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WELCOME
EDITOR’’S NOTES                                                  IN THIS ISSUE

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                           Congrats to Rachel Galvin, winner     Page 3…….Coming Up: La Traviata, Finis Tasby, Dennis
                           of January’’s contest! The music
                           o                                     McNeil, Gilles Apap, Tony Ybarra, & more!
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                           written on the cover was Aaron        Page 8…….Downbeats: Adrian Spence & Jose Franch
                           Copland’’s Appalachian Spring!
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                           Don’’t forget, April’’s deadline is
                           D                                     Page 11……Walkabout with Brett Leigh Dicks: Je
                           March 8th. Your best bet it to get
                           M                                     Bridges, Stan Ridgway, & Christine Grimm
                           us your info EARLY in the month!
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                           CONTACT US                            SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
       Sally Barr
                    Email:
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 Violinist & Jazz Singer                                         The Santa Barbara Music Club announces its 2011
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                    m                                            Scholarship Auditions to be held on Saturday, March
                    for stories and queries                      26, 2011. The application deadline is Saturday, March
advertising@musicsantabarbara.com for                            12, 2011 (postmark).
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                                                                 This competition is open to student residents of
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the Live Music Calendar                                          having graduated from schools within the County of
Post:                                                            Santa Barbara (including home schooling). Students
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                                                                 classical music. There are age limits: Instrumental,
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COMING UP                            Please turn to Live Music Calendar for venue details
                                          Opera SB will have three more            on her own Big Gack Records
                   Vienna                 events this month: Opera Nights          for the last 15 years, Cindy has
                   Philharmonic           at Tre Lune restaurant on March          settled in Ojai with her husband
                   3.1                    1st, a Free Brown Bag Concert on         and child. Thrilled to be playing
                                          March 2nd, and Opera on the Go:          locally with her band the Lucky
                    UCSB Arts &           Leonard Bernstein on March 16th.         Ducks, Cindy sings many of
                    Lectures in           Please visit www.operasb.com for         her own award-winning songs
                    association           more information.                        together with some classic
                    with CAMA                                                      country and folk standards.
                    is honored            SB Brazilian ““Carnaval Cultural”” 3.4
                    to present                                                                               Susan
                    the historic
Santa Barbara debut of the
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
                                          T   he 8th Annual Santa Barbara
                                              ““Brazilian Carnaval Cultural””
                                                                              n
                                          presents he rich Brazilian culture in
                                                                                                             Marie
                                                                                                             Reeves is
                                                                                                             a talented,
conducted by Semyon Bychkov               a unique format, showing di erent   t                              seasoned,
on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 PM at            arts forms, valuable information                                   award
The Granada. Boasting a 13-year           about the biggest country South                                    winning
wait list for the subscription            of the Border that includes free                                   songwriter
concert series at its famed               events for the whole family. The                               ar
                                                                                   who tours as a solo artist and with
Musikverien in Austria, the               ““Brazilian Cultural Carnaval””          the Honeysuckle Possums. She
Vienna Philharmonic is an                 in Santa Barbara will present            also regularly performs with her
unmatched institution at the              di erent events in multiple venues       daughter, Sierra. Susan has just
forefront of the ever-evolving            during the month of March. The           completed her 2nd solo CD. Her
epoch of musical history with             program includes a lm screening         voice is lilting, pure, and earthy,
a signature sound that is                 with an inspirational lecture, music     and she continues to create
lustrous, warm, rich, and robust.         and dance performances, and a            amazing melodic music that
                                          friendly soccer game between             ows across genres. She calls her
Experience the best the world             Brazilians vs. Mexicans.                 original music ““Gypsy Newgrass””
has to o er - the nest strings,                                                   which is a combination of
the warmest woodwinds,                    The ““Carnaval”” kick o event will       bluegrass, folk, Irish, & alternative
the richest brass, and one                be on March 4th, Friday, 9:30pm          pop/rock.
transcendent program. The New             at SOhO Club & Restaurant with           www.cambridgedrivechurch.org
York Times declares: ““A concert          the ““Carnaval Bowl””, featuring Ju
by this great orchestra is always         Marciano (the new Brazilian singer       Emerson Quartet 3.5
a privilege.””                            sensation from Boston), Brazilian
www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu              United Samba School (lead by
                                          Rio’’s ““Brazilian Drumming Master””
                                          Sidney Lisboa), and Afro-Brazilian
                                                                                                           For 25
                                                                                                           the
                                                                                                              years,
                                          musician Lula Almeida as special                                 Emerson
La Traviata 3.4 & 3.6                     guest,plus the troupe of Raiz Brazil                             Quartet has
                                          Dance Company and Capoeira                                       recorded
The operathe set in Exposition
   time of
             is
                Paris
                      Paris at the
(1889). La Traviata is one of the
                                          Batuque Santa Barbara. Only $13
                                          at the door. For group rates call
                                          (818)468-6474.
                                                                                                           disc after
                                                                                                           disc of
                                                                                                           classical
most beloved operas whose                                                                                  quartet
beautiful arias have charmed              Cindy Kalmenson + Susan Reeves                                   repertoire
listeners the world over since 1853.      3.4                                                              on the
It tells the tragic love story of the                                                                      prestigious
beautiful courtesan Violetta Valéry
and the dashing Alfredo Germont
who ends their love a air when
                                                           The Cambridge
                                                              Drive Concert
                                                           Series is excited
                                                                                   D       h G           h
                                                                                   Deutsche Grammophon label,
                                                                                   garnering nine Grammy® Awards,
                                                                                   including an unprecedented two
his disapproving father interferes.                      to present Cindy          for Best Classical Album. Their
Directing this brand-new                                 Kalmenson in              Beethoven quartets are legendary;
production is José Maria Condemi.                        concert. Local            their Haydn is rapturous.




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Called ““one of the most promising                       singer/songwriter,        Integrity, energy, commitment:
and impressive directors in all                          Susan Reeves              the Emerson is the go-to quartet
opera”” he was appointed Artistic                        will open for her.        for rigorous investigation of the
Director for the opera company                           After living 13           classics performed with technical
in March 2010. Maestro Valéry                            years in Nashville,       excellence and a very big heart.
Ryvkin returns to the OSB podium                         having traveled           The program will include works by
to conduct the singers, chorus,           th      t
                                          the country and Europe playing           Haydn, Berg & Mendelssohn.
and orchestra.                            her songs and promoting her CDs          www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu
Santa Barbara Youth Symphony 3.6                                               with Tchaikovsky’’s blockbuster:
                                         UCSB ECM -Rustlin’’ Up Spring         Symphony No. 5 in E Minor.
                                         3.8
Andy Radford,Youth Symphony
    conducts the
                 Music Director,
in the March concert with featured       Here’’s part of ECM’’s gift to
                                                                               www.music.ucsb.edu
                                                                               Hot Tuna Blues with Charlie
soloist, bassoonist Kassra Raee,        the 2011 PRIMAVERA festival           Musselwhite & Jim Lauderdale
performing Weber’’s Bassoon              roundup even before Spring’’s         3.10
Concerto in F. Kassra, a student         o cial. The concert says ‘‘spring
of Bill Wood, is a senior at Foothill
High School in Ventura. Also
on the program is the Academic
                                         is coming’’ with a strong tilt
                                         in the direction of UCSB seed
                                         product and seminal American
                                                                                                     From their
                                                                                                        days
                                                                                                     playing
Festival Overture by Brahms, a           composers, although Aussie                                    together as
Sinfonia Alla Rustica by Vivaldi and     Peter Sculthorpe’’s in the mix                                teenagers to
three movements of Tchaikovsky’’s        with his Sonata for Viola and                                 their current
Symphony No. 3, the Polish.              Percussion, [violist: Gentry                                  acoustic
                                         Hill, Dylan Morrow-Jones,                                     and electric
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10          percussion]. Faculty composer                                 blues,
for seniors/students and free for        Joel Feigin presents a heady                                  probably
children under the age of 6. For         selection from John Cage’’s                                   no one has
additional information about             Sonatas and Interludes; violinist                             more con-
the Youth Symphony and its               Dimitry Olevsky looks into                           America
                                                                               sistently led American music for
programs, see the web site,              movements from Lou Harrison’’s        the last fty years than Jorma
www.sbys.org.                            rollicking Grand Duo, and             Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy, the
                                         there will be UCSB-authored           founders and core members of Hot
McCoy Tyner and the Brubeck              premieres of Joann Cho’’s Golden      Tuna. Kaukonen and Casady were
Institute Jazz Quintet 3.8               Winter State and David Gordon’’s      friends and bandmates in high
                                         The Distant Sound, both for           school. When Jorma co-founded
                  Itstatementover-
                     is not an
                               to
                  say that modern
                                         ensemble. Jeremy Haladyna
                                         directs the Ensemble for
                                                                               the Je erson Airplane, the iconic
                                                                               psychedelic band of the late
                                                                               60’’s, he invited Jack to join. The
                     jazz has been       Contemporary Music.                   Kaukonen-Casady duo created
                     shaped by the       www.music.ucsb.edu                    much of the Je erson Airplane’’s
                     music of ve-time                                         signature sound, and Jorma’’s lead
                     Grammy Award        SB Music Club 3.09                    and ngerstyle guitar playing char-
                     winner and NEA                                            acterizes some of the band’’s most
                Ha
                     Jazz Master
McCoy Tyner. Hailed globally as
a master pianist, jazz stylist, and
                                         Today’’andCzechcentury
                                            19th
                                                 s concert will feature
                                         French and
                                                     20th
                                                           compositions.
                                                                               memorable tracks. From their
                                                                               jam sessions, Hot Tuna was born,
                                                                               and the group has toured and
one of the best living composers of      Pianist Marian Gilbert will play      recorded steadily since then for
the genre, Tyner has a 50-plus year      Debussy’’s impressionistic pieces,    forty years. Along with Kaukonen
history of music performance from        La Cathedrale Engloutie and           and Casady, multi-instrumentalist
his days as a groundbreaker with         L’’Isle Joyeux. Jane Hahn, mezzo-     Barry Mitterho and a drummer
the classic John Coltrane Quartet        soprano, will sing songs by Faure:    perform both the acoustic and
to his current status as a living jazz   Aurore, Clair de Lune, Les Berceaux   electric Hot Tuna programs. Along
icon. McCoy Tyner nurtures each          and Fleur Jetee. She will be          with the other members of The
facet of his piano art with gusto,       accompanied by pianist Seungah        Je erson Airplane, Jorma and Jack
uncompromising integrity, and            Seo. Finally, utist Mary Jo Hartle   were 1996 inductees in the Rock
boundless energy. He views music         and pianist Betty Oberacker will      and Roll Hall of Fame.
and piano as his life purpose,           present Martinu’’s lyrical and        www.lobero.com
and performing is his passion.           joyous Flute Sonata.
Doubling up with McCoy Tyner will        www.sbmusicclub.org                   UCSB Women’’s Chorus:
be talented rising jazz stars from                                             American Portrait 3.10
the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.      UCSB Symphony Orchestra:
                                         Soli e Tutti 3.9
““McCoy Tyner’’s blues-based
piano style, replete with sophis-                                              The UCSB an evening of
                                                                                 presents
                                                                                          Women’’s Chorus
ticated chords and an explosively
percussive left hand, has                Ltheby Richard Rintoul,Soloists
                                            ed                   the
                                            program features the winners
                                                                               American song, conducted
                                                                               by Helena von Rueden. From




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transcended conventional styles to       of    annual Orchestra                haunting settings of African-Amer-
become one of the most identi-          Competition: Katherine Stuwe,         ican spirituals to rare Canadian
able sounds in improvised music.         ute; Keith Colcough, bass-           folk gems, playful pieces by Irving
His harmonic contributions and           baritone; and Helena von Rueden,      Fine, and works by Ned Rorem and
dramatic rhythmic devices form           mezzo-soprano. Music of Ibert,        Santa Barbara’’s own Emma Lou
the vocabulary of a majority of          Reinecke, and Poulenc, respec-        Diemer, the choir will feature the
jazz pianists.”” –– AllAboutJazz.com     tively, will be performed. The        unique sounds of America. Not to
www.lobero.com                           concert will conclude triumphantly    be missed, American Portrait will
also highlight solo and ensemble         Claudia Russell and The Folk         to the Dance. The program will
performances by students of the          Unlimited Orchestra 3.12             conclude with Ms. Ucbasaran in
UCSB Voice Area!                                                              Liszt’’s bravura opera transcription
www.music.ucsb.edu
Dennis McNeil 3.11
                                         Claudia Russell is Dave Carterhas
                                         shared stages with
                                                            an outstanding
                                            singer and songwriter who
                                                                              from Bellini’’s opera Norma.
                                                                              www.sbmusicclub.org
                                         and Tracy Grammer, Loudon
                                         Wainwright III, Steve Forbert,                       Santa Barbara
                                         Tish Hinojosa, Kris Kristo ersen,                    Symphony 3.19
                                         Willie Nelson, Darryl Purpose,                       & 3.20
                                         Peter Rowan, Rosalie Sorrels
                                         and Bill Staines, among many
                                         others. She is accompanied by
                                         the Folk Unlimited Orchestra,
                                         which includes Bruce Kaplan on
                                                                                              F    ormer Santa
                                                                                                   Barbara
                                                                             Symphony concertmaster and

I n celebration of St. Patrick’’s
                   St Patr
  Day, the California Branch of the
American Irish Historical Society
                                         mandolin, guitar and vocals, and
                                         Mark Petrella on string bass. When
                                         the planets align, she is pleased
                                                                             French violinist Gilles Apap,
                                                                             a favorite of Santa Barbara
                                                                             audiences, returns for his rst-ever
                                         to also count Carl Byron (piano
presents Ireland: Myth, Memory           accordion), Kit Eakle (ddle)       performance of Khachaturian’’s
and Music featuring noted tenor          and Eric Lewis (dobro, guitar,      virtuosic Violin Concerto. With his
Dennis McNeil. The evening will be       mandolin) in the band.              unmatched facility in both classical
an exploration of the soul of Ireland                                        and traditional folk music, Apap
through the myth, the memory, and        Boston’’s WUMB FM named             brings a unique sensibility to this
the music of the people. The world-      Claudia the Best New Artist of
renowned tenor, Dennis McNeil,           2000, the East Bay Express named 20th-century masterpiece that
                                         her Best Musician in 2006, and      draws on the rhythmic and melodic
will sing a number of historical Irish   she has twice been selected as a    vitality of Armenian folk song.
ballads interwoven with slides and       nalist in the Kerrville New Folk   The program also features the
narration prepared by our own            songwriting competition. Besides world premiere of Santa Barbara
professional historian, Pat Clark        writing evocative songs, Claudia
Doerner, supplying the background        is known for her vocal talent. She composer Robin Frost’’s Concertino
for each specic period.                 is an expressive and versatile      for Violin, which was written for
                                         singer, as at home on a soulful     Apap, and the mighty sounds of
McNeil is well known for his             ballad as on a Buddy Holly style    Mussorgsky’’s musical stroll through
                                         romp. Claudia’’s newest CD is Live a memorable museum exhibit!
versatility, having entertained ve      Band Tonight, a collection of live
presidents of the United States,                                             Prior Symphony Apap perfor-
                                         recordings from performances at
heads of states and Fortune 500          the Freight and Salvage, Live From mances have been sold out.
companies. He has sung with the          Studio One, and Folkscene, the      www.thesymphony.org
Met, the New York City Opera,            longest-running Folk radio show in
and the Los Angeles Opera, he            history, hosted by Roz and the late
has sung the role of Don José            Howard Larman. Claudia’’s second Finis Tasby 3.19
                                         CD, Ready To Receive, has been
in Carmen more than 70 times;
also performed as Pinkerton in
Madame Buttery; Tamino in
                                         well received by more than 100
                                         radio stations and features seven
                                         songs written by Claudia.
                                                                                                     F    or its
                                                                                                          34th
                                                                                                      Anniversary
the Magic Flute, Rudolfo in La           www.songtree.org                                             Show,
Bohème and Alfredo in La Traviata                                                                     the Santa
in the great opera houses of the         Santa Barbara Music Club 3.19                                Barbara
world. He has even sung with the                                                                      Blues
likes of the Grateful Dead, Lionel
Ritchie, and Steve Miller. Dennis
                                         O     n March 19 the Santa Barbara
                                               Music Club presents a free
                                         afternoon concert featuring
                                                                             presents powerhouse blues
                                                                                                      Society
                                                                             vocalist Finis Tasby. Born in Dallas,
McNeil was the 1993 National             outstanding musicians performing Texas in 1940, Tasby grew up
Winner of the Metropolitan Opera         music from the height of the        immersed in the vital Texas blues
National Council Auditions. As a         romantic era. Performers            tradition. As a teenager, he got his




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leading tenor with the New York          will include Carol Ann Manzi,       rst professional music experience
City Opera he was awarded the            soprano, and Betty Oberacker,       as drummer with the swinging
Richard F. Gold Career Award.            piano, performing Schumann’’s       local combo The Blues Blasters.
                                         sensitive and moving portrayal of   By the early 1960’’s, he’’d switched
He is also a recipient of a Rex          a woman’’s life, Frauenliebe und    instruments and was playing
Foundation Grant from the                Leben. Virtuoso pianist Zeynep      bass and singing backup with
Grateful Dead.                           Ucbasaran will perform Weber’’s     local legends The Thunderbirds,
www.lobero.com                           romantic concert waltz, Invitation  working regularly with Z.Z. Hill,
and backing Clarence Carter,                                                  are set to delight and educate
Lowell Fulson, and Freddie King                                               Santa Barbara’’s 4-6th graders
on regional tours. By the mid ‘‘60’’s,                                        about the world of music. Last
Finis had stepped out in front of                                             season’’s highly acclaimed debut
the band and began establishing                                               of this enchanting piece left the
his reputation as one of the most                                             attending students eager to know
soulful blues singers on the circuit.                                         more about the orchestra and it’’s
In the early ‘‘70’’s, Finis moved to      Quire of Voyces 3.19 & 3.20         creative possibilities.
Los Angeles.
                                          Santa Barbara’’s Quire of Voyces    This wonderful collaboration of
As a bass player, he worked with          explores the a cappella choral      music, literature, and theater
many of the greats, including             music of the Renaissance and        features a musical score by
B.B. King, Percy Mayeld, and             the modern age with thirty          Cody Westheimer, the delightful
Big Mama Thornton. But it is as a         professional quality singers in     children’’s book penned by John
vocalist that Finis really comes into     historic settings. The group        Lithgow, is directed by Rod Lathim
his own, and in the ‘‘70s he made         makes early music one of its        and acted by Logan Michaels
his rst recordings as a front man.       passions and specialties, and       and Sarah Lee. This fun work (for
It was during this period that he         explores the growing body           kids of all ages) tells the tale of
also formed a lifelong friendship         of ne choral music written         Farkle McBride, the brilliant young
with blues great John Lee Hooker,         in recent years, premiering         prodigy who winds his musical
with whom he often performed              a number of new works by            path through the instruments of
locally. Finis’’ reputation as a          living composers. Hailed by         the orchestra, to nally nd his
strong and soulful singer reached         the News Press as ““a model         home on the podium. At the time
new heights with the releases of          collective sound, balanced and      of print, the Friday performance
several CDs, including People Don’’t      pure,”” the Quire has performed     was already completely booked,
Care on Shanachie, from which             to great acclaim on several         but tickets for Wednesday
three songs were used in the lm          European tours, most recently       were still available. Schools
““The Babysitter.””                       in Italy in June 2010. They can     may call Ms. Stephanie Miller
www.sbblues.org                           also be heard on six compact        at 805.898.8785 or email miller@
                                          disc recordings.                    thesymphony.org. Will your school be
Nate Birkey 3.20                                                              on spring break? Contact Ms. Miller
                                          The Quire will present musical      regarding special arrangements.
                          N   ate
                          Birkey’’s
                                          settings of the Psalms by
                                          Schütz, Tallis, and Kreek in
                                          March, 2011. Also on this
                                                                              www.thesymphony.org
                                                                              St. Petersburg Philharmonic 3.23
                          quiet but       program will be a world
                          intense
                          demeanor
                          typies
                                          premiere by composer -in-
                                          residence Michael Eglin. Hear
                                          this wonderful music in the
                                                                              The St. PetersburgisPhilhar- s
                                                                                 monic Orchestra Russia’’
                                                                              oldest symphonic ensemble,
                          an artist       magical space of St. Anthony’’s     founded in 1882. Joining the
                          restlessly      Chapel at the Garden Street         orchestra is American cellist Alisa
                          pursuing        Academy on March 19 and 20,         Weilerstein (b. 1982), who has
                          the             or in First Thursday previews at    attracted attention for playing
evolution of hi own musical
    l ti    f his
personality. As composer,                 the Santa Barbara Museum of         that combines a natural virtuosic
trumpeter and vocalist, Nate              Art on March 3 at 6:30pm.           command with impassioned
Birkey imbues warmth and                  www.quireofvoyces.org               musicianship. ““Shostakovich’’s First
broiling energy into his music.                                               Cello Concerto has all the demands
Birkey has released seven albums                                              to challenge any concert cellist,
for the California-based Household       The Remarkable Farkle McBride        and Weilerstein was able to match
Ink Records. With the 2008 release       3.23 & 3.25                          them with explosive power...””
of Almost Home and Christmas -                                                (BBC Music Magazine)
his rst recordings made with his
NYC-based quintet of saxophonist
Sal Giorgianni, pianist Jim Ridl,
                                                                For their
                                                                  2011
                                                                Concerts
                                                                              The famed orchestra will also
                                                                              perform Rimsky-Korsakov’’s
bassist Tony Marino and drummer                                  for Young    Russian Easter Overture and
Marko Marcinko - Birkey takes                                    People       Brahms’’ Symphony No. 4 and will
another step upward and outward.                                              be conducted by Nikolai Alexeev.
                                                                 Series,




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Nate currently resides in New York                                            www.camasb.org
City and remains busy performing,                                The Santa
recording, and touring the US,           Barbara Symphony and Maestro
                                                              an
                                         Nir Kabaretti will proudly present   Pazzazz! The Musical 3.25-3.27
Canada and Europe with his
quintet. Nate will perform with          two encore performances of
Jamieson Trotter on piano, Jim           The Remarkable Farkle McBride!       The famous statue of George M.
Connolly on bass, and Michael            Back by popular demand, these        Cohan on Times Square comes
Shapiro on Drums.                        exciting performances are free       to life to tell the rollicking,
www.sbjazz.org                           to participating schools and         toe-tapping musical story of
legendary comedians Weber and          emma’’s revolution 3.26                   of Music and Arts of Lithuania; and
Fields, who changed the face of                                                  the University of California, Santa
Broadway. The production turns
the historic Lobero Theatre into an
1899 music hall and relives the fun
                                       Dancing onthere’’edge of folk
                                         and pop
                                                     the
                                                         s a revolution:
                                       emma’’s revolution. ““Bold, profound,
                                                                                 Barbara. Currently, she serves on
                                                                                 the Piano Faculty of Westmont
                                                                                 College in Santa Barbara and
and excitement of the turn of the      moving, hilarious, and transforma-        teaches privately.
century. This all-new production       tive.”” The sound of passion in           www.songtree.org
features great cast, full scenery,     ““deftly-turned phrases,”” songs
fabulous costumes, live music and      imbued with hope, warmth, and the         Jake Shimabukuro 3.31
comedy without a blush. Don’’t         ““power and drive”” to turn tears into
miss this exciting new musical with    laughter, cynicism into action.                               ““Today, the
songs by Milt Larsen and Academy                                                                     ukulele means
Award winner-Richard M. Sherman        emma’’s revolution is the duo of                              something
(Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang      award-winning activist musicians                              much cooler
Bang, Jungle Book, and more.)          Pat Humphries & Sandy O                                       and innitely
                                       who write songs that become                                   more versatile,
Veteran director and choreogra-        traditions. Their song ““If I Give Your                       thanks to
pher Walter Painter (Broadway,         Name”” won Grand Prize in the                                 the startling
Las Vegas, Emmy Awards Shows)          John Lennon Songwriting Contest,                              virtuosity,
has been signed by executive           and their music has been featured                             musical
producers Arlene and Milt Larsen       on NPR’’s ““All Things Considered””                           inquisitive-
to guide this very happy musical       and Pacica’’s ““Democracy Now!””                d h      h
                                                                                 ness and sheer charm of Jake
on the road to a West Coast tour       ““Peace, Salaam, Shalom”” is sung         Shimabukuro.”” The Baltimore Sun
and then on to Las Vegas and           around the world and has been
Broadway. Richard Sherman’’s           called the ““anthem of the anti-war       Hawaiian-born Jake Shimabukuro
record breaking musical Mary           movement.”” ““Keep On Moving              has redened what it means to
Poppins is now in its sixth year on    Forward”” opened the NGO Forum            play the ukulele. Renowned for his
Broadway! www.lobero.com               at the UN Fourth World Conference         lightning-fast ngers and revo-
                                       on Women in Beijing, becoming             lutionary technique, this young
                                       the uno cial theme of the                 virtuoso is ““doing for the ukulele
                                       Conference. Join the revolution!          what Jimi Hendrix did for the
                     Tony Ybarra                                                 guitar”” (San Francisco Chronicle)
                     3.26              Egle Januleviciute, solo piano 3.27       h prodigious playing that dees
                                                                                 labels or category. Known for his
                       Tony is an
                       active and
                       sought out
                                                           This has
                                                              wonderful
                                                           pianist
                                                                                 ability to play everything, from
                                                                                 lilting original compositions to
                                                                                 pop and American songbook
                       guitarist and                       already graced        standards, Shimabukuro views the
                       recording                           Song Tree with        ukulele as an ““untapped source of
                       artist in                           her artistry,         music with unlimited potential.””
                       many styles.                        accompany-            Prepare to be delighted by the
                       He has                              ing cellist Ani       pure joy and intensity of this
                       recorded                            Aznavoorian at        ukulele renegade.
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5 albums under his own name
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and recorded music for the                     t ti    fS
                                       presentation of Song Tree Sunday
Compass label that has been            Afternoon last September. Those
featured across the United             who were there witnessed a
States. His 5th album, entitled        brilliant collaboration,and now we
Flamenco Latino, contains              get to enjoy the solo brilliance of
12 original Flamenco Latino            Dr. Egle Januleviciute.
pieces featuring Flamenco,             Dr. Januleviciute has toured
Samba, Bossa Nova, and Latin           Lithuania, Germany, Finland,
Jazz styles. His music has             Japan, Italy, Belgium, and the
been featured on documen-              former Soviet Union, both
taries, lm, commercials, and          as soloist and collaborative
television such as Turner Classic      artist. She has been performing
Movies, Showtime’’s ““Dexter””         extensively with the Lithuanian




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series, and the in the lm             Chamber Orchestra and the
““Species””. He will be joined by      Kaunas Symphony Orchestra,
Chalo Eduardo on percussion,           along with numerous recordings
Andrew Martinez on winds/              for Lithuanian TV and Radio. She
keyboards, Al Velasquez on             has made several commercial
drums, and Mike Velasquez on bass.     recordings, has won many in-
www.tonyybarraguitar.com               ternational prizes, and has held
                                       teaching positions at the Academy
DOWNBEATS
Adrian Spence and                      And if Warren Jones is there, it’’s   a more modern piece and people
Jose Franch Ballester                  denitely going to happen!            will accept it and listen to it
                                       We don’’t always have kids at         because they know him.
                                       the lunch shows, sometime
                                       the repertoire isn’’t conducive       JFB: I went to my rst Speak
                                       to kids, but we’’ll have them         Easy, and I was very impressed for
                                       back in May again. The schools        several reasons: because of the
                                       contact Camerata Pacica, and         number of people there, because
                                       we pay for the busses to bring        of the really nice piano Warren
                                       them in. My philosophy for            had to play, and also because
                                       these performances is to present      people spoke so freely about the
Adrian Spence has been running         the music to the children; it’’s      piece the composer, how they
Camerata Pacica since 1990            a challenge, especially for the       talked to him without worrying
and has brought Santa Barbara          rst time, because it requires an     what others would think. It was
audiences a very special approach      attention span and a commitment       almost like a family. I was very
to live chamber music perfor-          that they don’’t have. It’’s          surprised about that.
mances. I stopped by Camerata          impossible for us to take 8-10 year
Pacica’’s lunch program on            olds and expect them to sit quietly   AS: What I’’m really trying to do
February 4th to nd clarinetist Jose   through a 45 minute concert.          with Camerata is to bring back
Franch Ballester roaming through                                             the notion that the performance
rows of children demonstrating         So you have to make it fun! You       is a creative experience. Many
circular breathing –– which enabled    can give them juice and cookies       times, you feel it can just be a
him to play continuously for as        and then have the musicians come      reproductive experience. What’’s
long as he wanted. The audience,       out and play in the audience, and     been lost on the audience is what
young and old, was enthralled.         teach them how to cheer and clap,     a high-wire act it really is to be an
Afterwards, I met with Adrian          learn a little concert etiquette,     artist and perform on stage. When
and Jose, pictured above with          and they are having fun! I just       you think what is required of us,
violinist Catherine Leonard, for an    want the kids to get a glimpse of     in any given concert, how many
afternoon’’s chat.                     what the music community is like.     notes do you play? 10,000? 5,000?
                                       I want to send them home with         You are expected to play with 98-
How is the lunch program               a little classical music and a big    99% accuracy, and on top of it,
di erent from the one you              positive experience.                  you are supposed to inect and
present in the evening?                                                      make music. If we’’re really making
                                       Tell us about Camerata Pacica’’s     music, really getting creative,
AS: The lunch program is an            Speak Easy.                           you’’re going to be pushing it to the
abridged version of the evening                                              edge, where you can fall o , but
program, and it’’s o ered for          AS: We had one a couple of nights     that’’s what makes it so exciting!
seniors who don’’t drive at night      ago with Warren. People showed
anymore and for kids. The              up at 5:30 to the Wine Cask for       What’’s been the hardest lesson
really fun thing is that the older     a few drinks, and then Warren         to learn as musicians?
folks seem to enjoy seeing the         came in and starting talking about
reactions that the kids have to        the Clementi Sonata that he was       JFB: That I’’m not Superman.
the music. The mission statement       going to play, compared it with       Sometimes you feel you have the
for Camerata is not to present         Haydn and Mozart and others.          power to conquer any obstacle,
concerts, but to a ect the way         Very few people who come to           but sometimes you need to know
people experience classical music.     the Speak-Easys don’’t know the       when to rest and take time o .
With the regular Camerata              Camerata, and most who do
performances, there’’s a certain       come, have a kind of relationship     How much time do you take o
amount of discussion with the          with the musicians. After a few       in the concert year?




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audience about the pieces to           drinks, they’’ve loosened up, and
be played, especially if there’’s      you get a really fantastic dialogue   JFB: Not too much! I think it’’s
a di cult piece. Tonight, it’’s        going on. We’’re building a real      enough for me as I am a very
pretty straight forward so there       community, we all know each           active person. I cannot stop
won’’t be too much discussion,         other, and I think that allows me     performing. When I‘‘m not
but the musicians are enjoying         to program more freely. It makes      performing, I feel like I’’m not
talking with the audience now.         it so that Jose can come in with      myself. But sometimes you are
sick and you keep trying - you put       ensemble that enjoys playing            How did you rst discover music?
the music before your health and         together, and I want to develop
that’’s been very hard for me to         that and bring the audience along       I think I always loved music, I
learn. I’’m not Superman. I can’’t       with us and grow with us. In a few      always wanted to be a part of
keep going and going. Now, I do          years, I’’d like to go back on tour,    music, I wanted to be a ected
fewer concerts and take a little         but with the recession it’’s just       by music. When I was eleven
better care of myself.                   been taken o the table. But, we         years old, I told my mother that
                                         have been laying the groundwork         I wanted to learn how to play
AS: I see many young musicians           for when economic times are             guitar. She told me to go to the
who live like that, and I think to       better. We’’ve been invited to do       public library where they taught
myself that they’’re going to have       a residency in Hong Kong for two        classes. I was so excited and a
to learn to control some of these        weeks in 2012, and we’’ll take it       little scared, too.
issues, or it’’s going to be a very      from there.                             I went to the rst class, and
short career.                                                                    they gave me things to study at
                                         What I’’ve realized is that the         home. I went back to the next
It seems that many professional          20th century wasn’’t very kind to       class, having struggled all week
classical musicians are traveling        musicians collectively, and we          to do my exercises. And then
world wide for work now.                 shouldn’’t have allowed that to         again the following week, I tried
                                         happen. What we are seeing at           buthad a hard time. My friends
JFB: Yes, this is my schedule!           the beginning of the 21st century       could do everything perfectly and
This month, I did United States,         is very exciting. Musicians             so easily that I realized I didn’’t
Spain, Israel, Spain, United             themselves are starting to step         have the gift. But I didn’’t give up
States, Mexico, United States,           up and take care of their own           completely; I tried again when I
back to Spain.                           community, as opposed to non-           was sixteen or so, and this time
                                         musicians having control over it.       had a private tutor come to the
If you’’re not Superman, how do          It’’s like the lunatics are back in     house. After the second class,
you do it? Do you have special           control of the asylum, and I’’m happy   the teacher didn’’t show up again!
tricks while traveling?                  to count myself as one of them!         (Laughs) He thought there was no
                                                                                 hope! (Laughs)
JFB: I try to rest as much as I can,     Wally Ronchietto
and I try to be very smart with                                                  In 1991, I tried again, with an
my time. The great thing about                                                   older gentleman who played the
Camerata is that we’’re here for                                                 guitar so beautifully, but I felt
two weeks and can get some time                                                  embarrassed and thought he could
o in this beautiful town of Santa                                                use his time di erently. I tried for
Barbara and can really relax and                                                 three or four months, but then we
enjoy ourselves.                                                                 both agreed that it was better not
                                                                                 to continue. (Laughs)
What’’s been the hardest thing                                                   Nevertheless, I have somehow
that you’’ve learned through                                                     always been involved with music,
Camerata?                                                                        all my life. I would go to the
                                                                                 shows of my friends in school and
AS: I think the single hardest                                                   university and help them with
thing is learning that it’’s not a                                               what they needed because even if
meritocracy. The quality of the          Wally Ronchietto, owner of Café         I couldn’’t play music myself, I still
product is directly related to its       Buenos Aires, is a lover of music       wanted to be a part of it.
success, but it’’s not enough to         and of life. When he started up with
make it a success. I am constantly       the restaurant, the lot where Café      My focus has changed over time: At
reminded of that, after 21 years of      Buenos Aires stands now was a           rst I wanted to learn the Gaucho/
doing this, I’’ve developed a thicker    gas station. Today, almost fteen       folkloric music of Argentina, and as
hide to that, but it never fails to      years later, through food, music        I grew older, I wanted to play the
disappoint me. We really have a          and dance, Wally has built an oasis     Beatles! I got into Augustin Lara,




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performing institute that’’s playing     of Latin American culture. Due to       the wonderful Mexican composer
at the height of the game, but it’’s     CBA’’s authentic cuisine, enhanced      whose lyrics are like poems. As a
still di cult to keep coal in the re.   ve nights a week by Argentine          young man, I hated tango music,
                                         tango and dance, Folkloric Andean       because it was what my parents
Where would you like to see              music, Brazilian dancers, Latin Jazz,   and grandparents listened to.
Camerata in ve or ten years?            and more, Café Buenos Aires has         It was embarrassing! Whenever
                                         become a treasured establishment        they’’d play a tango record, I’’d close
AS: We have an established               in Santa Barbara.                       the window so that none of our
neighbors could hear.                                      It is well known in the musical community that you
                                                           take personal care of the musicians who play here at
But then as I got older and moved here, tango music        the Café.
all of a sudden made sense to me. I got so into it, in
1996 I went to San Francisco chasing a group called        I know how hard it is to be a musician and how hard it
““Forever Tango.”” After the show, I met one of the        is not to be a musician, because I tried so hard, really
dancers and asked if there was a way that they could       gave it the best e ort I could, and I couldn’’t get it,
bring a smaller version of their show to the Lobero.       so I really know how hard it is not to be a musician!
We talked and arranged it so that I brought them           (Laughs) So imagine, to be a real musician, it’’s a lot of
there, and it was phenomenal!                              work. It’’s years and years of practicing and listening
                                                           and working –– it’’s a real e ort! For people to say
With that, I got much more involved with tango music.      ““Why are you paying musicians, when they will play
When we opened the restaurant in 1997, we had a            for free?”” I say, ““Because it’’s wrong not to pay them,
tango quartet, and we’’ve been doing it ever since.        they work so hard, they completely deserve it.”” I
                                                           don’’t mean to judge anybody, but it’’s my opinion that
How do you decide who plays at the Café? How               professional musicians should not be playing for free,
did you find the musicians?                                unless it is a benet. People need to exercise their
                                                           art and perform whenever possible, but they should
Bandoneon players are very di cult to nd. There           always be paid for their work.
are at most ve hundred of them in the whole world,
                                                           To me, the music and the culture that we have here
and in California, we have three ! We have Alejandro
                                                           at the restaurant isn’’t business, it’’s life. And we
Scarpino, who plays here at the restaurant and is the
                                                           approach it with the same care that we approach life
best bandoneon player I know. He can play as many
                                                           because it’’s beautiful.
notes with the instrument pulled closed as when it
is open. Most players today, they only play with the
instrument open because it’’s a di erent keyboard.
Scarpino can play them both, with great ease. He’’s an
amazing fellow. There is Coco Trevisano, who tours
with ““Forever Tango”” most of the time, and then there
is an American who lives up in San Francisco.

In 2007, I went down to Argentina and Uruguay
looking for a bandoneon player. We went to hear the
Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo, Uruguay, where
they have eight bandoneon players in the bandoneon
section! They played classical music, but they also
played tango with orchestra. And then, I nally met a
great player who came to live and work here for a year,
but then he had to go back to Uruguay.

I would say that a minimum of ten to fteen people
a week come for auditions to play at the restaurant. I
don’’t like to change things much, however, because I
like very much the people who are here, plus it’’s a lot
of extra work to book multiple performers.

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and then switch to jazz, which does not work here.
We try to keep our performances within the Latin
American culture because there are so many other
places for other music, but not for Latin American
music. But, I do like the people who play here very
much! The Martinez Brothers have been playing here
every Saturday for fourteen years and it’’s wonderful!
                                                                                                             www.musicsan
        WALKABOUTwith Brett Lee Dicks
        When Music Abides: Je Bridges          Through their respective contribu-       Todd Snider, Greg Brown, and of
        helps Sings Like Hell turn 200.        tions to seminal collectives such as     course, Kenny Edwards.
                                               The Blasters, X, The Flesh Eaters,
                                               The Nerves, and The Plimsouls,           That’’s some serious musical
                                               there was a personied history of        precedence that a celebration
                                               Californian music. Throw in Glen         of 200 shows is destined to
                                               Phillips and Sean and Sara Watkins       represent. To do it justice, Sings
                                               and the state’’s more recent musical     Like Hell’’s 200th show will need
                                               past was also vibrantly represented.     a serious presence. Fortunately,
                                               For a series that built its reputation   that is something that Santa
                                               on musical indulgence, that was          Barbara doesn’’t run short of.
                                               never going to be celebration            And there is perhaps no greater
                                               enough. Enter Jackson Browne             artistic presence in town than
                                               and Richard Thompson. Four               reigning Academy Award winner
                                               decades of musical luminaries            Je Bridges and his musical sage
                                               weaving their magic was a tting         T-Bone Burnett. Neither are, of
                                               tribute to a series that has made        course, strangers to Sings Like
                                               a point of celebrating the talents       Hell. Burnett has graced its stage
                                               of so many of their unsung               previously and, in being a longtime
        Over the course of its fourteen        contemporaries. It was a night           subscriber, Bridges has enjoyed
        year existence, Sings Like Hell has    that will forever live large in the      the view from the pews upon
        marked many a musical milestone.       ery annals of Sings Like Hell. The      many occasions.
        It has celebrated some of the          only problem with presenting an
        greatest singer-songwriters of our     evening of that caliber is what to       When Bridges raised a golden
        time while also introducing the        do after another 100 shows.              statue into the air after winning
        world to the next generation of        Series producer, Peggie Jones,           Best Actor in a Leading Role at
        artists. This month, Sings Like Hell   obviously wasn’’t thinking about         last year’’s Academy Awards, it
        celebrates its 200th show. And it      show number 200 when she                 was the culmination of a thirty
        will do so with the help of some       wrangled together that collection        year journey that was fuelled
        of contemporary music’’s nest.        of talent. But, if there is one thing    by music. In 1980, he made a
        The reverent T-Bone Burnett will       that Sings Like Hell has instilled       film called Heaven’’s Gate that
        lead a band of musical luminaries      across the course of its 199 shows       starred, amongst others, Kris
        fronted by Je Bridges. A long          to date, it is that you should           Kristofferson. Also on set of the
                                               never underestimate the musical          sprawling western were Stephen
        time supporter of the series, it is    might of Ms. Jones. After all, she       Bruton and T-Bone Burnett who
        only tting that Bridges should        is the promoter that gave Santa          not only contributed to the
        himself nally pass through the        Barbara the likes of Gillian Welch       soundtrack, but also comprised
        gates of Hell.                         long before ““O’’Brother, Where          the film’’s bar-room band.
                                               Art Thou?,”” Damien Rice prior to        That union subsequently laid
        It seems like only yesterday           the nation discovering ““Blower’’s       the foundations for Bridges’’
        that Sings Like Hell turned 100.       Daughter”” in a lm soundtrack,          ascension to the pinnacle of
        In so doing, the local music           and The Avett Brothers before            his craft and the friendships he
        series achieved what few of            they became national treasures.          made doing it have endured
        its colleagues have been able          Along the way, Blue Rodeo                three decades.
        to do before - a contemporary          ventured down from Canada to
        music series presented its 100th       ll the Lobero with their elegantly      A few weeks prior to the 2010
        consecutive show. That gave            laidback take on contemporary            Academy Awards - when T-Bone
        cause to celebrate, and naturally,     country, New Zealand’’s Neil Finn        Burnett and Ryan Bingham won
        Sings Like Hell celebrated as only     stepped outside of Crowded               the award for Best Original Song
        it could. An o ering of the nest      House to regale the assembled            for ““The Weary Kind”” - the Santa
        singer-songwriters this country        with his pristine pop sensibilities,     Barbara International Film Festival




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        has produced wandered onto the         and The Waifs showed how a band          honored Bridges with a day-long
        Lobero stage to engage both the        that toured rural Australia for 12       tribute that culminated with a
        audience and each other in an          years could come to America and          screening of ““Crazy Heart.”” It was
        evening of song.                       be an overnight success. And that’’s     a tting undertaking as his role
                                               not to mention the cavalcade of          in the lm of an aging liner-note
       The king of Californian cool, Dave      troubadours that have passed             was one that coupled two of his
       Alvin, was there as was his musical     through the gates of Hell: names         greatest passions –– music and lm.
       brother in arms, Peter Case.            like Jesse Winchester, Tom Russell,      But despite the symbiosis, Bridges’’
ntabarbara.com
decision to take on the role of the    guests to stop by and help Sings         with a handful of gems from his
weary singer-songwriter was by no      Like Hell make its 200th show a          considerable past.
means a given.                         night to remember. And while it          You are about to head out
                                       will no doubt prove a tting tribute     on tour again. Is there more
““Whenever I get a script that         to what has come before, rest            independence to your sojourning
concerns music, it peaks my            assured that when it comes to            these days then there was in the
interest,”” enthused Bridges after a   Sings Like Hell, the best is always      Wall of Voodoo days?
screening of ““Crazy Heart”” at the    yet to come.
festival. ““But at the same time,      Tickets for Sings Like Hell’’s 200th     I would say that most musicians
the bar is set pretty high as far      Anniversary show are available by        get to a certain place where
as doing music movies because I        subscribing to the forthcoming           they get to take charge of things
did a movie a few years ago called     series. The recession-busting            themselves and rather than
the ““Fabulous Baker Boys.”” When      price of $200 will get you seven         someone else. I’’ve been pretty
““Crazy Heart”” came along, I was      evenings of pristine music               much independent for the last
very excited to read the script;       including all six shows of the           century or so. There’’s always a
it was wonderful - a great story,      new series plus as a ticket to the       purpose when you’’re on tour. You
great dialogue, but it was missing     anniversary concert with Je              are going to play some place that
an essential ingredient: the music.    Bridges and T-Bone Burnett. There        night and there’’s an anticipation
There was no music. And I gured, if   are no single performance tickets        that comes with that which always
you don’’t have the right music this   for the show. See you all in Hell.       feels good. In the mean time,
could be pretty bad. So I passed.””                                             you’’re getting there and hanging
                                       Stan Ridgway’’s Eternal Mirage           out with the other employees. It
Bridges was always director                                                     becomes tight musical illuminati.
Scott Cooper’’s rst choice for the                              Stan           It’’s like a little motorcycle gang
character of Bad Blake. Having                                   Ridgway        travelling from town to town.
optioned the rights to Thomas                                    will be
Cobb’’s novel of the same name,                                  the rst       You have led a very dynamic
Cooper sent the subsequent script                                to tell you    creative existence. Has it always
to longtime friend Robert Duvall.                                that music     been that way?
With Duvall assuming the role                                    is about
of producer, next on Cooper’’s                                   taking         I’’m always trying to do something.
list were Bridges and Burnett. A                       journey
                                       listeners on a journey. For Ridgway,     I can’’t stand being idle and not
year after he rst passed on the       his musical journey has been one         creating or putting something
role, Bridges crossed paths with       of the most eclectic journeys and        together that throws something back
Burnett. With Burnett conrming        gratifying imaginable. From his          into the face of the invertible entropy
his intent, Bridges quickly            early days fronting the seminal          that sometimes life is all about. You
followed, and it wasn’’t long before   Los Angeles outt Wall of Voodoo         get so much crap throw at you that it
Bruton joined the fold as well and     through to breaking out solo with        feels good to throw something back.
production was imbued with an air      a little help of Stuart Copeland         And that’’s addictive.
of familiarity.                        of The Police to a captivating
                                       solo career that has embraced            You have recently released a
It was the experience of working       clever and insightful songwriting,       new album, Neon Mirage. On
on ““Crazy Heart”” with Burnett that   scoring soundtracks, and even            the album, there is a beautifully
                                       dabbling in orchestral arrange-          contemplative version of one of
has added fuel to Bridges’’s already   ments, Ridgway’’s musical path
brightly burning musical ame.                                                  your earlier songs, ““Big Green
                                       has been one of innite turns as         Tree.”” How did Dave Alvin
Bridges is by no means a stranger      well as dynamic self-expression.
to songwriting or performing.          Last year he released a new solo         become involved with a new
A long time musical prodigy, in        album Neon Mirage. While any             production of that song?
2000 he released an album titled       number of superlatives could easy
““Be Here Soon”” on a label he                                                  It started with Amy (Farris) and
                                       be employed in its celebration, one      Pietra (Wexstun) and playing a
co-owns with Michael McDonald          of the album’’s dening factors is its
and Chris Pelonis. He teamed up        heartfelt beauty. Numerous hands         benet show for Peter Case who
with Pelonis and his band The          went into making the album, but          had some medical bills to pay.
Abiders last year to perform at        the recording will always stand as       We played that song, and it was
a benet concert for the Santa         glowing testament to the graceful        one of Amy’’s favorites. Dave Alvin




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Barbara Birth Center. Accordingly      talents of Amy Farris whose              was there playing and helping the
to a recent posting Bridges made       inspiration and sublime talents are      cause and said that I ought to cut
on his website, plans are currently    rmly entrenched within its soul.        that. There was another song we
a foot for a new album, which          For Ridgway, the album represents        sang in the show, ““Lenny Bruce,””
his longtime friend Burnett is         a deeply personal creative               and Dave said he had never before
naturally destined to be a part of.    statement. Ridgway is returning to       heard it sung that way. So, we
As well as Je Bridges and T-Bone       SOhO in March where he will o er         went into the studio to record
Burnett, expect a few very special     insight into the new recording along     it, and Amy said ““we have to do
‘‘Big Green Tree’’ too,”” and I said    for you, but you also try di erent       language and how he approaches
““well it was recorded quite some       approaches. One approach is to           sound. Everyone who tries to
time ago,”” and she said that she       just not care. Whereas before            make this stu simply tries to
had some ideas. We changed the          you work really, really, hard and if     make it engaging to a point where
key and did it the way you just         you’’re sweating and it hurts then       nobody wants to turn it o until
described, and it came o great.         everything must be okay. But             it’’s over. Whether it’’s songwriting
                                        creativity shouldn’’t really hurt.       or soundtrack music, it’’s all about
And from there great things             It’’s work, but it shouldn’’t be hard    taking the listener on a journey,
emerged?                                work. When creativity is really          and the thing that you want more
                                        working, it’’s a ow that you’’ve        than anything else is for them to
We cut the rest and marched o           connected with and a trust that          stay on board for the entire trip.
from there and did a few other          you have developed over time.
things. Amy went o on tour with                                                  Christina Grimm’’s
Dave for a couple of months. I did      The period during which you              Well Tuned Vision
some work at home and when she          created Neon Mirage was very
came back we did some more and          tumultuous for you. That must                                   When it comes
as the year marched on things just      have exerted an inuence on the                                 to supporting
kind of started to happen. People       creative process.                                               the Santa
left and people died. Amy left us                                                                       Barbara singer-
and I was left with these tracks. I     During that period, my father                                   songwriter
just didn’’t know what to do with       passed away, Amy took her life,                                 scene, few have
them at rst as I had a di erent        and my uncle left us. I think you                               been as active
idea for the record. But then I let     reach a certain point in life with                              or dynamic
the record write itself and be the      family where calamity hits. That                                as Christina
record it was going to be. And now      record has a di erent perspective.                              Grimm.
I know why.                             I’’m working on another record           Not only was Grimm the driving
                                        right now that’’s pretty di erent        force behind the Santa Barbara
I know musicians who plan               from Neon Mirage. But I am happy         Songwriters Showcase that
everything down to the nest            with the way it turned out because       occupied Jenson’’s Mainstage for
details when recording. But it is       as the record progressed, that was       several years, she also instigated
such an eccentrically beautiful         the way it was meant to be. As           the Santa Barbara Songwriter
collection of songs. That must          you say, some people they plan it        TV Show on Channel 17. More
count a lot for letting things take     out and know exactly what they’’re       recently, Grimm has been lending
their course?                           going to be doing. But a record has      the Durango Songwriter’’s Expo a
                                        its own personality that will force      hand by orchestrating an annual
At least for the songwriters I talk     itself no matter which way you try       showcase at SOhO that precedes
to, the challenge as we get older is    to steer it.                             the Expo each February and has
to try and stay authentic in some                                                also helped launch the Cambridge
way or another. It’’s very easy to      The point of a piece of music is         Drive Concert series in Goleta. An
start regurgitating what you’’ve        to take a listener on a journey.         enthusiastic singer-songwriter
done before because it has worked       How di erent is the creative             herself, a little while back Grimm
previously. So why not do some          journey for you between writing          released a recording of entitled No
more of that? But sometimes             a three minute song with                 Time To Be Blue. For the past year or
you’’ve got to let go of the reins to   lyrics as opposed to scoring an          two, Grimm has been directing her
let what’’s inside come out and not     instrumental soundtrack?                 musical enthusiasm into the eld of
edit it too much. Songwriters think                                              sound therapy. With Grimm hosting
a lot more about these things than      They’’re the same really. It’’s just     a free workshop at the Karpeles
listeners do, and if listeners really   that the construct is di erent. But      manuscript Library and Museum on
knew what songwriters are doing         really it’’s all about engagement. In    March 10th, we recently spoke with
with their songs, they would            both you just try to get the thing       her about the eclectic path music
wonder why they are so nit picky        to be engaging for the amount of         has taken her down.
about this and that. But, it’’s just    time it’’s being played. And this is
one of those things that happens        a funny thing, too, because a lot        You were instrumental in
with the mind.                          of it is relative. I’’m not ignorant     establishing the Santa Barbara
                                        to the fact that there are tons          Songwriter Showcase. What




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How has the process of writing          of people who would listen to            was your motivation behind the
changed for you over the years?         something I think is great and be        undertaking?
                                        completely bored. And I would say
When you’’re younger things             the same for some of the things          I wanted to give local songwriters
are fresher, and putting words          they would listen to, and it’’s not      the opportunity to perform
together with music is rather           even about genera. I listen to Miles     in a good listening venue, so
novel. As you get older, you            Davis not because I like jazz - it’’s    I approached Jensen’’s about
realize that certain things work        because I like Miles Davis. I like his   building a stage similar to
McCabes in Santa Monica. We              exploring the discipline of            this works because it helped me
had our rst monthly showcase            healing through sound. Anyone          overcome my own anxieties and
in February 2007 and then added          who has ever been thrust into a        my clients have also experienced
some regular concerts and                mosh pit at a death metal show         major breakthroughs.
the Santa Barbara Songwriter             knows only too well the power
TV Show in 2008. I enjoyed               of music, but talk me through          There was a very enlightening
producing –– which I learned at the      the principles behind sound as an      scene in the lm ““The King’’s
UCLA Film School –– but wanted           instrument of healing. What are        Speech,”” where the therapist
to focus on my own music again           some of the techniques involved?       had the King listen to music
after two years.                                                                in headphones while reading
                                         We are all a ected by music            a text out loud. Are a lot of
There were some wonderful                on the emotional level, but the        performance anxieties the result
shows. What were some of your            response is very individual. When      of our brains getting in the way?
favorites?                               I work with clients, I record voice
                                         analysis graphs that show which        Denitely! Many people have let
Kenny Edwards certainly stands           notes (frequencies) are missing        their inner critic convince them
out as a highlight in my mind.           or excessive in their voices. When     that they are incapable of a good
Alissa Moreno played a beautiful         a note is decient, we will be         performance. Dr. Louise Montello
concert as part of her involvement       attracted to it. So there is no tone   has developed approaches for
in the Durango Songwriter Expo           that has the same healing e ect        transforming this negativity by
(for which I produced several            on everyone. I’’ve seen many           dealing with underlying causes. I
SOhO showcases). But there were          positive changes in people after       studied with her in New York last
also wonderful sets by locals like       singing and/or listening to their      year and now use these body-
Jesse Rhodes, Khasy Modisette,           missing notes. Every aspect of         mind awareness techniques with
Rebecca Troon, and Rich Phillips,        music –– including rhythm, tempo,      my clients.
as well as Fiona Kernigan and            breath, lyrics, and intent –– can
Natalie D. Napoleon from                 be healing when used in the            I understand you are undertaking
Australia.                               appropriate way. The other side        a new recording, A rmations in
                                         of the coin is that sound can also     the Key of RA.For whom is the CD
You released your own album              have negative e ects, especially in    designed?
a couple of years ago. Many of           terms of volume.
the songs blossomed in the live
setting; what was it like to then        Perhaps you could explain what         It’’s designed for anyone who
commit them to a recording?              a holistic approach to singing         wants to combine the Key of
                                         involves?                              RA’’s healing power with uplifting
I’’m glad that I was able to rst                                               words. Each of the 12 a rmations
play them and get feedback at            I graph the voice, check the           corresponds with energy centers
our local song circles, concerts,        breathing, and analyze the             such as the heart. For example:
and the SummerSongs camp.                physical sound production. Then        ““There is love in my heart / when
Live performance denitely helps         I work with singers to release         we’’re together, when we’’re apart
polish and mature a song. During         tensions and anxieties, followed       / I feel the love, love in my heart.””
the recording sessions, it was           by toning in the most benecial        The CD will also contain the
very satisfying to work out the          tuning. We work individually with      same music tracks with German
additional instrumentation and           all of the elements before actually    lyrics since I also plan to perform
harmonies with producer Jack Lee.        singing a song. This approach has      concerts in Europe. The local CD
                                         also been e ective for people who      release concert will be in May.
You have moved away from the             want to improve their speaking
singer-songwriter world lately.          voices. My ““Tune Your Voice””         What will your free lecture
What has inspired this shift in          website has more information.          on March 10 at the Karpeles
musical focus?                                                                  Museum feature?
                                         And how does that help with
As much as I love the music scene,       performance anxiety or stage           The lecture will include an
I want to devote more time to            fright?                                overview of musical qualities such
the sound therapy work that I                                                   as frequencies, tunings, perfect
began in 1997. I will be going on        It’’s important to work on four        fths, and overtones –– as well as
a German lecture tour based on           levels to overcome performance         intent, breath, and regeneration




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my connections as a translator of        anxiety. Train the physical aspects    through sound. I will also
books on holistic health. I still play   of singing and/or performing.          demonstrate tuning forks and the
my original music as ““Songs in          Release any obstacles on the           various tunings in the Key of RA
the Key of RA”” and integrate the        emotional/mental level.                (A=424 instead of the standard
principles of sound healing into         Prepare the performance in             A=440) and Phi (A=432). Audience
the performance.                         advance. Harmonize the energy          members will then be invited to
                                         so that the performer connects         participate in a toning circle with
More recently you have been              with the audience. I know that         the Tune Your Voice CD as a guide.
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                                                                        LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR                                                             MARCH 2011

                                                                        E= Every Week on This Day
                                                                                                                   Cindy Kalmenson + Susan Reeves 7:30 pm
                                                                        Tuesday the 1st                            Cambridge Drive Church 550 Cambridge Dr
                                                                                                                   www.cambridgechurch.org
                                                                        Opera Nights at Tre Lune 6:30 pm
                                                                        Tre Lune 1151 Coast Village Rd.            Brazilian Carnaval Cultural 8 pm
                                                                        www.operasb.com 969.2646                   Soho 1221 State St.
                                                                                                                   sbcarnaval@gmail.com
                                                                        Vienna Philharmonic 8 pm
                                                                        The Granada 1216 State St                  UCSB Chamber Choir –– Water Music 8 pm
                                                                        www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu               St. Anthony’’s 2300 Garden St
                                                                                                                   www.music.ucsb.edu
IF I AM GONE, VISIT www.musicsantabarbara.com for LIVE MUSIC CALENDAR




                                                                        Wednesday the 2nd
                                                                                                                   Soul Biscuit 10 pm
                                                                        Opera SB Free Brown Bag Concert 12 pm      Dargans Pub 18 E. Ortega
                                                                        The Granada 1216 State                     www.dargans.com
                                                                        www.operasb.com
                                                                                                                   Saturday the 5th
                                                                        Rolando Gingras 5:30 pm E
                                                                        Fresco Five Points                         Emerson Quartet Masterclass 1 pm
                                                                        3987-B La Cumbre                           UCSB Music Room 1145
                                                                                                                   www.music.ucsb.edu
                                                                        Vincent Zorn 6:30 pm E
                                                                        Cava 1212 State St.                        Ulysses Jazz 7:30 pm E
                                                                        www.cavarestaurant.com                     The James Joyce 513 State St
                                                                                                                   www.thejamesjoyce.com
                                                                        Alejandro Scarpino & Erin Bonski 7 pm E
                                                                        Café Buenos Aires 1316 State St.           Emerson Quartet 8 pm
                         TAKE ME WITH YOU




                                                                        www.cafebuenosaires.com                    UCSB Campbell Hall
                                                                                                                   www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu
                                                                        Thursday the 3rd
                                                                                                                   UCSB Middle East Ensemble 8 pm
                                                                        Montecito Jazz Project 5 pm                UCSB Lehmann Hall
                                                                        Pierre Lafond 516 State St.                www.music.ucsb.edu
                                                                        www.pierrlafond.com
                                                                                                                   Martinez Brothers 8 pm E
                                                                        Salt Martians 5:30 pm E                    Café Buenos Aires 1316 State St
                                                                        Tupelo Junction 1218 State                 www.cafebuenosaires.com
                                                                        899.3100
                                                                                                                   Sunday the 6th
                                                                        Dannsair 6:30 pm E
                                                                        Dargan’’s Irish Pub 18 E. Ortega           La Traviata 2:3o pm
                                                                        www.dargans.com                            The Granada 1216 State St.
                                                                                                                   www.operasb.com
                                                                        Gilberto Gonzalez 6:30 pm E
                                                                        Cava 1212 Coast Village Rd                 Santa Barbara Youth Symphony 3 pm
                                                                        www.cavarestaurant.com                     Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido
                                                                                                                   www.sbys.org
                                                                        Friday the 4th
                                                                                                                   Al Reese 5 pm E
                                                                        Teka 6:30 pm E                             Café Buenos Aires 1316 State
                                                                        Cava 1212 Coast Village Rd                 www.cafebuenosaires.com
                                                                        www.cavarestaurant.com
                                                                                                                   Dannsair 6:30 E
                                                                        Ensemble Vientos del Sur 6:30 pm E         The James Joyce 513 State St.
                                                                        Carlitos 1324 State St.                    www.thejamesjoyce.com
                                                                        www.carlitos.com
                                                                                                                   UCSB Jazz Ensemble 7 pm
                                                                        Gadjo Dilo 6:30 pm E                       UCSB Lehmann Hall
                                                                        Café Zaytoon 209 E. Canon Perdido          www.music.ucsb.edu
                                                                        www.cafezaytoon.com




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                                                                                                                   Tuesday the 8th
                                                                        Wayeris Quartet 7 pm E
                                                                        Café Buenos Aires 1316 State St.           McCoy Tyner 8 pm
                                                                        www.cafebuenosaires.com                    Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido
                                                                                                                   www.lobero.com
                                                                        La Traviata 7:30 pm
                                                                        The Granada 1216 State St                  UCSB ECM- Rustlin’’ Up Spring 8 pm
                                                                        www.operasb.com                            UCSB Lehmann Hall
                                                                                                                   www.music.ucsb.edu
Wednesday the 9th                             Finis Tasby 8 pm
                                              Warren Showgrounds
Santa Barbara Music Club 11 am                www.sbblues.org
Faulkner Gallery 40 W Anapamu
www.sbmusicclub.org                           Quire of Voyces 7 pm
                                              St Anthony’’s Chapel 2300 Garden
UCSB Symphony Orchestra 8 pm                  www.quireofvoyces.org
UCSB Lehmann Hall
www.music.ucsb.edu                            Sunday the 20th
Thursday the 10th                             Nate Birkey 1 pm
                                              Soho Music Club 1221 State
Christine Grimm 7 pm                          www.sbjazz.org
Karpeles Gallery 21 W. Anapamu
www.tuneyourvoice.com                         Met Live: Lucia di Lammermoor 2 pm
                                              MAW Hahn Hall 1070 Fairway
UCSB Music of India 7 pm                      www.musicacademy.org
UCSB Geiringer Hall
www.music.ucsb.edu                            Santa Barbara Symphony 3 pm
                                              The Granada 1216 State St
Hot Tuna Blues 8 pm                           www.thesymphony.org
Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido
www.lobero.com                                Quire of Voyces 3 pm
                                              St Anthony’’s Chapel 2300 Garden
CREATE + PLOTZ! 8 pm                          www.quireofvoyces.org
Muddy Waters 508 Haley
www.colterfrazier.com/sbnewmusicseries.html   Wednesday the 23rd
UCSB Women’’s Chorus 8 pm                     Remarkable Farkle McBride 11 am
Trinity Episcopal 1500 State                  The Granada 1216 State St
www.music.ucsb.edu                            www.thesymphony.org
Friday the 11th                               St. Petersburg Philharmonic 8 pm
                                              The Granada 1216 State St.
Camerata Pacica 1 & 7:30 pm                  www.camasb.org
MAW Hahn Hall 1070 Fairway
www.cameratapacica.org                       Friday the 25th
Dennis McNeil 8 pm                            Remarkable Farkle McBride 11 am
Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido            The Granada 1216 State St
www.lobero.com                                www.thesymphony.org
UCSB Gospel Choir 8 pm                        Pazzazz! 8 pm
UCSB Lehmann Hall                             Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido
www.music.ucsb.edu                            www.lobero.com
Saturday the 12th                             Saturday the 26th
Claudia Russell 7:30 pm                       Pazzazz! 2 & 8 pm
Live Oak Unitarian 820 N. Fairview            Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido
www.songtree.org                              www.lobero.com
Montecito Jazz Project w/ Margie Nelson 8     emma’’s revolution 8 pm
State & A 1201 State St                       Trinity Episcopal 1500 State St.
www.stateanda.com/entertainment.htm           www.trinitybackstage.com
Wednesday the 16th                            Tony Ybarra & Sonido Moreno 9 pm
                                              El Paseo 813 Anacapa
Opera on the Go: Leonard Bernstein 5:30       www.tonyybarraguitar.com
The Granada 1216 State St
www.operasb.com                               Sunday the 27th
Saturday the 19th                             Pazzazz! 2 & 7 pm
                                              Lobero Theater 33 E. Canon Perdido
Met Live: Lucia di Lammermoor 10 am & 5:30    www.lobero.com
MAW Hahn Hall 1070 Fairway




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www.musicacademy.org                          Egle Januleviciute 3 pm
                                              Live Oak Unitarian 820 N. Fairview
Santa Barbara Music Club 3 pm                 www.songtree.org
Faulkner Gallery 40 W. Anapamu
www.sbmusicclub.org                           Thursday the 31st
Santa Barbara Symphony 8 pm                   Jake Shimabukuro 8 pm
The Granada 1216 State St                     UCSB Campbell Hall
www.thesymphony.org                           www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu
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