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(Published: September 13, 2007)


Contact: Miraflores Music School

10 September 2007



On Wednesday September 19, 2007, Marcia Miget of Miraflores Music School will perform the third in a series of lunchtime concerts on the patio of the First Presbyterian Church, corner of 5th and ‘E' Streets, San Rafael. Each week from noon to 1:30 pm Ms. Miget will perform with a local name musician or former student in jazz, Latin or classical genres.
This week her third ‘Friend' is ‘Keeper of the Beat', educator, performer and composer Barbara Borden. A veteran of the Bay Area jazz and women's music scene Barbara has been drumming since the age of ten with a passion that has taken her along many musical avenues. Ms. Borden has performed, recorded and collaborated with many musicians, artists, dancers, authors, storytellers, actors, poets and healers including Airto Moreira, Suru Eke, Babatunde Olatunje, Frank Martin, Paquito d'Rivera, Linda Tillery, Terry Garthwaite, Rhiannon, the Women's Philharmonic, the Oberlin Dance Company, Vicki Noble, Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea, Anna Halprin, China Galland, Deena Metzger, Naomi Newman, Ruth Zaporah, Nina Wise and Rachel Bagby. A member of the band Alive! for eight years, performing her autobiographical "percussion play," She Dares to Drum over the past twenty years and is currently collaborating on a documentary film, Keeper of the Beat: A Woman's Journey Into The Heart Of Drumming, with Emmy award-winning filmmaker David L. Brown. Active in the educational aspects of drumming - workshops/clinics, retreats, private and group sessions and mentor programs - Ms. Borden has been awarded numerous educational and artistic grants.
"Barbara's music comes to her like a language from the gods. The great joy she gets from her gift of music is infectious and delightful to be around. Barbara Borden is an extraordinary and inspired master drummer who uses music to heal the world."- Anna Halprin.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and educator, Marcia has most recently performed with the Voices of Latin Rock at Arizona's Cesar Chavez Day Celebration. With skills that cross multiple genres she's the only female saxophonist/flutist with Dr. Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, performing with Wayne Wallace's Rhythm and Rhyme, the Northern California Lighthouse Singers 25th Anniversary conducted by Helen Stevens and Stephen Roberts and the Montclair Women's Big Band. She's played at Monterey, Stern Grove, Sonoma, Fillmore Jazz Festivals and the International Association of Jazz Educators' Conventions with the African American Jazz Caucus AllStar Big Band (in 2004 was the Featured Artist with the Historically Black Colleges' University Allstar Band). Her last project-as-producer was Passing the Baton: the Miget-Redd Session Part 1 with legendary Bebop pianist, Freddy Redd. A Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences her performance pedigree includes multiple appearances with Carlos Santana, and such notables as Larry Ridley, Jimmy Cobb, Buddy Baker, Kenny Barron, Orestes Vilato, Frank Foster, Pete Escovedo, Donald Byrd, Tyrone Hill of Sun Ra's Arkestra, Freddy Redd, Anthony Brown and the Asian American Orchestra, Carl Perazzo, Phish, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, Babatunde Lea, Abel Sanchez, Jorge Santana and Prophet, Jaimeo Brown and Dartanyan Brown. Her past band has opened for Chick Corea, Kenny Loggins, Phoebe Snow and performed on MTV with Rickie Lee Jones. She has been the featured performer with the James Cleveland Choir at the Gospel Music Workshop of America; in a 2003 Jam Session Tribute to Oscar Peterson at the Toronto International Association of Jazz Educators' Convention.
Based in the Bay Area Miraflores Music School is a preeminent private school that has been the foundation for some of Marin's best musical talent since 1988, as current and graduated students, e.g. James Perdelwitz, Joelle Parrett, Jeff Derby, Jaimeo Brown, Alex Baky, J.J.Byars, Lou Wiskus, Robby Marshall, Isabella Quereshi, Zach Gunsell, Dan Birch, Bram Kincheloe, Elecia Strauss, Seth Paris, Kristina Hoffman, Andrew Capra and Salvador Santana, evidence. These graduates, and many more, were selected for prestigious musical performance groups like the International Monterey High School All-star Jazz Band, California High School All-State Band, California High School All-State Concert Band, the San Francisco Jazz High School Allstars and attend a number of institutions such as Oberlin College, Sarah Lawrence, Berklee School of Music, the New School to Cal Arts, Manhattan School, NYU, USC and UCLA or performing professionally with such names as Bill Watrus, Mingus Big Band, and Greg Tardy. The array of award-winning students from Miraflores have performed in such events as the Duke Ellington Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the International Association of Jazz Educators' Convention, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Rafael's Italian Street Painting Festival, et al.
You can hear more of Marcia's music at www.mee-j.com. Look for Miget and listen with your Heart to Discovery. Together, Borden and Miget will weave the sounds of saxaphone, West African hand drums, keyboards and an array of percussion instruments to create an earthy world beat with elegant jazz overtones.


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