21 September 2008

MIRAFLORES ACADEMIE TO PERFORM AT FIRST ANNUAL MARIN ART AND JAZZ FESTIVAL 

North Bay Premiere Saxophone Group Performing at Inaugural Music Event

On Sunday October 19 2008, at 2pm Saxophonia, one of the premiere performance groups of Miraflores Academie, will perform at the first Marin Art and Jazz Festival on the grounds of the San Rafael Corporate Center at 750 Lindaro Street, downtown San Rafael. Saxophonia, along with Saxopoly, are two of the premiere ensembles of Bay Area-based Miraflores Academie, a preeminent private school that has been the foundation for some of Marin’s best musical talent since 1988, comprised of middle and high school aged students from Marin this year’s crop of students.

Some of the graduated students, e.g. James Perdelwitz, Joelle and Willie Parrett, Jeff Derby, Jaimeo Brown, Sean Castle, Alex Baky, J.J. and Andrew Byars, Lou Wiskus, Robby Marshall, Isabella Quereshi, Zach Gunsell, Dan Birch, Bram Kincheloe, Elysia Strauss, Seth Paris, Kristina Hoffman, Andrew Capra and Salvador Santana. These graduates, and many more, were selected for prestigious musical performance groups like the International Monterey High School All-star Jazz Band, California High School All-State Band, California High School All-State Concert Band, the San Francisco Jazz High School Allstars and attend a number of institutions such as Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence, Berklee School of Music, the New School to Cal Arts, Manhattan School, NYU, USC and UCLA or performing professionally with such names as Bill Watrus, Mingus Big Band, and Greg Tardy. The array of award-winning students from Miraflores have performed in such events as the Duke Ellington Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Convention, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Rafael’s Italian Street Painting Festival, et al.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator, Marcia has most recently appeared at Yoshi’s with Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra and performed with the Voices of Latin Rock at Yountville’s Lincoln Theater. Performing with Wayne Wallace’s Rhythm and Rhyme, the Northern California Lighthouse Singers 25th Anniversary conducted by Helen Stevens and Stephen Roberts and the Montclair Women’s Big Band, she’s played at Monterey, Stern Grove, Sonoma, Fillmore Jazz Festivals and the International Association of Jazz Educators' Conventions with the African American Jazz Caucus AllStar Big Band (in 2004 was the Featured Artist with the Historically Black Colleges' University Allstar Band). Her performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and such notables as Larry Ridley, Jimmy Cobb, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Pete Escovedo, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Freddy Redd, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Carl Perazzo, Phish, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, Abel Sanchez, Jorge Santana and Prophet, Jaimeo Brown and Dartanyan Brown.

You can hear more of Marcia’s music at www.mee-j.com. Look for Miget and listen with your Heart.

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MIGET AND EDUCATOR/GUITARIST BOB SCHLEETER ‘FEED YOUR SOUL’

Miraflores Music’s Miget To Perform Popular Concert Series

         On Wednesday September 24, 2008, from noon to 1:30 Marcia Miget of Miraflores Music will perform the fourth concert of the popular lunchtime concert series. Occurring on the patio of the First Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th and ‘E’ Streets, San Rafael Ms. Miget will perform with a local name musician or former student in Jazz, Latin or classical genres.

Performing with Marcia is Marin Academy’s Music Director Bob Schleeter, a thirty-year veteran of music performance, creation and education. A graduate of Berklee College of Music Mr. Schleeter studied jazz with Hal Crook, Peter Sprague, Chuck Wayne and Joe Pass. Co-founder of Marin-based jazz/soul/Latin group, The Company She Keeps, Bob created an exciting, rhythm-based ensemble after successive visits to Bahia, Brazil and Havana, Cuba.  Guitarist, composer and arranger Bob’s composition credits include four “rock and soul” musicals produced throughout New England and the West Coast. The Boston Globe called his co-creation, Sara’s Jukebox, "’A hit parade of music...the songs are tantalizingly diverse, yet widely appealing.’” As a guitarist and sideman Bob has had equal appeal with a diverse group of musicians, including The Drifters, Del Shannon and longer stints with Shana Morrison, as well as dozens of his own ensembles. Look for his music on www.bigscore.net and www.thecompanyshekeeps.net.

         Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator, Marcia has most recently appeared at Yoshi’s with Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra and performed with the Voices of Latin Rock at Yountville’s Lincoln Theater. With skills that cross multiple genres she’s also appeared with Wayne Wallace’s Rhythm and Rhyme, the Northern California Lighthouse Singers 25th Anniversary conducted by Helen Stevens and Stephen Roberts and the Montclair Women’s Big Band. She’s played at Monterey, Stern Grove, Sonoma, Fillmore Jazz Festivals and the International Association of Jazz Educators' Conventions with the African American Jazz Caucus AllStar Big Band (in 2004 was the Featured Artist with the Historically Black Colleges' University Allstar Band). Her last project-as-producer was Passing the Baton: the Miget-Redd Session Part 1 with legendary Bebop pianist, Freddy Redd. Her performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and such notables as Larry Ridley, Jimmy Cobb, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Pete Escovedo, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Freddy Redd, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Carl Perazzo, Phish, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, Abel Sanchez, Jorge Santana and Prophet, Jaimeo Brown and Dartanyan Brown. Her past band has opened for Chick Corea, Kenny Loggins, Phoebe Snow and performed on MTV with Rickie Lee Jones. She has been the featured performer with the James Cleveland Choir at the Gospel Music Workshop of America, and the Toronto International Association of Jazz Educators' Convention.

         Based in the Bay Area Miraflores Academie, a California 501(c3), is a preeminent private performance group that has been the foundation for some of Marin’s best musical talent since 1988, as current and graduated students, e.g. James Perdelwitz, Joelle Parrett, Jeff Derby, Jaimeo Brown, Alex Baky, J.J.Byars, Lou Wiskus, Robby Marshall, Isabella Quereshi, Zach Gunsell, Dan Birch, Bram Kincheloe, Elecia Strauss, Seth Paris, Kristina Hoffman, Andrew Capra and Salvador Santana, evidence. These graduates, and many more, were selected for prestigious musical performance groups like the International Monterey High School All-star Jazz Band, California High School All-State Band, California High School All-State Concert Band, the San Francisco Jazz High School Allstars and attend a number of institutions such as Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence, Berklee School of Music, the New School to Cal Arts, Manhattan School, NYU, USC and UCLA or performing professionally with such names as Bill Watrus, Mingus Big Band, and Greg Tardy. The array of award-winning students from Miraflores have performed in such events as the Duke Ellington Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Convention, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Rafael’s Italian Street Painting Festival, et al.

You can know more about Miraflores Academie at www.miracademie.org or hear more of Marcia’s music at www.mee-j.com. Look for Miget and listen with your Heart.



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29 April 2008 

MIRAFLORES ACADEMIE FLUTE CHOIR AT MOUNTAIN PLAY

North Bay Premiere Ensemble Honored as Pre-Show Performance

On Sunday May 25 2008 at 11:15 am Miraflores Academie’s Flute Choir will be part of the Pre-Show at the Mill Valley Mountain Play’s latest production.

One of Miraflores Academie’s premiere instrumental ensembles, the members of the Flute Choir as directed by Marcia Miget are: Olivia Davis, Simone Allen, Hannah Spero, Sara Stone and Gena Karr.  The ensemble will perform a selection of music by composers such as Bach, Tschaikowski, Mancini, Paul Desmond, and Gossec during the two half hour sets prior to the performance.  One of the oldest San Francisco Bay Area community events The Mountain Play is a cultural tradition of nearly a century drawing crowds of close to 4,000 patrons per show. Every year the Mountain Play presents one musical per year in a spectacular outdoor amphitheatre on top of Mt. Tamalpais and this Year's performance is The Wizard of Oz.

Based in the Bay Area since 1988, Miraflores Academié, a preeminent private music school, has been the foundation for some of Marin’s best musical talent. The product of this institution had been the likes of Jeff Derby, Jaimeo Brown, Jarrett Cherner, Anne Rainwater, Alex Baky, J.J.Byars, Lou Wiskus, Robby Marshall, Isabella Quereshi, Kaila McKintyre-Bader, Bram Kincheloe, Elecia Strauss, Seth Paris, Kristina Hoffman, Andrew Capra and Salvador Santana, evidence. These graduates, and many more, have been selected for prestigious musical performance groups like the International Monterey High School All-star Jazz Band,  California High School All-State Jazz Band, California High School All-State Concert Band, the San Francisco Jazz High School Allstars and attend a number of institutions such as Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence, Berklee School of Music, the New School to Cal Arts, Manhattan School, William Paterson University, NYU, USC and UCLA or performing professionally with such names as Bill Watrus, Mingus Big Band, and Greg Tardy. The array of award-winning students from Miraflores have performed in such events as the Duke Ellington Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, , International Jazz Educators Convention,  San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, and Reno Jazz Festival.

Miraflores Academie’s Master Instructor Marcia Migét, is a ‘Maestra’ of many elements. Lately performing with the legendary Voices of Latin Rock with Abel Sanchez, Jorge Santana, and musicians from War, Malo and Azteca, her performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and such notables as Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Northern California Lighthouse Singers conducted by Helen Stevens and Stephen Roberts, Jazz legends Freddie Redd, Larry Ridley, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Carl Perazzo, Phish, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, Jaimeo Brown and Dartanyan Brown to name a few. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator, Marcia’s performances include the 2005 International Association of Jazz Educators' with  the African American Jazz Caucus Allstar Big Band (and was the 2004 Featured Artist performing with the Historically Black Colleges' University Allstar Band); the 2004 Monterey, Stern Grove and Fillmore Jazz Festivals as the only female saxophonist with Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra; and with Wayne Wallace and Pete Escovedo at Vallejo’s Jazz Festival.

With skills that cross multiple genres “For me there’s a realtime balance in the musical education of children and performing.  My experiences indicate that music places one in ‘a state of discovery’ making the individual receptive to learning and retention”, says Migét.

The Mountain Play is a non-profit (501c3) organization that has been serving the Bay Area community since 1913.

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29 April 2008 

MIRAFLORES ACADEMIE SPRING CONCERT SERIES

North Bay Music School Holds Performances at First Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm Miraflores Academié will present their annual Spring Concerts at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael located on the Corner of Fifth and E Streets. 

Directed and accompanied by Marcia Miget on piano and Sly Randolph on drums each year Miraflores Academie showcases the accomplishments and talent of the student body. The concerts will feature students, both solo and in ensembles, performing on piano, saxophone and flute in several musical idioms and groupings.

Based in the Bay Area since 1988, Miraflores Academié, a preeminent private music school, has been the foundation for some of Marin’s best musical talent. The product of this institution had been the likes of Jeff Derby, Jaimeo Brown, Joelle Parrett, Alex Baky, J.J.Byars, Andrew Byars, Annie Rainwater, Lou Wiskus, Robby Marshall, Isabella Quereshi, Jarrett Cherner, Bram Kincheloe, Elecia Strauss, Seth Paris, Kristina Hoffman, Andrew Capra and Salvador Santana. These graduates, and many more, have been selected for prestigious musical performance groups like the International Monterey High School All-star Jazz Band, California High School All-State Band, California High School All-State Concert Band, the San Francisco Jazz High School Allstars and attend a number of institutions such as Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence, Berklee School of Music, the New School to Cal Arts, Manhattan School, NYU, USC and UCLA or performing professionally with such names as Bill Watrus, Mingus Big Band, and Greg Tardy. The array of award-winning students from Miraflores have performed in such events as the Duke Ellington Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators’ Convention, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, and Reno Jazz Festival.

Miraflores Academie’s Master Instructor Marcia Migét, is a ‘Maestra’ of many elements. Lately performing with the legendary Voices of Latin Rock with Abel Sanchez, Jorge Santana, and musicians from War, Malo and Azteca, her performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and such notables as Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Northern California Lighthouse Singers conducted by Helen Stevens and Stephen Roberts, Jazz legends Freddy Redd, Larry Ridley, Jimmy Cobb, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Carl Perazzo, Phish, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, Jaimeo Brown and Dartanyan Brown to name a few. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator, Marcia’s performances include the 2005 International Association of Jazz Educators' with the African American Jazz Caucus Allstar Big Band (and was the 2004 Featured Artist performing with the Historically Black Colleges' University Allstar Band); the 2004 Monterey, Stern Grove and Fillmore Jazz Festivals as the only female saxophonist with Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra; and with Wayne Wallace and Pete Escovedo at Vallejo’s Jazz Festival.

With skills that cross multiple genres “For me there’s a realtime balance in the musical education of children and performing.  My experiences indicate that music places one in a ‘state of discovery’ making the individual receptive to learning and retention.”, says Migét.

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