Amelia Romano and Motoshi Kosako
An Evening of Jazz Harp and Contemporary Fusion
Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday May 28, 8:00 PM
Duration: 120 minutes
Early Bird: $15
At the Door: $30
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An Evening of Jazz Harp and Contemporary Fusion
Celebrating a modern take on an ancient instrument, Luminance will perform works inspired by Latin American music styles and classical traditions. Featuring harp, cello and trumpet, the trio bridges fiery rhythms, lush chords and soaring melodies with classics - Chicago's "Colour My World" and Vera Lynn's "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," to create a subtle yet charismatic musical experience. KoMaGa Trio (harp, fretless electric bass, tabla, percussion) brings a dynamite set of original music inspired by jazz and ethnic fusion. With improvisation at the core, these three virtuoso instrumentalists deliver a musical experience with incredible sensitivity and flawless execution.Biographies
LUMINANCE: Amelia Romano Matt Ebisuzaki Saul Richmond-Rakerd AMELIA ROMANO (harp) An eclectic blend of austere serenity and kinetic vibrancy, Amelia Romano takes what is known about conventional harp and surpasses every time. Pulling from first-hand experiences in South Africa and from her roots in a cultural hotbed in San Francisco, Amelia not only plays music from the repertoire but reprises them and creates originals. Latin, gypsy, jazz are all genres that she touches but her music defines its own path. In 2011, upon returning from a year working in a South African township, she took up the electric harp and formed StringQuake, in 2012 and Luminance, Fall 2016. Amelia has been performing in the S.F. Bay Area for over 15 years, and toured in Mexico, the states, and Europe, (June of 2016). In March 2017, she will release her second full length album, “New Perspectives,” featuring the electric harp and local talent. Moving from Latin rhythms to blues and nostalgic storytelling, "New Perspectives" invites the listener to re-imagine the role of the harp in today's musical landscape.
Matt Ebisuzaki (trumpet)
A Bay Area native, trumpeter Matthew Ebisuzaki received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and his master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. An avid classical performer, he has performed with the Boston Pops as well as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Boston Symphony and is currently Principal Trumpet of Santa Cruz Symphony. Matthew performs regularly in the Bay Area and enjoys working on musical projects that push outside the boundaries of normalcy.
Saul Richmond-Rakerd (cello)
An avid player of many musical genres, Saul loves to collaborate with performers and creators from diverse backgrounds. So while his main focus remains in the classical world – he is assistant principal in the Santa Cruz Symphony and a section cellist of the Monterey Symphony, as well as being a very active chamber musician in the Bay Area – he plays with groups with roots in hip hop, rock, jazz, electronics, and more. If a cello will fit in (and it always does) he’ll fit in too!
Motoshi Kosako (Harp)
KOMAGA TRIO: Motoshi Kosako Christopher Garcia Michael Manring Motoshi Kosako took up harp in 1997 after moving from Japan to the United States. He has received instruction from various teachers and was the principal for Stockton Symphony (2005-2010) and a featured soloist for the 2009-2010 season. He has toured internationally since 2008, giving performances and workshops, as well as featuring in numerous music festivals including The Future of Harp in Yokohama, Japan; VIII Rio Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; American Harp Society National Conference 2014 in New Orleans; and World Harp Congress, Sydney 2014 in Australia. CHRISTOPHER GARCIA : PercussionA native of (EAST)Los Angeles, Christopher is a critically acclaimed performer, improviser, composer, and educator who has made a career with over 1200 performances in 28 countries on 5 continents, either on Western drumset, percussion of North and South India, percussion of indigenous Mexico, Meso America or his own unique percussion configuration called EL MONSTRO which contains instruments from all of the above all within arms reach. His fascination with rhythm and the color of sound allows him the opportunity to be a group member and frequent collaborator/composer with various critically acclaimed classical, jazz, rock, and world music ensembles with whom he continues to concertize with in the US and abroad.
Michael Manring (electric fretless bass)
Hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist, Michael Manring has been pushing back the boundaries of what’s possible on the bass guitar for over three decades. While his technical skill and innovations always make an impression, it is his ability to communicate on a profound emotional level that most touches listeners.Building on the conceptions of his teacher, the late bass legend Jaco Pastorius, Michael has developed a new approach to the instrument that includes unorthodox tunings, techniques and methodologies. He has honed his skills on hundreds of recordings as a session musician and thousands of concerts throughout the world in venues including Carnegie Hall in NY, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. In his solo concerts Michael weaves together his musical influences into a tapestry rich with expression, virtuosity, humor and meaning. We hope you'll follow the advice of France’s Musicien magazine: "Do not miss your next opportunity to discover the bassist with the most fresh and inventive playing today.”