The MUSE

Marking MLK Day with music

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 20, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The Resource Center and the NAACP join forces to present the three-day ‘Power of Songs for Social Change’ By WALLACE BAINE The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is, this year, an entire weekend celebration of performances and workshops in Santa Cruz, titled “The Power of Songs for Social Change.” The event takes place over … Continue reading »

Body vs. Time

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 18, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

‘Your Body is Not a Shark’ is an exciting new dance/poetry collaboration which grapples with the inevitable decline of the body {THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. Jan. 17-20. 8 p.m. Motion at the Mill, 131 Front St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $16 and $20 in advance; $18/$22 at the door. Only 75 seats per night available. Details: … Continue reading »

Santa Cruz Chamber Players: ‘Transcriptions and Transgressions’ turns chamber music on its head

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By Bonnie Horgos While rewriting a piece of music for different instruments than originally intended might not seem earth-shattering, to certain people this practice — transcription — can seem downright blasphemous. “I was introduced to transcription when it was sort of a dirty word among classical music snobs,” said Ivan Rosenblum, pianist and director. “People … Continue reading »

coolpicks: GAIL RICH AWARDS

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NEXT WEEK GAIL RICH AWARDS Call it Santa Cruz’s version of the Lincoln Center Awards. From the among the vast numbers of artists, performers and writers making their home in Santa Cruz, six individuals are chosen for their contributions to the local cultural scene, and the whole community comes out to appreciate their artistic … Continue reading »

CoolPix: MURIEL ANDERSON & TIERRA NEGRA

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MONDAY MURIEL ANDERSON & TIERRA NEGRA Those who’ve heard her play don’t be need to be convinced that Muriel Anderson is one of the finest acoustic guitarists on two feet. But even Anderson’s most devoted fans have to be intrigued with this new direction in her career as she teams up with the celebrated … Continue reading »

Keyboardist Erik Deutsch combines refreshing melodies, rhythms for innovative jazz sound

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By Bonnie Horgos - Santa Cruz Sentinel Forget pretending to enjoy atonality as dissonant chord after dissonant chord knocks you upside the head. Erik Deutsch wants to make jazz accessible, even a little funky. “I’ve definitely been a part of the avant garde scene and I love playing that music, but I was taught that if … Continue reading »

‘Follow Me Down’ goes into the Louisiana prison system to learn something about music’s effect on pain and struggle

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By WALLACE BAINE From the work songs, field hollers and Negro spirituals of the antebellum South to the many folk songs that emerged from prisons in the early 20th century, American music has often been deeply rooted in a denial of freedom. From the African music of American slaves grew blues and gospel and its … Continue reading »

2013 Gail Rich Award Winners

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 5, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Santa Cruz County is that place where the guy behind the café counter is a singer/songwriter, the woman showing you a house for sale is a landscape painter and your next-door neighbor is writing her third novel. Creativity isn’t some indulgence for the idle elite; it’s a common language among neighbors. It’s why many of … Continue reading »

Legendary jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater leads a superstar band in bringing the unique Monterey Jazz Festival vibe to the rest of the country

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The last concert at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival featuring, as usual in the granddaddy of all jazz festivals, an astounding band. The great jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater , who first appeared at Monterey 40 years ago, lead a group that featured bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonist Chris Potter … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Santa Cruz a leader in the art of the luthier

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The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is 3,300 years old. Since then, different cultures have taken the design and sound of the stringed instrument in a multitude of acoustical directions, however it isn’t until the 12th century that the term guitar emerges; gitarre (German), guitare (French) … Continue reading »

Past Gail Rich Award Winner

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1997 Rick Walker, musician Peter, Diana, Marina and Lyle Troxell, family of artists Holt Murray, sculptor Bob Lowery, blues musician Laura Ellen Hopper, radio pioneer Sara Wilbourne, dancer Eric Schoeck, talk-show host Joe Ferrara, comic-book merchant Philip Collins, composer Guillermo Aranda, muralist Tracye Lea Lawson, music programmer Bud Kretschmer, benefactor 1998 Bruce Lee, performance artist … Continue reading »

Skip Epperson

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 1, 2013 ⋅ 5 COMMENTS

As a visual artists go, Skip Epperson must be the envy of many. After all, people typically encounter his work by sitting in a comfortable seat and gazing at it for an hour or two. Skip’s art is theater set design and few would argue with calling him Santa Cruz County’s finest in that field. … Continue reading »

Linda Burman-Hall

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This year marks the end of the fourth decade for the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, the brainchild of founder, artistic director and harpsichordist Linda Burman-Hall. The festival, a series of five concerts annually, is not only focused on performing music from the Baroque period – think J.S. Bach and Handel’s “Messiah” – but in recreating … Continue reading »

Tammi Brown

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 1, 2013 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

For the past five years, R&B singer Tammi Brown has had trouble saying “no” to anyone who has asked her to sing. She has regularly performed in several ensemble shows in Santa Cruz from “Planet Cruz Comedy Hour” to “An Altared Christmas” to the White Album Ensemble. She continues to sing on various recordings for … Continue reading »

The Joe Sharino tradition in Santa Cruz jumps into the next generation with the Alison Sharino band

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 29, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

By Wallace baine When Joe Sharino first began his annual “New Year’s Eve Eve” show in Santa Cruz, he was the dad of a baby girl just past her first birthday, far too young to dance to “Heard It Through the Grapevine.” In 2013, that baby girl will turn 30 — in fact, she now … Continue reading »

Santa Cruz-born twin brothers Pascal and Remy Le Boeuf still following musical passions

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There are but two Le Boeuf brothers, but judging by their various musical activities, you might think there are four of them. Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf are known in local musical circles as the young lions of Santa Cruz jazz, the identical twin brothers whose musical ambitions are as large as their talents. At … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Jewelers and designers come together in Younglove Collective

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I’m a sucker for female-empowerment stories, especially when it comes to the arts. So, when my hair stylist in town told me about a quartet of women making good on their creative talents — a clothing designer, a jeweler, a painter, a potter — I was hooked. The next step was to track down this … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Brian Rucker’s musical journey

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A large crowd is gathered on the dance floor. On stage the violent snapping of two red Vic Firth drum sticks breaking on the rim of a snare drum can’t be heard. The sound levels in front of the speakers are at 120 decibels. It’s Friday, Nov. 30 at the Catalyst, 11:45 p.m. and the … Continue reading »

Christa Martin: Tannery Lecture Series to explore the ins and outs of storytelling

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Perhaps no other place has provided me with more stories about artists than the Tannery. It also features a compelling lectures series helmed by on-site artistMargaret Niven, who serves as the lead programmer and organizer of the Tannery Arts Lecture Series.”We focus on topics being addressed by contemporary artists,” says Niven. “Each panel includes at … Continue reading »

Damas y caballeros, let’s hear it for El Vez

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Maybe one day – in this demographically evolving world we keep hearing about when Latinos will become a more influential bloc of voters and consumers – Robert Lopez will become every bit as big as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. If you don’t recognize that latter name, it’s the birth name of the musical supernova known … Continue reading »

Dreaming of a NorCal Christmas? The Mermen surf-rock the holiday

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FRIDAY 9 p.m. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $12 advance; $15 at the door. Benefit for the Santa Cruz chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Details: http://www.moesalley.com orhttp://www.mermen.net By WALLACE BAINE What do we hear when we hear the sounds of Christmas? Is it sleigh bells, swelling strings and angelic choral voices? Or … Continue reading »

Kirby Scudder: Art, food and life the Casa Nostra way

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The aroma of freshly pressed olive oil and garlic mist over the table. A plate of Costolette Di Vitello alla Capricciosa is served while two friends discuss their trip to Salerno. They are seated outside Ristorante Caffe’ Tarsia two blocks away from the San Lorenzo Maggiore, a Franciscan church just outside of Naples, Italy, in … Continue reading »

‘Altared Christmas’ a musical alternative to the traditional holiday

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For much of the last decade, Santa Cruz musician Rhan Wilson has worked to reboot Christmas with his annual presentation of “An Altared Christmas,” in which blue-and-black costumed performers sing familiar carols in minor keys and otherwise tease out themes of love and meaning often lost in the madness of the … Continue reading »

Is Frankie Moreno the next great Vegas icon?

POSTED BY  ⋅ DECEMBER 4, 2012 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

By Wallace Baine This is not how it is supposed to be done. You’re supposed to get rich and famous before coming to Las Vegas. That’s what Elvis did – and Frank Sinatra, and Elton John, and Celine Dion, and a 1,001 other superstars who reached the career pinnacle where they could stop the relentless … Continue reading »

The new Santa Cruz Institute for Contemporary Art is looking to shake up the local art scene by bringing in a bit of worldly sophistication

POSTED BY  ⋅ NOVEMBER 7, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts is a new thing. But it’s also a not-so-new thing. Technically, the SCICA has existed for nine years — though, it was more a concept than an actual place. “People ask about the history,” said Ann Hazels, one of two directors of the “new” ICA, in reference to … Continue reading »

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