An evening with Mike Garson
Date/TimeFriday, November 2 at 8 PM
When a full concert, performed by David Bowie’s long-time composer and pianist, Mike Garson, combines with the expertise of healthcare advocate, Candy Hammeras, the result is an evening of education, entertainment and emotion. Enjoy an eclectic mix of Bowie classics and Mike Garson originals along with the incredible Grammy award-winning singer Gaby Moreno and Joe Sumner. A journey not to be missed as this unique event; “Cancer: The Urgency of Now” comes to Santa Barbara.
Perhaps best known as Bowie’s piano man, Mike performed with David for dozens of albums and 1,000 concerts around the globe as his longest and most frequent band member. Mike’s solid reputation for creativity and quality has brought about collaborations with others including Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, and many more.
Since moving to Los Angeles from her native Guatemala, singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno has achieved remarkable success as a musician. She has been nominated for an Emmy and won a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist. She has released four albums, toured with singers Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Hugh Laurie and Calexico, and has shared the international stage with pop music luminaries such as Bono, Andrea Boccelli and Van Dyke Parks.
In 2006, her song, “Escondidos,” took the top prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the first contestant in the Latin category to win Song of the Year. Moreno’s career started moving quickly. She co-wrote the theme song of the television series “Parks and Recreation,” which was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. That same year, she recorded the classic song “Smile,” by Charlie Chaplin, for the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.” And she performed “Toast to Freedom,” a song commemorating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, first with Kris Kristofferson on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, then in Dublin where she shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo and Bono.
Joe Sumner is a singer-songwriter and bassist for the rock band Fiction Plane. Sumner learned to play guitar and drums when he was a teenager, and was inspired to write songs when he heard Nirvana’s album Nevermind. An accomplished musician, Sumner toured with his father Sting on the massively successful 57th and 9th world tour.
With her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural message, vocalist and songwriter Mayssa Karaa defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California. Cinema audiences might identify the classically-trained singer’s voice from the hit film American Hustle, where her Arabic version of the Sixties classic “White Rabbit” was a standout track on the Grammy-nominated soundtrack album; MAYSSA is at currently putting the finishing touches on her full-length English solo debut. The songs range from piano based simplicity to epic electronic orchestration with a unique blend of American pop and middle eastern influences.
With music as her passport, she says that it was never an intention to come to the U.S. and live inside of a bubble. “I came here to expand, to tell others about my culture and learn about theirs. I was born and raised in Lebanon, but I am very much an American too. I’m like you.