Join us for the debut concert of the Oakland Interfaith Community Choir!|
Founded in September of 2013, the Oakland Interfaith Community Choir is over 45 members strong. It is the latest addition to the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir family and in their first year, they have joined OIGC on the stage at the Historic Paramount Theatre in Oakland and at the Spring Musical in March. This is their premiere concert and it is not to be missed!
OICC will be joined by former OIGC singer, Zoe Ellis, Antoin Timmons and host Patrick Landeza as well Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir and Imani Ya Watume Liturgical Dancers.
About Zoë Ellis:
Zoë Ellis has been singing all her life. Starting in elementary school with light opera, she moved on to gospel, R & B, soul, hip-hop, and house music. She added a capella improvision to her repertoire when she joined SoVoSo in 2005 and with them has been trouring Europe and the US visiting schools doing educational workshops with children ages 5 through high school as well as College and adult master classes. She also sings with Keith Terry's Slammin All-Body Band and, alongside her brother, jazz saxophonist Dave Ellis, with Zadell (Zoe and Dave Ellis Music), which showcases their original compositions highlighting both the power and emotion of her voice, and its softer, soul-stirring side.
Reviewers celebrate her "tough, jubilant vocals [which] swoop like a big, soulful bird", describe her as "a resourceful and inventive vocalist", and praise her ability to "[keep] the crowd involved with her presence and between-song patter. Audiences find her performances riveting. Her energy, warmth, respect for her fellow musicians, enthusiasm for the music, and obvious delight in sharing it with her audience, bring her listeners back time after time.
About Patrick Landeza:
Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire is thrilled to return to Kona with his musical brothers! In 2013, Landeza made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win the prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year Landeza is a Hawaii Music Award winner and was recently awarded Listen for Life's "Musician of the Heart Award".
A musician, composer, author and producer, Patrick is a leading exponent of ki ho'alu, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened or "slacked" their guitar strings for a lower, more resonant sound. Born and raised in Berkeley to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Patrick is not only one of the top slack key performers around, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and California he plays, in his words, "traditional Hawaiian music with a Berkeley twist."
About Antoin Timmons:
Antoin Timmons is a vocalist, songwriter, and a minister at Oakland's Love Center Ministry. He is also a member of the gospel group Progeny who can be heard on Walter Hawkins "Love Alive V" and Lady Tremaine's "Still Tremaine". The group has opened for Oleta Adams and provided live background for George Michael, Patty LaBelle, Tisha Campbell, Melba Moore, Edwin Hawkins, BeBe Winans and Patti Austin.
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (View)
1330 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606
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