Renata Bratt and String Land, Thursday, November 29

Renata Bratt and String Land
Thursday, November 29

Kuumbwa Jazz

“Annie Oakley meets Pablo Casals.” – Poet Paul Zarzyski

Few have done more to move the cello front and center in jazz, folk, and pop/rock music, than Renata Bratt. Her musical tastes encompass everything from the formal stylings of classical chamber ensembles to the casual atmosphere of a jazz jam session or a country fiddle hoedown. Bratt enjoys a rare resumé that includes high-profile performances with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant; David Sanborn; and Darol Anger. Her current String Land group features Deby Benton Grosjean – violin; Kristen Strom – saxophone; Scott Sorkin - guitar; and John R. Burr – piano. When not touring, Renata is often teaching. A strong advocate for music education, she has been named Kuumbwa’s Artist-in-Residence for 2012 – 2013. Her latest CD, A Slice of Summer, features an inventive mix of original, jazz-influenced compositions and traditional folk.

Renata Bratt was only 10-years-old when she attended a concert by cellist Jaqueline Du Pre with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From then on, her love affair with the cello has been central to her artistic life. She was set on becoming a session musician, hoping to work in the recording studios of Los Angeles, when she caught a performance by the Turtle Island String Quartet. The music they played set her on a new path. Instead of traditional chamber music, Turtle Island was performing jazz arrangements of popular songs. Bratt was instantly drawn-in. She found the creative freedom of jazz preferable to playing in the regimented world of symphonic orchestras. From then on, she was determined to learn as much as she could about playing cello in a jazz context. Along the way, Bratt took detours into a variety of Americana styles, including bluegrass and exploring traditional Celtic folk music. When Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reprised their Led Zeppelin repertoire for an American tour in the early ’90s, Bratt played in the string section on their Los Angeles performance. In 1997, she relocated to the Santa Cruz area and continues to tour nationally, and internationally, as well as throughout California.

Now with String Land, Bratt is performing her own compositions, with a few traditional folk tunes thrown-in for good measure. In crossing boundaries and pulling together a pleasing variety of sounds, she makes the cello ‘sing’ no matter what the style of music. Her versatility and willingness to explore is what sets her apart as a cellist.  Whether it is playing bluegrass with Darol Anger, Celtic music with Alasdair Fraser, or jazz with String Land, she feels at home just performing good music. The poet Paul Zarzyski describes Renata’s artistry best: “… her verve roams the whole soulful open range of creativity.”

Renata Bratt and String Land

DATE: Thursday, November 29, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00  PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

(831) 427-2227

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