SPAF's 2013 Stevenson Guest Artist Series includes 3 Leg Torso, Groove for Thought, Karla Bonoff and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet!
3 Leg Torso March 29th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA
3 Leg Torso creates charming, elegant and daring modern chamber
pop music infused with equal parts tradition and innovation. Since
the ensemble's humble start in 1996 with spontaneous street
performances -- called Meestering by co-founders Béla Balogh and
Courtney Von Drehle -- they have been featured on National Public
Radio's All Things Considered and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart
Festival, successfully toured the east and west coasts, released
four CDs (two with New York spoken word artist, NPR contributor and
Duplex Planet founder David Greenberger), composed and recorded film
and documentary scores as well as licensing music for film and
television both in the US and internationally, written new evening
length works commissioned by the Portland Institute of Contemporary
Art (PICA) and performed both their original compositions and their
arrangements of traditional music with several symphony orchestras.
Thought April 26th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson
The seven singers of Groove For Thought have been blowing audiences away for over ten years. Performing classic tunes in a jazz style unlike anything you’ve ever heard, the group combines the swinging style of The Manhattan Transfer with the smooth sounds of Take 6. Groove for Thought is proud to announce the release of their latest full length album Inspired. “On this album we wanted to pay tribute to the artists and songs that have inspired us over the years,” explains founding member James Niles. “From Sting to Stevie Wonder, we love a lot of different types of music and for this project we wanted to put our own spin on some of our favorites.”
Together since 2000, Groove for Thought began as a group of friends that got together weekly in their living rooms to sing a style of music that went above and beyond what was possible in their college jazz choirs. “Their arrangements are stunning representations of the possibilities of vocal harmonies,” according to a review from the Contemporary A Cappella Society. Written primarily by founding member Kelly Kunz, these creative explorations of jazz and classic pop tunes are the backbone of Groove’s unique sound.
Karla Bonoff June 14th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA
Karla Bonoff (born December 27, 1951) is an American
singer-songwriter, primarily known for her songwriting.
Gonzalo Bergara Quartet September 20th 8:00pm The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Stevenson WA
His all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of the 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired sound.
As His first CD, Porteña Soledad, was Editor’s Pick in Guitar Player Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine called it a “masterpiece.” TheGonzalo Bergara Quartet consists of Gonzalo Bergara on lead guitar, Jeffrey Radaich on rhythm guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on upright bass. The music is heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, as well as the traditional jazz and music of Bergara’s true home, Buenos Aires.
“Gonzalo Bergara’s music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious...and deeply moving.”
2013 Guest Artist Series Sponsored in part by our friends at:
The Port of Cascade Locks ~ Lacamas Community Credit Union ~ Bloomsbury of Kanaka Creek Farm ~ Jim Joseph Glenn Taylor Windermere Real Estate ~ Riverview Bank
Columbia Gorge Magazine
Skamania Performing Arts Foundation - P.O. Box 408 - Stevenson, WA 98648 - (541) 400-9792
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