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Featuring the talents of Paul McCandless (woodwinds), Art Lande (piano), Peter Barshay (bass) and Musically Minded instructor, Alan Hall (drums), this group is a renunion of incredible musicians. Join us to hear their unique & original compositions at Musically Minded Academy.
Born in the small town of Indiana, Pennsylvania to a musical family, Paul McCandless inherited his artistic passion from his parents who were both music teachers. During a distinguished career spanning over three decades, McCandless brings a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON.
A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. A student of Robert Bloom at the Manhattan School of Music, he was a finalist in the 1971 English horn auditions for the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon.In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. Most notably he wrote music for the video Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production with Graham Greene as narrator. Paul recorded three of his orchestral scores for a CD called “Oregon In Moscow” featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra.“ Round Robin,” the opening track received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, St Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Stuttgart symphony orchestras.
is a jazz pianist, drummer, composer and educator.
Born in New York City, he began piano at age 4, studied at Williams College, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969. He made the first record of his own compositions in 1973 for ECM Records, in a duo with saxophonist/flutist Jan Garbarek. The record name, Red Lanta, was the first of several anagrams of his name that Lande used in his titles.
In 1976 he founded the jazz quartet Rubisa Patrol, with Mark Isham on trumpet, Bill Douglass on bass, and Glenn Cronkhite (later replaced by Kurt Wortmann) on drums. Rubisa Patrol played jazz standards, but also a lot of original music. They performed in the Bay Area and toured extensively in Europe by van. This group made two records for ECM: Rubisa Patrol (1976), Desert Marauders (1977) The band also released a third album titled The Story Of Ba-Ku (1978) on the 1750 Arch Street label.
In the early 1980s Lande taught at The Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. For three years beginning in 1983 Lande was based in Switzerland where he taught in a jazz school in St. Gallen. In 1987 he moved to Boulder, Colorado to teach at Naropa University. Since then he has continued to reside in Boulder and has worked extensively with many locally-based musicians.
A veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes, Peter Barshay has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin and Bobby McFerrin.
He was born in Washington D.C. and then moved to Berkeley, California. After returning to the West Coast, he began working as a freelancer at such clubs as El Matador, Basin Street West and the Keystone Korner, where gained invaluable on-the-job training with key players on the Bay Area and New York jazz scenes.
He moved to New York in 1978 he became immersed in the jazz and Latin jazz scenes for 15 years. He formed a trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Joey Baron. He played with Jimmy Rowles and Tommy Flanagan as well as the Mingus Big Band. He subbed for renowned bassists Bob Cranshaw and the late Walter Booker, playing duo gigs at West Boondock with pianists Armen Donelian and Jim McNeely and gigging with saxophonist Sonny Fortune while also appearing regularly at 55 Grand in a trio with drummer Victor Lewis and guitarist Hiram Bullock. He played with Miles Davis and guitarist Mike Stern. During these years, Barshay gained invaluable experience alongside a host of jazz's elite, including international tours with such venerable jazzmen as Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin and Joe Chambers.
Barshay's numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals have taken him around the world, helping to establish his reputation as a solid, reliable bassist. He brings a wealth of experience to the musical table.
Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with the following:
Eddie Harris, Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Bob Sheppard, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Betty Buckley, John Handy, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil and many others.
He has performed at: WAMU Theatre @ Madison Square Garden w/ Cirque du Soleil; The Monterey Jazz Festival with Billy Childs and Bob Sheppard; Teatro Zinzanni in San Francisco; Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Mike Zilber; Barbados International Jazz Festival with Wild Mango; JVC Jazz Festival with Rebecca Parris; BumberShoot Festival with Kai Eckhardt and Kit Walker; and Yoshi’s San Francisco with Kenny Werner and Betty Buckley.
He taught at Berklee College of Music from 1986 to 1993 and has adjudicated and given classes, clinics and workshops at festivals, colleges and music stores throughout North America including: Berklee’s Summer Camp in Los Angeles, CA; Jazzcamp WEST in La Honda, CA; Lafayette Summer Music Jazz Camp in Lafayette, CA; Stanford Summer Jazz in Palo Alto, CA.; Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire; and Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA
He currently teaches at Cal State University East Bay in Hayward, CA; The Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley, CA; Musically Minded Academy in Oakland, CA.; UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA and several high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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