6:30 to 9:30pm
Classically and jazz-trained versatile bassist Liz Draper has has performed, recorded and/or toured internationally with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Orkestar Bez Ime, Davina and the Vagabonds, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers and Dakota Dave Hull. A professional musician since age 16, Liz has performed in an astonishing array of musical genres and ensembles, from jazz and classical to folk, metal, improvisational, experimental, Balkan, and acoustic strings. She has led a similarly diverse range of projects, including Black Blondie, an all-female alternative R&B, the all-female string band Carpscale Orkester, Up The Mountain Down The Mountain, an acoustic chamber doom folk metal project, and Chama Devora, a duo with fellow composer Crystal Myslayjek employing minimal soundscapes, textures, layers with voice, bass and keyboards/synths.
Liz holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with leading members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, and has studied at The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York.
Tasha Baron plays and composes on keyboards, trombone, flute and computers in hopes of getting out what is inside her head for the enjoyment of others. She grew up playing classical piano, composing free improv music, playing flute in woodwind choir and trombone in jazz big bands. She continued her musical journey studying South African Township music, Afrobeat and salsa and experimental live dub music. She joined live hip hop band Heiruspecs and accompanied Atmosphere as well as playing with Jamaican reggae band Gullibanque and hip hop artist Toki Wright. She started her own collaborative vision with the band Black Blondie which went on to tour the country and chart on CMJ. Most recently she debuted singer Dizzy Fae with co-producer Marc Rice and released an album “Laughing at Ghosts” with Sarah White, as well as producing two film scores with Rice, one with over one million views on YouTube. Her vision and direction with music is all about artistic honesty, positive social change, community collaboration and pushing creative boundaries.