We are pleased to announce Rebecca Kleinmann as our musical guest for April Oakland Showga, held in the beautiful ballroom at Starline Social Club!
Rebecca Kleinmann is an acclaimed flutist, singer, and composer with a professional career marked by diversity and improvisation. In the words of Latin Grammy Nominated pianist, Jovino Santos Neto, “Rebecca plays flute with the passion of a flamenco dancer.” An explorer at heart, she rockets and flows between genres, leading her Jazz Quartet and performing in Brazilian choro and flamenco shows.
Rebecca’s international career has taken her to perform on stages in Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Africa and Australia including Melbourne’s International Women in Jazz Festival, as well as the SF Jazz Center, the San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s and the Paramount Theatre closer to her Oakland home. She has been hosting four years of her “Brazil and Beyond” series at Baobab, San Francisco. Jazz pianist Benny Green says “Kleinmann is masterful and selfless in her ability and inclination of melding her sound with her environment.” She has performed with greats including Lionel Loueke, SK Kakraba, Airto Moriera, Carlos Oliveira, Kina Mendez and world-class dancers including Melissa Cruz and Rosangela Silvestre. In addition to her Quartet, Rebecca performs with Dona Francisca, La Dee Da, Taylor Praise Choir and Brasiliense, her duo with Brazilian guitarist Ian Faquini. Their alchemy together has been heralded as “the balance of deep preparation with the unaffected abandon to go wherever the moment leads."
Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will also have some available to borrow.