski, Phil Kline, and many others. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that “the music, helped along by the impassioned force of Cahill’s playing, amounted to a persuasive and varied investigation of the subject,” and London’s Financial Times called it “a unique commissioning programme that unites artistic aspirations with moral philosophy.” Most of Sarah’s albums are on the New Albion label. She has also recorded for the CRI, New World, Other Minds, Tzadik, Albany, Cold Blue, and Artifact labels.  She is currently preparing a CD of Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants. Her radio show, Then & Now, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco.  She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and curates a monthly series of new music concerts at the Berkeley Art Museum. More info: www.sarahcahill.com



Shay Nichols - singer. Voice empowerment sessions. Your voice is one of the most vulnerable and powerful gifts you have. Many of us have felt stifled or shut down, and giving voice to our bodies, our feelings, our dreams, all aspects of ourselves, is essential to our wholeness. In these sessions, you'll open and expand your voice in a supportive, playful environment. You'll leave these sessions joyful and exhilarated by your new vocal freedom! More info: www.shaynichols.tumblr.com





Julianne Moscovitz & Paul Lynch - finger picking.













Maureen Garrett - ceremonial singing. Interactive Deep Field Water Dreamer.



 
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