Dr. Renata Bratt, Kuumbwa Jazz Artist in Residence for 2012-2013

Kuumbwa Jazz is proud to announce Renata Bratt as the Artist in Residence for 2012-2013! The Artist in Residence works year round for two years to support Kuumbwa’s education programs. Dr. Bratt is a respected cellist and educator who works performs clinics and concerts nationwide. We look forward to Renata’s guidance and support of Kuumbwa’s education programs for the next two years.

Renata will begin her residency with a Pre Concert Talk exploring the concept of, “The Jazz Violin, a short history”, prior to the Mads Tolling Quartet on Thursday, January 19th. The talk is free to ticket holders.

Mads Tolling Quartet: A Tribute to Jean-Luc Ponty
Thursday, January 19, 7:00 p
$20/Adv $23/Door
Pre Concert Talk beginning at 6:30 pm.
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz

Cellist and composer/arranger Dr. Renata Bratt, is both an accomplished performer and a nationally recognized, well-respected educator. Along with performing and touring with New Almaden Trio and rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill, she has shared the stage with luminaries such as Liz Carroll, Darol Anger and Alasdair Fraser and has played back-up with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, David Sanborn, Lyle Lovett, and Dionne Warwick, prompting Rolling Stone to dub her an “ace performer”.

An in-demand clinician, Bratt teaches national clinics and string workshops for children and adults, including the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), MENC and Suzuki institutes and conferences, the New Directions Cello Festival, Alasdair Fraser’s camps, the Mark O’Connor String Conference, Wintergrass and the National Cello Institute. She is a past president of the Suzuki Music Association of California and the International Association for Jazz Education String Caucus. She will be a featured clinician and judge at the 2012 ASTA Eclectic Styles Festival. Amazingly, in addition to her busy performance and teaching schedule, Bratt has managed to find the time to record several excellent CDs—Pacific Cello, A Slice of Summer, Great Big Taters and Jazz Trio 2006.

Renata has been involved with Kuumbwa for many years, both as a Board Member and as an active member of the Education Committee. It is indeed a gift and a pleasure to have her talents strengthening our programs and we look forward to having her serve as Artist in Residence over the next two years!

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