Jennifer Kumiyama was born with Arthrogryposis and uses a wheelchair daily. Kumiyama received voice lessons at Long Beach City College and California State University of Long Beach. In 2000, Jennifer earned a spot on Warner Bros. reality TV show “Popstars 2” and earned national accolades from many publications including Variety Magazine and TV Guide – […]
Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader, poet and educator. Having emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and having relocated to Long Beach, California in 2011, Mitchell’s music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, a multi-generational and gender-balanced group that is celebrating […]
Writing as an openly gay man, my poetry, fiction, and scholarly work cannot help but be political. However, my poems, and to some extent my novels and stories, are not only based in a fildelty to facts (be they from science, history, current events, or my personal experience) but also in a commitment to curiosity […]
Awarded Best of Long Beach Entertainers in 2012 and 2013, we perform modern arrangements of classic jazz and pop standards from the 20’s and beyond, including those in the Great American Songbook. Scarlett’s beautiful voice is a throwback to the great jazz singers of the ’40s and ’50s. She is backed by Dr. Bob on […]
Long Beach songwriter and banjo player Katie Jo Oberthaler, along with her full band Katie Jo & The Mijos, plays classic country fit for a roadhouse hoedown with lyrics as tender as the partner you’d dance with.
Orange Peal Vibrations is a percussion duo formed in 2012 by free-lance percussionists Gabriel “Slam” Nobles and Joseph Mitchell. As educators and performers, Slam and Joseph recognized the value of developing a percussion centric ensemble that would not only entertain but enlighten. Through their combined years of experience OPV found audiences curious about the instruments […]
Kontrapunktus (Latin for “Counterpoint”) is a young and ethnically diverse group of musicians who have come together from all corners of the globe to perform for one common cause, which is to “mend divisions through the power and grace of classical music.” Kontrapunktus aims to be more than just a chamber orchestra. United in our […]
Born in El Paso and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Gloria Arjona has a distinctive way of lecturing through music, stories, media, traditional attire, and living pictures to draw attention on the rich cultures and traditions of Latin America, in particular Mexico and the US-Mexico border. Either as a soloist or accompanied by guest musicians, […]
I am a multi-faceted musician whose work crosses into all realms of music (songwriter, conductor, singer, guitarist, educator) and genres (rock, classical, movie scores, choral). I am currently the Minister of Music at Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach and the founding Executive Director of the Long Beach Youth Chorus. I was the Artistic […]
Alicia Murphy’s all-original songs feature her unexpected, quirky lyrics and fierce rhythm guitar, while her passion for environmental conservation often shines through. She released her first studio EP It Is and It Isn’t, produced by Jaffee (Foo Fighters, The Wallflowers) and Ran Pink at Fonogenic Studios in Van Nuys, CA, in 2012 and toured with […]
Tom Peters is a composer and GRAMMY® nominated performer who creates multimedia works featuring classic silent films. He performs a one-man-orchestra that uses cutting edge computer electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes. In April 2013, he premiered his original score to the 1927 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc at the Toronto Silent Film […]
A ubiquitous bard plagued by an implacable passion for parables, proverbs, and pleasing palaver.