WARRIOR QUEEN – GUEST ARTIST PROFILE – BRANDI BRANDES PERCUSSION
Brandi Brandes is a multi-disciplinary percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, and composer.. Her distinct aesthic is abstracted from the melodies and pulses of the day-to-day h
uman experience, expressed through a diverse musical background.
Brandi’s musical foundation is in theater and drum corps, and her musical evolution was through the diverse artistic communities of San Francisco: an artist residency at the Climate Theater, concerts for San Francisco new music composer Fred Adler, Garnada Arabic and flamenco quintet, Rennea y Sus Amigos salsa and Venezuelan folk music ensemble, Guapachoso salsa band, Punk Rock Orchestra, The Tennessee Valley Orchestra, The SFSU AfroCuban ensemble, and glamour punk band Simon Stinger.
She has studied primarily with San Francisco Ballet principle percussionist David Rosenthal and Machete Ensemble composer and arranger John Calloway.
Original theater compositions include City Circus Presents: Echo’s Reach, City Circus Presents: Kamikaze Heart, Tim Barskys 7 Beggars, Summer Shapiros Legs and All, and Betty Shmamieh’s Territories.
Theater orchestra credits include Tommy, West Side Story, The Wiz, and she is a regular stage band member for San Franciscos award-winning sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster.
Brandi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with World Music emphasis from San Francisco State University.