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Classical guitarist Hilary Field, jazz guitarist Ron Peters, and flamenco fusion
guitarist Andre Feriante join forces in an evening of great guitar music from
around the world. Playing separately and together, they bring nylon and steel
strings to life with music that spans centuries, styles, and genres.
International performing and recording artist, Hilary Field, has garnered praise for
her dynamic virtuosity, her sensitive musicianship, and for the emotional depth she
brings to the heart of classical guitar music. She has released several awardwinning CDs, including her debut recording, Music of Spain and Latin America,
which was an award winner for Classical Album of the Year by the National
Association of Independent Record Distributors. Hilary has been a featured
performer in international guitar festivals throughout the world, and has received
grants for composing and performing new music by the Seattle Office of Arts and
Culture, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. “Hilary Field, is a dynamic player. She doesn’t
just recite what can often be complex work, but imbues it with fire and grace.” -
Seattle-based jazz guitarist, Ron Peters, is in high demand as a performer and
educator with his gift for melodic improvisation, sense of imaginative interplay,
and intimate connection to the instrument. An alumnus of Berklee College of
Music, Ron also studied privately with guitar legends Joe Pass and Mick Goodrick.
Ron cut his teeth in the studios and bandstands of New York City and Los Angeles
before settling in Seattle. In his decades-long career, Ron has performed with The
Manhattan Transfer, Chevy Chase, The Don Ellis Orchestra, and Pearl Django,
among others. “A great jazz guitarist who has the ability to play sensitive and
melodic solos, and is wonderful at developing a high level of intimacy and
creativity in his playing, with unrestrained imagination.” – Just Jazz Guitar
With 4 decades of performing and recording, award-winning virtuoso guitarist
Andre Feriante has left his mark on the classical, neo-flamenco, world music and
fusion scenes. A cross-over artist in the vein of Yo Yo Ma or Sting, his performance
program represents a bold by fluid music fusion, featuring music from Bach to
Leonard Cohen, flamenco improvisation to jazz standards, Americana to World
Music, and even poetry by Frederico Garcia Lorca, Rumi, and Feriante himself. A
true artist in every sense, Andre is a composer offering his own musical art.“With
artistic versatility and seductive creativity, Feriante is the Picasso of the
guitar.” - Citysearch
Son Cubano is one of the most popular musical styles in Cuba and Kiki Valera is one of its foremost exponents. Cuban son is the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club worldwide stars in the late 1990s but Kiki Valera comes from a family of musicians whose involvement with Cuban son pre-dates the BVSC by decades. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer, Kiki is best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with 8 strings grouped in sets of 2.
Kiki will be joined this evening by an all star lineup including Carlos Cascante and Victor Castillo on vocals, Pedro Vargas on congas, Steve Guasch on bongos, Javier Marú on guitar & Alex Dyring on bass.
Fronted by brothers Ben Mish, a skilled piano man with a soulful voice, and Will Mish, a guitar wizard who has earned critical nods for his unfathomable talent and innate sense of melody and blues, and flanked by Irish-born multi-talented rhythm guitarist Ronan O’Mahony, a childhood friend and co-songwriter, and the inimitable stick-man Andrew Cloutier on drums, Left Hand Smoke brews up a blend of neo-soul and rock that is steeped in tradition, yet entirely original and fresh.
"A folk-pop trio from Seattle, performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop" - NY Times
Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton and Edward Gorey hijacked the Andrews Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you'd get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the under-achiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whir at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai's acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets - the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.
The group has eight recordings, a reversible/hard cover book for parents (and their kids), and is currently preparing an all new show, “Seven Sins, Seven Wonders, Seven Dwarfs,” a 25-song song cycle which will premiere in March 2023.
Come out and help the group celebrate its 41st anniversary in this wonderful, very intimate, setting. This is a chance to hear songs from four decades of performing/recording, including the most recent releases “The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young” and “The Grim Parade,” but that’s not all; Uncle Bonsai will be performing a few songs from the aforementioned “Seven Sins, Seven Wonders, Seven Dwarfs” song cycle including perhaps — shhh, it’s a secret — a world premiere or two!
"Singers Ratshin, O'Neill and Adler are pitch-perfect in their delivery of often complex harmonic arrangements. And if there were an Ella Fitzgerald Award for Exquisite Elocution in Song, they would surely get it. The trio officially bills itself as a "folk" outfit, but has none of the naiveté that label might suggest. These are nicely edgy, sour-sweet songs, written for grown-ups." - The Seattle Times
NW for over twenty five years performing an eclectic mix of American roots music based in but not restricted to blues. The band consists of Rod Cook, guitar, vocals; Jon Bayless, bass, vocals and Chris Leighton, drums. All three members have an extensive resume and are well respected throughout the Northwest music community. Rod Cook, apart from his work with Toast, has played and/or recorded with former Mercury recording artist, Laura Love, NBC's The Voice Finalist Vicci Martinez, former Steve Miller Band member the late James "Curley" Cooke, Northwest Blues and Rock and Roll icon Little Bill Englehart, The Dusty 45s, in addition to many other musical endeavors. Jon Bayless is known for his work as bassist with Heart in addition to holding down the groove with countless bands in the Northwest. Chris Leighton also has played with too many Northwest bands to count in the last forty years as well as national acts Randy Bachmann and Laura Love. The band has recorded two albums, 1998's "I Ain't The Fool" and 2006's "Troublemaker." Toast offers an energetic mix of originals and covers encompassing a wide variety of styles.
Magic Circle plays a celebratory blend of jazz, Caribbean, Brazilian & S. African music. They're led by longtime collaborators (& arguably Seattle's most versatile rhythm section); Julio Jauregui/piano, Jeff Busch/drums & Dean Schmidt/bass ... and are joined by the amazing horn section of Alexi Nicolaev (sax) & Beserat Tafesse (trombone)... with special guest, master percussionist Paoli Mejias (Eddie Palmieri & Carlos Santana)! Not to be missed!!
Brent Jensen is a professional jazz saxophonist who has performed & recorded with a wide range of jazz artists including Gene Harris, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Anschell, John Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache and many others. His recording on Origin Records, “The Sound of a Dry Martini: Remembering Paul Desmond” charted at the #1 position on jazz radio stations across the country. His recordings are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other online music streaming platforms.
Chris Symer is a first-call jazz bassist in Seattle who has recorded with Bill Anschell (“Rumbler” 2017), Johnaye Kendrick (“Here” 2014), James Knapp (“Scrape” 2013), and Nelda Swiggett (“Stingtet”). He has toured South America with Anschell (2012, 2014) and Kendrick (2013). Chris’s studies in jazz and classical performance combined with a love for bass guitar have provided him with an appreciation of many styles of music and an ability to fit into diverse musical situations.
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