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Buonasera! Italian art, songs and arias

Sep 15th 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tatiana Kruse has her M.M. in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University where she studied with Dr. Gayla Blaisdell and her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Whitworth University where she studied with Dr. Scott Miller. Tatiana received her WA State Residency Teaching Certification in 2018 and is starting her second year of teaching Piano, Guitar, and Music Theory at Juanita High School in Kirkland, WA in the fall.
She teaches private voice and piano and is an active choral singer in the Seattle area.
Tatiana is also part of the local theater community and has recently music directed SSR’s summer youth production of Zanna Don’t. Other shows include Reefer Madness, She Loves Me, Bonnie and Clyde, Into The Woods and more. Tatiana has performed in SSR’s theater for young audience productions and in several of Theater TBD’s cabaret performances as a keyboardist and vocalist. Tatiana is excited for this opportunity to perform alongside Bonnie, an amazing vocalist and friend!
 
Bonnie graduated with her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University in 2017. Her primary voice teacher was Dr. Gayla Blaisdell. In 2019 she received her M. M. in Voice Performance from West Virginia University after studying with Dr. Hope Koehler and James Kennon Mitchell.
She was in the NATS winner circle for 9 years and won a talent scholarship in her undergraduate studies. Recently, she won the WVU Young Artist Competition, making her solo concert debut with Sieben Frühe Lieder by Alban Berg.     
In the summer of 2018, Bonnie received a scholarship to AIMS in Graz, where she studied in the Lieder program. Aside from intense study of German language and poetry, she worked with great teachers such as Marjorie Bennett Stevens, and Gabriel Dobner. She worked briefly with Mark Pinzow, as well as Joanna Ruszala and Piotr Wisnwieswski.
In the year of 2019 she will be participating in the MONC competition. She has worked as a church musician in both contemporary and traditional settings.
A versatile, dynamic performer, Bonnie is available for the 2019-2020 season in the PNW and West Coast.
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Sep
06
Public Events
Sep 06th 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Duende Libre is a high-energy and dynamic power trio based in Seattle - frequently joined by Frank Anderson, an engaging vocalist, drummer and dancer. Their vibrant and danceable sound draws on a wide range of eclectic influences from Afro-Cuban Jazz to Brazilian Samba to American Funk and Soul. Their latest album Drift earned an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for 2018 NW Jazz Recording of the Year. Keyboard player Alex Chadsey was fluent in jazz and classical forms. He’d walked the usual, rigorous path of a conservatory-style music education. Then he wound up in Seattle, University of Michigan music degree in hand, not sure of what to do. The answer: Play in salsa bands, perfect his montuno, and learn how music creates community. Chadsey’s creative output changed dramatically, coming together in 2016 as a trio project Duende Libre. Their self-titled debut album (released May 5, 2017) distills years of performing, apprenticing with master musicians, and crafting originals that explore Latin elements in new contexts. The results are savvy and grooving, reflecting the Seattle scenes Chadsey inhabits and loves, where Uzbek bassists and Jamaican poets and border-crossing fandangos power musical visions. An inspired power trio, Duende Libre features longtime collaborators Alex Chadsey (piano/keyboards/compositions), Farko Dosumov (electric bass & voice) and Jeff “Bongo” Busch (drums & percussion). They are frequently joined by Frank Anderson, a dynamic and engaging vocalist, drummer and dancer and Chava Mirel, electrifying singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Duende utilizes the American jazz tradition as a point of departure for daring explorations of folk and classical music from the Americas, Europe and Africa, yielding catchy melodies, lush harmonies, and wholehearted groove. Jazziz called Duende’s music “a strikingly authentic blend” and Earshot Jazz wrote “Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul…” Their second album Drift (released Spring 2018) is available now. Frank Anderson’s warm tenor voice and original renditions of jazz, R&B, blues and gospel songs from the 30s to the early-70s offer an eclectic range of soul-satisfying music. A Seattle native, Frank has been performing as a dancer, percussionist and R&B vocalist since 1986. Now at the tender age of 61 he is dancing a little less and singing more. You can usually catch Frank Anderson with many of Seattle’s top musicians at local clubs such as Capitol Cider, Egan’s and North City Bistro, where audiences adore his soulful delivery and engaging stage presence. "Duende Libre is aural balm for the soul, medicine that goes down easy, and will leave you healed in both body and spirit. Daily use is recommended.” — Earshot Jazz "…a strikingly authentic blend.” — Jazziz
Sep
07
Stage in Use
Sep 07th 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sep
15
Public Events
Sep 15th 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tatiana Kruse has her M.M. in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University where she studied with Dr. Gayla Blaisdell and her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Whitworth University where she studied with Dr. Scott Miller. Tatiana received her WA State Residency Teaching Certification in 2018 and is starting her second year of teaching Piano, Guitar, and Music Theory at Juanita High School in Kirkland, WA in the fall. She teaches private voice and piano and is an active choral singer in the Seattle area. Tatiana is also part of the local theater community and has recently music directed SSR’s summer youth production of Zanna Don’t. Other shows include Reefer Madness, She Loves Me, Bonnie and Clyde, Into The Woods and more. Tatiana has performed in SSR’s theater for young audience productions and in several of Theater TBD’s cabaret performances as a keyboardist and vocalist. Tatiana is excited for this opportunity to perform alongside Bonnie, an amazing vocalist and friend! Bonnie graduated with her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Central Washington University in 2017. Her primary voice teacher was Dr. Gayla Blaisdell. In 2019 she received her M. M. in Voice Performance from West Virginia University after studying with Dr. Hope Koehler and James Kennon Mitchell. She was in the NATS winner circle for 9 years and won a talent scholarship in her undergraduate studies. Recently, she won the WVU Young Artist Competition, making her solo concert debut with Sieben Frühe Lieder by Alban Berg. In the summer of 2018, Bonnie received a scholarship to AIMS in Graz, where she studied in the Lieder program. Aside from intense study of German language and poetry, she worked with great teachers such as Marjorie Bennett Stevens, and Gabriel Dobner. She worked briefly with Mark Pinzow, as well as Joanna Ruszala and Piotr Wisnwieswski. In the year of 2019 she will be participating in the MONC competition. She has worked as a church musician in both contemporary and traditional settings. A versatile, dynamic performer, Bonnie is available for the 2019-2020 season in the PNW and West Coast.

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