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Rosie was born and raised in Petaluma, California. Early experiences in choir and musical theater productions inspired her passion for music at a young age, though she never imagined that she would eventually compose her own songs. Tides changed when she was abducted by an eclectic local band in her late teens. Read More... Read Less...
At age 19 she made her first solo album under the moniker “La Dee Da” and found a new home in the flourishing DIY music scene of the East Bay. Rosie sang harmony vocals and honed her skills as a multi-instrumentalist with bands such as The Aimless Never Miss, Roberto Miguel and Will Sprott. In 2009 she co-produced WORDSKY with Oakland musician Josef Lucas, a lively and bizarre rock-n-roll album featuring twenty local musicians. In 2011 Rosie met guitarist and songwriter Colleen Johnson and together they formed Upside Drown, a “cosmic union of guitar, drums and strong, sweet voices” captured on their little known but well loved album Mood Music. Rosie’s most commercially successful band thus far is Whiskey & Women, an Americana group featuring her rock star sister Renée de la Prade on accordion. This rollicking trio of ladies toured Western Europe extensively playing folk, country and maritime festivals. Rosie currently plays percussion and sings harmonies with long-time collaborator Andrew K. Macy (guitar) in Tall Grass, an expressive indie-folk duo that hovers in the mists between silliness and sadness. Her newest band Penny Opry is a collaboration with Joan Wilson-Reuter, also of Whiskey and Women. This group is known to resurrect sea shanties and other tales of adventure with passionate vocals, accordion, and drums.
Rosie is a self-taught piano player, percussionist, fiddler and composer. Her influences include folk music, old rock’n’roll, early jazz, “world” music and other gems found at the library, and of course the vital inspiration of her musical colleagues and friends. When she’s not jamming out at home or on tour she can be found riding her bike, petting cats, teaching songwriting to kids and making beautiful hand drawn posters for shows.
Aaron plays the bass.
The mysterious fellow known as Fletch also goes by the name Daniel Fleischer. A talented musician since his youth, Fletch was well known in his hometown (Ann Arbor, Michigan) for his fantastic jazz drumming and appearances in punk/experimental bands such as Bug Eyed Radioactive Weasel and Blue Onion. Read More... Read Less...
In the bay area, Fletch has collaborated with folk singer Ayla Nereo and plays to this day in the improv duo known as Impassible Chasm. A man of many talents, Fletch moved to California to attend U.C. Berkeley and become a scientist. Fletch’s work remains a mystery to most of us, but we know that he wields his powers ethically as evidenced by his strong love of cats and his research of subjects such as cannabis for the prevention of cancer growth and the modification of algae for use as a biofuel. Fletch has been awarded many fancy placards for his scientific patents which he keeps stashed in a dusty pile deep in the closet, probably still bubble wrapped. He is now working on a small scale Spirulina farm and will soon be providing fresh, edible Spirulina – nature’s superfood – to the hungry public.
When Rebecca Kleinmann picks up her flute she is one with her instrument. Soulful improvisation is the essence of her playing, over cross-cultural landscapes as varied as her life experience.
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Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rebecca began improvising on flute in a Gospel Church and also played in the city’s Youth Symphony. She continued her study of Jazz and Classical music at Indiana University and traveled extensively to immerse herself in the cultures of Flamenco, Tango and Brazilian Choro and Forró. A singer and composer as well as acclaimed flutist, Rebecca’s passport bears evidence of her international career: she has graced the stage at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Melbourne International Women in Jazz Festival, festivals in Argentina, Brazil, Ghana and the US, National Flute Conventions, Yoshi’s Oakland and San Francisco and the Oakland Paramount theater, as well as Jazz clubs from LA to NYC. Rebecca has collaborated with many respected bands including Kata-Vento (featuring the music of Carlos Oliveira), La Ruya (Flamenco-Turkish fusion) and Elemeno. She has co-written music with beloved Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal and maintains strong ties with her Brazilian music and jazz colleagues through continued world touring. Rebecca released a solo album, “Raio de Sol” in 2005 and currently leads the RKQ (Rebecca Kleinmann Quartet) featuring Marlon Aldana, Alex Conde, and Gary Brown. In addition to this all-star ensemble, Rebecca’s current projects include Brasiliense, a lyrical, heartfelt collaboration with Oakland guitarist Ian Faquini and Doña Francisca, hip-shaking soundtrack to the bay-area’s lively Brazilian dance scene. She performs with Taylor Made Gospel Choir in Oakland and also hosts the weekly Sunday series “Brazil and Beyond” at Bissap Baobob in San Francisco. For info on her upcoming performances, visit rebeccakleinmann.com
Oakland native Lewis Patzner is a versatile cellist with deep musical roots. As the child of a symphony violinist and music educator (with two brothers who are also professional musicians), he certainly bears the musical torch; in fact he is known to illuminate strange new corridors of genre with his eclectic choice of collaborators and adaptable approach.
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Lewis began playing trombone at an early age and recalls tying a string to his wrist so he could let the slide out to hit low notes. Upon bowing the cello, young Lewis found his true voice. Alongside his brother Anton (violin), Lewis founded the band Judgement Day whose music was described by Strings Magazine as “a master class in the seemingly boundless possibilities of signal-processed, electronic string music and a testament to creative possibility.” A dedicated performer and composer, Lewis has played in bands spanning from folk to jazz, Latin, Persian, metal, and rock’n’roll. He has toured with Tim Kasher, Mates of State, Pinback, Dredg, and Margot and the Nuclear So-and-So’s and recorded with Slash, Pete Yorn, Taking Back Sunday, Low Anthem,Two Gallants, and The Matches. Despite all the rock, Lewis remains enduringly loyal to his classical roots and currently performs with the Town Quartet (which he cofounded in 2011) as well as the the Berkeley/West Edge Opera and other “Freeway Philharmonic” orchestras. His current indie projects include Devotionals, collaborations with Ariel Wang and Yee Olde Dragon Master’s Guide to the Mighty Labyrinth Quest and of course La Dee Da. For information on Lewis’s upcoming performances, please visit his website.