For more information or bookings:
P.O. Box 27584
San Francisco, CA. 94127
Phone: +1 (415) 584-3167 or 1-888-895-7518
With successful tours of South America and Europe, as well as special performances for Pope Benedict XVI, Tiano Vas has delighted audiences with his music combining folk & classical styles. His albums Tiano Vas, El Latido, and Diez, as well as his popular music videos highlight his Latin Rock influences. In 2011, Tiano was invited to perform for the World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid. He was the only Argentine in history to be a part of this unique musical project concluding with an exclusive audience and concert for Pope Benedict XVI.
Anna Maria Mendieta
Anna Maria Mendieta, harpist, enjoys a busy career as a soloist, orchestral musician, recording artist, and teacher. She is the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Sacramento Opera and has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country. Ms. Mendieta has performed for the King and Queen of Spain; National Hispanic Week in Washington D.C., and with Theater Flamenco and Leading Ladies of Tango. Anna Maria is nationally recognized as a pioneer in performing Argentine Tango music on the harp with praises from The American League of Symphony Orchestras as “an exceptional and charismatic soloist.” Her creation of Tango del Cielo is the focus of a documentary film. Anna Maria has appeared on TV, movies, NPR, and the Emmy Awards. She has shared programs with Federica von Stade, performed with Josh Groban, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Barry Manilow who calls her his “favorite harpist”. When she is not pulling strings, Anna Maria is out on the dance-floor.
Marcelo Molina, dancer – the twice winner of the USA National Argentine Tango Championship, is in popular demand as an Argentine Tango performer, choreographer and instructor of all levels. Born and raised in Córdoba, Argentina, he began his dance studies in 1997 and developed different dance styles such as Caribbean Rhythms, Folklore, Latin-American, and especially Argentine Tango. Marcelo has been a part of dance productions worldwide such as El Viejo Almacen Tango House in Buenos Aires (2007-08), Tango on Broadway (2005), and Golden Tango Spectacle Bolivia Tour (2010). In 2008, he won the Argentine Tango Córdoba City Championship, a branch of the World Tango Championship. In 2011 and 2013 Marcelo Molina won 1st place at the USA Argentine Tango Championship in the Stage Category for the Official World Argentine Tango Championship in Buenos Aires.
Matthew Szemela is a violinist who crosses musical genres with ease. Praised by the New York Times for his “outrageous fiddling,” he has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in several renowned concert halls in NYC (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, Merkin Recital Hall), the Kennedy Center (DC), and abroad (Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Australia, Italy). Matthew served as concertmaster of the Hustla Symphony Orchestra for Jay-Z’s Concert at Radio City Music Hall (NYC), collaborating with and the Illadelphonics, and Beyonce. Matthew has also had the pleasure of collaborating with Sting, Garth Brooks, Susan Sarandon, Johnny Mathis, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Placido Domingo, and Olivia Newton John. Shortly afterward, he joined the multi- Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco, with whom he maintains a busy domestic and international touring schedule.
Bill is a multi-talented actor and film producer in Los Angeles. He works with WSR Creative, a film production company. As an actor, he has performed in theaters around the country in roles ranging from Hamlet to Quasimodo. His appearances include Days of Our Lives, and feature films: award-winning Soldier of God, Dead Border, as a vampire hunter, the animated feature, Race, and the web series, “Mob Boss Associate”, which he co-created. He recently completed several tours starring as Ricky Ricardo in the highly successful “I Love Lucy – Live On Stage” in LA, Chicago, Boston, and abroad.
Eldon Bryce, dancer — Eldon has been a full-time choreographer, teacher, and performer since 1997, specializing in Argentine tango, Latin, salsa, ballroom, and club styles. He has been a professional competitor in the ballroom and Latin dances and is still currently competing with his students. He was a featured dancer in the 2004 movie “Swing” and recently choreographed and performed the Argentine Tango for a special MTV show. Mr. Bryce was featured in the first ever DVD released on how to become a nationally certified dance teacher, and to add to his credit, has just recently completed an extensive ballroom dance instructional DVD series soon to be released. Eldon is most passionate about the Tango and has studied in Buenos Aires. His greatest enjoyment is to choreograph and perform dance with his students and fellow professionals.
Jack Van Geem, principal percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony, began playing the marimba at age four. He studied with Tony Cirone and Jerome Neff until earning his Master of Arts degree from California State University at Hayward. In 1974 he was awarded an Alfred Hertz Traveling Scholarship from the University of California at Berkeley, which was used to study contemporary percussion performance with Cristoph Caskel in Germany. Upon returning to the States, he became the percussionist for the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, where he remained until winning the Principal Percussion position with the San Francisco Symphony in 1980. Jack is the Chairman of Percussion Studies at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Joseph Hébert, cellist, well known in San Francisco Bay Area ensembles, is a versatile artist in all areas of classical, improvisational, and world styles of music. As a composer and improvisational jazz musician he has performed in Japan, Europe, and Hawaii, with instruments from all over the world, as well with collaborations of theater, dance, and choral groups. Mr. Hébert is Assistant Principal cello with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has performed for movie soundtracks with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. He studied music at Stanford University, California State University Hayward, and UC Berkeley where for 15 years he was on the music faculty directing chamber ensembles, the orchestra, and vocal ensembles in the Young Musicians Program.
Emily Onderdonk, viola, a native of San Francisco, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, and continued with post-graduate studies at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She studied with Raphael Bronstein, James Buswell and Daniel Kobalka. Ms. Onderdonk has performed as principal violist with the Lyon National Opera in France, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. She was principal violist with the New York City National Opera Company and the Berkeley Symphony. Emily is currently a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and is principal violist with the Sacramento Philharmonic.
Kayo Jane Miki, violin, studied at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg, with a diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School, where she earned a Bachelor and Master of Music in Performance. Her principal teachers include Charles Castleman, William Preucil, Denes Zsigmondy, and Camilla Wicks. In 2003, she was involved in the San Francisco Symphony’s ‘Adventure’s in Music Program II’ where her string quartet performed 150 concerts for the entire San Francisco public school district. Ms. Miki performs regularly with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony and various other chamber music groups in the San Francisco area. She is a frequent performer for movie soundtracks with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra.
Jeremy Cohen, violin — Jeremy, along with his Quartet San Francisco are the recent recipients of 2 Grammy award nominations for their latest tango album. Along with his brother Joel Cohen on cello, they were also the winners of the 2004 International Tango Competition in New York, which honored them with concerts in New York and Buenos Aires. Trained by Anne Crowden and Itzhak Perlman, Cohen’s style reflects his respect for a range of violinists from Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South. Mr. Cohen has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. He was also the solo violinist in the show ‘Forever Tango’. Jeremy has just completed his fifth summer as a faculty member of the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA.
“What AnnaMaria is doing with the harp and tango is fantastic…the audience loves it!”
– Pablo Ziegler, 2006 Grammy Award winner for Best Tango Album
“After listening to her solo, I decided that harp is one of the best suited instruments for tango.”
– Igor Polk, Tango Noticias Magazine, Chicago
Anna Maria Mendieta, enjoys a busy career as a soloist, orchestral musician, recording artist, and teacher. She is currently the principle harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and was recently the featured soloist performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Harp Concerto, “Concierto Serenata”. Ms. Mendieta has performed as a soloist and as a member with many symphony orchestras and chamber music groups across the country. An advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Mendieta previously served a long tenure as principle harpist with the nationally acclaimed Women’s Philharmonic.
In 2006, Ms. Mendieta performed as a soloist for the National Harp Conference premiering her presentation of harp and tango music. Her group, “Tango del Cielo”, is currently the focus of a documentary film for television. Joining her is award-winning Quartet San Francisco, with arrangements by Pablo Ziegler and Daniel Binelli. Their music will be featured in an album, as the first of its kind, of Argentine Tango music presented on the harp.
Ms. Mendieta began studying the harp at age seven and later received her music degree with honors. In 1993, Sugo Records signed her to a long-term contract releasing several albums. In recognition of her Spanish heritage, Anna Maria was invited to perform concerts for the King and Queen of Spain, and for National Hispanic Week in Washington D.C. Other credits include Theater Flamenco and Leading Ladies of Tango. Anna Maria has appeared as soloist for television, motion pictures, National Public Radio, and the Emmy Awards.
Count Glover, Dancer
Count Glover, dancer – is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer of Argentine Tango. He has studied with some of the world’s most renowned tango maestros. A well-rounded, versatile dancer and performer, he began with tap and ballet at the age of two with his grandmother’s dance company in Chicago. Count is also a well received social dancer of tango and is adept at all forms of tango from all time periods and is considered one of the best dancers of Argentine Tango in San Francisco. Mr. Glover has performed in many stage performances throughout the U.S. and was a principal dancer for the MonTango Orchestra. Count was also featured in the TV program “Latin Eyes” and various documentaries about tango. In 2000, Count won first place in the West Coast Tango Competition organized by the Argentine government and in 2002 was a finalist in the World Tango Competition held in Miami.
Suzanne Mendieta, dancer – A classically trained dancer in both ballet and flamenco, she has been a member of many dance companies, including: Theatre Flamenco, Rosa Montoya’s Bailes Flamenco, San Francisco Dance Theater, and the Arabesque Dance Company. She has been a featured flamenco dancer for the San Francisco Opera’s productions of “La Traviata” since 1991. Additional appearances include soloist with the Santa Clara Ballet, Pacific Dance Theater, and Michael Smuin’s Ballet/SF; as well as a featured dancer performing in China, St. Martin, the Dutch Antilles, and in Seville, Spain for the 1992 World Expo. Suzanne appeared in the film “A Walk in the Clouds” and in the television series “Nash Bridges“. However, her greatest accomplishments are her five children.
Antonio Davidson-Gomez, Percussionist
Antonio Davidson-Gomez, percussionist, is an educator and percussionist focused on a musical dialogue among cultures. He has studied, performed and recorded in various genres with an emphasis in Afro-Latin, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and liturgical music. With a special interest in sacred music, he has developed several programs including More Than One Road Home, a multicultural liturgical arts intensive, as well as Call of the Drum: Percussion in Sacred Traditions and Mary Across Cultures. A veteran teacher of California’s K-12 classrooms (bilingual kindergarten & high school social studies, music, and Spanish), Tony coordinates bilingual programs for public television in Seattle where he worked on Latin Music USA and produced Students of Change: Los del ’68. He wrote the curricula for the national touring exhibition, America Sabor: Latinos in US Popular Music.
Joseph Herbet, Cellist
Joseph Hébert, cellist, is well known in San Francisco Bay Area ensembles as an exceptional artist in all areas of classical, improvisational, and world styles of music. As a composer and improvisational jazz musician, he has performed in Japan, Europe, and Hawaii, with instrumentalists from all over the world, as well as with collaborations of theater, dance, and choral groups. Mr. Hébert is the Assistant Principal cellist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has performed for movie sound tracks with the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra. He studied music at Stanford University, California State University Hayward, and UC Berkeley, where for 15 years, he was on the music faculty directing chamber ensembles, the orchestra, and vocal ensembles in the Young Musicians Program. Joe is happy to announce the release of his CD called “Sanctuary”.
Thomas Yee, Violinist
Thomas Yee, violinist, is known for being a dynamic and versatile musician active as a soloist, collaborator, teacher, and orchestral performer. Mr. Yee is the Assistant Concertmaster with the Monterey and Santa Rosa Symphonies, and is a member of Marin, Napa, and Santa Barbara Symphonies, as well as subbing with many others. Thomas tours California and Mexico with guitarist Jose Rodriguez as Duo Revirado, and released a CD of Spanish/Tango music titled “Historia”. His passion is to communicate to the audience through performing and inspire future generations through teaching. Thomas plays on an exceptional old French violin by J.B. Vuillaume, previously owned by Isaac Stern.
Anna Maria Mendieta, Harpist
Anna Maria Mendieta, principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Russian National Orchestra, and the Russian State Ballet. She has performed for Pope Benedict XVI, President Clinton, the King and Queen of Spain, President Gorbachev; National Hispanic Week in Washington D.C., the 2011 World Youth Day events in Madrid, Spain, and at the Vatican in Rome, Italy.
With many albums to her credit, Anna Maria has appeared in movies, television, NPR, and the Emmy Awards. She has enjoyed performing with Federica von Stade, Frank Sinatra Jr., Josh Groban, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton John, Charlotte Church, and Barry Manilow, who calls her his “favorite harpist”.
Ms. Mendieta is recognized internationally as a pioneer in performing Argentine Tango music on the harp. Her 2007 concerto performance of the music of Astor Piazzolla with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, marked history with the use of harp in this musical style and received international recognition from The American League of Symphony Orchestras as an “exceptional and charismatic soloist”. In 2006, Ms. Mendieta was a featured soloist for the National Harp Conference premiering her presentation of harp and tango music. Other credits include Leading Ladies of Tango and Theater Flamenco of San Francisco. Her creation of “Tango del Cielo”, a national touring concert-show is the focus of a documentary film. When she’s not pulling strings, Anna Maria is out on the dance floor as a part of the show.