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Woman in the Woods Productions’ 3rd Annual Fundraiser…

“Out of the Shadows”

February 22, 2020 at Orcas Center
Doors open at 5:00pm, dinner starts at 5:30pm, Event starts at 6:30pm
$80 includes dinner and event (SOLD OUT!)
$50 event only (SOLD OUT!)

Woman in the Woods Productions annual fundraiser Gala at Orcas Center will feature Steve Alboucq’s jazz band and Special Guest John Boogz and Robin Sanders. They use the power of movement artistry and spoken word to elevate the artistic, educational and social impact of dance.

Boogz- an internationally known movement artist, choreographer and director-melds art forms to push the evolution of dance. He has choreographed for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Naomi Campbell, and Gloria Estefan. He wrote, choreographed, directed and danced in the award-winning short film Color of Reality, which showcases the art of movement. Sanders is a spoken word artist known for her poetry compositions and passionate delivery.

Dinner Menu

Passed Appetizers:
Mini Truffle Twice baked Potatoes – vegan
Morel Mushroom Ragout w/ Gorgonzola Crème on Crostini – vegan
Ahi and Avocado Salad on Terra Chips
Asian Duck Salad in Wonton Cups

Buffet Dinner:
Prime Rib, House Gravy,
Yukon Gold Potato Puree
Assorted Roasted Vegetables

Plated Dessert:
Chocolate Orange Torte, Chocolate Ganache
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Plated Vegan Option:
Shepherd’s Pie
Assorted Roasted Vegetables

Plated Vegan Dessert:
Poached Pear
Coconut Cream

Performer Information

We are fortunate to have three stellar Seattle area jazz musicians on Orcas Island to join Steve in a presentation of small group jazz.  We can look forward to a spontaneous and spirited concert of diverse musical styles including new arrangements of jazz standards and fresh original compositions.  The intimacy of this small group setting allows the musicians the space and creative openness to interact freely and invent new directions on the spot.  There will be plenty of room to “blow” and space to shine.  The music selections for the evening will span numerous jazz traditional genres including bebop, Brazilian, Cuban, fusion, and funk.  Everyone in the group is a strong soloist and everyone will be featured during the night.

Member Bios:

Trumpet – Steve Alboucq is a classically trained trumpet player with deep roots in Symphonic, Jazz, Pop and Latin music styles. He attributes his success to great school music programs, inspiring mentors and private instructors.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Washington State University.  After school, Steve settled in Seattle and played with several local bands in a wide variety of musical settings.  He performed as a freelance trumpet player with groups such as Seattle’s premier salsa band – Bochinche, picked up gigs with traveling shows like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, performed with The Northwest Symphony, Freddie Pink and the Hightops,  The Hal Sherman Big Band, Brass Band Northwest, and numerous many others.  Steve is currently living on Orcas Island and has performed with with the Orcas Horns, the Orcas Choral Society, Martin Lund’s One World Show, Orcas Center’s Spamalot, Gypsy,Across the Universe and Billy Elliot productions. Steve is currently a member of  Orcas Island’s favorite brass quintet, Turtleback Brass.

Steve Alboucq studied with a variety of world-class teachers including: Arthur Statter, former New York based lead trumpet for several Broadway shows and former principal trumpet with the New York Ballet and NBC Symphony Orchestra; Gerald Webster, internationally known classical trumpet recording artist, educator and author; Gary Harding, internationally acclaimed Latin percussionist and ethnomusicologist; and the jazz master Willie Thomas.

Alboucq currently performs on a Hub Van Laar Bb Trumpet and Flugel Horn, Bach Stradivarius C Trumpet, Selmer Piccolo Trumpet and Schilke Cornet.

“I have had a connection to Orcas Island since I was 18.  I’ve owned my own place since 1998.  I’ve lived here full time 2005.  Activities that I enjoy on Orcas are coaching students in the school music program, wildlife photography, reading, and working on maintaining my 10 acres.”

Piano – Chris Morton has been a member of the Northwest jazz scene for over 20 years and has had the pleasure of working with some of the top performers in the industry. Chris started playing the piano at age 6 and formed his first jazz group when he was 15. Mr. Morton attended Bellevue Community College and Central Washington University in pursuit of a music performance degree.

In addition to fronting his own piano trio, Chris is an original member of David Marriott’s Triskaideka band. The thirteen-member group showcases the top Northwest jazz musicians. Chris has preformed at many area venues including Tula’s Jazz Club, Benaroya Hall, Jazz Alley, Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Mr. Morton’s career has taken him all over the world with tours in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Drums – Max Holmberg is a Seattle based drummer, bandleader and educator. He first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa’s house at age two. Born into a family of actors and musicians, it’s no surprise that the first music he remembers listening to is Count Basie. Although several mentors (listed below) helped him along the way, Max was primarily self-taught on the drum set through his time in the jazz programs at Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Max then moved to Boston for four years where he completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle where he currently resides and can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Alex Dugdale Band, Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band and the Kareem Kandi Band, as well as teaching out of his studio and at the Seattle Drum School. Max hosts the Sunday night jam session at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood and the Secret Jazz Club.

Throughout Max’s musical journey, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many notable musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, the late Rashied Ali, the late James Moody, Sean Jones, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Eddie Gomez, Lizz Wright, Gerald Clayton, Cuong Vu and many others. He has also been a featured guest artist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville(UVM), Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitman College.

Bass – Osama Afifi has been a professional Bassist since the early 1980’s. He has recorded and performed live with many artists including John Densmore, Kurt Elling,The Cadillacs, Eric Reed,The 5th Dimension,

Yanni, Jeff Lorber,Vanessa Paradis, Mindi Abair, Jeff Kashiwa,Billy Preston, Nnenna Freelon, The B Sharp Jazz Quartet and has even appeared on VH1’s show “Storytellers” with The Doors.

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles he has worked with LaVon Hardison, The Tacoma Symphony,Darelle Holden, Jacqueline Tabor, Judy Collins, Kareem Kandi,Darren Motamedy, David Keys, Hook Me Up, Gail Pettis, Michael Powers, Wally and the Beaves ,Michael Benson and many others. His education includes studies at the Dick Grove School of Music. He also studied with Jeff Berlin and Gary Willis