Local group Cloudfire will play a benefit concert for Arena Theater
Cloudfire's unique sound combines oud, dulcimer, bansuri flute, didjeridu, and a metallophone built from scrap playing with more familiar instruments such as saxophone, electric bass and drum set. The members of Cloudfire bring a range of musical experience, from rock and folk to world, jazz and classical. Exploring modes from around the world in an improvisational format, their sound goes from subtle or intense to dreamy and ethereal. The resulting sound is both comforting and surprising at the same time.
Living on the California coast,
north of the Golden Gate and
west of the San Andreas fault,
Cloudfire is . . .
Gretchen Barton (oud, dulcimer, bansuri flute) has been making music on stage the past few years with Sofyan, Rock Rose Tribal bellydance troupe (Rakkasah in Richmond, Tribalfest in Sebastopol, Caspar Community Center, Harvest Hafla at Arena Theatre) and as a guest musician of the Mendocino Stories & Music Series.
Janet DeBar first heard a didjeridu ten years ago in the Mojave desert. She has been learning to play since then. The didj is her first and only musical instrument, although she does have fourteen of them. She lives on the coast at The Sea Ranch where local harbor seals sometimes clap in appreciation of her solos.
Harrison Goldberg has performed on tenor, alto and soprano saxophone with a variety of groups, including Tabula Rasa, Legend and Neon Egypt; he also provides hand percussion to Cloudfire's sound. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Harrison has literally spent a lifetime in music from East to West Coast.
Dave Jordan is Cloudfire's bassist, playing grooves on a left-handed electric bass guitar. A refugee from Silicon Valley, he is also Cloudfire's recording engineer and web designer. Before moving to the coast, Dave played keyboards with Limbic Sanctuary, an eclectic folk-rock band.
Leon Schneiderman (drums, metallophone) was a member of the theater group Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo and a founding member of Oingo Boingo. During the group's early years he built original instruments, sets, costumes and theatrical devices, which contributed to the group's memorable and unique shows. He now sculpts and builds / plays percussion instruments.
Arena Theater (View)
214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
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