Eclectic Music and More January Shows

In January, St. Clair Productions is producing two very different shows: Yuval Ron Trio on Friday, January 16 and Suzanne Westenhoefer on Friday, January 30.  Both are at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland and begin at 8 pm.  You can find out more about them and buy tickets at www.stclairevents.com or 541-535-3562.  Tickets also available at the Music Coop.

The Yuval Ron Trio, featuring Yuval Ron on Oud, Yemenite singer Maya Haddi, and David Reihs on percussion with local guest dancer Zahara Solomon, performs the sacred music of the Middle East: Jewish, Christian and Sufi.  A peace activist born in Israel, Ron strives to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration.   

Graduating Cum Laude as a Film Scoring Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ron has continuously researched various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story in 2007, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leaders Pir Zia Inayat Khan and Pir Shabda Khan since 2006.  Yuval Ron’s awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004 and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Ron will lead a workshop Healing and Transforming Consciousness Through Sacred Sound, Music and Dance on Saturday, January 17, 10 am-noon, at the Unitarian Fellowship. The workshop is experiential with walking meditation, sacred movement from Zen, Hebrew and Sufi sources, ecstatic chanting, storytelling, poetry, and live Oud music by Ron.

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer is why our series is called Eclectic Music and More.  Not a music event, this is a laugh-till-you-drop event.  It also is our first adults only show.  For over two decades, this bold and brazen out lesbian comedian has been traveling the world, sharing her heart and soul with audiences. Whatever is going on in Westenhoefer’s life, you’ll get an earful of it. She doesn’t tell jokes. She tells the truth. Or the truth as filtered through her uniquely twisted life experience.

Even though she shares the experiences of a lesbian, Westenhoefer insists that, “The boys are welcome. It is not just for girls. It’s a show for straights, for gays, and if they wanna come, I promise they’ll laugh.”  In 1994, Westenhoefer was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO special and, in 2003, was the first openly lesbian comedian on “Late Night with David Letterman.”

Westenhoefer starred as a panelist on GSN’s 2006 remake of I’ve Got a Secret, which featured a panel of gay celebrities who had to guess the various guests’ ‘secrets’ through a series of timed questions. Her comedy special and documentary, A Bottom on Top, aired on LOGO Television in the fall of 2007. In 2004 she was featured in the film Laughing Matters along with Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez and Karen Williams. She had a starring role in the popular online web drama We Have To Stop Now.