Wed, Aug 7: Venezuelan Music Film Screening (+ Choro concerts)

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Santa Cruz House Concerts

Jul 26, 2019, 12:21:44 PM7/26/19
Although we don't have an official Downtown Sounds house concert scheduled for August, there are three upcoming events that you should know about:

    Wed, Aug 7, 7:30pm:  Downtown Sounds Screening & Benefit:  Free
        Rennea Couttenye will perform and present her work-in-progress,
        Cambur Pintón, a documentary film about the music and musicians
        of Venezuela.  (details below)
        Reservations: <>

    Sat, Aug 17, 7:00pm: Soquel House Concert    Donation:$25
          San-São Trio, featuring Amilton Godoy (piano), Léa Freire (flute),
                                                 Harvey Wainapel (sax/clarinet)
          Combining the worlds of Brazilian music and jazz in a chamber music setting,
          they blend the swinging exuberance, virtuosity, and charm of the rhythms of 
          Brazil with the spontaneous discoveries of Jazz improvisation.
          Reservations: <>

    Sun, Aug 18, 3:00pm: Westside House Concert   Donation:$30/adults  $10/kids
          Choro das 3: Incredible Brazilian Choro family band, featuring
             Corina (flutes), Lia (7-string guitar) and Elisa (mandolin, clarinet, banjo, piano),
             with their father Eduardo Ferreira (pandeiro).
             "some of the most inspired and inspiring music . . . the highest quality of
               Brazilian Choro music that can be heard any place today."  - Mike Marshall
             Reservations: <>


                         Wednesday, Aug 7  7:30 PM    Free Benefit Screening
                          Rennea Couttenye: Venezuelan music and film preview

Please RSVP as soon as possible, to ensure your reservation and to get directions to
our downtown Santa Cruz home.  For reservations, email <>

   Venezuelan art and music weaves a beautiful tapestry of colors, sounds,
and stories that define its rich contribution to the world. Join us for an
illuminating evening that will take you on a vibrant tour of what this tropical
country has to offer, focusing on the uplifting aspects largely absent from
the mainstream narrative. Venezuelan musician, Rennea Couttenye, will guide
you on a musical journey of her beloved homeland. Her dynamic combination
of jazzy vocalism, endemic instrumentation, and worldly rhythm sequences paint
a backdrop for these folk-infused stories to come to life.

  Rennea will perform, and show a sneak peak of “Cambur Pintón” a film-in-progress
that portrays this hopeful vision of progress through music in cinematic fashion.

  We invite all to experience the essence of a country that is so often portrayed
in a negative light. Without discounting their struggles, these extraordinary artists
seek to highlight the joys and the integral role that music plays to contribute
positively in a seemingly hopeless situation. Guests are encouraged to engage
and ask questions as we immerse ourselves in an inspiring tale of hope in the
midst of hardship.

Although this event is free, Rennea will be soliciting donations to help
complete her film.  If you cannot attend, but would like to donate,
please email <>.

Upcoming shows in our series:   (visit our calendar link)
  Thu, Sep 12: Laurie Lewis: Queen of California Bluegrass
  Thu, Oct 15: Gileno Santana Duo: Brazilian choro
  Fri, Nov 15: True Life Trio: Eastern Europe & American vocal harmonies

Santa Cruz House Concerts

Aug 1, 2019, 7:48:54 PM8/1/19
We still have lots of room available for this unique musical & film experience.

Email for reservations<>

Santa Cruz House Concerts

Aug 21, 2019, 8:52:40 PM8/21/19
Here are a couple of upcoming events in Santa Cruz and beyond.  I'll be sending out an announcement of the Sep 12 Laurie Lewis house concert soon.

Fri Aug 23: 7-10pm  Santa Cruz Contra Dance
          w/Audrey Knuth & Daniel Steinberg (Celia Ramsay calling)

Sun Aug 25: 4-7pm  Hayward Contra Dance
          w/Audrey Knuth & Daniel Steinberg (Mavis McGaugh calling)
          Hill and Valley Club, Hayward

Fri Aug 30: 8pm   Valley of the Moon Fiddle Extravaganza
           and many more!
           Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium  (buy tix early: it sells out!)

Fri Sep 6: 8-10pm   Briana Di Mara Ensemble
         An intimate acoustic concert of unique original world fusion
         (Balkan and Middle eastern inspired). 
              Briana Di Mara: violin, Persian santur
              Gari Hegedus: oud, saz 
              Josh Mellinger: percussion
              Janelle Rodriguez: dance

Sep 16, 17, 18:  World Harmony Chorus starts up in
          Mountain View, Oakland, Santa Cruz
          No auditions, all ages welcome!

Upcoming shows in our Santa Cruz series:   (visit our calendar link)
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