Saturday, Jun 18th, 2011
Donations: $10 General - $8 for seniors & kids under 12
Prepare yourselves for an evening of vocal jazz, choral style, when Avonova presents the vocal sextet Con Alma. The show starts at 8 PM and donations are set at $10 general and $8 for kids under 12 and seniors. They will be accompanied by Michael Fourie on bass, Richard Freeman on drums, and others TBA.
Con Alma, as the name suggests, creates a soulful vocal jazz sound. Founded by vocalist and musician Rich Kalman in 1999, the group has crafted its sound in the ensemble jazz idiom, while making frequent appearances in the Bay Area at festivals, jazz clubs and special events. Kalman is a lifelong musician who has studied with Mel Graves, Mark Levine, Molly Holm, Madeline Eastman and Mark Murphy. The group’s repertoire is largely arranged by him. He also is the vocal director of the Albany Jazz Big Band and has been a member of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Oakland Jazz Choir. Other members include:
Catherine DeCuir, soprano, has been in the group since 2006. She has a background in musical theater and her singing career is the subject of a recent article in an online publication, She is one of the featured soloists with the Albany Jazz Big Band.
Patti Paul, alto, had early musical training in high school orchestras and concert bands. She began working with Rich Kalman in 2007 and joined Con Alma in 2009. She is a member of the Berkeley Broadway singers, and has appeared in musical theater productions at Contra Costa College.
Terry Lee, bass, has been a member of the Contra Costa Chorale and the Albany Community Chorus; both of which perform mostly classical chorale music. He is a recent addition to the Berkeley Broadway Singers and the Con Alma Vocal Ensemble.
Nancy Shneiderman, while living in Washington DC, was involved in the Washington Women’s Chorus, Victorian Lyric Opera, and Men & Women of Gospel. She has made an album of her original music, has sung with the Anything Goes Chorus and held principal roles in “Sex Tapes for Seniors” and “The Full Monty” in local productions. In addition to her alto duties with Con Alma, she sings with Berkeley Broadway Singers.
David Erdreich, bass, is a man of varied talents. In addition to singing in Con Alma, David performs with the Berkeley Broadway Singers, plays alto saxophone and is a prolific poet. He has contributed lyrics to some of their material.
It’s rare to hear this kind of small-group jazz vocalizing and we hope you join us for this special event, with Con Alma