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GUEST ARTIST – AMELIA ROMANO: HARP

Posted by deborahleey on 25th March 2013 in Music Notes

AMELIA ROMANO – Harp

Harpist and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amelia Romano uses music as a medium for social change. Having played in a variety of harp ensembles, duets, and as a solo harpist, she explores new avenues of multicultural, contemporary and original music.  Her compositions and sound are influenced by her experiences and exposure to music styles in the San Francisco Bay Area, and year in South Africa.

 

She began studying harp at age nine with Diana Stork and later Cheryl Ann Fulton.  Amelia recently worked as a music teacher, educator, and school coordinator for youth with the Playing for Change Foundation at Ntonga Music School outside Cape Town, South Africa, from July 2010-2011www.harpntonga.blogspot.com.  Since returning to the Bay Area she has continued instructing privately and directing harp ensembles in underserved communities. 

WARRIOR QUEEN STORY 2 – BOUDICCA QUEEN OF THE ICENI

Posted by deborahleey on 2nd December 2012 in Music Notes

For the Celts, rape doesn’t seem to have been so much shameful as demanding dial–revenge. Boudicca, one of history’s most powerful women, suffered rape only vicariously — as a mother
, but her revenge detroyed thousands. Prasutagus, king of the Iceni, made an alliance with Rome so that he would be allowed to rule his territory (as a client-king). He died in 60 A.D.

Ignoring the rights of Prasutagus, Senator Tacitus of the Roman empire made the emperor and his own two daughters heirs, hoping, thereby, to placate Rome. Such a will was not in accordance with Celtic law; nor did it satisfy the new emperor, for centurions plundered Prasutagus’ house, whipped his widow, Boudicca, and raped their daughters.

It was time for revenge (“dial”). Boudicca, as ruler and war leader of the Iceni, led a retaliatory revolt against the Romans. Enlisting the support of the neighboring tribe of Trinovantes and possibly some others, she headed towards the town the Romans called Camulodunum, the new administrative capital of the Roman imperial province. After Boudicca’s forces resoundingly defeated the Roman troops at Camulodonum and virtually annihilated the IX Hispania, they headed towards London. The Roman commander chose to sacrifice London, so when Boudicca’s troops arrived, they slaughtered all Romans and razed the town.

Then the tide turned. Not to dwell on the sad details — eventually Boudicca was defeated, but not captured. She and her daughters are thought to have taken poison to avoid capture and ritual execution at Rome.

Song: Iceni Queen

WARRIOR QUEEN – GUEST ARTIST PROFILE – BRANDI BRANDES PERCUSSION

Posted by deborahleey on 2nd December 2012 in Music Notes

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.