Unfortunately, this show has been cancelled. We will be rescheduling early in the New Year. Please stay tuned. Also, we will be providing reimbursements to those of you who have bought tickets online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Join us for an evening of music from Latin America and beyond featuring the sultry vocals of Bay Area treasures. This intimate and unique concert is in honor and memory of the millions of women who have faced a battle with cancer. We will be honoring the founder of Studio Grand, Holly Schneider, with music performed by two cancer survivors, Erika and Maria.
“A native of Caracas, Venezuela and current resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, María Márquez must be regarded as the preeminent Venezuelan–born jazz/world music vocalist of our trying times.” —Luis Tamargo, Latin Beat
A singer, composer, arranger, and producer, Maria first tasted musical success in partnership with pianist/composer Vytas Brenner, known for his inventive mixing of native folk with rock and pop, in her native Venezuela. She relocated to the US to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, and graduated with a diploma in Professional Music. After graduation, María came to San Francisco, CA to study with famed vocal coach Judy Davis. Collaborations followed with guitarist Joyce Cooling, percussionist John Santos, and electronic musician and producer Frank Harris. She has also recorded and performed with many world music, Latin jazz, and Brazilian jazz groups around the Bay Area, as well as with artists like Omar Sosa, Edward Simon, and Kepa Junkera, to name a few.
María is currently the host of her own radio show, “Desde la Bahia,” which airs in Venezuela. She also teaches an ensemble class for singers and instrumentalists, focusing on the Latin American repertoire at the Jazzschool and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA.
Internationally acclaimed composer, musician, and educator, Erika Luckett, grew up in a fluid crosscurrent of cultures developing an early appreciation for the interconnectedness of people and the power of music to transform lives. She graduated from Berklee College of Music Magna Cum Laude with a degree in composition and film scoring. With over twenty years’ experience composing and performing, her partnerships and recognition span the globe. She has collaborated with international organizations focused on deepening the understanding of human consciousness, healing, and the body/mind/spirit connection. She was honored in 2006 as “One of the 100 Most Outstanding Women of the Year” by the Jewish Post. In 2008 she performed at the 20th anniversary of the Nobel Peace prize forum. As a composer for film and television, her efforts have yielded an Academy Award nomination and two Emmy awards (Untold Stories, The Trilogy, From Danger to Dignity dir. Dorothy Fadiman.)
Whether inspiring congregations, leading sizzling dance bands or melting audiences with stirring interpretations of jazz standards, every note and breath is infused with Lisa Ferraro’s soulful awareness. With over ten albums to her credit, including “Serenading the Moon” which debuted on the jazz charts in 2014 (recorded with legendary saxophonist Houston Person, Ray Drummond on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums) and “Leaning Toward The Good” with Erika Luckett, Lisa reveals the breadth of her powerful and moving vocal presence. She debuted original compositions with Marvin Hamlisch at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA. As a musical director, she leads conferences internationally from Australia to Canada and throughout the US. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Child Psychology from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1999 she founded SoulCall, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of foster children and at risk youth.
Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm
$15-20 sliding scale
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