Advance tickets are now on sale for the Second Annual Nehalem Winterfest, bringing three great acoustic acts to the Oregon Coast from February 8 through 10.
The festival kicks off at 7:30 pm on Friday, Feb. 8, with a performance from Kate & the Crocodiles, a Portland four-piece that combines a refreshing and innovative classically trained female vocalist; a colorful, energetic and soulful keyboardist; and an intuitive trumpeter and amazing drummer who both earned their stripes with Pink Martini.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Kate Morrison began vocal training during junior high school, studying throughout high school and college in Pendleton and Walla Walla. Performing in competitions for classical vocal music, she placed in the top 10 vocalists in the state of Oregon and won many awards, including the coveted National Arion Award for Music.
Gavin Bondi began studying trumpet in Portland at the age of nine, piano at the age of 12, and voice at the age of 17. He played trumpet in every imaginable circumstance before joining Pink Martini in 1996.
Originally from Alaska, Craig Bidondo studied piano and music composition in Los Angeles before moving to the Portland area to embark on a career as a soloist and group artist throughout the Northwest, exploring jazz, classical, rock, new age and gospel music.
Raised on a farm in Southern Illinois, the first thing Brent Follis can remember is picking up a pair of wooden spoons and tapping out rhythms on some old popcorn tins. Since then, his journey in music has led him cross country and around the globe in search of inspiration and culture. Needing to fulfill his yearning for diversity, culture and thin crust pizza, he moved to New York City and later to Portland and Pink Martini.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, the festival will present the Grammy Award winning Pacifica Quartet in a performance starting at 7:30 pm
Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has achieved international recognition as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was previously the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2017, the group was appointed to lead the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Formed in 1994, the group quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002. the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The festival will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 4, with a 2 pm performance from iconic jazz legend Mel Brown and his talented quartet — featuring keyboardist Tony Pacini, guitarist Dan Balmer and bassist Ed Bennett.
The Mel Brown Quartet came together in the fall of 2002 at Jimmy Mak’s, a popular jazz club in Portland. All seasoned jazzmen, the group has become a mainstay in the Portland jazz scene, playing to enthusiastic, full-capacity crowds at every appearance.
Pianist Tony Pacini has played to nightclub and festival audiences throughout the West Coast as well as in his hometown of Portland. In addition to his own trio, he has performed with Antonio Hart, Chuck Redd, Curtis Fuller and a host of other musicians.
Guitarist Dan Balmer has performed or recorded with jazz legends including Joey DeFrancesco, Bud Shank and Joe LaBarbara. As a popular bandleader and sideman Dan’s unique guitar sound graces more than 70 recordings.
Bassist Ed Bennett Long has worked, toured and recorded with numerous legendary jazz figures including Dizzy Gillespie and a host of others. He has been featured on two Grammy nominated recordings; Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band’s “Tanuki’s Night Out” and “At The Great American Music Hall” by Carmen McRae.
Last but not least, drummer Mel Brown has performed with Motown legends Diana Ross and The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. In addition to leading several high profile combos, Brown’s rock-solid time and high-energy solos have made him the drummer of choice for jazz superstars including Teddy Edwards, Lou Donaldson and Joey DeFrancesco. In 1999, Mel was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame. Throughout his career he also played and performed with the Oregon Symphony.
All performances take place at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, located at 36155 9th Street, Nehalem.
Tickets are available at tickettomato.com.
For more information, call 855-444-6273 or go to www.ncrd.org.