Seattle Secret Music Showcase Musicians
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Ricardo • Mark Graham • Orville Johnson • Jim Page • John Miller • Tingstad and Rumbel
Jo Miller and her Burly Roughnecks • Gina Salá • Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir
Rouge • Rebel Voices • Valerie Rosa • Jami Sieber • Kate Borkowski • Josephine Howell
Ricardo (a.k.a. Richard Russell) is a Seattle-based artist and musician whose work brings together an eclectic blend of music styles and inspirations. His style has evolved from early folk and rhythm-and-blues influences to his recent explorations of instrumental jazz. Ricardo is also an innovative teacher who encourages and supports aspiring musicians, teachers and students through his many years of non-profit work.
His recordings, which include the talented contributions of many local Seattle musicians, are creative metaphors from his personal journey and reflect his life-long love of music.
"Ricardo" was a name his grandfather called him as a child.
You can visit www.ricardo.net to see more and to hear his music.
Mark Graham is at this very moment in his secret laboratory combining the DNA of harmonicas, clarinets, old-time country music, New Orleans jazz, science, art, religion and classic literature to create dangerously wacky musical beasts that will mystify an unsuspecting world.
Hear some of Mark's music on his MySpace page www.myspace.com/markgrahamophone.
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Orville Johnson got his early singing training in the Pentecostal church in which he was raised in the small farming town of Edwardsville, Illinois. Johnson picked up the guitar and dobro as a teenager. He started playing professionally by age 19, and never looked back. He's well-versed in many musical styles, but his own unique sound never fails to transcend whatever style he's playing. And when you hear him solo, just that sweet voice and fluid guitar picking, so effortless and so full, you'll know why folks are happy to hear that Orville is coming to their neighborhood.
Hear some of Orville's music on his MySpace page www.myspace.com/orvillejohnson, and check out his web site (www.orvillejohnson.com).
Jim Page "If Jim Page ain't the bastard son of Woody Guthrie, I'm T-Bone Walker."
- Robert Hunter
"Jim's been writing great topical songs for as long as I can remember, bringing his acute wit and wry humor to a host of subjects that can really use both. In the tradition of Woody and Dylan, he cuts right to the heart with music you actually enjoy listening to. I'm a longtime admirer."
- Bonnie Raitt
Hear some of Jim's music on his MySpace page www.myspace.com/seattlejimpage, and check out his web site (www.jimpage.net).
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John Miller "The Singing Moon is an increasingly rare instance of melody holding its own with harmony and rhythm."
- Scott Nygaard
Check out John's web site (www.johnmillerguitar.com).
Tingstad and Rumbel - Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel have performed, recorded and touring together for over 24 years with 19 albums to their credit. Traveling to as many as 50 concert venues a year, they are friends who enjoy each other's company and truly love making music.
Visit their web site (www.tingstadrumbel.com)
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Jo Miller and her Burly Roughnecks To hillbilly music fans, Jo Miller and her Burly Roughnecks are a new favorite. For those who aren't already fans, JMBR will win you over with a musical display of rockin' hillbilly swing that is sure to make you holler! Guitar, accordion, upright bass and vocals blend together in a pulsing rollicking grove of pure pleasure.
Hear some of their music on MySpace www.myspace.com/jomillerandherburlyroughnecks.
Gina Salá is a vocalist, composer, music director, sound healer, and teacher from Seattle whose love of the human voice has taken her to performing and studying throughout much of the world. She has performed at the US Pentagon, the US Capital, the United Nations, and recently finished a contract as principal singer for Cirque du Soleil's "O". With a repertoire spanning 23 languages, Gina Salá shares her passion for singing us awake to who we are!
Check out Gina's web site (www.ginasala.com).
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Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir The Total Experience Gospel Choir bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm – humanity! It is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest's finest soulful ensembles.
Check out their web site (www.totalexperiencegospelchoir.org).
Rouge Experience the romantic, joyous energy of ROUGE. . . evoking Paris' cobblestone streets for a modern ear! Touching people with their playful style around the country—Denver Art Museum to Los Angeles's Red Cat Theatre to Grand Rapids' Grand Valley State University to Seattle's Triple Door—Rouge has reached people of all ages.
Visit their web site (www.rougemusic.com).
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Rebel Voices featuring Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher, immerse their audience in a program of songs, humor and theater woven together with wit and intricate harmonies. Whether focusing on women or working people's lives, their repertoire of 100 gems of the last 100 years illuminates real stories of real people: Rosy the Riveter - revisited, South African miners striking in solidarity with US workers, grade school kids organizing their school. The audience leaves cheering, reaffirmed and energized.
Check out their web site (www.rebelvoices.com).
Valerie Rosa Rosaís vocals have graced many recordings and live acts, and at one time she even passed the test to be one of the Raylettes for Ray Charles! The first song she ever sang for money was "Twist & Shout".
Read more and listen to some of Valerie's music on MySpace - www.myspace.com/valerierosa.
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Jami Sieber Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, timeless, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her style of performance has been recognized internationally. An innovative musician, Jamiís music moves beyond the surface, seeking and re-seeking her truth by creating musical bridges and connections, committed to doing what moves her and inspiring listeners with her honesty, musical prowess, and humanity. Her life-long commitment to the environment, social justice, and the healing arts is at the heart of her music, reflecting a deep dedication to the arts as a medium of exploration and awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings.
Check out Jami's web site (www.jamisieber.com).
Listen to some of Kate's music on MySpace - www.myspace.com/kateborkowski
or her web site www.kateborkowski.com/home.html.
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Listen to some of Josephine's music on MySpace - www.myspace.com/josephinehowell