Jesse Weber: Percussion (drum kit, hand percussion, cajon)
Jesse Weber is a Bay Area percussionist known for his unrelenting enthusiastic Jesse Weber received a Bachelors Degree in music performance from the University of Montana in 2000. Weber studied with such luminaries as Bob Ledbetter, Lance Boyd, Andy Narrell, Peter Erskine, Fred Simpson, Julie Spencer, and Horacio “El Negro” Hernendez.
Weber became enthralled with the African roots of percussion and began intensive studies of the music of Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and Cuba. Jesse Weber began playing with Los Rumberos De Montana, an afro–cuban drum and dance group. With this group, he travelled to Havana Cuba and played in the famous Callejon De Hamel with the group Clave Y Guaguanco. In Cuba he learned congas, timbale, bongo, cajon, and the rhythms of the sacred Bata drums.
Jesse helped found a nonprofit, The First Day Project, dedicated to bringing music and dance to the masses. Jesse has been studying, teaching, performing, and living music, in San Francisco since 2002. He has shared the stage with Bay Area’s superstars including Sandy Perez, Carlos Aldama, Jose Francisco Barroso, Chris “Flaco” Walker, Michael Spiro, Jesus Diaz, Colin Douglass, Matt Lucas, Javier Navarette, Carlitos Medrano, Patricio Arguello, and Toby Ghaster. Jesse is currently pursuing several musical projects covering a wide variety of musical styles.
CelloJoe: Cello, Piano, Guitar, Beatboxing, and Live looping
Joey Chang, a.k.a. CelloJoe, is an anomaly in the world of cellists. Combining cello with beatboxing, he creates a unique genre: Classical Hip Hop.
CelloJoe records live on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing (vocal percussion) and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations. By beatboxing, throat singing, singing, plucking and bowing the cello, CelloJoe can mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop. CelloJoe is the world’s first long distance musical bike touring cellist. He has ridden his bike over 10,000 miles in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and currently accepting students in the east bay for cello, piano, guitar, beatboxing, and live looping lessons, Cello Joe is well trained in theory, classical piano and cello, and improvisation. His specialty is teaching improvisation.
Cello Joe is patient and has a relaxed attitude toward teaching with an emphasis on a balance between having fun while learning and developing the methodology of practice and discipline. Lessons are taught at Soul Graffiti Studios.
Justin Ancheta: Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Voice, Piano, Drums
Justin Ancheta is the Founder of Soul Graffiti Productions, a music community created to inspire and connect events, performers, students and teachers. He is a trained classical guitarist, pianist, and percussionist, and a composer of original music, leading his band and others while touring the country and world. Ancheta has 20 years experience both teaching and performing music. His largest feat in instruction is producing an after school program at Children’s Day School of San Francisco, bringing 50+ Ukulele student and 50+ cajon student offerings, allowing for 5-15 year old’s to easily begin and continue their growth in music with joy, ease, and fun.
Through performances and lessons, he is able to convey his teachings to others in an easy and unique manner. Each lesson is intended to directly communicate with the passion and inspiration of the student, and learn theory and classical techniques through a fun and engaging environment.
Links for Justin
Heather Normandale: Voice, Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele, Mando,
Heather Normandale is a singer songwriter and music teacher originally from FL, She teacher music together as well as shares her leadership skills as a touring activist bicycle musician, and has toured by bike from Europe to Hawaii and all along the West Coast….
Heather Normandale is a singer-songwriter, performer, puppeteer, independent music producer and music teacher. She studied music via anthropology, doing an ethnography of curandera music in Ecuador, interviewing street musicians in Quito, and then taking off on her own busking adventure through Europe with a team of musicians charging their amps with bike powered sound systems.
Connecting with our deeper nature and the nature around us has been a constant theme in her activism to protect and preserve the wildness within and around us. Rolling rhythms of fingerpicking on the banjo, mandolin or guitar drive the melody and message of her music, which is delivers with a timeless, soulful voice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schuyler Karr: Bass (All Levels)
Schuyler Karr is a bassist, composer, and arts administrator based in the San Francisco. Specializing in the classical and jazz traditions, he has performed with Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, Jeff Ballard, the California, Santa Cruz and Modesto Symphonies, is a member of the One Found Sound chamber orchestra, and has performed chamber music with the Musical Art Quintet, the Real Vocal String Quartet, and the Amaranth Quartet.
He has spent years performing Balkan folk music with La Peche, Broken Shadows, and Incognito Express.
As an arts administrator, he served for a year as the Director of Performance Programming at the Red Poppy Art House, and currently directs the Diablo Jazz Company in public and private events.
Alex Hand: Guitar (All Levels)
Alex Hand is a Bay Area guitarist with an extensive background in classical, rock, jazz, manouche, and Balkan music. He grew up playing classic rock and began studying classical guitar as a teen and continued later in college. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Jazz guitar performance. During college, Alex performed with a traditional Irish ensemble, many jazz combos and big bands, and progressive rock groups.
Alex was the orchestra guitarist for the 2013 production of Les Miserables by Tahoe Players in the Reno/Tahoe area. He spent 2014 as the touring guitarist for L.A. based singer-songwriter, Jessica Fichot and performed at the 2014 Francofolies festival in Montreal with her band.
Alex moved to the bay area in 2013 and became a regular sub in many gypsy jazz bands and founded the Alex Hand Band, an acoustic quartet. “Gettin’ Cattywampus with the Alex Hand Band,” an EP of original gypsy jazz, was recorded on tour in 2015 and released later that year.
Alex recently travelled to the Balkans to study Bulgarian and Romanian music. The Alex Hand Band, now an electric folk/jazz/funk quartet with drums, performs these styles regularly in the Bay Area. He also performs as a solo acoustic guitarist playing classic repertoire and instrumental adaptations of folk and pop songs for private events and is available for private lessons and session work.
Links for Alex:
- Album for download: www.alexhandband.bandcamp.com/releases
- Other mp3s and shows: www.reverbnation.com/alexhand