Tuesday, October 30, 2018

DNACA presents: Seffarine

Nat Hulskamp and Lamiae Naki


The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 36thPerformance Series at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with Seffarine, an ensemble whose repertoire spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara. 

With members of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds contributing a wide array of instruments layered with lilting vocals and flamenco dancing, their range is a blend of ancient and modern. From traditional Arabic and Andalusian pieces to original compositions influenced by Spanish flamenco, Persian classical, and American Jazz. Their work has a wide appeal not only through the diverse musical genres they cover, but also in the many languages they perform in, including: Spanish, Arabic, French, Farsi, and Ladino. 

Seffarine was formed initially as a duo with singer Lamiae Naki and oud player and flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. The name Seffarine is drawn from the ancient metalworking square in Naki’s home city of Fes, Morocco where her family is well-known for their metalwork in the historic cultural capital. Naki studied Andalusian music and other forms of classical Arab music in Fes, drawn to it at a young age. Her talent showcases in live performances and recordings with esteemed musicians such as Martín Zarzar, of Pink Martini fame. Her dedication to sharing various cultures throughout the world was recognized when she received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to study classical Turkish singing in Istanbul. 

Hulskamp began studying guitar at age seventeen with Paul Chasman and was soon introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano. His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco led him to study oud in Morocco before studying ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. He has since founded and performed with many musical groups in the Pacific Northwest that range from Gypsy swing to Hungarian Csardas to flamenco. He also received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to study flamenco guitar in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Seffarine has since expanded to include: Bobak Salehi, kamancheh, sehtar, tar, and violin player; Bill Athens, bass player; and Manuel Gutierrez, world-renowned flamenco dancer. Salehi began his musical journey at just eight years old and has since been recognized as a master artist by the Oregon Historical Society. Athens is the bassist on Seffarine’s album and is so frequently requested he is only able to travel with them half of the time; we are fortunate to have him on this tour. Gutierrez won his first flamenco award at age eight and has gathered accolades ever since, producing events alongside actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria. 

A free-of-charge public engagement activity will be taught by members of Seffarine at 1 p.m. the afternoon of November 17 at the Del Norte County Library at 190 Price Mall in Crescent City.Their program is fun, hands-on, and interactive. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to better understand musical influences across continents, such as Arabic music’s influence on Spanish flamenco due to 800 years of Moorish rule. Active participation will be encouraged on instruments from foreign regions and in dancing while learning about the history of these cross-cultural exchanges.

The ensemble has received rave reviews throughout the world. Javier Mantecón of “Afribuku” praises them as “un placer para los oídos (a treat for the ears)” and Brett Campbell of “Oregon ArtsWatch” insists “this enchanting album deserves international attention,” referencing their release “De Fez a Jerez.”

Tickets for the concert are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I St and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Ave or online atwww.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 6:15 p.m. General tickets are $18, senior (65 years and older) are $15, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years old) are $15, and students (K-college, full-time) are $12. Season tickets are also still available at these locations through November 17, providing discounted admission to the remaining four concerts of the season. General season tickets are $70, seniors are $55, students are $45, and family (two general and two other) are $160. Season tickets are transferable and replaceable if lost.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2018-19 season, they are: Anonymous, Lisé Hamilton, Chip and Kareen Kalvin, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Gene and Carol Schach, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, and Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. We are also supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Seffarine’s performance and engagement activity were made possible by WESTAF, the Western Arts Foundation.

For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

DNACA presents: Molly Tuttle

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) premieres its 36th Performance Series at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with Molly Tuttle delivering award-winning bluegrass.

An effervescent bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, Molly Tuttle has earned several accolades, especially impressive considering her age of just 25 years. She is pushing boundaries with her charming originality, dulcet voice, and gifted guitar-picking. Among the many awards she has received are: 2017 Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association (the first woman to ever be nominated), Whippoorwill Arts/FreshGrass Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Song of the Year from Folk Alliance International’s 2018 International Folk Music Awards for “You Didn’t Call My Name,” and Americana Award’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Each of her original songs on her debut EP, “Rise,” reels the audience in. Even though her “astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar,” as described by Paul Zollo of “American Songwriter Magazine,” would be ample to bewitch any bluegrass fan, Molly’s talent further mesmerizes listeners with her evocative and candid lyrics. Molly has said that her identity as a guitarist and vocalist influences how she writes; writing songs inspires different things on her six-string acoustic guitar and vice versa. Attendees will be treated to music that elicits feelings of longing, nostalgia, and transition alongside trust and self-assuredness.

Molly was also featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in April 2018 and recently received six nominations for the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards, including: Guitar Player of the Year (the only female nominee), Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name,” Album of the Year for “Rise,” Emerging Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Recorded Event of the Year for a collaboration on “Swept Away” with Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Becky Buller, and Sierra Hull.

Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I St and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Ave or online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 6:15 p.m. General tickets are $18, senior (65 years and older) are $15, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years old) are $15, and students (K-college, full-time) are $12. Season tickets are also still available at these locations through November 17, providing discounted admission to all five concerts of the season. General season tickets are $70, seniors are $55, students are $45, and family (two general and two other) are $160. Season tickets are transferable and replaceable if lost.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2018-19 season, they are: Lisé Hamilton, Chip and Kareen Kalvin, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Gene and Carol Schach, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, and Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. We are also supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DNACA presents: our 36th Performance Series



The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) is pleased to announce its 36th Performance Series. The 2018-19 season received a great deal of input from community members thanks to surveys distributed online and the results of these surveys shaped what the series has in store.

The season will open on Saturday October 13 with Molly Tuttle, an effervescent bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. Earning accolades such as Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association in 2017, Song of the Year from Folk Alliance International’s 2018 International Folk Music Awards, being featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and a nomination as Americana Award’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year she is pushing boundaries with her charming originality, dulcet voice, and gifted guitar-picking.

Saturday November 17 will welcome Seffarine, an ensemble whose repertoire spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara. With members of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds contributing a wide array of instruments layered with lilting vocals, their range is a blend of ancient and modern, from traditional Arabic and Andalusian pieces to original compositions influenced by Spanish flamenco, Persian classical, and American Jazz. “This enchanting album deserves international attention,” praises Brett Campbell of “Oregon ArtsWatch,” referencing their release “De Fez a Jerez.”

A free-of-charge public outreach activity will be taught by members of Seffarine that afternoon at the Del Norte County Library at 190 Price Mall in Crescent City. Their program is fun, hands-on, and interactive. Participants will get involved with musical communication across cultures and traditions with instruments from foreign regions. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to better understand musical influences across continents.

The season continues on Thursday January 31, 2019 with the indigenous reggae band Audiopharmacy. The group combines conscious world hip-hop, soulful poetics, and technical lyricism with global music genres, live instrumentation, turntables, and electronics. For seventeen years, the band has used its musical platform to cultivate healing, unity, and harmony. In March 2013, they were awarded a mayoral proclamation from the city and county of San Francisco for artistic excellence, the promotion of cross-cultural understanding abroad, and representing the values of the Bay Area. While in Del Norte County, they will lead an educational outreach for the students of Margaret Keating Elementary School.

Ímar, the Celtic five-piece band based in Glasgow, Scotland, will bring St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the stage on Friday March 15, 2019. Collectively, they hold an impressive haul of awards—nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles between them. They share a strong background in traditional Irish folk that lays the foundation of their instrumentation and musical components, which center on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, often gravitating to slides and polkas. “The Scotsman” lauds their live performance as “genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity.”

The season will conclude Thursday May 2, 2019 with a trio of singer/songwriters, The Sweet Remains. They have a wide appeal to fans of both modern folk-rockers and the super-groups of the 60s and 70s. “It’s been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs as melodically gorgeous as these,” exclaims “The Boston Herald.” Their music frequently makes appearances in film and TV, including “The Independents,” a musical comedy written by and starring them.

All performances take place at Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St in Crescent City and begin at the new start time of 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets for individual performances go on sale two weeks before each performance and are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I St and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Ave for cash or check only. Tickets are also available at Eventbrite and at the door where we will accept cash, check, and cards. General tickets are $18, senior (65 years and older) are $15, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years old) are $15, and students (K-college, full-time) are $12. While cash is still preferred for the purchase of artists’ merchandise, cards will now be accepted.

Season tickets are also available at these locations until our second performance on November 17. They provide a significant discount to attend all five performances and are transferable and replaceable if lost. General season tickets are $70, seniors are $55, students are $45, and family passes (two general and two other) are $160.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2018-19 season, they are: Lisé Hamilton, Chip and Kareen Kalvin, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Gene and Carol Schach, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, and Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. DNACA is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Seffarine’s performance and outreach activity are made possible by WESTAF, the Western Arts Federation.


For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DNACA presents: Max Hatt / Edda Glass

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) concludes its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 28 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with Max Hatt / Edda Glass delivering award-winning Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Hatt and Glass first started playing together in Montana. Hatt was performing in a jazz trio and Glass sung Brazilian Portuguese as they became the state’s only Bossa Nova band. Music from their album full of original songs was inspired during the long drives to small gigs where Glass would write her storytelling lyrics to complement Hatt’s solo guitar compositions; they wished to create songs that evoked the ambiance of where they called home rather than a faraway beach.

The duo has an impressive background. Their nostalgic original music, encompassing the landscape of the West and the people who live there, earned them the 2014 Grand Prize International Mountain Stage/NewSong Competition where they captured the attention of their future producer, Pat Sansone of Wilco fame. These accolades led them to performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center, DC’s Kennedy Center, NPR Mountain Stage, Sundance Film Festival, and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival.

Max Hatt grew up in the Chicago area, studying jazz guitar in the David Baker program at Indiana University. He has benefited from the tutelage of Pat Metheny, Julian Lage, and Lee Retinour. He has been applauded for his tone having an “incomparable spook” by the Nashville Scene and his guitar playing being “atmospheric” by John Platt of WFUV.

Edda Glass is the daughter of a jazz trombonist and music aficionado. Her love of jazz meshed with a teenage obsession for obscure Brazilian musical artists, inspiring her to learn to sing in Portuguese. She has been acclaimed for her “impeccable vocal command” by PopMatters and New York Theatre Guide lauded that her voice is “one of a kind…you cannot confuse her with another artist.”

This concert was a fortunate aligning of schedules. The originally planned season finale show, Lion Bear Fox, had to cancel due to extenuating circumstances (a first for DNACA). Max Hatt / Edda Glass were not only on tour in our general region, but thrilled to be able to share their illustrative songs about the West with an audience who can appreciate it within their own experiences in addition to wowing them with new spins on exotic classics such as “Girl from Ipanema.”

Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I St and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Ave for cash or check only or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-hattedda-glass-tickets-37345626775?aff=ehomecard. Tickets will also be available at the door where we will accept cash, check, and cards. General tickets are $18, senior (65 years and older) are $15, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years old) are $15, and students (K-college, full-time) are $12. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Merchandise and concessions will be available for cash only.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2017-18 season, they are: Lisé Hamilton, Chip and Kareen Kalvin, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Gene and Carol Schach, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, and Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. We are also supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.