Jazz Standards, Pop Tunes and Opera Arias, who thought they meshed? We did! Aptly nicknamed the Re-assemblers Of Whimsy, these expertly trained musicians present mashed up and re-imagined arrangements of some of the most familiar tunes of all time. They range from Pop Songs, Jazz Standards, Opera Arias and even songs from your childhood, in a way you would never expect, but will love!
The ReAssemblers of Whimsy are:
Known for her ability to bring great musical and theatrical depth to her performances, Carrie Hennessey is a powerful and talented artist. Ms. Hennessey has performed in opera, theater and with symphonies all around the world. Recent engagements include her European debut at the International Mahler Festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic, performances in Austria and Central Europe including Dvorak Hall in Prague and her riveting NYC debut in Poulenc's French melodrama La Voix Humaine. Ms. Hennessey is said to be “..possessed of a full, powerful lyric soprano, which delivers Puccini arias and duets richly”. She has performed with Grammy-Nominated Grand Rapids Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony and the Sacramento Opera, as well as in multiple recitals and cabaret shows throughout the country. For more information visit www.carriehennessey.com
Hailed by German critics as a performer "in the league of Carnegie Hall," a "rising star" whose playing is "lush, sensual and colorful: like a painting" (Sulzbach-Rosenberger), Jennifer Reason has appeared in solo and ensemble performances across Europe, the United States and Canada. A widely versatile musician, Ms. Reason has shared the stage not only with classical heavyweights like Hope Briggs (San Francisco Opera), Steven Mackey (Composer-in-Residence, Princeton) and Holly Stell ("Little Pavarotti"), but also such diverse acts as rockers Jonathan Cain (Journey), Michael Carabello (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Santana) and Jerry Martini (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sly and the Family Stone), Broadway stars Faith Prince (Tony Award), Eugene Brancoveanu (Tony Award), and Jason Graae, as well as popular personalities such as Billy Bob Thornton, baseball's Tony La Russa and Governor Jerry Brown. Recent engagements include the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany, the Festival of Peace and Brotherhood in Italy, an appearance at the Vatican and two appearances in Carnegie Hall. Current projects include the role of Artistic Director for RSVP-a professional a capella ensemble singing to raise money for underfunded charities nationwide, as well as being a founding member of 9 year old Citywater-a modern chamber sextet currently Ensemble-in-Residence at CSUS. For more information, please visit http://www.jennifer-reason.com
Tim Stephenson is a jazz percussionist known for his diverse talents and ability to adapt to new situations. Throughout his career, Mr. Stephenson has played in many groups with genres ranging from Classical, Jazz, and Latin, to Rock, Pop, Folk, and Country. A multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Stephenson has performed on guitar, piano, mandolin, and voice in addition to percussion. Because of this diversity, he has had the honor of singing with Ben Folds and the Seattle Symphony, playing drum set with Butterscotch, Donny McCaslin, Davie Allen, and Joe Gilman, and has performed throughout the Pacific Northwest in many musical situations. In recent years, Mr. Stephenson has played internationally, performing with a jazz quartet in Dublin, Ireland and has toured in Italy and The Netherlands with Northern California Surf Rock Band, The Pyronauts. His current projects include The Tim Stephenson Trio, The Retrobilly Wranglers, and The Pyronauts. For more information, please visit www.timstephensonmusic.com
Described by many as a “charismatic showman”, Brett Cole has been performing professionally for over the last decade, mainly with The Pyronauts. With a background in Rockabilly and Instrumental Surf Music, he applied his love of performing to Jazz, Orchestral, Symphonic, and Musical Theater while attending school. Over the years he has recorded in California from San Diego to Eureka. Performances have included Mammoth Mountain Resort, Cal-Neva Resort, Huntington Beach Pier, Midnight Mass (Sacramento), Lava Lounge (Hollywood), San Francisco Academy of Sciences, Slims (San Francisco), McNears Mystic Theatre (Petaluma), The Crest Theatre (Sacramento), California State Fair Main Stage. Main Support for Elvis Costello, Dick Dale, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Red Elvises, Slacktone, Zepparella. With over 600 performances and counting, Brett has been spreading his love of music and infectious personality with every audience he encounters. He is currently recording his first solo album, “Keep Warm”, due out in the fall.