Guest Artists Performance Series

 Come enjoy outstanding performances in our intimate venue!

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 2019 Guest Artists Performance Series

(A Kitty and Creek Norris Production!)

“I love the idea, and I feel it every night, that we’re going to go out on that piece of wood, and we’re going to tell you a story. We’re going to create a community in real time. You don’t get that on any screen”. – Glenn Close

All the full scoop on each of our world famous Guest Artists is listed below,

 please scroll down for information on the treats in store for you!

The Guest Artists Performance Series is Produced by Kitty & Creek Norris. We welcome your suggestions on Artists to bring into the series and to our Community. Please send us a note through the website, mail or phone

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Nicole Stromsoe and Dorian Michael in Concert

 

 

Sunday July 21st, 2019

at 2 pm

 

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4251704

 

 

Nicole’s vocal magnificence paired with Dorian’s superlative acoustic guitar accompaniment…plus solo treats from Dorian…who was recently named as one of the

100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists!

The Guest Artists Performance Series is Produced by Kitty & Creek Norris. We welcome your suggestions on Artists to bring into the series and to our Community. Please send us a note through the website, mail or phone!

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Sunday, August 11th, 2019

at 7:30 pm 

Pandit Deobrat Mishra, Sitar/Surbahar artist

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4262794

 

The Mishras are returning to Willits Community Theatre!  

 


Pandit Deobrat Mishra

 

 

Deobrat Mishra is one of the most energetic and innovative Sitar artists in India. Refinement, melodic and rhythmic complexity are some of the features of his lively style of playing. 

Born in 1976, he represents the 11th generation of the Benares Gharana tradition. When he was a child, he studied Tabla with his mother, Pramila Mishra, granddaughter of the well-known Tabla player Pandit Baiju Mishra. He started to study vocal music with his father at the age of five and began his Sitar training a year later. That same year, after only six months of practice, he performed on stage for the first time. Five years later, he played for All India Radio. 

Since 1994, he has been touring throughout Europe with his father. In that same year, he won an award as best young Sitar player of India. In 2000, he received the Jewels of Sound Award in Mumbai. His several projects include music workshops, solo performances for radio and television, international annual tours, as well as world music concerts with Indian and European artists. Moreover, he is the organizer of cultural events and coordinator of didactic work at the Academy of Indian Classical Music, the school he founded in 2006 along with his father, Pandit Shivnath Mishra. 

​Deobrat received a MA degree in Sitar from Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad. He is visiting professor at Conservatory of Vienna, Conservatory of Milan, University of Sussex and University of Chichester in England

He has given music workshops in Indian classical music at Vienna University, Milan Music Conservatory, Vicenza(Italy) Conservatory, Royal Danish Academy (Denmark) and many other music schools and universities where he has lectured on Indian classical music. 

Deobrat has an energetic and innovative playing style, with features of selectivity, melody and rhythmic complexity. He is one of the few Indian artists who not only plays classical Indian music but also masters in world Fusion music, since 1995. He regularly performs with western Jazz musicians which makes him a unique Sitar Artist.

 

This tour will support the music school run by Deobrat Mishra and his father Pandit Shivnath Mishra, in Varanasi – India.

 

The Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music 


Fostering access and inclusion for children of all communities to receive classical music lessons, Indian classical dance lessons, and the development of community, confidence, and belonging.  

 

Deobrat is traveling with his talented nephew, Tabla Player Prashant Mishra; one of the best young Tabla players of the Benares Music Tradition. When he was five, he started to learn tabla with the family member Pt. Biru Mishra of Varanasi. He also learned tabla from Late Pt. Chakkan Lal Mishra (Student of Great Tabla player Pt. Anokhelal Mishra.) In 2004, he won first prize in the Tabla competition organized by Sangeet Natak Academy, Uttar Pradesh, India.

www.deobratmishra.com

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4262794

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Sunday August 25th, 2019

at 2 pm

 

Marc Yaffee!

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4262926

 

 
Marc Yaffee is a Native American comedian, writer, actor, and podcast host. Marc Yaffee’s diverse comedy career has landed him in 43 states and 11 countries that span across four continents. He’s performed on a flat-bed truck for U.S. Marines in Iraq (while getting his shoulder-length hair shaved off) and entertained a planeload of Alaska Airlines passengers at 30,000 feet.
With appearances on PBS, FNX, The Latino Laugh Festival, and Showtime’s “Goin’ Native”, Marc continues to expand his comedy footprint. His recent special “Marc My Words” is a mainstay on NativeFlix.com which also airs “No Reservations Required,” his new tribal travel show.
 
One of the most versatile comedians working today, Marc connects with audiences ranging from comedy club Millennials to casino showroom Baby Boomers. Relevant and relatable, Marc skewers sacred cows, dissects societal stupidities and confronts common frustrations, all while keeping his humanity and humor.
 
Marc Yaffee is a Co-Star of the Showtime’s Goin’ Native. The show is the first-ever cable special showcasing an all-Native American lineup. Marc has also appeared on PBS, The Latino Laugh Festival, Comics Unleashed and the premier episode of the FNX Network’s First Nations Comedy Experience. Marc has performed six times overseas for Armed Forces Entertainment and he won the Ventura Comedy Festival’s Funniest Person Contest in 2012.
www. laughwithmarc.com

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4262926

The Guest Artists Performance Series is Produced by Kitty & Creek Norris. We welcome your suggestions on Artists to bring into the series and to our Community. Please send us a note through the website, mail or phone!

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Sunday September 8th, 2019

at 2 pm

Dirty Cello in Concert!

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times
Tickets also available In Person at Mazahar, by phone any time 1-800 838-3006. Also at the door if not sold out.Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when purchasing your tickets

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SonoMusette in Concert

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

at 2 pm

 

SonoMusette recaptures the moody, melancholic sound and spirit of mid twentieth-century Paris. French chanteuse, musette accordion, gypsy-jazz guitar, upright bass, and drum kit combine to revive the enchanting songs of that era. This music has retained its power to charm and transport listeners, and SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in both vocals and instrumentation. Inspired by the great performers of that era, such as Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Django Reinhardt, along with contemporary artists such as Zaz, SonoMusette brings bal-musette to the “moderne” era.

Mimi Pirard • vocalist
French-American singer, Mimi Pirard, has a passion for reviving songs from times gone by as sung by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and their contemporaries. As a young child, her father’s work led Mimi’s family to travel the world before they settled in France when she was seven.
At age thirteen Mimi began her singing career in Saint Germain en Laye as a member of Atelier Chanson, a local music association, learning to harmonize melodies and take leading roles performing traditional and contemporary French songs. At age seventeen she moved to California where she and her brother, Gabe, began performing regularly at local venues.Mimi and Gabe formed the popular band, Dgiin, which earned The North Bay Music Awards, “Best World Band”, for it’s unique, high energy mix of gypsy, flamenco, with a touch of funk. Their repertoire included songs in French, Spanish, and English. Mimi later helped found the band, Hand Me Down, where Latin and Caribbean rhythms intertwined with rich three-part harmonies.Today Mimi sings with the band, SonoMusette, where she explores and exudes her favorite musical styles and songs. Her interpretations of these timeless French classics provide a freshness and excitement that is contemporary, yet faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original renditions.Robert Lunceford • accordion
Robert was born on Bastille Day in Maywood, California, located on the west bank of the
Los Angeles River. He began playing the accordion at age seven while growing up in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park. Robert’s musical interests have strongly focused on European and traditional music. He has played with numerous traditional Celtic music groups including the Los Angeles based band, Reel to Reel, and Sonoma County’sAtlantic Shore.Robert took a ten year break from live performance, turning his interests to the technical side of live-music production. In 1996 he founded his own live-sound reinforcement company, Authentic Audio & Sound. Robert has engineered well over 1,000 live-music concerts and has recorded and engineered several studio albums.Robert returned to live music performance in 2009, forming the French music trio,
Un Deux Trois, for which he composes and arranges much of the band’s music.
He is also a member of the French-Italian music trio, La Guinguette.
Serving as musical director for Cinnabar Theater’s 2014 production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,  as well as the 2015 production of Edith Piaf: Beneath Paris Skies, Robert was nominated for “Best Musical Direction” by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle.  Robert co-founded SonoMusette with singer Mimi Pirard, debuting the group in February 2016.Jan Martinelli • upright bass and piano
A native San Franciscan, Jan has toured and performed with numerous bands and artists at major festivals and performance halls throughout the country. Known for her stylistic range from Latin, jazz, and funk to blues and folk, her soulful approach to the bass can be heard on more than 30 albums.Jan appeared on the cover of Southwest Airline’s inflight magazine, Spirit, in an article “Women & Jazz” and has played major jazz festivals such as Aspen, Barbados, Monterey, San Francisco, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jan most recently played bass in Cinnabar Theater’s productions Edith Piaf: Under Paris Skies and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Along with SonoMusette, Jan currently performs with French music trio, Un Deux Trois, and has been touring nationally with Holly Near since 2012.Richard Andrews • drums
A California native, Richard began playing in garage/experimental/dance bands at the ripe age of thirteen. Richard performed orchestral and chamber music while studying at UC Berkeley, then switched to guitar during San Francisco’s frenetic performance art rock scene of the early 80s. Since then he has formed collaborative projects focused on writing and recording, performed regularly on drums in jazz groups around the Bay Area and abroad, and worked with Petaluma-based Americana band, Driftwood.
Richard’s frequent trips to Paris have inspired a deep interest in French popular music of the early 20th century – especially the reanimation of the era’s classic songs in a modern context.Isaac Vandeveer • guitar and bass
Isaac was raised in Oakland California where he began learning the trumpet in elementary school and began his life long love for playing music.  He picked up guitar sometime in the 80’s because it was more rock ’n roll and soon formed a band to learn tunes and write originals.  At Skyline High, he discovered jazz, fusion, and swing.  He studied with local private teachers, Russ Drago and Rick Higgs who helped him build a foundation in technique, theory and improvisation.  Through his college years he was a member of a variety of eclectic bands and recorded several albums.  None of which has gone platinum….yet.With a degree in guitar performance from Humboldt State University, Isaac quickly found employment in the construction field.  Then having hurt his hands one too many times and nearly missing a few gigs, decided teaching music would be a better way to earn a living.  He is now a band director for Rincon Valley Union School District in Santa Rosa, where he lives with his wife and two children.Being a sensitive musician and thoughtful guitarist, Isaac has performed in a wide variety of genres and ensembles from free form jazz to cover bands; pit orchestras to big bands.  He’s done the occasional classical solo performance but much prefers the thrill of playing with others.  He gets kind of grumpy, though, if the music doesn’t swing.  Currently you can catch him playing with the Wednesday Night Big Band, usually at the Big Easy in Petaluma, or around town with a small Latin jazz band called Tumbao.  Isaac is very happy to be the newest member working with the fine musicians in SonoMusette.

 

Website: http://www.sonomusette.com

Band Members are:
Mimi Pirard – vocalist
Jan Martinelli – upright bass and piano
Robert Lunceford – accordion
Isaac Vandeever – guitar and bass
Richard Andrews – drums

 

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Open Seating. If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to let us know when you purchase your tickets

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Thank you to Les Schwab Tire Center of Willits, and NC Financial for underwriting

our 2018 -2019 seasons!

And thanks to our Season Sponsors:

Ace Copy Center, J.D. Redhouse, Savings Bank of Mendocino County and Yokum’s Body Shop

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The Fire Scottish Band

and

Tempest

Are

Sponsored by 

CELTIC HERITAGE DESTINATIONS

TRAVEL AGENCY OF WILLITS

Thank you very much, Jenny Holmes Senter!

Contact WCT

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