Sunday, June 23, 2024

Martin Zarzar

Bill Wadhams

Mario Diaz

7 pm

$25 in advance, $25 at the doors

21 and over

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Martin Zarzar


Martin Zarzar

I wanted to be a musician ever since I lived in London starting at the age of two. I was so inspired and encouraged by the musicians of the South African community there, including Eugene Skeef and members of the group District Six.

My interest in rhythm and composition has resulted in playing several instruments, and my interest in literature has been a driving force in my pursuit as a songwriter. As a child, I studied piano on and off for a few years and then became interested in guitar and percussion. I spent much of my childhood between Europe and Lima, Peru, where I was born, and I believe all that traveling deeply influenced my outlook on life and my music.

As a teenager in the USA, I toured with the band Al Andalus, an ensemble of musicians from many parts of the world which celebrated the music of Andalusian Spain.

After attending Berklee College of Music on a scholarship and graduating with honors I moved to Portland, Ore., to join the band Pink Martini.

Now, I am currently working on my fifth studio album.



Bill Wadhams

Bill Wadhams

Bill Wadhams played his first gig with The Banned in 1965. Twenty years later, he was touring the world with his band, Animotion, propelled by their hit Obsession in 1985. Most of his musical life has been dedicated to writing songs on an acoustic guitar, and sharing stories and songs in local pubs.

Mario Diaz

Mario Diaz

Mario Díaz is a multi-instrumentalist (plucked strings/voice) whose musical activities have taken him across the U.S. and South America. He serves on the faculties of Portland State University, Willamette University and Reed College in addition to being Director of the PSU Guitar Series for which he received the PSU Foundation Philanthropic Cultivation Award in 2020. He directs the guitar program at Oregon's longest standing summer music program, Young Musicians & Artists. Mario also maintains a private teaching studio in Portland and serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the region.

Díaz's work as a soloist and collaborator crosses over into a wide range of styles and traditions. He has toured, recorded and/or performed as a sideman with Antonio Rey, Dave Eggar, Martin Zarzar, Portland Opera, Third Angle New Music, 45th Parallel, Fear No Music, the Oregon Guitar Quartet, Oregon Catholic Press, Pink Martini, the Von Trapps, among others. During his time at Allegro Media Group, Mario engineered and mastered over 300 recordings for their proprietary record label.


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