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MARIANNE AYA OMAC with special appearance by JOAN BAEZ
February 03, 2012
featuring support by Shimshai
- 8pm $30
- 10pm $25
In February 2012 Marianne Aya Omac returns to California with a special guest appearance by Joan Baez.
Marianne and Joan have recently collaborated to record “Duele” which is part of Marianne’s highly successful album “Solo”. The music is a departure from Joan’s own repertoire with a melding of Gypsy & Flamenco music but also blends with a strong Folk music presence.
The act will include Gabriel Harris , percussionist and son of Joan Baez, who regularly performs with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, as well as performing internationally with Joan Baez.
MARIANNE AYA OMAC
Writer, composer, guitarist, Marianne Aya-Omac, has a warm and powerful voice which reflects a natural ease. Her singing radiates an incredible energy through a wide variety of ranges. She began playing music at the age of 9. After 5 years of piano and having discovered Joan Baez, she learned to play guitar and wrote her first songs
In 1992, her singing career began in the heart of the streets of Montpellier, France. During the next six years, 300 days per year, passers-by would stop to listen to her sing. As time progressed, so did the number of loyal fans who became captivated by her performances. This group of loyal fans encouraged her first « real » indoor concert.
During this time, Marianne joined the “Gospelize it Mass Choir’ which is acknowledged as the best Gospel amateur choir in Europe. In this choir she sang as a soloist and developed the fundamentals of this musical culture: the total commitment of body and mind working for vocal honesty.
Marianna traveled extensively with a partiality to Latin America. She also spent many years of immersion in the Gipsy neighborhood, Candolle in Montpellier. Both of these experiences greatly influenced and deepened her love and knowledge of Latin and Gipsy music. In 1997 she started the Ginkobiloba band. She recorded two self-produced LPs with six musicians, and sold more than 20,000 copies during her eight year tour in France.
In 2005, she ended the group and created two gospel choirs, with 40 and 65 members respectively. She composed more than 20 original titles and performed as an opening for Salif Keita. In 2011, after seven years in the making, the DVD “Live au Jam” was released. In 2008, Marianne becomes “Marianne Aya Omac” and releases her first album: “Be My Witness” produced by JL&CO Production. JL&CO is an independent company which was set up with a special goal of supporting her career and projects.
Her painful experience in the Parisian subway made her leave France the next year for Montreal, Canada, where she was welcomed with open arms. In 2009, she met Joan Baez for the first time in the “memorable opening” of the International Guitar Festival in front of 20,000 people. Two years later, she didn’t hesitate to invite Joan Baez to be on her next album. July 5, 2011, the album “Solo” in Montreal was released, under the label Disques Nuits d’Afrique, with the participation of Joan Baez and of her son Gabriel Harris.
Joan Baez’s career has spanned 55 years starting in 1957 and have included performances all over the world including Woodstock in 1969. She has influenced countless people including musicians, politicians, and musical activists. Joan has long been admired for her open mindedness and adaptation in her collaborations ranging from reggae, to pop music, and of course Folk which she is known as a pioneering figure.
Among Joan’s accomplishments she has performed at the White House for President Obama and received one of France’s highest honors The Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur (National Order of the Legion of Honor) medal from the French Ministry of Culture and Communications. She was awarded the status of Chevalier (Knight.) She has 8 gold records, 7 Grammy Nominations, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Her face has graced the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine multiple times. She is well known for her collaborations with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, The Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, Judy Collins, Donovan, among others. The list of Joan’s accomplishments and awards are impressive, varied, and numerous.
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