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Author and former New York Times reporter John Markoff writes about the intersection of technology and culture. On Saturday, April 23 he will read from his latest book, a new biography of Stewart Brand, of Whole Earth Catalog fame.
Markoff’s book profiles the iconic serial visionary, unfolding the rich, twisting story of Brand’s life. He traces the relationship between the 1960’s agent of the Bay Area counterculture, and over decades the evolution of the “eco pragmatist” (Brand’s own words.) Steward Brand’s journey blended environmental consciousness, hacker capitalism and, while challenging purists in the fight against climate change, an embrace of technologies like nuclear power and genetically modified organisms.
Markoff was a member of the New York Times staff group that won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on Apple and other technology companies’ business practices. Among his other books are What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry (2005) and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots (2015) and is featured in the 2001 documentary, The Secret History of Hacking.
Vocalist Jackie Ryan brings her trio to THE 222 for one show only on April 16. The uncommon configuration of vocal, trumpet and piano, will sound beautiful with the acoustics of this new venue. Her band includes Erik Jekabson on trumpet and John. R. Burr on piano. Jackie’s show will include the classics from the Gershwins, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Benny Goodman, to the Brazilian standards of Antonio Carlos Jobim and will also include surprises of seldom heard gems.
Jackie “is one of the outstanding jazz vocalists of her generation and, quite possibly, of all time. She is the thoroughbred vocal equivalent of the Triple Crown, rivaling the dexterous sass of Sarah Vaughan, the instinctive smarts of Carmen McRae and the scintillating verve of Diana Krall.” --- Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
LIFE & LIFE follows Reggie Austin's personal journey from drug addicted reformed convict serving 35 years inside California prisons, to free man facing his tattered connections to society and family. While Reggie’s story exposes the impact on men of color of harsh sentencing and parole practices, the film also provides emotional uplift in his perseverance in in putting his life back together. Combining breathtaking musical performances, and scenes of raw emotion adjusting to life outside, the film opens up a range of pertinent issues for our time with grace and soul, through the immersive vehicle of music. Directed by N. C. Heikin. (2021, 81 min.)
The trio was formed in 2018 and is comprised of three of LA’s most outstanding musicians. Each of the three have distinguished careers as concerto soloists in LA’s musical landscape. Cani is Concertmaster with the LA Opera, Byers is founding member of the Calder Quartet, and Faliks is Head of the Piano and Professor of Piano at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Each brings their unique, multifaceted international experience and their vibrant personalities to the medium.
Walk the streets of Havana on any day and you’ll hear the soul of Cuba: music pouring from private homes and bustling restaurants, windows rattling with the parties thrown inside, nightclubs pulsing with throngs of people dancing. On his vibrant and spirited third recording for Mack Avenue Records, Havana-based pianist and composer Harold Ló pez- Nussa sets out to capture that stirring sensation with an exhilarating marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music.
For his feature debut, 24-year-old Louis Malle brought together a mesmerizing performance by Jeanne Moreau, evocative cinematography by Henri Decaë, and a now legendary jazz score by Miles Davis. Taking place over the course of one restless Paris night, Malle’s richly atmospheric crime thriller stars Moreau and Maurice Ronet as lovers whose plan to murder her husband (his boss) goes awry. A career touchstone for its director and female star, Elevator to the Gallows was an auspicious beginning to Malle’s eclectic body of work and established Moreau as one of the most captivating actors ever to grace the screen. (1958, 91 min., in French w/English subtitles).
Stephen Prutsman has been described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time. Moving easily from classical, to jazz, to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor.
He will present a program called “BACH & FORTH” , using J.S. Bach as a reference point and juxtaposing compositions of his with works by other major classical composers as well as with jazz greats such as Charlie Parker and perhaps an Uzbek folk song in one of his own artful arrangements.
Dutch documentary maker Heddy Honigmann takes us on a mesmerizing tour of artists’ graves in Paris’ famous
Père-Lachaise cemetery, but what could have been a morbid exploration of dead icons becomes instead a moving
celebration of the living. Honigmann follows the men and women who make pilgrimages to the cemetery, unearthing their sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting stories. There are those who come to tend the graves of their loved ones – lost husbands, wives and parents – and those who leave offerings for their favourite writers and musicians – Chopin, Proust, Ingres and Jim Morrison. Occasionally, we follow these pilgrims home, or to work.
The passion and fire of Spain hits the stage in Healdsburg. An evening of lightning-fast footwork, haunting guitar rhythms, and soulful singing.
The show features a cast of artists who have lived and trained in Spain, the birthplace of flamenco: dancers Damien Alvarez and Joelle Gonçalves, flamenco guitarist Mark Taylor with special guest singer, Yuli Norish “La Yuli”. The group has been working together for many years and it shows in the dancers' precision footwork, emotionally haunting vocals, the guitarist’s bold accompaniment
“Sol Flamenco is an electrifying evening of phenomenal music and dance that will carry you into a world of passion that is unique to flamenco” says Alexa Chipman in her 5-star review of the group, Imagination Lane Review San Francisco North Bay Theatre & Dance.
Venezuelan-born Edward Simon, will play a solo piano concert at THE 222 in Healdsburg on Saturday, December 4, celebrating the recent release of his newest recording “Solo Live” on Ridgeway Records. Recorded at Oakland’s Piedmont Piano Company on his 50th birthday in 2019, Solo Live is Simon’s first unaccompanied recording. Unedited, it’s a ravishing portrait of one of jazz’s most eloquent improvisers investigating a setting that’s become one of his primary outlets during the pandemic. Long leery of performing alone, a situation that leaves a pianist “really exposed,” he described the Piedmont Piano date as “a leap of faith.” This is his 15th album as a leader and his first unaccompanied recording.
“I’m playing the role of a little old lady, pleasantly plump and talkative and telling her life story. And yet it’s others I’m interested in, others I like to film. Others who intrigue me, motivate me, make me ask questions, disconcert me, fascinate me. This time, to talk about myself, I thought, ‘If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes.’ If we opened me up, we’d find beaches.” Agnes Varda, The Beaches of Agnes
At the age of 80, director Agnes Varda embarked on a freewheeling journey documenting her life. In clever, free associative set pieces, she joyfully explores her past, her friendships, and her home turf on the Rue Daguerre in Paris. “Uninhibited about sex, generous in her affections, worldly-wise, blending tender recollections with self- deprecating antics, Varda, free from fear and shame, turns her tale of a life lived in art into a work of art in its own right, and one of her best—a rapturous tribute to life itself.” Richard Brody, The New Yorker (2008, 110 min., in French with English subtitles)
Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular December concert offering. For centuries, communities around the world have utilized the power of collective singing to summon warmth, cheer, and spiritual connection to sustain themselves through the challenges and uncertainties of the coldest and darkest season. Returning to the stage after nearly two years of pandemic separation, Kitka’s reunited voices will joyfully bestow musical blessings for health, hope, peace, good fortune, and the return of the light as the Winter Solstice and New Year draw near.
Paul McCandless and Art Lande have been making music together for almost 50 years. They will perform in duo for this special evening, with Paul playing soprano and tenor saxophones as well as bass clarinet and Art playing piano and melodica. They have toured all over the US and most of Europe, recorded for ECM, Windham Hill and Synergy labels and have been part of many bands together. The music will highlight pieces from many parts of their musical history plus spontaneous compositions they create in the moment. Always there is depth, humor, beauty and connected energy. As one audience member said after their duo concert in Boulder, Colorado – “we can see every aspect of your friendship hearing you play together” – count on it.
NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart brings his exciting quartet to THE 222, with Ethan Iverson on piano, Dayna Stephens on saxophones and Peter Barshay on bass. It has been many years since Hart has brought his quartet to California. Hart, Iversen, and Stephens are flying in from the East coast for this special occasion.
There will be one show on Saturday, September 11, at 7PM and one on Sunday, September 12, at 7PM in the very intimate concert performance space with club-style seating located within the Paul Mahder Gallery.
“Billy Hart is one of the greatest living jazz drummers. Hell, he’s one of the greatest drummers of ALL TIME.” - Joshua Redman
The basic tenet of Visual Thinking Strategies is that finding meaning in imagery calls upon many aspects of cognition—personal association, questioning, speculating, analyzing, fact-finding, and categorizing—and that looking at art, going through a process of aesthetic development, brings us forward in our cognitive development as a whole. After a brief introduction to the origins and ongoing theoretical underpinnings behind the development of Visual Thinking Strategies, we will spend time looking together at one of the works of art in the gallery, with an eye to the range of skills we draw on, from simple identification (naming what one sees) to complex interpretation on contextual, metaphoric and philosophical levels.
Cables is traveling to California from New York for the first time with his trio since 2018 to be part of the grand opening of THE 222, Healdsburg’s newest performing arts venue. Mr. Cables and THE 222 jazz programmer Jessica Felix have known each other since the early 1980’s when they first met while Jessica was working at the Keystone Korner Jazz Club in San Francisco. Since then, they have become good friends and she has presented him numerous times over the years. “George is always there when I start with a new venture, happy to do what it takes to make the concert a success”.