Kerri Climer, Ken Eros and Tara Jeffery are doing a Joni Mitchell tribute show to benefit Ojai’s CREW.Rain Perry well be joining in on a couple songs, and it will be a wonderful night with a great band Martin Young, Bill Flores, Robert Rachelli, John Boyd, and Mark Corradetti.
Thollem McDonas brings a panoply of original creations both acoustic and electric to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, playing pieces from his solo piano album, Meeting At The Parting Place(Odradek Records), an electric piece he calls “13 Billion Years To Tomorrow” that integrates the concepts from new scientific discoveries as well as a duo with special guest Emily Hay.
“Listening to Thollem McDonas play the piano is an astonishing experience. He has an innate ability to compose transcendent music using the piano as his expressive voice and to explore the depth and range of the instrument like no one else. He will take you on journeys across varied landscapes that flow effortlessly from one to the next — somehow emerging logically even in their unpredictability. Thollem creates a spectacular tapestry of different colored sounds reflecting his awareness, study and assimilation of countless influences. In Terry Riley’s own words, Thollem McDonas is ‘a true original’.” (Joan Jeanrenaud, Composer, Cellist, Kronos Quartet 1978-98)
Alan Bishop has spent the better part of the past decade based in Cairo on a number of critical missions, but perhaps most notable is The Invisible Hands – the band he formed in 2011 with Egyptian musicians Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda.
Via blues-rock, desert-psych, and the irresistible conjure of cinematic flourish, their 2013 debut album audaciously features an Arabic and English version of each song. Indeed the idiosyncrasies of Bishop’s own songwriting and that in collaboration with El Masri, transcend languages, as the band is apt to emote in a number of tongues in concert.
The subject of a recent documentary, and already familiar as a live act to the adventurous music scenes in Europe and Egypt, this performance is part of their first tour of the U.S
On Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, the Ojai Community Chorus will be presenting its annual spring concert. “Jazz a la Mode!” will feature a fabulous variety of jazzy music to get your toes tapping and bring back some wonderful memories. The Chorus will be entertaining you with such great classics as “Cow Cow Boogie,” the sultry “Fever,” the be-bop rhythm of “The Boy from New York City,” and an exciting version of “The Joint is Jumpin’”. These are just samples from a concert that will be loads of fun, filled with ensembles as well as choral works.
Thanks to Director Connie Woodson, the concerts always feature something for everyone, and this concert is no exception. In addition, the chorus will be accompanied by the hugely talented James Antunez, John Boyd, and Chris Kimbler .
The performances will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road. A boutique and bake sale will also be held.
Tickets as follows: General Admission: $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Seniors 65 and better and Students: $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Tickets are also available from Chorus members, the St. Thomas Aquinas Thrift Store, and online at ojaichorus.brownpapertickets.com. The Chorus’ website is www.ojaichorus.wordpress.com. If you have questions, please call Marilyn at 805-640-0468.
We’re looking forward to a great concert, and we hope you can make it!