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I'm an Oakland jazz salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to my itinerant childhood. Since 2004 I've done more than a dozen studio recordings for my own & other bands. In 2010, I sang on the Grammy-nominated Bien! Bien! In 2011, I made a fan-funded CD, and in 2012 my singing/songwriting was on Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut CD. In 2013, we won a Grammy!

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Oakland family camp gets 4 musician teachers in 2017!

Oakland family camp gets 4 musician teachers in 2017!

It’s my 10th year teaching (or something like that, I’ve lost count)! This year I’m thrilled that we have four (count ’em) musicians joining me (and many more among campers and jammers)! Read on! OFRC MUSIC WEEK boasts four professional musician guest artists, July 9-16, 2017 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety...
In which I take a ferry and discover time is the great equalizer

In which I take a ferry and discover time is the great equalizer

Sometimes I forget how much freedom I have to do whatever I want and enjoy this beautiful place I live in. Take today. I had been invited to the annual gathering of people who used to work at Miller Freeman, the company where I had my first (and last) job, for 10 years, as a...
Percussionist Ami Molinelli, guitarist Brian Moran and vocalist Alexa Morales lead Oakland Feather River Camp 2016 music week

Percussionist Ami Molinelli, guitarist Brian Moran and vocalist Alexa Morales lead Oakland Feather River Camp 2016 music week

OFRC MUSIC WEEK boasts three professional musician guest artists, July 10-17, 2016 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety of instruments (bring what you have!). A few guitars and ukeleles, a piano and some percussion instruments will be available. We will also offer accompaniment for singers. There will be karaoke for over-the-top fun...
Help send Oakland kids to Summer Camp!

Help send Oakland kids to Summer Camp!

Help send Oakland kids to Summer Camp! Every kid deserves a chance to go to camp. At Oakland Feather River Camp (est. 1924 in Quincy, CA, once a beautiful California Zephyr rail ride away from Jack London Square), girls and boys, ages 7-14, revel and grow in the fresh, open air and natural beauty of...
Yosemite

Yosemite

A tunnel with wrinkled rock walls. As you pull out of it, the view hits you. It’s a boomer, as my parents used to say on family road trips. A “boomer” is a view that goes “boom!” Half dome is sculpted in blues and grays, framed between two epic mountains. It looks like a movie...
Three great musician/teachers in 2015! COME TO Oakland Feather River Camp MUSIC WEEK!

Three great musician/teachers in 2015! COME TO Oakland Feather River Camp MUSIC WEEK!

COME TO OFRC MUSIC WEEK! July 5-12, 2015 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety of instruments (bring what you have!). A few guitars and ukeleles, a piano and some percussion instruments will be available. We will also offer accompaniment for singers. There will be karaoke for over-the-top fun as well as...
Death Valley Trail Marathon: The body is not mechanical. The body is biomechanical.

Death Valley Trail Marathon: The body is not mechanical. The body is biomechanical.

“The body is not mechanical. The body is biomechanical. You don’t wear out like a machine, you break down muscle based on load and then build it back bigger than before. The body adapts,” said the man sitting next to me on the bus. He told me his name was Rob. We were chatting excitedly...
The unforgettable experience of climbing Mt. Shasta when you have no idea what you're in for

The unforgettable experience of climbing Mt. Shasta when you have no idea what you’re in for

  “As lone as God and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up suddenly from the heart of the great black forests of California. You would hardly call Mount Shasta a part of the Sierras; you would say rather that it is the great white tower of some ancient and eternal wall, with...