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
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.
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).
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).
For more information, visit
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.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.