Benoit checks in with Timucua favorites La Lucha!
Timucua Artistic Director Benoit Glazer speaks with Josh and Noah from Roman Street about the origins of the band.
Enjoy the rebroadcast of their Timucua concert on Friday, June 12th at 7:30pm EST. Register for tickets here.
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.
- 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,
Executive Director, Timucua Arts Foundation
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
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
Sunday, April 19th
Performer: Virginia Schenck
Visual Artist: Charles Everett
6:30PM deaf social
Sunday, August 2nd
Performer: Zoe McCrae
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
Sunday, August 30th
Performer: The Helena Collective
Visual Artist: TBD
6:30PM deaf social
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.
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.
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.
This is a compilation of Christmas tunes that these groups recorded at Timucua when they visited us. All of the songs are first takes, either recorded during soundcheck, or sometimes during their set. The Emmet Cohen Trio played twice in 2019, once in January (Sugar Plum Fairy), with Emmet Cohen on piano, Russell Hall on bass, and Kyle Poole on drums, and once in December (Christmas Medley), with Emmet, Kyle, and Dion Kerr on bass. Both times they played the song spontaneously, since it was the season. The Scott Dickinson Trio (Scott Dickinson on trumpet, Ben Kramer on bass, and Bobby Koelble on guitar) recorded Christmas is Coming during their soundcheck. This was the first take. Same goes for the George Grosman Quartet and their rendition of Blue Christmas, as well as the Rafael Rosa Quartet and Vivacity. The Timucua Arts Foundation, founded in 2000 by Benoit Glazer and Élaine Corriveau, inspires the world to create and learn through intimate experiences of the performing and visual arts.
HORN OF PLENTY
Austrian flutist Karl-Heinz Schütz and a cornucopia of international acts from four continents offer plenty to be thankful for at Timucua in November.
Karl-Heinz Schütz, flute soloist for the Vienna Philharmonic, will play at Timucua for the first time on November 20th. Tickets for this remarkable show, available via Eventbrite for $30, are expected to sell fast, so classical music fans are encouraged to book early.
In addition to Schütz, Timucua welcomes, on Nov. 3rd, Ukranian pianist Elena Ulyanova; and on Nov. 8th, DescolonizARTE Teatro will present two Spanish-language plays created by writers from Chile and Mexico.
Our featured visual artist for November is Weronika Ankarörn, the Swedish painter whose work will be on display from October 27th to November 17th. Ankarörn will be working live during our events on October 27th, November 3rd, 10th, 17th.
Here’s the full November line-up:
NOVEMBER 2nd: Brandon Robertson Quartet (matinee)— an EMMY® nominated director and notable bassist originally from Tampa, Brandon gained notoriety as a member of the popular Florida-based Zach Bartholomew Trio. In 2012, Brandon released his first album with the Zach Bartholomew Trio entitled “Out of This Town,” which was positively received by jazz critics. This is a matinee performance. Doors open at 2 p.m. Show starts at 2:30. $10-$20 suggested donation.
NOVEMBER 3rd: Elena Ulyanova — A globally recognized pianist, she has performed numerous orchestra, chamber, and solo concerts throughout Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Korea, the Netherlands, China, Poland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Romania. Her performances with orchestras include the Vienna Musikverein Orchestra conducted by Martin Turnovsky, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Vedernikov, the Crimea State Symphony Orchestra in Yalta, State Russian Orchestra “Boyan” with Anatoly Poletayev, and the Omsk Philharmonic with Evgenyi Shestakov. She has performed in Washington D.C., Florida, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10-$20.
NOVEMBER 8th: DescolonizARTE Teatro — A new Central Florida theater company dedicated to the performance of Spanish-language plays, by Latinos, in Spanish, will present “El Delantal Blanco” by Sergio Vodanovic (Chile) and “El Censo” by Emilio Carballido (Mexico). The plays, directed by company founder Nadia Garzón, will be performed by an ensemble including Ricky Avila, Edna Betancourt, Oscar J. Cuesta, Aurora Davidowitz, Bernardo Mayorga, Lisa María Morales, Paula Trinidad and Leonor Velosa. Descolonizarte Teatro seeks to provide opportunities for Latin American playwrights, directors, actors and actresses to showcase their talents, while recognizing the Latin American experience and celebrating Latin American culture and its contributions in and outside the United States. 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission.
NOVEMBER 10th: Jalen Baker Quartet — Vibraphonist, educator, and composer, Jalen Baker has performed extensively around Chicago. He is quickly making a name for himself in Florida as well, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at Florida State University. He was named outstanding soloist at both the Notre Dame and Elmhurst Jazz Festivals and was selected as a
“Next Generation” jazz musician by the Jazz Institute of Chicago. 7:30 p.m. $20 suggested donation
NOVEMBER 15th: Scott Ainslie — Armed with a variety of instruments – vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the American South — Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive. From Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo music to Black Gospel and the Blues, he feels a strong affinity for this music and plays with affection, authority, and power. 7:30 p.m. $20 general admission.
NOVEMBER 17th: Joe Breidenstine Quintet — Enjoy an evening of hard-swinging jazz influenced by the music of Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan and Dizzy Gillespie. Hear New York trumpeter Joe Bredenstine accompanied by local stalwarts: Joe Breidenstine, trumpet; Tom Dietz, tenor sax; Per Danielsson, piano; Charlie Silva, bass; Walt Hubbard, drums. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $20.
NOVEMBER 20th: Karl-Heinz Schütz — 7:30 p.m. $30 general admission.
Coming in December:
December 8th — Love Your Shorts Film Festival
December 10th — “Un”Forgotten Art of Olga Coehlo
December 12th — Alex Weitz Quartet
December 15th — M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble
December 17th — Love at Christmas – Holiday Concert
December 18th – Redline.
December 19th — Sungwon Jin – Tenor Solo Recital
December 21st — 502’s Christmas Special
All evening events begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for approximately two hours. Doors open at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and snack to share.
SUNDAY NIGHT OPEN HOUSES (BY DONATION)
Doors open at 7 p.m. Shows start at 7:30. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and snack to share.
Events start at 2:30 and are priced as indicated. Please do NOT bring snacks or beverages to matinee performances.
About Timucua Arts Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Timucua Arts Foundation’s mission is to present and inspire great music and art in Central Florida through performance and education. A pillar of Orlando’s cultural community, Timucua presents diverse, high-quality, and usually free-of-cost musical performances, welcoming all audiences on a nearly weekly basis since 2007. The majority of these unique events take place at the celebrated “Timucua,” an intimate and acoustically refined music venue and recording studio, located in the SoDo District of Orlando.
Called Orlando’s “Best Saving Grace,” and ranked third on Orlando Weekly’s list of “100 Things to Do in Orlando Before You Die,” Timucua presents musicians from around the world from the fields of classical, jazz, rock, folk, electronic, and beyond. Timucua also fosters a select group of constituent organizations that present and promote art music, including Accidental Music Festival, Civic Minded 5, Alterity Chamber Orchestra, and the Central Florida Composers Forum. Check out some of the highlights from past events on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/timucua/
Thanks to everyone who joined us for L’Histoire du Soldat! The Alterity Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thad Anderson and narrated by Cole NeSmith were fantastic! Performances took place August 15th and 17th, 2019.
Thank you to Andreas Volmer for the photos.
Watch the entire performance below!