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Jessica Brizuella

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Jessica Brizuela, MT-BC is a harpist, Board Certified Music Therapist, and Certified Neurologic Music Therapist from southern California, currently residing in Pasadena, CA.

Graduating on scholarship from Berklee College of Music in the class of Felice Pomeranz, Jessica has joined a new harp generation trained not only in classical but also jazz, Latin, and other contemporary styles. With her unique background as a cultured harpist, Jessica has performed in a variety of places such as Boston Symphony Hall, and in France at the Camac Festival. Jessica is currently continuing her education on scholarship in harp performance at Azusa Pacific University with her longtime harp instructor, Bonnie Mohr. Jessica is actively involved in the harp community working at Pacific Harps, is as a member of the Los Angeles Harp Ensemble, and serves as a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Harp Society.

As a Board Certified Music Therapist, Jessica believes that the harp is an instrument perfectly suited for helping and healing others. Jessica has worked in a variety of populations including geriatrics, psychiatrics, pediatrics, special needs, and medical settings. During her time as a student, Jessica served on the board of the New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association Students (NER-AMTAS) for three years, two of those years being President. She presented in various conferences ranging from student, regional, and national levels and she participated in the first of many international services trips to the Cayman Islands working with adults with developmental disabilities. Upon completing a hybrid internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Sherrill House Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Jessica continued her interest in advocating for music therapy on an international level by taking part in a service trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to promote medical music therapy.

Jessica’s compassion and empathy shines through her work. She continues to use her skill and love for music to help others that are too often ignored and who are not completely satisfied with all modern medicine has to offer. Today, Jessica involves herself in a variety of fields working as a professional harpist and music therapist working for a variety of clientele ranging from geriatrics to children with Autism. Currently, Jessica is also enrolled in a pre-health post-baccalaureate program at California State University, Los Angeles with goals of delving deeper in the health field. In this journey, she hopes to gain a deeper scientific understanding to help better serve her clients and to transform the field with her unique background, continuing to advocate for music and the arts in wellness.

As a self care from working and studying, Jessica participates in running events and triathlons, raising money for various charitable organizations such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can also find her dancing salsa & bachata in various festivals with the Quest Salchata Crew.

SpiritSings Kirtan and Dance

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Singer-songwriter-sound ministers Noell Grace and Ejé Lynn-Jacobs offer SpiritSings Kirtans twice a month in Santa Barbara, CA. Residents and visitors are invited to join in the joy as we sing simple, heart opening songs invoking our felt experience of the Divine. This unique sing-along of original chants, songs and mantra in a full range of musical styles such as gospel, folk, rhythm and blues, world beat, indigenous and meditational chants. All lyrics inspire and affirm the love, abundance, unity and joy of our True Nature.

The two hour event begins with an opening set of soul nourishing sing-alongs and chants. Lyrics are projected on screen, primarily in English with a dash of Sanskrit, Aramaic, Paiute and Hawaiian. After the fifteen minute cookie break, spirit singers relax and receive as inspired guest musicians perform one or two original songs. We then dive into more heart expanding group singing and close the night with a chant of recognition of the Divine in all. At evening’s end the energy is high and our joy is deep and lasting.

Hiroya Tsukamoto

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Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed his own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy nominee Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.

Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television. He performs more than one hundred shows a year across the US and internationally.

Bill Rotella

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Singer/Songwriter Bill Rotella performs solo, with his acoustic rock band DAKOTA and with his new acoustic duo AMBER & SMOKE. For many years his bands Baywood, Urban Shocker, 11:11 and Dakota were staples on the L.A club scene. Bill continues to play over a 100 shows a year.

In 2009, Bill released his first solo album, “Gates of Change.” His second solo album, “All Roads Lead Home” was released in 2012 and in 2017 Bill released "Amber and Smoke”, his 3rd solo album.

Bill first jumped into the L.A music scene in the early ‘80’s with his band Baywood, a six-piece southern-pop band that was very popular on the college circuit and in the L.A clubs. Baywood featured Bill’s acoustic and electric guitars and background vocals, the lead guitar and background vocals of Stewart Marsh, the dynamic pedal steel guitar and background vocals of James “Sparks” Sinclair (Elton John), rich three-part vocal harmonies and powerful lead vocals from front man Ronny Lee. Baywood’s rhythm section consisted of Bill Hurlbut and Martin Fera (Joe Walsh, Glenn Fry) They performed throughout Los Angeles and were the opening band for Poco, Pablo Cruise, Lacy J. Dalton, Dave Mason and The Ventures. Their music appeared in the movies “Born to Race” and “Three Days Blind.” Baywood released 3 albums, the self titled “Baywood” and “LIVE at The Palomino”.

In the late 80’s Baywood evolved into the band "Urban Shocker" and then "11:11". They were produced by Pat Glasser (Night Ranger) and Bill Pfordgerusher (Ambrosia) and replaced the pedal steel guitar with keyboardist Donnie Gougeon (The Association), their sound thus becoming more rock-pop. They recorded a 5 song EP and their songs can be heard in the films “Action U.S.A” and “Three Days Blind”.

In the early 90’s, Budweiser, Fender, GHS Strings and Zildjian cymbals became the sponsors of Bill’s 4-piece acoustic band, Dakota. Dakota featured 4 part vocal harmonies with lead guitarist Kirk Evans, bassist Rino Marino and drummer Dave Casanova. They performed in Northern Europe and the Western United States. Their CDs include “Dakota” (1994) “once around the sun” (1998) and “The Collection” (2008). Bill’s music performed with Dakota has been featured in the movies “Instant Trauma” and “Three Days Blind.”

Bill is from a family of successful musicians. His father, Johnny Rotella, was a very successful L.A studio musician and songwriter. He played with Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, recorded with many artists, such as Steely Dan, Frank Zappa, Neil Diamond, the Turtles, to name a few, and his songs were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Doris Day to name a few. Bill’s uncle is the famous Big Band arranger, Jerry Gray. Jerry was Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller’s arranger. He wrote “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and “String of Pearls.”

Bill collaborates with his family on both “Gates of Change” and “All Roads Lead Home”. His daughter Brianna sings and plays flute on “Once Upon a Love” and sings and plays autoharp on “Monterosso.” His father plays flute on “Live” and his sister Geri adds her flute to “Once Upon a Love.”

Joelyn Lutz

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Joelyn Lutz is a singer/songwriter and performer on the beautiful central coast of California. With over four decades of musical enterprising ranging from lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band to teaching vocals and guitar, Joelyn has plugged into the music world in every imaginable variation. Performing for spiritual centers up and down the central coast and playing in bands spanning every genre, Joelyn’s music embodies a rich fusion of rock, country, jazz, rhythm and blues and Latin character.

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of destruction, Joelyn’s new album "Just Breathe" was preceded by an inconceivable period of loss in the songwriter’s life: the sudden death of a sister, the suicide of a brother, the end of a marriage and the loss of a beloved family dog – all in the span of a year. From the grief and darkness sprung the healing messages in "Just Breathe". With song titles such as Grace, Give Out Your Love and I Matter, Joelyn’s words echo both the uplifting sentiment that we each hold powerful gifts for planetary healing. She’s also purposely mastered her songs in the natural healing tone of 432 hz (which is known as the vibrational healing tone of our planet).

Joelyn suggests you enjoy the musical textures and gusty, sultry vocal stylings by listening with earphones or ear buds. With eyes closed and with multi-layered sounds routing directly to the brain, absent of outer world distractions, connect with the feeling of who you are and why you are here. "Just Breathe" has been created to remind us why we are on the planet, how we can make it a better place and that there are no accidents. We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For!

Michael Paul Smith

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Praised for the distinctive warmth and richness of his voice, American baritone Michael Paul is in demand as a soloist who has performed with a variety of theatre companies and symphony orchestras throughout the world.

Possessing a deep and rich baritone, Michael’s “extraordinary voice shines…” His eagerly anticipated performances combine an outstanding voice, compelling stage presence, and a great ability to connect with audiences. His musical repertoire is eclectic and versatile—his vocal style incorporates various genres of music from spirituals and gospels to world music, R&B, spoken word, inspirational, contemporary, musical theatre and opera. He has worked with acclaimed artists such as Placido Domingo, Florence Quivar, Vincent Cole, Little Richard, Lou Rawls, Peabo Bryson, B. J. Ward, Audrey McDonald, Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Andre Crouch and Greg Baker.

Michael’s performances have been enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages in national and international settings. He has performed with the Torrance, Redlands, Santa Barbara, Nat Holden, and Long Beach theatre and opera companies in Southern California and with the Honolulu, Shanghai, and Beijing symphonies. His vocal and performance gifts have taken him on tour to diverse stages throughout the United States, as well as Germany, Italy, Austria, China and Japan.

One-Man Shows

Michael’s one-man show, A Tribute to Paul Robeson, written and produced by Gordon Hunt and Michael Paul, debuted in 2006 at the Multicultural Arts Center in San Juan Capistrano and received great acclaim. This concert pays tribute to the cultural achievements of the towering American athlete, performer, and activist Paul Robeson. Accompanied by a pianist, Michael tells Robeson’s story and sings Robeson’s hits such as Ol’ Man River, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, and Motherless Child. This outstanding program is both educational and inspirational — it has remained in demand and has been performed at a variety of venues.

In January 2010, Michael produced I have a Dream, the life and times of the iconic civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that included narratives in MLK’s own words and traditional spirituals, to classical hymns and gospel. This program makes for a soul-stirring musical experience and also provides an educational component for the younger listening audience. Michael’s reputation as a “Spirit Singer” is truly revealed in this musical performance.

Michael performs his one-man shows in a wide range of settings that include concert halls, university settings, schools and churches.

Appearances

Recently, Michael performed in David Lang’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, conducted by Kristof Van Grysperre, at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach.

He has appeared at the Rainbow Room in New York City, singing songs from famous Broadway musicals with Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone and Ann Reinking. He has also performed with the Doctor’s Symphony, Pasadena Pops Orchestra and Torrance Symphony for their performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Ode to Joy. He performed the Camille Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12 with the Southeast Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles. He was the soloist for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at CSU Los Angeles. He also performed with the South Coast Symphony Orchestra for their Easter program. In December 2009, he performed at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, in a tribute concert for composer Kurt Weil’s 100 year anniversary.

Michael also appeared in a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance with Opera Noir, a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, as Papageno, at the Redlands Summer Bowl Festival and recitals at Georgia Southern University, California State University, Dominguez Hills and the Long Beach Opera Guild. He also performed in a concert for the Black History Month Celebration sponsored by the City of Carson Cultural Affairs Department that featured the original contemporary opera Monticello by L. Arrons and J. Paxton. Monticello portrays the relationship of President Thomas Jefferson and his mistress Sally Hemmings. Michael performed the role of brother James Hemings.

His operatic roles also include Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Tonio in Leoncavallos’ Pagliacci, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and Porgy and Crown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, to name a few.

Sound Tracks and Voice Over

Michael is a voice over actor available for television and radio spots, narration, corporate and web video projects. Clients love his warm baritone sound. Michael Paul sang the sound track to an independent film depicting the life of Hope Foye, a classical singer extraordinaire and international civil rights advocate who was a contemporary protege of Paul Robeson. Other credits include a performance of the role of James Hemings in the original soundtrack for the Monticello opera.

A native Californian, Michael Paul comes from a musical family with nine children. He began singing at an early age with his older brother and sister in church choirs and musical productions. He earned a B.A. from UCLA and an M.Ed. from CSU Northridge.

Bob Selvin

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Bob Selvin has performed and composed for Disney, NBC, CBS, ABC and Nickelodeon networks. He plays the piano, flute, sax, sings, composes and arranges. Performing at the Hollywood Bowl, he won first place in the combo division and Best Musician's Award for playing jazz at the Battle of the Bands with judges Leonard Feather and Henry Mencini. Bob has also performed in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel and Knott's Berry Farm as well as at the Civic Arts Plaza.

Recently, Bob's ballet composition "Heaven and Hell" was performed at the Civic Arts Plaza. The first performance was with a 63 piece orchestra then two more times afterwards with the full ballet dancing to his score.

Lara Oshon

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Lara Oshon delivers luscious piano vocals with lyrical soul. With her debut album, Emerging, she established herself as a warm, inspiring performer and talented lyricist. Her second album, Dive In, showcases her gift at musical arrangement and strong melody. On Lara’s newest offering, Born to Shine, her heart pours through with raw presence, drawing you deeply inside her most personal and tender collection of songs yet. Lara’s Georgia roots and California spirit unite to create a transforming musical experience.

For more information, go to www.laraoshon.com or email Lara at info@laraoshon.com.

Annie Sims

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Annie Sims has composed and performed transformational songs since 2005 when she toured to eight countries in Europe with best-selling author of Conversations With God, Neale Donald Walsch. While serving as Music Director at the Music City Center for Spiritual Living in Nashville, she won a Posi Award from emPower Music & Arts and a Seal of Excellence from the Positive Music Association. Annie is the Global Director of Conversations With God Advanced Programs, the author and instructor of Walsch’s CWG Online School, and she also serves on the Conversations With God Foundation board of directors.

Billy Jonas

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Throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage! It's a musical conversation… a sonic celebration … a splendiferous gathering of old and young, because at a Billy Jonas show, the ensemble is… everyone.

"My favorite instrument is the audience. I work to 'tribalize' the compositions … to provide an immediate opportunity for the listener to join in." -- Billy Jonas

"…the arch-elf of American music…" – Charleston Gazette

Fun for All Ages
Billy Jonas is one of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences. Billy's clear tenor voice is well-suited to a plethora of venues, from intimate settings and workshop sessions to large halls and outdoor festivals. For more than two decades, his creative and interactive performances have enchanted and inspired folks from all walks of life — touching hearts, souls, and minds world-wide. As a founding member of the acclaimed duo "The Billys," Billy Jonas has made innovative use of "found objects." He helps audiences discover the music within common items … and within themselves.

Billy Jonas' recordings and live concerts across the US and Canada have generated an enthusiastic following. His CD "What Kind of Cat are You?!" received multiple awards including a First Place/Gold from AFIM (American Federation of Independent Musicians), and a Parent's Choice Gold. Jonas' videos have garnered critical acclaim, including Parents Choice Awards and a New York Times "Best" listing. In 2010 he was invited to present a concert at the White House!

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