In 2012, Darius Brubeck sold out appearances in Tel Aviv and Haifa following the release of two CDs, tours in Saudi Arabia, the UK and Europe with his Quartet, and a UK tour with Brubeck Plays Brubeck (with brothers Chris and Dan Brubeck and Dan O'Higgins).
In 2010, Darius performed at the FIFA World Cup in Durban, South Africa and in 2009 he played at the Kennedy Center Honors awards ceremony honoring his father, Dave Brubeck. He's also performaned at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and had five sold-out concerts at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London with the Brubeck Plays Brubeck band. His regular group, The Darius Brubeck Quartet is based in London and plays frequently at clubs and festivals in the UK.
Since his father's death in December 2012, he has played two tribute events in the USA and will participate in a farewell memorial in New York in May 2013.
During the 1970s, Brubeck led the Darius Brubeck Ensemble and Gathering Forces. He also played with Don McLean, Larry Coryell and toured the world with Two Generations of Brubeck and The New Brubeck Quartet ( Dave with sons Darius, Chris and Dan). In 1983, he initiated the first Jazz Studies degree in South Africa and was later appointed Director of the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music. For 15 years, Darius Brubeck and Afro Cool Concept (with South African alto saxophonist Barney Rachabane) performed all over South Africa and beyond.
Brubeck is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jazz Studies. In 2004 the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra commissioned a piece by Brubeck and Zim Ngqawana, setting music to excerpts from speeches by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, read by Morgan Freeman at the New York premiere. In 2005, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded Darius a residency as a composer at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy.
Formed in 1993 by drummer John Trentacosta, Straight Up has become known as the hottest jazz rhythm section in the area, providing the energy behind numerous headliners such as James Moody,
Bud Shank, Lee Konitz, and Eddie Daniels. Their 1997 CD Live Jazz In The Desert became the No. 1 selling local jazz CD in New Mexico and received critical acclaim by music critics and jazz musicians alike. Their follow up album, 2003's "No Need For Words" is the recipient of three "MIC" New Mexico Music Industry Awards. Trentacosta co-hosts "The Jazz Experience" and "The Bopera House" radio show on KSFR with Arlen Asher.
MAURA DHU STUDI
Maura is originally from Los Angeles, where she was known for singing jazz and pop and worked with many fine musicians including Phil Moore, Marty Jabara, Liz Kinnon, Nate Neblette, Rahn Coleman and Joel Scott. While performing at the famed Cinegrill in Hollywood, she met her husband, actor Wes Studi. In 1993 they formed the original rock band Firecat of Discord, playing Indian Casinos nationwide, and concerts at Paolo Soleri and The Lensic, The Fillmore in San Francisco, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
In 2006, Maura joined the jazz quintet Just Friends performing at El Meson and Bishop's Lodge. With her jazz trio, she has performed concerts for The National Museum of Women in the Arts at CCA, the Santa Fe Film Festival, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She is currently recording a CD with jazz guitarist Sean McGowan and bass player Bijoux Barbosa.
Following the Darius Brubeck concert, Casa Nova Gallery (530 S. Guadalupe St in the Railyard) will be hosting a VIP event to kick-off the summer season! Proceeds benefit The Humankind Foundation (see below for more information about this organization). Come meet Darius Brubeck and rejoice in the season with food, wine, and African drumming by Akeem Ayanniyi, master drummer from Nigeria.
To purchase tickets to the VIP event, please call Casa Nova at 505-983-8558.
Casa Nova Gallery prides itself on re-contextualizing the extraordinary art, craft, and contemporary design pieces from Africa and other exotic places in the world in a cultural fusion that epitomizes "the art of living and living with art."
THE HUMANKIND FOUNDATION
The Humankind Foundation supports two projects in rural Africa: African Aids Education Organization and Kamilika. Founded by Santa Fe registered nurse, Krisitin St. Clair, the foundation has been working with the Maasai of Northern Tanzania for many years, training them to teach in their villages about HIV/AIDS. Humankind Foundation and their FGM project Kamilika is centered at Noonkodin High School/safehouse where Maasai girls receive education and sanctuary from FGM and early marriage.
The foundation is raising funds to bring more teachers to the school, enlarge dorms, and provide sanitary water and supplies to the students. The foundation is also producing a film in collaboration with Santa Fe Community College that tells the true story of one girl and her epic journey across the Serengeti to find a school. The Humankind Foundation is a non-profit 5013c.