15th Annual Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival to feature Jazz Music, Russian Cuisine and Culture at Russian House #1 in Jenner "where the River meets the Ocean"
On Mothers' Day, Sunday May 13th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., as part of the 15th Annual Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival, Russian House #1 in Jenner, will host and showcase duo'Xplore which features six-string guitarist Tim Mueller, and saxophonist Harrison Goldberg performing their popular "guitar and saxophone jazz adventure."
In keeping with their name and adventurous spirit, the coast-based eclectic musicians, who also perform together in the Mendonoma-based fusion ensemble, BAKU, will create "moods, melodies and sonic magic" while drawing upon some familiar jazz, pop and show tunes, ballads, blues, swing, and bossa novas.
And as the duo serves up its tasty musical fare, visitors to this unique venue can enjoy a spectacular view of the Russian River while partaking of authentic and delicious Russian food served in a comfortable rustic setting.
About the performers:
Guitarist, Tim Mueller is a familiar face on the Mendonoma Coast music scene and Goldberg says:
"Whether he's playing jazz, rock, funk, blues, fusion, flamenco, country, or intuitive music, Tim always brings a relaxed spirit of spontaneity, wit, intelligence, and creative invention to the bandstand, and there have been many of them,"
Reflecting on his musical background Tim says:
"I've been playing guitar since 1976, and am still fascinated by the sound of the thing. Before that, somewhere around 1962, Johnny Cash accidentally ran over our Collie with his Cadillac. He gave Dad $10.00 for the damages. The first time I heard Frank Zappa I was washing dishes with the radio on in Montana. That was
the name of the song as well. Then there wasthe discovery of Brian Eno.
My friend, Marion Drake had just heard "Ruby, My Dear" and I sat next to her on the piano bench on a Summer Sunday the first time she played it for anyone. Changes a person forever when you hear Thelonious Sphere Monk like that!"
Gualala resident, Harrison Goldberg, on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, is a frequent performer in a variety of bands at local venues along the coast. Having pursued and completed several musically diverse recording projects, and with new ones unfolding, Harrison continues to explore and expand the boundaries of his musical imagination and is deeply committed to sharing the joy of his musical journey with fellow musicians and audiences alike.
Goldberg says that for him and Mueller, "the variety of jazz tunes we plan to present offer an inviting blank canvas that allows us the opportunity and creative freedom to improvise, to paint spontaneously before a live and receptive audience all the colors of one's personal expression that becomes the best of it when melded together into a shared musical conversation... and where the magic truly happens."
And in reference to the upcoming performance with its international flavor, the saxophonist adds:
"The blending and sharing of cultures is a wonderful way to get to know our neighbors near and far and we, the musicians, and our congenial hosts of Russian House #1, Polina Krasikova, Tatiana Ginzburg and Tatiana Urusova, invite you to experience this little piece of Russian heritage when it meets jazz music along the Sonoma Coast."
For those who seek to learn more about Russian House #1, Tatiana Ginzburg, PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, founder of the Project, and spiritual seeker, explains the multiple dimensions and focus of the restaurant:
"Russian House #1 is a community intended to promote the exploration of consciousness and personal growth by offering free cultural space and an experimental cultural platform.
As a community we have created and developed:
A frontier restaurant with a home-like concept for human communication, participation and sharing by providing space for cultural exchange featuring open mics, exhibition, special food days, movies and celebrations.
We also make our environment available for personal and collective consciousness study which includes:
Riddles and puzzles for the public, practices of breathwork and different meditations, mind development and reflection cultivation, mindfulness as a path, game mastery as a priority approach to life problem solving."
For additional information about the Whale & Jazz Festival event and other activities/programs scheduled at Russian House #1 please contact:
Polina Krasikova,Tatiana Ginzburg or Tatiana Urusova
Telephone: (707) 865-9456
Russian House #1
9960 Highway 1
Attached photo by Rukmini Das
duo'Xplore is: (from left to right) Harrison Goldberg, tenor saxophone and Tim Mueller, 6-string guitar