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Annette Aguilar and String Beans @ Ashkenaz // Berkeley

Annette A. Aguilar – Multi-percussionist, recording artist,educator, producer and bandleader – was born in San Francisco into a family from Nicaragua. She began playing music at the age of eleven.

Doors at 6:45 pm; Workshop 7:00-7:50pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show.  Buy Tickets Here





At sixteen, she was recognized for her percussion playing and began sitting in and performing with internationally renowned Latin artists such as members of the Santana Band, Cal Tjader, and Pete and Sheila Escovedo.

She earned a Bachelor in Music from San Francisco State University, a Masters from Manhattan School of Music, and Masters in Music Education at CUNY. She has worked on Grammy Award-winning Broadway shows and currently serves as principal timpanist for the Bronx Symphony.

In 1992, she formed her Latin and Brazilian jazz group, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. StringBeans soon became a popular fixture of the New York City’s East Village and Lower East Side music scene. A three-time selection as Latin Jazz Ambassadors by the U.S. State Department, the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the group has toured South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar, sharing their knowledge of music from the Americans and the Caribbean.

Their debut CD on their own label, Special Friends, and second CD, No Cheap Dates, received numerous reviews nationally and abroad. Their third CD, “The Day Waits for Nobody” is in the works.

Annette will be including a Free Drum workshop with the price of the ticket to the concert.

The workshop will start at 7pm and go until 7:50pm.This workshop will be in the Bloco style which incorporates rhythms on Brazilian drums. However the focus is “all drums are welcome.” Workshop participants will also play for 10-15mins during intermission and on the very last number with the band. The rhythms of focus is Baiao and Bomba.https://youtu.be/cyH7HfBWjzE This clip is of a Baiao on different Brazilian instrument, however, we do incorporate several different drums as well. Drums with straps such as djembes, also shakers, shakers, maracas. Strong Bell players are encourage. However bells are a very prominent percussion instrument that defines the rhythmic cell of the group. So it’s important to keep this together. If you bring a conga drum make sure you have a small handy stool to sit on, and some chairs will be provided.

August 17 2018


Date: 08/17/2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: $20 – $25
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1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA United States

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