The producers wish to thank all the exceptionally talented musicians who contributed their musical performances to creating this CD offering.
For more than 20 years, Ed Goldfarb has been a ubiquitous figure on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by ensembles all over the world, including the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic orchestras. Ed has collaborated with legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola on music for the films “Jack”, “Youth Without Youth”, and “Apocalypse Now Redux”, and has produced records for Platinum-selling recording artists such as k.d. lang, Sean Paul, Plain White Ts and Boyz II Men. For more than a decade, Ed was co-writer and music director of San Francisco’s renowned “Beach Blanket Babylon”, the longest-running musical review in theatre history. Ed Goldfarb lives in Marin County with his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Sydney.
MARYLIZ Smith is an internationally renowned performance artist, composer, and coach. Her music has not been easily categorized, falling outside the traditional channels of performance practice. Her ability to mirror the essence and mood spanning from an individual’s interior state to a system’s internal growth pattern through musical improvisation, places her in a domain all of her own. She has written countless pieces for ensembles and solo instruments. She performs internationally as a concert organist and chamber musician. Most recently, she has written stories that are timeless about how we relate to our world, with life and death, with family and friends, in the workplace and at home. www.marylizsmith.com
Susan Gundunas began singing, dancing, and acting with San Jose Repertory Theatre, followed by a year in Germany where she sang the operatic role of Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera. Susan has performed across the country in a variety of roles. Locally, she has performed with Monterey Opera, San Francisco Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, Sonoma City Opera and Renaissance Voices, as well as Novato Theatre Company and San Jose Stage Company. Susan also teaches voice at University of California, Berkeley and runs a private vocal studio in San Francisco. You can visit her website at www.susangundunas.com
Deborah Del Mastro
Deborah Del Mastro’s career has spanned playing trumpet and singing with the US Navy Band (Treasure Island), singing in rock & roll bands, studying Italian opera in Busseto, Italy with Maestro Carlo Bergonzi to singing and acting professionally in musical theatre. For the past 20 years Deborah has been best known for her work as originator of the role of Sr. Robert Anne in the well known “Nunsense” series, where she toured and filmed the last six Nunsense shows. Deborah lives and teaches voice in Martinez, where she is living happily ever after with the love of her life, Paul Cicco.
Paul Cicco has been playing drums since he was first infected by the music of the Beatles in 1964. He has accompanied a wide variety of musical acts including Bobby McFerrin, the Village Music and Dance Ensemble, the Rowan Brothers, Caribbean Rhythm and Blues, Rhythmatrix and Baraka Moon, among many others. Paul is married to actress/vocalist extraordinaire Deborah Del Mastro.
Rebecca is a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Oakland East-Bay Symphony and is one of the bay area's most exciting cross-over cellists. With frequent performances for sold-out crowds throughout the bay area, and a regular touring schedule including a recent tour to China, Rebecca performs with classical virtuosity mixed with a very dirty cello sound.
Yuri Kye began piano lessons age 5 and violin at 12. She attended University of Utah where she studied political science, and chamber music with Professor Mikhail Boguslavsky and participated in the honor quartet program. Currently Yuri maintains an active private studio of nearly two dozen students, performs with orchestras and opera companies across the Bay Area, as well as chamber ensemble, Classical Revolution. As an active session musician, Yuri has recorded for Jennifer Hudson, Nataly Dawn, The Golden Hearts, and Naked Fiction and has performed with prominent indie rock acts such as The Album Leaf and Jarrod Gorbel.
Before relocating from the east coast, Crystal played in music ensembles and studied under notable performers. Her current projects include improvisational ensembles Opera Wolf and Wild Hen. Crystal’s approach to composition is influenced greatly by her training in chamber music. She is currently collaborating with Jon Raskin of Rova: Arts, and regularly performs with San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra. She has also recently performed the works of Roscoe Mitchell at Yoshi’s Jazz Club, and is a regular with Lisa Mezzacappa’s String Band, the Electro-Magnetic Trans-Personal Orchestra, and Oakland Active Orchestra. www.crystalpascucci.com.
Bonnie graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in violin performance and elementary education. She has also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Bonnie has performed with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. She continues to perform chamber music and solo performances throughout the Bay Area, and is concertmaster of the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra. She also teaches violin and maintains a violin studio in Novato and at her home in Petaluma. Her two CD’s can be heard at www.elegantstring.com
Shaina was raised in Ashland, Oregon where she studied classical, Celtic, and bluegrass music. When she was 18, she moved to San Francisco where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the SF Conservatory of Music. Shaina currently plays everything from classical, rock, bluegrass, to hip-hop, and leads the string section of SF’s own Jazz Mafia. She also teaches violin at the San Domenico School Conservatory. She most recently completed an international tour with the highly acclaimed fiddle band Barrage. For more info please visit www.shainaevoniuk.com
Teerth Arno Gonzalez, a native of Mexico City, has had a lifelong passion for music, rhythm and drumming. He has lived and traveled all over the world including the United States, Australia, India and Europe. A graduate of The Percussion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, CA, Teerth plays drum set, congas, bongos, cajon, clay pot, djembe, timbales and all types of small percussion. www.teerthgonzalez.com
Natalia Vershilova Daniels
Natalia is a graduate of Leningrad State Conservatory where she studied with professor Yuri Kramarov. She has performed with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mali Opera Theater of Leningrad. Before coming to the Bay Area, Natalia performed with the Honolulu Symphony. She has performed as a soloist, and as a member of Foyer Des Artistes Chamber Orchestra in Rome, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of New York. Natalia is a tenured member of San Francisco Opera Orchestra and also performs with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She has taught at Stanford University and also teaches privately.
A native of the SF Bay Area, bassoonist Carla Wilson, has been actively performing since 1979. For the last couple of decades she has served as principal bassoonist with the Santa Rosa, Marin, Berkeley, and California Symphonies. She is a frequent performer with the San Francisco Symphony, and has performed as part of the SF Symphony’s American Mavericks residency at Carnegie Hall. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has participated in the Cabrillo, San Luis Obispo and Mendocino Festivals, and has been principal bassoonist with the Music In The Mountains Festival Orchestra since 1982.
Jane left home at 15 to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and then Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Jane appears regularly as a soloist, chamber player, orchestral musician, and jazz performer. She first began her study of Brazilian music in 2006, and has since visited Brazil to work and study with renowned clarinetists and flutists. She founding member of the Berkeley Choro Ensemble, Primavera Latin Jazz and Matiz Janeis on the faculty of San Domenico School Conservatory, and teaches privately in Berkeley and Marin. www.janelenoir.com
A native of Detroit, Evan relocated to the Bay Area in 1997 to join the Turtle Island String Quartet. He played with the group for ten years, touring nationally and internationally, and recording five CD's, two of which won Grammy awards. Evan continues to perform and record with the Hot Club of San Francisco, an all-string quintet. His playing has been featured on seven CD's since he joined the group in 1998. He is an instructor of violin and gypsy jazz at the Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley and also enjoys composing and arranging.
Ryan Lukas is an upright and electric bass player who is versed a diverse range of musical styles. From Afrobeat to Americana, Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B and Soul he is at home laying down thick bass lines and heavy grooves. After graduating from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, Ryan began his professional career freelancing and teaching in Albany, NY and feeling the pull of the West coast he moved to Berkeley in 2007. Upon arriving he began working with a diverse assortment of Bay Area bands including The Flux, Albino!, Persephone’s Bees, and countless jazz combos and singer songwriter projects. His band The Real Nasty was signed in 2009, recorded 3 albums and toured the country. Currently Ryan can be seen with The Real Nasty, American Nomad, The Phillip Percy Pack, Tumbledown House, and a variety of unique and interesting projects.
Emily Palen, violinist and composer, performs her tenaciously original style across the Bay Area, constantly chasing the edge of new creativity. With a strong foothold in her classical training, Emily ventures into new territory bringing her haunting melodies and sense of experimentation into the realms of rock, jazz and electronica. Combining her deep understanding of the fundamentals of music and a passion for the cutting edge, Emily has created an unforgettable sound. As a soloist, she performs in every arena from classical to avant-garde. She has also been a contributing member to many powerful musical groups in the Bay Area, including Dolorata, The Valence Project and The Goldenhearts.
Marty Fowler is a bassist, producer, electronic composer, and constantly evolving musician from the San Francisco Bay Area currently residing in New York City. Marty graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2010 and promptly moved to New York City to continue what is already becoming a booming musical career, including bass duties for alternative rock outfit Josh Flagg and the Obligations, indie-orchestral rock group Deb Oh & the Cavaliers, the indie-chamber jazz band Small Dream Ada, modern jazz group PLS.trio, acoustic gypsy-jazz group the Bianco Martinis, and several prominent NYC-based singer-songwriters (Sheron, The Primrose Drive, yellowbirddd, Don Dilego, Bree Sharp). He has toured throughout the US and Europe, and is currently working on his first solo album of electronic music.
Steven Bergman, clarinet, is a native of Marin County and received his formal musical training at the University of North Texas. Steven is presently on the music faculty of the San Domenico School Music Conservatory, has a large private music studio of his own and is an active free-lance musician in the SF Bay Area. He is proficient in both classical and jazz musical genres and has performed with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, San Francisco, Marin, and Berkeley, among others. He has appeared as soloist numerous times with a variety of musical organizations, including the San Francisco and Marin Symphonies, and has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Brian Leerhuber has been praised as an artist of outstanding promise in opera, recital and orchestral concerts. In recent seasons Mr. Leerhuber has been seen on the stages of San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera, Houston Grand Opera, among many others. A versatile artist, Brian's operatic repertoire spans from the classics to modern works. He has worked with many noteworthy conductors and collaborated with outstanding film directors including Woody Allen and the late Robert Altman. A Los Angeles native, Brian graduated Summa cum Laude from UCLA, and is a former member of both the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Juilliard Opera Center. He currently makes his home in San Francisco.
Daniel Gianola-Norris is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and California State University, East Bay. He performs with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Sonoma City Opera. He is formerly principal trumpet of the West Bay Opera, and has appeared as soloist with the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, Peabody Camerata and many other fine regional ensembles. He can be heard performing on trumpet, french horn, and flute on the soundtracks to the video games Sam and Max and Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures (www.telltalegames.com).
Dan teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College, and co-owns and operates with his wife, Aja, “Music to My Ears,” a music education center located in Cotati.
Born in San Francisco, singer and harpist Aja Gianola-Norris has been performing on stage since the age of 6. She has performed major roles in musicals and operas. Aja holds a duel degree in vocal and harp performance from California State University at Hayward. As a harpist, Aja has performed with the Modesto Symphony, the California Symphony, the Berkeley Opera Orchestra, and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She has appeared as a soloist with the CSUH Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus.
In 2006 Aja opened a Music education center in Cotati. Music to My Ears, with 15 teachers and about 150 students and a kids musical theater program. As a musician, a mother and teacher Aja’s life is filled with music. With her children, Eden & Joyce, Cornish Rex, Panda, & husband, Dan, Aja lives a silly happy life in Cotati.
Brenda Schuman-Post is a uniquely versatile oboist. She’s a soloist, recording artist, chamber and orchestral musician playing classical, world and traditional musics, free improvisations and jazz. She’s the director of Sonic Forest Productions, a chamber ensemble devoted to music based entertainment and education and has performed in almost every conceivable type of venue from shopping malls to concert halls – making the oboe and its music accessible to any audience. Brenda won the 2003 Star Strek Idol Talent Search by improvising and performing “Fantasy on Themes from Star Trek”.
Thanks to a 2008 Global Connections Grant enabling her to go to East Africa, she is now a foremost expert on the character, harvesting and conservation of African Blackwood – the threatened tree from which woodwind instruments are made. Brenda teaches privately and free-lances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and has presented concerts, lectures and workshops throughout the United States and in Europe, Indonesia, Costa Rica and East Africa.