Autumn Program. Oct. 18-24, 2021

Wind Weavers

(USA)

Wind Weavers in Concert

Date(s) & Time(s): Sun, Oct 24, 12:00 PM
Duration: 60 mins w/out intermission
Location: Black Point Battery

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Advance Price: $20

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Wind Weavers in Concert

Wind Weavers make their return to the live stage with a lunchtime concert overlooking the Bay. Audiences can expect superb musicianship, rhythmic depth and playful improvisation. This acoustic instrumental music has eclectic influences spanning classical, jazz, and a range of international folk traditions.

Wind Weavers

Wind Weavers plays original and eclectic acoustic music drawn from diverse sources, spanning traditional and contemporary sensibilities. Led by accordionist Diana Strong, the ensemble includes fiddle, guitar, bass and percussion, creating a sound that brings together many threads of their collective musical backgrounds and interests, including Brazilian forró, Scandinavian, Balkan, Bluegrass, classical, and beyond-- discovering new grooves, weaving together harmonies and rhythms of diverse traditions, and finding an ever greater range of musical expression.

Artist Biographies

Diana Strong (accordion/band leader)
Oakland native Diana Strong started her musical training with classical piano at age 7, grew up going to folk music camps, and discovered the accordion in 2006. She has studied piano with the acclaimed pianist Susan Waterfall, and accordion with Dan Cantrell and Vitor Gonçalves, performs regularly with Dona Francisca (Brazilian forró), released a 2012 album and toured the Northwest with Sweet Moments of Confusion (with cellist Myra Joy), and has performed with numerous Bay Area ensembles from klezmer to modern opera. Her favorite music always defies categorization. In addition to performing, Diana teaches elementary Orff music programs as well as private lessons.

Clare Armenante (violin)
Clare Armenante currently performs, records, and tours with many ensembles throughout the Bay Area including the bluegrass band, The High Water Line, old-time country band, The Vivants, hip-hop chamber group, Ensemble Mik Nawooj, and the clown theatre piece, “Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto”. Her skills in many genres of music have also given her the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with Bonobo, SF Masonic Auditorium with Sarah Brightman, The Oracle Arena with Michael Buble, TedX Oakland, and Golden Gate Theater with Sting and the cast of Broadway’s “The Last Ship”. Clare received her M.M from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her B.M. at Vanderbilt University.

Christopher Jacoby (guitar)
Christopher is a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist with a Masters in Music Technology from NYU. From concert band or electronic interpretations of traditional folk music, to singing early music or choral harmonies from the Republic of Georgia, to studying composition with Oscar Bettison and Morton Subotnik, he has charted an idiosyncratic course through the full range of musical expression. He currently lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, a number of house plants, and too many instruments.

Dan Fabricant (bass)
Daniel Fabricant may be the most versatile bassist in San Francisco—and the most in-demand. In his decade on the San Francisco scene he has played as a sideman with dozens of San Francisco groups and is a founding member of the award-winning Nice Guy Trio. Fabricant has performed internationally with Piaf! The Show, The California Honeydrops, Michael Feinstein, Liza Minnelli, Betty Buckley, Joan Rivers, Spencer Day, Ann Hampton Callaway, Petula Clark, Dan Hicks and Mary Wilson of the Supremes, among many others. In the Bay Area, he regularly performs with Rupa and the April Fishes, Redwood Tango Ensemble, The Cosmo Alleycats, Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers and Gaucho, among many others. He has appeared at SFJAZZ, Monterey Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, Yoshi’s, The Freight and Salvage, and the Feinstein’s at the Hotel Nikko, and New York City venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Café Carlyle and The Algonquin. A skillful arranger for jazz, theater and pop ensembles, Fabricant is also an accomplished music instructor, teaching guitar, bass and ukulele to students of all ages in private and group settings.

Aziz Yehia (percussion)
Aziz was raised a rhythmist in LA. As a cultural anthropology student at UC Berkeley, he studied musical community building in Rio de Janeiro’s choro scene--returning with both pandeiro abilities and a deepened relationship with music’s social power. Other playing experience spans Middle-Eastern, gospel, fringe jazz, cumbia, classical and rock. Aziz performs regularly and works as a multi-instrumental music teacher. Recently Aziz toured with the Biketopia Music Collective, playing with four bands as they towed a drum set and pedal powered sound system by bicycle from Olympia, WA to the Bay Area.

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