Eclectic music and more
St. Clair Productions' 2010-2011 Season will feature concerts and workshops Sept. 14 through April 29. All performances and workshops will take place at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, and show times are at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Blues and jazz musician and writer Peter Mulvey kicks off St. Clair's Eclectic Music and More series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Mulvey will present a blend of popular American music, modern acoustic, poetry and narrative. He'll hold a songwriting and guitar workshop at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13.
The Zedashe Ensemble, a group of seven musicians and two dancers from Sighnaghi in Eastern Georgia, will present their traditional music at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Zedashe's music includes three-part harmony chants from Orthodox Christian liturgy, along with field songs, love songs, historical ballads, war-dance songs and ritualized circle dances. Members of Zedashe will teach a choral workshop and a folk-dance workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Headwaters building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland.
Celtic tribal trio BROTHER will perform Oct. 16. BROTHER includes Australian vocalist and bagpiper Angus Richardson, along with Dave "Dalbo" Allen on drums and percussion and Drew Reid on didgeridoo and keyboards. The trio's powerhouse performances are an energetic celebration sound that falls somewhere between New Model Army and Midnight Oil.
American Indian flutist Scott August will perform his award-winning music Nov. 6. August is a recipient of a Native American Music Award, an Indian Summer Music Award and a New Age Reporter LifeStyle Music Award for best native-new age recording. He performs on American Indian and Anasazi flutes. August will offer an intermediate flute workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7.
Master of slide, fingerstyle and percussive guitar, Bob Brozman will perform Jan. 21. Brozman will present music from many different countries, including India, Africa, Japan, along with rhythms from Hawaii, the Caribbean and American roots blues. His workshop will focus on blues, open tuning, rhythm, slide and improvisation from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 22.
Folk bluesman Chris Smithers will perform Feb. 26. Smithers may be best known for his songs "Love You Like a Man" and "I Feel the Same," recorded by country-rock artist Bonnie Raitt.
Progressive folk duo Emma's Revolution, featuring Pat Humphries and Sandy O, will perform March 19. Humphries' and O's original music calls for social change. Their song "If I Give Your Name" won grand prize at a John Lennon Songwriting Contest. The duo will present a songwriting workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. March 20.
Boogie-woogie pianist and vocalist Ann Rabson will perform March 25. Rabson is fond of sassy tunes that venture into dirty blues territory, such as "Barnyard Boogie" and "I Want to Hop on Your Harley." Rabson will hold a piano workshop from 10 a.m. to noon March 26.
Women's vocal ensemble Kitka will present music rooted in traditions of Eastern Europe on April 8. Kitka has 11 recordings to its credit — nine on its own Diaphonica label. The ensemble will offer a vocal workshop on April 9.
Guitarists Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Duran and Liza Carbé and percussionist Bryan Brock of Incendio will present polyrhythmic Latin-American music, such as tango, bolero, cumbia, mambo and Criollo, April 16. Members of Incendio will offer a guitar and percussion workshop April 17.
The Kathy Kallick Band will perform its West Coast bluegrass April 29. Composer and vocalist Kallick has more than a dozen albums to her credit and is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Bluegrass Association. Kallick and Laurie Lewis founded Good Ol' Persons, one of the first all-women bluegrass bands. The Kathy Kallick Band will offer a workshop and jam session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 30.
Tickets and workshop registration are available online at www.stclairevents.com or by sending a check, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, to St. Clair Productions, P.O. Box 835, Ashland, OR, 97520. Concert tickets also are available one month before each show at Music Coop in Ashland. Call 541-535-3562 for information.