Explore instruments handmade by luthiers of Santa Cruz County being presented in a six-week exhibit at the R. Blitzer Gallery.
Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Steve Palazzo & Rachel Anne Goodman
Old time country duets from the 30’s and 40’s plus some stellar picking in the spirit of Doc Watson and Etta Baker. From the Delmore Brothers to Hazel Dickens, Palazzo and Goodman sing music from the fertile crescent of country music, from West Virginia to New Orleans. All done lovingly on Santa Cruz Guitar Company guitars.
Steve Palazzo's rich amalgam of traditional bluegrass, blues and old-time country music, along with an enormous repertoire speak to a lifetime immersed in playing, building and teaching acoustic guitar. His mastery of American Roots guitar styles and heartfelt vocals always make for a compelling performance. A highly sought after teacher, Steve has taught at numerous music camps across the country while simultaneously cultivating and maintaining a prodigiously successful private teaching practice since the late 1980's.
Rachel Anne Goodman- Rachel Anne Goodman has spent years singing and documenting the music of Appalachia where she lived for 7 years. Her duet singing with Steve is the highlight of a varied musical adventure. Rachel sings in the Americana band, The Dooners and several artists have recorded her original songs. Her career as a radio host and producer fed her passion for old time mountain music. She has played a Santa Cruz Guitar Company guitar for the past decade. www.reverbnation.com/thedooners
GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.
Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble.
Featuring Opening Artist Janet Noguera
Guitarist Janet Noguera is starting to make a name for herself in the contemporary fingerstyle scene. Currently working on a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance with Bill Coulter at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Janet has also studied with Alex de Grassi and Thomas Leeb. She performs around Northern California and has opened for Andy McKee.
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Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
William Coulter is an American Celtic guitarist, performer, recording artist, and teacher. Since 1981 he has explored the world of traditional music as a soloist with ensembles including Isle of Skye, Orison, and the Coulter-Phillips Ensemble.
Christopher Mallett is gaining recognition as one of America's promising up and coming classical guitarists. He has been described by Soundboard Magazine as "Virtuosic," and by Classical Guitar Magazine as "Superb."
Mallett began teaching himself to play guitar at the age of 13. In 2003 at the age of 19 he met Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda who introduced him to classical guitar. Since then Mallett has earned a Bachelor's Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Stephen Aron and a Master's Degree from the Yale University School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery on a full-tuition scholarship.
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The Sister Brothers (Dan Landry, Jim MacKenzie, and Heidi Renteria) is a Santa Cruz–based vocal trio favoring close, three-part harmonies. We sing songs by folks like Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Nolan, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Hazel Dickens, the Stanley Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers; traditional songs whose composers are largely unknown; and a few tunes from recent decades. These songs generally have their roots in, or have been influenced by, the Appalachian, bluegrass, and old-school country music traditions of the United States. Accompanied by acoustic guitar and tenor ukulele, or sung a cappella, our music is performed the old-fashioned way—without amplification.
Doors Open at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Raymond Gonzalez is a composer, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist.
A professional guitarist since the age of 16, he has traveled extensively
throughout the US performing on concert stages, festivals, radio, TV,
coffeehouses, house concerts, and most things in between. Classical, celtic,
jazz, folk, blues, rock and the avant-garde are all in Raymond’s arsenal of
musical styles. He began composing for solo guitar, piano, and small (classical)
ensembles at a very young age, which ultimately led to a Master's degree in
Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music. He continues to
compose and perform in the classical and modern music arenas. Raymond
taught guitar (all styles) at University of Massachusetts, Boston for 11. He
currently is a professor at Salem State University where he teaches classes in
songwriting and the music industry as well as private classical and jazz guitar.
In addition to his commercial writing, and production work at blue fish sound
productions, Raymond has written and produced twelve albums of original songs
and solo guitar pieces. His solo guitar recording, “Open Tuning,” released 2012
was voted top 20 from Metronome Magazine 2012. In addition there were
numerous wonderful reviews - see the website: raymondgonzalez.net His most
recent CD, “One Bright Light” was released in 2013 and also received fine
reviews and international airplay. His latest solo guitar project, “Unknown
Mariner,” is due out June 2017.
Without a doubt the unique 24-string Harp Sympitar "Oracle" Jeff Titus brings is worth showing-up to see. This one-of-a-kind beautifully designed Fred Carlson wood and steel creation is dedicated in loving memory to the music of Michael Hedges. If that isn't enough, Jeff also brings another Fred Carlson masterpiece to the stage, the magical and multi-dimensional "Taproot" 18-string Harp Sympitar, rarely played in public. Percussive, tap note filled runs over the fretboard compliment Jeff's original music and intricate Fingerstyle arrangements. No lover of stringed instruments should miss this show!
Luthier, banjoist and songwriter Fred Carlson has been building and playing stringed instruments for 45 years. As a player, his main focus has been on old-time mountain banjo styles. As a builder, he is known for creating unique, one-of-a-kind guitars and harp guitars featuring sympathetic resonating strings and highly sculptural shapes. In the concert on the 23rd, Fred will demonstrate his most recent, banjo-like creations, and also will talk a bit about the unusual harp guitars that Jeff Titus will be performing on