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Global Harmony

Gualala Arts Global Harmony Season of Offerings presents:
Cloudfire & Friends

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
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Cloudfire & Friends

World music group Cloudfire performs with friends at Gualala Arts Center on Friday, May, 16 at 7:30 p.m.

When was the last time you heard a Middle Eastern oud, Australian didjeridu, Japanese shakuhachi flute and west African kora (a kind of harp) . . . played together? This is 21st century music from northern California, blending sounds and traditions from around the world in a new Global Harmony.

Cloudfire is a Mendocino-Sonoma coast band whose unique sound combines oud, dulcimer, saz, bansuri flute, didjeridu, and metallophone with saxophone, bass guitar and drum set. For this concert, Cloudfire again joins with friends playing kora, guimbri, shakuhachi and guitar.

Cloudfire & Friends: Gretchen & Johny
Gretchen & Johny

The band's original music is inspired by African, Asian, Celtic and Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies, as well as American funk, folk and jazz. Their infectious and danceable grooves become mysterious and introspective as they explore non-Western modes, scales and time signatures.

The members of Cloudifre are Gretchen Barton (oud, dulcimer, saz, bansuri), Janet DeBar (didjeridu), Harrison Goldberg (saxophones), Dave Jordan (electric bass) and Leon Schneiderman (drumset, metallophone). They are joined by Johny "Qwest" Heubel (kora, tambur, flute, guimbri), Tim Mueller (electric guitar) and Karl Young (shakuhachi).

Cloudfire & Friends: Leon & Janet
Leon & Janet

Cloudfire will release two new CDs at the concert: Cloudfire & Friends,
and Trance Lucent -- a compilation of previous releases featuring the
metallophone (created and played by Leon Schneiderman).
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Cloudfire & Friends: Dave, Karl, Tim & Harrison
Dave, Karl, Tim & Harrison

Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 more on the day of the performance. Youth 7 to 17 are admitted free. For advance purchase, see below. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala. Special lodging packages which include tickets to this performance are available from the Timber Cove Inn.

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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