Just Announced: The David Sánchez Group!

Saturday, August 7th 2021
Performances: 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Tickets: $40 General admission, (members save 50%)

The David Sánchez Group
Featuring: 
Kenny Banks Jr. – piano & keys
Lil John Roberts – drums
Ricky Rodriguez – bass  


GRAMMY® award-winner David Sánchez is recognized around the world as one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. His mastery of the instrument is undeniable and his sound unmistakable.

In a review, world-renown jazz writer and critic Howard Reich saluted the bandleader saying, “Sánchez’s prowess on saxophone is matched by the intellectual depth of his concept and compositions”. Reich has also noted “Technically, tonally and creatively, he seems to have it all”. Recordings such as “The Departure” (1994), “Sketches of Dreams” (1995), “Obsesión” (1998) and “Cultural Survival” (2008) showed Sánchez merging jazz syntax with the musical dialects of his native Puerto Rico and other Caribbean and Latin American sources.

The influences of Afro-Puerto Rican music can be clearly heard on his Grammy Award nominated recording “Carib” (2019). It presents original compositions inspired by traditional rhythms and melodies of Puerto Rico and Haiti. “Puerto Rican saxophonist long has stood at the forefront of digging deeply into Afro-Caribbean musical roots. “Carib” probes Puerto Rican and Haitians influences with extraordinary insight, Sánchez’s singularly plush tone on tenor intertwined with many rhythmic strands”, Chicago Tribune. The album was also nominated for the Latin Grammy award and the NAACP award.”




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October 2021

Live at Timucua: Thomas Flippin, classical guitar (live stream)

October 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
$5.00
Classical guitarist Thomas Flippin stands in front of a brick wall while holding a guitar.

Thomas Flippin is an original and versatile voice in the world of contemporary music. Whether premiering new works with his pioneering classical guitar ensemble, Duo Noire; performing avant-garde art songs on the theorbo as part of Alicia Hall Moran’s Black Wall Street; or plucking the banjo in the American Repertory Theater’s critically-acclaimed premiere of The Black Clown, Flippin’s playing has been hailed as “lovely” (New York Times), and “spectacularly precise” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). Recent concert highlights include performances at Carnegie…

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Live at Timucua: Renoir Rodriguez (live stream)

October 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
$5.00

Renoir Rodriguez is a world-class Cuban trumpeter whose classical sound resonates with fans of the genre and newcomers alike. Trumpet player Inaudi Paisan influenced Renoir to pursue a life of music in 1982. Since then Renoir has dedicated his life to learning and creating riveting melodies inspired by love. He combines the smooth sounds of classic Cuban jazz into the 21st century by mixing in a modern twist. Live stream tickets provide access to both the 7 pm and 8:30…

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Open House: Rose Grace and Sarah Jane – New Music for Flute and Piano (live stream)

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
Donation

This performance will feature flute and piano music by 20th-century women and Florida-based composers including Gubaidulina, Hoover, Boulanger, Zwilick, Paul Richards, and Shawn Hundley. Rose Shlyam Grace, a Russian-born pianist, has concertized throughout the United States as a soloist and chamber music recitalist. She has collaborated in duo and chamber music recitals with many distinguished artists. Ms. Grace has been featured as a guest artist at the Krannert Art Center in Champaign-Urbana, the “Serenade Series” in Orlando, Florida, and the…

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November 2021

Live at Timucua: Christie Lenée (live stream)

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
$5.00
Fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenée holds a guitar in both hands. Her right hand fingers tap into the strings of the guitar. She sings into the microphone.

Singer, songwriter and renowned fingerstyle guitarist, Christie Lenée performs a concert of original music and acoustic covers. Symphonic compositions flow from her fingertips effortlessly, with sound ranging from transcendental folk-pop to virtuosic instrumentals. Her recent title of Acoustic Guitarist of the Year 2019 awarded by Music Radar Magazine out of the UK, has launched Christie’s career towards international stardom. During the pandemic, Christie is currently working on a solo album in addition to collaborative tracks with artists such as Tommy…

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Live at Timucua: Greg Diamond (live stream)

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$5.00

Greg Diamond is a prolific guitarist, composer, and recording artist from New York City.Greg Diamond is a prolific guitarist, composer, and recording artist from New York City. Touted as “a rising star in the New York jazz scene” by All About Jazz and a “composer of great maturity and genius” by Latin Jazz Network, he has created his own niche with an innovative eclectic style that continues to evolve.Since 2008 he has released five albums including his first solo acoustic…

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Open House: FSYO Concerto Competition (live stream)

November 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
Free

Watch this free live-stream event and support the talented young musicians of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra! A highlight of the FSYO Concert Season, the Concerto Competition encourages students to step out of their roles within the orchestra, and into a soloist's seat. Students compete for a chance to play their solo accompanied by FSYO's Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director, Maestro Hanrich Claassen. The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras exists to encourage children and young adults, through the…

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January 2022

Open House: James Zito (live stream)

January 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
Donation
Jazz guitarist James Zito poses in front of a curtain. An acoustic guitar is centered in front of him.

New York guitarist James Zito’s masterful touch and soulful melodies inspired Artslife Magazine to dub him “The Natural,” a reference to Robert Redford’s starring take as the new baseball phenom Roy Hobbs. Born in Orlando, Florida, he is admired both for his authentic approach inspired by Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Rodney Jones, and his commitment to his personal, unique voice in Jazz.

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February 2022

Live at Timucua: Muriel Anderson (live stream)

February 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Timucua, 2000 South Summerlin
Orlando, FL 32806 United States
$5.00
Fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson poses with a harp guitar.

Muriel Anderson’s joy of music, humor and her comfort across genres of folk, classical, bluegrass, popular and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, she is an engaging performer with a unique approach to the instrument.

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This email made my day (my week and month, too).

Hello friends,

I received a really lovely email this morning that I had to share.

“Hope you and your family are all healthy and well during this challenging time. Not sure if you remember me, but I emailed you about a year ago about connecting with one of my daughter’s violin teachers, Rolando Freitag for the Suzuki strings camp that was supposed to be held this summer. Unfortunately, as you know, it was cancelled. My daughter decided to work on the Four Seasons, and just published her first youtube video last night.

Timucua inspired me over 15 years ago, and now my 9 year old has been able to create a video and hopefully future videos that will inspire others. Thanks for your great work!”
-JH

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Here’s some inspiration for you from this very talented 9 year old and breathtaking NASA footage.

All the best,

Chris Belt
Executive Director, Timucua Arts Foundation

Addressing COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hello folks,

At Timucua, our mission is to inspire you through engaging experiences of the arts. That includes making you feel welcome and safe. To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are making a few changes. 

  • Until further notice, we ask that guests no longer bring food to share at our events. Instead of bringing food, consider bringing a bottle of wine or a box of tissues to share. So, finger foods – out. Eating at fantastic neighborhood restaurants like Hungry Pants and The Delaney – in. 
  • We ask that you do not shake hands at Timucua events. Instead (as Benoit and I are both huge Star Trek nerds), offer the Vulcan salute. Also acceptable:  pantomiming that you are stuck in a box. And if you sneeze, use a tissue. Then wash your hands.

    Instead of shaking hands, do this.

    Don’t do this.
  • If you or someone you know is sick, self-quarantined, or just laying low to stay on the safe-side, watch our upcoming concerts live on YouTube! The video and sound quality are both high definition, and technically you don’t need to wear pants.

Our staff and volunteers will all be washing their hands regularly, and we have extra stock of hand sanitizer, tissues, paper towels, and soap. We will follow CDC guidelines and update our policies as necessary. 

With your support, we’ll keep the music going.

All the best,

Christopher Belt
Executive Director, Timucua Arts Foundation

Timucua Presents: Spring Jazz

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Timucua Announces Series of Ticketed Jazz Concerts through May

The ticketed concerts will take the organization to a new level of excellence in its jazz offerings, complementing its pay-what-you-can admission format for most of its Sunday evening events. 

The series kicks off on March 12 with Jon Roniger and the Good for Nothin’ Band, a five-piece New Orleans-style jazz, blues, and funk group, and runs until May 29, with the appearance of guitarist Don Soledad, whose soulful flamenco sound combines Latin jazz and hint of bossa nova. Following Roniger, Timucua welcomes pianist, genre-bending composer and educator Dave Meder, who is becoming one of the most prominent artists of his generation.

The world-class performances will include renowned artists from as far afield as Sweden and Germany, encompassing a diversity of stiles. Offering accessible admission fees, jazz enthusiasts from around Central Florida and beyond are encouraged to attend. In addition, students, veterans, and active military personnel save 50 percent on all ticketed events.

“Dave Meder is a new voice among the best in the world of jazz,” says Benoit Glazer, Timucua’s artistic director. “He masters the piano to the point that labels are inadequate,” he says. “A true virtuoso, he rarely flashes technical brilliance; rather, he plays with music as a child plays with a new toy.” Meder’s latest release for piano trio, Passage, explores progressive ideas in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, which earned him an ASCAP Foundation 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. Established in 2002, the accolade encourages young gifted jazz composers aged 30 or below.

All About Jazz has praised Meder for “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll—in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum.” Constantly fresh and always surprising, the 29-year-old pianist has already found a uniquely versatile artistic voice, evident in Passage. “You will love Dave,” comments Glazer. “The loving playfulness behind every note he plays is captivating.”

Following Meder, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque make their second appearance at Timucua on March 20, after a spectacular debut in 2018. Bunnett, a five-time Juno Award winner and three-time Grammy Award nominee, has turned her bands and recordings into showcases of the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S., and Cuba. The internationally acclaimed Canadian instrumentalist is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry, while displaying her versatility as a saxophone player and pianist. “She’s at ease in the world of free jazz, cool, straight-ahead jazz, and folk-infused improvisational journeys,” says Glazer. “Her love of Cuban music and her desire to support and lift up other women musicians propels this project to the world stage.”

Bunnett’s exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music; her ability to embrace the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. Her latest project is Maqueque, which she is bringing to Timucua, is an all-female band of young Cuban artists who blend folkloric grooves and jazz. Bunnett has also received the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, the Premier’s Award for Excellence. 

“The mix between Jane and the band elevates both parts to a new level of fusion that satisfies the soul and restores the mind,” says Glazer. “Just ask anyone who saw them at Timucua the last time they were in Orlando!” 

The full line-up for March, April, and June is:

    • March 12: Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band—New Orleans Style
    • March 14: Dave Meder Trio
    • March 20: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
    • March 25: Per Danielsson—Tenor Sax Legacy Project
    • March 29: Ella & The Bossa Beat
    • April 13: Victor Prieto
    • April 23: Ulysses Owens Quintet
    • May 6: Peter Brötzman—FULL BLAST [Brötzmann-Pliakas-Wertmueller]

 

  • May 29: Don Soledad

 

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American Sign Language Interpreters for Vocal Concerts

Jazz Vocalist Kristina Koller.

Timucua Arts Foundation is proud to announce a new series of vocal music performances interpreted in American Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing. The series features two concerts by contemporary Jazz vocalists, one classical voice recital, and a performance by the Helena collective, a contemporary vocal ensemble. The series is made possible in part by an Accessibility grant from United Arts of Central Florida.

“This won’t be the first time that a performance has been ASL interpreted at Timucua, but it is the first time we have looked ahead tried to build a series for the deaf and hard of hearing,” says Timucua Executive Director Chris Belt. “I’m excited to open our doors to a new audience, and to add depth to the experience for everyone.”

The series kicks off on March 15th with progressive Jazz vocalist Kristina Koller, who is no stranger to working with ASL interpreters. “This is amazing,” says Koller. “A fan of mine from Arizona made a music video and put sign language to my original song ‘Hold On.’” 

Each concert will be preceded by a 6:30PM social event where deaf and hard of hearing audience members can socialize, tour the venue, and view the current visual art exhibition. Admission to all events is free, with donations encouraged. Guests are also encouraged to bring food and wine to share.

Sunday, March 15th
Performer: Kristina Koller
Visual artist: Jason Hunt
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, April 19th
Performer: Virginia Schenck
Visual Artist: Charles Everett
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, August 2nd
Performer: Zoe McCrae
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Sunday, August 30th
Performer: The Helena Collective
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
7:00PM doors
7:30pm show

Timucua Arts Foundation Announces New Board Chair 

ORLANDO, Fla.—January 1, 2020—Timucua Arts Foundation announced today that attorney Mary Doty Solik, Esq., has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors. A high-profile land use and real estate development attorney, Solik notably lent her services to Timucua in 2015 when she guided the organization in securing a Conditional Use Permit with the City of Orlando to continue operating as an arts and music venue. Since 2000, Timucua has presented diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances in its intimate and acoustically refined space, featuring the best in classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond.   

Solik, who joined Timucua’s Board of Directors in April 2018, succeeds Timucua’s co-founder Benoit Glazer as chair. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the BETA Center.

“Mary Solik is the perfect choice to succeed Benoit as chair of the Board,” says Chris Belt, Timucua’s executive director since 2016. “In searching for a new chair, it was important to build on a relationship of trust. Benoit has led Timucua’s board since its inception; to step down is an expression of his utmost confidence in Mary and our new Executive Committee.”

In addition to Solik’s appointment to the Board, Timucua also announced its new Executive Committee, which consists of Vice Chair Geanne Share, Secretary Mimi Hwang, and Treasurer Jason Schaller. 

“It is a privilege to contribute to an organization that enriches the cultural life of Orlando,” said Solik. “When I first became acquainted with Timucua, I immediately appreciated the unique aspect of its artistic programming and performance space, so I embrace this opportunity to work with the new Committee and continue to serve the community through our offerings.” 

With a dedicated new committee and Solik’s leadership, the nonprofit organization will continue fostering the arts and culture in Central Florida, and celebrating the diversity and multiculturalism of today’s rich musical landscape.     

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About Mary Doty Solik, Esq.

An experienced attorney at Doty Solik Law, P.A. in Orlando, Solik handles select matters statewide. Throughout her career, Solik has been devoted to representing clients facing zoning, land use and real estate development issues. She frequently appears before zoning boards and other municipal and county agencies and has obtained positive outcomes through litigation in state and federal courts.

During the course of her 29-year legal career, Solik has represented clients ranging from large corporations to local developers and individual homeowners. As a veteran attorney, she brings analytical skills and wide-ranging knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws governing land use. She was admitted to the bar in Florida in 1990. 

 

About Geanne Share

Geanne Share served as president of Kinneret Apartments Affordable Senior Housing from 2015 to 2017, and currently serves as past president. Share served on the board of the Orlando Ballet from 2002 to 2015. She has been comptroller of Temple Israel Winter Springs since 2017, and is also a board member of the Jewish Pavilion and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. 

About Mimi Hwang

Mimi Hwang has more than 35 years of experience in program management, leading cross-functional teams with capital and operating budget responsibilities. She has served in consulting and corporate executive roles. Hwang has successfully achieved strategic goals in both the profit and non-profit sectors across multiple industries (publishing, government and healthcare). She actively supports her community and currently serves as the Orange County Democratic Party Precinctwoman for District 520.

Hwang is also a resident artist at Faith Arts Village (FAVO) in Orlando, and was selected as one of Central Florida’s Emerging Artists at Mills Gallery in 2017 and 2018. Her work has been exhibited at Dr. Phillips Library, Orlando City Arts Factory and Winter Park Art-at-Home. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Jason Schaller 

Jason Schaller is an accomplished real estate executive with more than 20 years of experience in property management, operations, design, and construction. He is a versatile and creative leader with a reputation for building dynamic, customer-focused teams that achieve extraordinary results. He is responsible for overseeing the most challenging acquisitions and projects throughout a $5 billion real estate portfolio with over $100 million of direct renovation experience. 

In 2017 Schaller founded The Schaller Group, for which he provides outside consulting services on value-add design, construction, marketing, branding, sales, and property management for real estate owners and investors.

About Timucua Arts Foundation

A pillar of Orlando’s cultural community, Timucua Arts Foundation presents diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances, welcoming all audiences on a weekly basis since 2000. Most of these unique events take place at the celebrated “Timucua,” an intimate and acoustically refined music venue and recording studio, located minutes from downtown Orlando.

Called Orlando’s “Best Saving Grace,” and ranked number 3 on the list of “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die” by the Orlando Weekly, Timucua presents musicians from around the world from the fields of classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond. Timucua also collaborates with select local organizations and festivals that foster and promote art music, including Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded Five, and the Central Florida Composers Forum. 

In October 2016, Timucua launched its first education initiative, Works With Sounds, to teach music composition to people of all ages and skill levels. Offered at Orlando Public Library’s Melrose Center, the weekly program combines music making with computer science.  Students create multimedia works, using coding skills to sculpt audio and visuals.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Timucua Arts Foundation’s mission is to inspire the world through experiences of the performing and visual arts in intimate venues.

 

New policy for ticketed shows

Hello friends! Timucua has and always will be committed to presenting the best possible music, theater, film, poetry, and visual arts for little to no admission cost. More than half of our events are part of our Open House Series, meaning admission is by donation and you pay only what you want.

In order to support the increasing number and quality of ticketed concerts by internationally touring artists, we are implementing a new policy. If you’re a monthly or annual Timucua Member, nothing is changing for you. Beginning January 9th, 2020, all tickets purchased on the day of show or at the door will have a $5 surcharge. Avoid the surcharge by buying your tickets online or becoming a Timucua Member today! Members also save 50% off the general admission price, so your membership is worth more than ever.