Resonance Jazz: Women UpFront!

Resonance Jazz: Women UpFront!

8:00 pm

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2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, USA

Resonance Jazz Ensemble: Women UpFront at Rhythmix!


When: Saturday November 17th
Where: Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $10



For this concert “Women Up Front”, Resonance Jazz Ensemble showcases a few of their female band members playing “up front” (rather than as typical background players ) marrying the sounds of their unusual jazz orchestration that includes strings and vocals. Performances offer a rich composite of original standards by Steve McQuarry, Bandleader and creative arrangements of jazz standards, from Duke Ellington to George Gershwin, and Keith Jarrett.

This relatively new Bay Area group hails members bringing a seasoned history of performing with legendary artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Clare Fischer, Dave Anderson Quartet, Terrence Brewer, Joe Lovano, Jethro Tull, Oakland Jazz Choir, Mingus Amungus, Gloria Estefan, as well as the Marin and Berkeley Symphonies, Woodminster Theatre Orchestra, and the California Pops Orchestra. 
Listen to a sampling of Resonance’s music.

Rhythmix Cultural Works is a community-based arts center featuring a wealth of diverse classes and performances by local artists converging, collaborating and presenting their work in an intimate performance space.

Laura Austin Wiley: piccolo, flute, Alto Flute
Michele Walther: Violin
Georgianna Krieger: Soprano Sax, Baritone Saxophone, alto sax
Ted Burik: Double Bass
Greg German: Drums
Stephen McQuarry: Acoustic Piano
Nancy Bien: Cello
Michelle Mastin: Viola

Nancy Bien: Cello
Nancy is a California native who grew up in the bay area. She began taking piano lessons when she was 6 years old, was handed a cello three years later and never looked back. After getting both a BA and an MA in music (performance), she taught and played on the east coast for a few years before moving back to the bay area to launch a career as a freelance cellist. She is the assistant principle cellist of the Marin Symphony, principle cellist for the Berkeley Left Edge Opera (formerly Berkeley Opera), is a member of the Berkeley Symphony, and often performs with other orchestras and small ensembles throughout the bay area. A few years ago she was hired to play in the backup band for a jazz soloist and found a new musical passion! She has been playing in the Berkeley Jazz Workshop since January, 2009. Nancy is also a painter -canvases of vibrant, energetic figures (mostly). And a mom of three exceptional people: April, Frank, and Carter.

Laura Austin Wiley: Piccolo, C-Flute, Alto Flute, Vocal
Laura grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where she took flute and voice lessons from faculty members of the I.U. School of Music. As an undergraduate at Columbia University in New York, she participated in musical theater productions both as a singer/actress and as a flutist in the pit orchestra. After graduation, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she pursued graduate musical studies at Holy Names University. She has studied flute privately with Paul Renzi of the San Francisco Symphony and Stephen Schultz of Philharmonia Baroque. She has played with many local ensembles, including the Woodminster Amphitheater Orchestra, the Alameda Light Opera Orchestra and the Holy Names University Orchestra. In addition to playing with Resonance, she plays flute in several jazz ensembles. She has recorded two flute and piano CDs.

Michele Walther: Violin
Michele performs in symphony orchestras and small groups, including classical, jazz, world music and tango. She has performed with Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, Joe Lovano, Mark Feldman, Gloria Estefan, John Cage, Mathias Ruegg (Vienna Art Orchestra), The Boston String Quartet, and many others. For many years she was a member of the Basel Sinfonietta in Switzerland, a symphony orchestra dedicated to perform music of the 20th century. Ms Walther received her MA at the Basel Conservatory in Switzerland, majoring in violin performance and education. Later, she graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a major in jazz violin. Currently she is a faculty member of the Community Music Center in San Francisco and the New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto.

Georgianna Krieger: Soprano, Alto and Baritone Saxophones
Georgianna began playing saxophone at age 9 and just kept playing. Influenced by college radio, Gerry Mulligan and a North Texas State University philosophy professor, Georgianna sees a connection between jazz improvising and drawing but is unlikely to ever bring it up. While studying figurative sculpture, she earned a bachlors degree in Jazz and Commercial music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. When she's not playing saxophone, sculpting or parenting Georgianna dreams of summer and loose leaf tea.

Michelle Mastin: Viola 
Michelle Mastin holds her BM from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and her Masters from the Eastman School of Music in New York. She has also received the Professinal Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Jodi Levitz. While at CCM, Michelle was a student of Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catherine Carroll, and then a student of George Taylor at Eastman. She spent three summers at the Aspen Music festival in Colorado and one summer in Lucca, Italy at the Opera Theatre and Chamber Music festival. She has also played for the BASOTI Opera Fesitval and Workshop in San Francisco, and has spent two summers as a fellowship student at the PACO chamber music camp. Michelle has been an active performer on both violin and viola working with orchestras such as the Rochester Philharmonic, the Erie Philharmonic, the Kentucky Symphony, and the Santa Cruz Symphony. She also enjoys chamber music and spent two years working with the Eastman Chamber Society, as well as two years as a fellow and coach for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. She is currently active with the Altair Trio, the St Peter’s Chamber Orchestra, and the California Pops Orchestra.

Ted Burik: Double-Bass
Ted has performed jazz and classical music for over 30 years in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. To best capture the deep sonic possibilities found in the bass, he focuses on performing modern and traditional jazz on both upright bass and electric fretted and fretless basses. While in New York, he studied and performed with Rick Petrone, bassist with Maynard Ferguson’s big band, and has studied with Naim Satya in the Bay Area. Ted has recently returned to San Francisco from Seattle’s thriving jazz scene, where he performed extensively with the Dave Anderson Quartet (Pony Boy Records), the Gilbert Garcia Group, and Black Lab Music. Ted has become quite busy playing jazz in the Bay Area, performing regularly with Resonance, Jazz Philosophy, the Time Out Quartet, and Milestones, in addition to his work with the Pangaea Quintet.

Greg German: Drums 
Greg came to the drums at the ripe age of 23 when he suddenly found himself drumming in a rock band on a dare. He had previously played tenor sax, guitar, piano and marimba, but knew that he had found his home when he started drumming. His newfound instrument and his burgeoning love of jazz combined to launch him on a journey of discovery that continues to this day. He credits most of what he knows to just listening to the jazz masters: Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette and Art Blakey to name a few. He has also studied with Eddie Marshall, Pete Magadini and Alan Hall. Greg has worked with various performers and groups such as Benny Rietveld (Miles Davis, Santana), Walter Savage, Oakland Jazz Choir, Ben Stolorow, Mingus Amungus, Terrence Brewer, the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band and the San Francisco Experimental Ensemble. Greg can currently be heard performing with Bay Area artists such as Muziki Roberson, Mark Wright, Stephanie Crawford, John Watson, Vince Khoe, Jim Grantham, Who We Are New Jazz Trio and The Grassroots Composers' Workshop.

Stephen McQuarry:Piano/Leader/Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator
Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator and Keyboardist, Stephen, has studied at the Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Denver, Berklee School Of Music, University Of California San Diego and Alexander University. Stephen has performed with distinguished artists such as the late Dizzy Gillespie, Clare Fischer, Louie Bellson, Red Rodney (Charlie Parker), Tom Scott, the late John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa), Nathan East (Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Bob James), Bill Rich (Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal) and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Stephen is currently working on performing and recording on his indie label, Mandala Records, with his Jazz ensembles, Resonance, Pangaea and Zazen, the Electronica groups, Synsor and RendeVu and the new age group, Agharta. He is an active member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the performance rights organization, Broadcast Musicians, Inc. (BMI), the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), the Society For Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) and Chamber Music America (CMA).

Drinks & Concessions will be available at the show.