Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

True North
with special guests JAZZ-ology

True North boasts an eclectic musical repertoire. Joined by Allen Leong (piano), Dan Feiszli (bass), and David Rokeach (drums), this quartet redefines what a jazz-influenced vocal ensemble can be. Performing original and inspired arrangements, they create a musical experience that both entertains and moves their audience. With special guests from Contra Costa College, JAZZ-ology, led by Stephanie Austin.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

$20 - To reserve tickets with your credit card, please call (510) 547-8188

True North is the result of diverse and innovative musical minds coming together to redefine what a jazz-influenced vocal ensemble can be. Pulling from their vast experience in the music industry, True North is a vocal quartet whose music fuses genres with a fantastic band to create a musical experience that entertains and moves their audience. They blend high-powered vocal and instrumental jazz with elements of pop, rock and soul to present an entertaining program of contemporary jazz compositions and familiar songs.

Together, the four singers – Katie Campbell, Sharmila G. Lash, Fletcher Sheridan, and Matt Falker – have experience in songwriting, arranging, touring, session singing, choral singing, and teaching. Basically, True North runs the musical gamut! They have been featured artists at the Jazz Education Network conference, and at jazz festivals like the Northwest College Jazz Festival in Wyoming and the Cuesta College Jazz Festival in California. They have also performed at numerous jazz clubs, like Los Angeles’ esteemed jazz club, blue whale. True North has appeared on four albums, including their own 2016 release, Voyage. truenorthquartet.com

Katie Campbell has sung in a variety of musical settings, from Bobby McFerrin’s GRAMMY©-nominated VOCAbuLarieS, touring with Sheryl Crow, to singing on film and television soundtracks. In 2011, she released her first solo album, End of the Beginning, produced and arranged by True North’s tenor, Fletcher Sheridan. Katie has performed as the soprano and alto swing in a cappella group Toxic Audio’s Off-Broadway show and has traveled throughout Europe, South Africa, and South Korea as a performer/clinician. katiecampbellartist.com

Sharmila G. Lash has recorded and performed with some of the top classical and jazz vocal ensembles in both Northern and Southern California. She is a current member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and San Francsico-based Volti. As a session musician, she has sung on a number of film soundtracks for 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures, including a solo in Gangster Squad (2013, Warner Bros. Pictures). A Bay Area resident since 2012, Sharmila also performs as a soloist and teaches privately. sharmilaguhalash.com

Fletcher Sheridan Fletcher Sheridan has been singing professionally since the age of 13. He has made a name for himself in the LA session scene as a jack of all trades. From baroque to pop, vocal jazz to French chanson, overtone singing to beat boxing, Fletcher provides a level of musical versatility that is rare. He has sung on over 200 projects for film and television, most recently for LaLa Land, Despicable Me 3, and Finding Dory. Outside the studio, Fletcher has also toured and performed all over the world. For years he was a member of the vocal group m-pact, eventually becoming their music director. Fletcher was also a part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Los Angeles Chamber Singers. Along with True North, he currently sings with the LA Choral Lab. Fletcher Sheridan on IMDb

Matt Falker is on faculty at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, where he directs the Frequency vocal jazz program and teaches theory and piano classes, and also teaches at CSU Long Beach. He is the founder and director of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a noncompetitive vocal jazz and big band festival hosted at MiraCosta. A native of northern Michigan, Matt is an active performer and clinician internationally, primarily at educational festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. Matt has directed All-State Jazz Choirs in states such as Washington, Iowa, and Colorado. Many of Matt’s vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and UNC Jazz Press, and he also distributes music through his own publishing company, Matfal Music. In 2015, Matt was also one of a select group of teachers chosen as a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award. On his recent sabbatical, he arranged and scored a new musical based on the life of Nat ‘King’ Cole, which premiered at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. matfalmusic.com

In 2011, the jazz vocal ensemble, JAZZ-ology was formed by director, Dr. Stephanie Austin. Her vision? A 3- to 9-piece innovative ensemble collaboration between vocalists and instrumentalists. The musicians are versatile in various styles and are strong soloists as well as ensemble members. JAZZ-ology performs extensively singing challenging jazz vocal literature, both published and commissioned.

Award-winning, the group won DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards “Community College Division” in 2017, "Outstanding Performance" 2016, 2015, and 2014, won Category Award from the Reno Jazz Festival, and was a national finalist in the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Competition 2017, 2014 and 2013. In 2013 JAZZ-ology released their first CD, Starting Here, Starting Now, which was followed by On a Clear Day (2015) and Get Out of Town (2017). CD’s are available on CD Baby. For more information, visit jazz-ologymusic.com

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