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These are some of our most popular musicians. Read about them and listen to their MP3 demos. To get information about their fees, availability or other information, contact
Vicky or Chris at 505 986 5882 or ae@musicsantafe.com
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Party and Event Band Guitarists
Mariachis More Local Color and Music Talent
Ceremony Jazz
Cuban Music Broadway Pianist

PARTY and EVENT BAND

Soulstice

SOULSTICE SANTA FE

An outstanding professional dance band, highly recommended by wedding and event professionals for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and fundraisers.
Voted "Finest Musical Entertainment For Weddings and Events 2009" by New Mexico Event And Wedding Planner magazine.
Voted New Mexico's Best Local Band by brides in 2012 Perfect Wedding Guide
Click to visit their website: soulsticesantafe.com


Soulstice

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Soulstice 2012 Montage

MARIACHIS

MariachisMariachis

Traditional Mariachi Music

 Santa Fe’s deep cultural roots span from its native peoples to those from Spain  and Mexico who settled here. The roots of the Mariachi go back hundreds of years, Mariachi music was the music of country people. Mariachis often help celebrate great moments in the lives of the Mexican people. With the serenata (serenade), the Mariachi participates in the rite of courtship. Mariachis are also commonly hired for baptisms, weddings, patriotic holidays, and even funerals. It is not unusual for the deceased to leave a list of favorite songs to be sung beside the grave at burial. Mariachi music has been incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church's most sacred ritual: the Mass. The Misa Panamericana is a Mariachi folk mass, sung in Spanish, that uses traditional instruments to create vivid new interpretations of the traditional elements of the service: Angelus, Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Alleluia, Offertory, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. Here in Santa Fe, Mariachis can be used at a rehearsal dinner party or a ceremony or escorting a bride and groom and their guests to the reception for lively cocktail hour before dinner, or to bring festivity to any gathering. Large seven or eight piece groups include guitars, trumpets and violins, or small groups of four or five \players on guitars and trumpet are available.

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CEREMONY

Roberto Capocchi

Roberto Capocchi

Classical and Brazilian Guitarist
Roberto Capocchi has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and Belgium. He has won top prizes in competitions such as the Sholin Memorial, Stevens Guitar Competition, Young Concert Artists, Villa-lobos Competition, Souza Lima Guitar Competition, Aracatuba Festival, Saint Marcelina Chamber Music Competition, and Mozarteum Competition. He has three released recordings: “Roberto Capocchi Plays Spanish Guitar Music,” “Tangos de Santa Fe,” with Flutist Carol Redman English hornist Pamela Epple, and “Duo Guadalupe: Music for Violin and Guitar” with Ellen Chavez de Leitner. Roberto has studied with some of the best guitarists in Brazil and from around the world, and holds graduate degrees in performance and music theory. Favorable reviews often stress Mr. Capocchi's expressiveness, technical fluency, and engaging stage presence. We frequently book Roberto for wedding ceremonies and private parties.
WWW.CAPOCCHIMUSIC.COM

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Petra

Petra

Petra, Classical Guitar
Petra Babankova is originally from Prague, Czech Republic, where she received her early education. In 1980 she and her family moved to Canada where she studied with Czech guitarist and performer Antonin Bartos. At the age of 17 she spent a year in Brazil where she developed her taste for South American music. Upon her return, she decided to dedicate her life to music. She obtained her masters degree in guitar performance at Universite de Montreal. Over her career she continued to study with Alvaro Pierri, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Peter Mc Cutcheon, Marc Deschenes, and others. Her musical style is influenced by her European heritage as well as her love for South American music. In her performance you can feel her dedication to music and her years of experience. She has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 2002 and shares her love for music and her passion for life by performing and teaching. Petra has recorded four albums.

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Tito and Petra

Miguel

Guitar - Classical
Miguel has been studying classical guitar since childhood. He plays a wide repertoire of Classical, Spanish and Latin American music. Miguel enchants his audiences with his romantic sounds, his personal interpretation and technique.

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Harpist

Classical Harpist

Consider the Harp, the most romantic of all musical instruments, for your wedding music. You can choose from the traditional wedding repertoire, request your favorite songs, or explore unusual classical and popular favorites that will give your wedding ceremony and reception a special flair.

Lynn is currently a resident of New Mexico and performs regularly with several ensembles including Santa Fe Pro Musica, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Opera, De Profundis, Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest and Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico. She has been a featured chamber musician for the Placitas Artist Series, the Presidential Chamber Music Series at Macey Center and Music in Corrales. Lynn was harpist for “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band in Washington, DC from 1998 to 2003. She is an active teacher and has been on the faculty for the Masterworks Performing Arts Festival.

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Duo Dolce

Duo Dolce

Charly and Lynn have been musical colleagues in Santa Fe for many years, playing together for weddings and celebrations, and in orchestral, choral and chamber music concerts. Lynn’s international classical career contributes brilliance to Duo Dolce while Charly’s background in classical, Jazz and world music adds sparkle to every occasion. They look forward to working with you to choose the perfect music – classical flute and harp, Celtic, and timeless popular melodies – for your special event.

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Classical Ensemble

Classical String Quartet, Trio, Duo

Symphony quality classical string groups playing wonderful wedding ceremony selections by composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Purcell, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Clarke and others. Choose your favorite pieces from their repertoire to create a magical musical experience to enhance your ceremony.

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Bagpiper

Bagpiper

Striking in authentic Scottish attire, our bagpiper plays for ceremonies and often leads a procession of delighted guests from the chapel to the reception.

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CUBAN MUSIC

Savor

Savor

Cuban / Latin - Singing Instrumental Group
Savor is an acoustic group of guitar/ doubling mandolin, bass and percussion with vocals and harmonies that create a rich sound. They play Cuban and Latin music with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Encompassing many years of performing experience, Savor brings warmth and celebration to any gathering. Being acoustic, they can move around and perform from different locations during an event. Prior to forming Savor, Victor traveled the world performing and directing his orchestra, The LA Express. He has recorded for the AAPA and North To South labels. He sings and plays guitar and mandolin. Nanette brings many years of touring and musical performing experience to Savor, playing double bass. JJ has studied many styles of music including salsa and Afro-Cuban. He sings tenor and plays bongo, conga and hand percussion.

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GUITARISTS

Jesus Bas

Jesus

Spanish Guitarist/Singer
Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Jesus has established himself as a
consummate entertainer in his twenty years as a professional musician.
He has delighted a vast range of audiences, performing “on tour”
engagements, concert halls, nightclubs, private parties, weddings and
countless other events. In 1995, Jesus came to the U.S. after an
extensive musical career in his native Spain, and made San Diego
California his second home. He performed nightly at the historic Hotel
del Coronado during 2000 and 2001 before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico
where he now resides. Armed with his Spanish guitar, a melodious and
powerful voice, this seasoned singer/songwriter has created a style,
which unites the music of Spain and Latin America with the rich harmony
of jazz, allowing his audience to sample the flavor and passion of his
heritage. Whether the mood calls for solo guitar, intimate ballads or
pulsating Latin and Flamenco rhythms, Jesus offers a unique and
unforgettable musical experience. We frequently book Jesus for private
parties and to play a cocktail hour prior to the band Soulstice
performing at a wedding reception. Jesus has released three albums of
original music: “Sketches”(1995) “Natural” (2000) “Ahi Va”
(2001).
Jesus' video

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Rick

Rick

Rick, Guitar, other instruments and vocals
Rick plays a wide range of music: Classical Guitar, Flamenco, Country, Blues, Cajun and Pop. Rick is a multi- instrumentalist and plays live with tracks of himself recorded in his studio when the song calls for it, and so he can sound like a full band. His versatility, accomplishment and professionalism has made him well received at every event we have booked him for. "We were VERY happy with the entertainment provided for our group dinner at La Fonda by Rick. I would recommend him highly. Thank you. Michelle O."

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Chuscales

Chuscales

Flamenco Guitarist
Internationally recognized as one of a new breed of flamenco guitarists who combine fluid technique and close study of contemporary musical forms to move the flamenco guitar into new territory. He has been the principal guitarist and musical director for the Maria Benitiz Teatro Flamenco since 1987 as well as performing in New York annually with the show. Chuscales was born in Antequera (Malaga), Spain and raised in Granada in a family of professional musicians and dancers. He began performing at age six and made his professional debut at fourteen in tablaos flamencos. He began studying with Paco de Lucia in 1970. Chuscales has toured Canada, Europe, South America, Japan and the United States. He has accompanied such artists as La Singla, Mario Maya, La Chunga, Farruco, La Tati, El Guita, Joaquin Fajardo, La Poloca and many others. He currently resides with his family in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is available for bookings. Chuscales is featured on three CDs: Forever In My Heart, Gypsy Soul, Midnight in Madrid. Chusco is a favorite for private parties or with a full Flamenco show including singer and dancers.

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Tito and Petra

Tito and Petra

Guitar Duo - Classical and Latin American
Petra was born in Prague, Czechoslovkia. She began playing guitar when she was 12 years old. In 1980 she and her family moved to Canada where she studied with Czech guitarist Antonin Bartos. At the age of 17 she spent a year in Brazil which greatly influenced her musical style. Petra then obtained a degree in music interpretation from McGill University in Montreal and proceeded to get a Masters Degree at Universite de Montreal. Since then she continues to perform and teach, realizing more and more the importance and power of music in our lives. Tito was born in the city of La Paz, in the Andean country of Bolivia, South America. He recognized the guitar as his musical instrument at the age of 8 years old, and has worked with this instrument ever since. Tito moved to the United States when he was 12 and continued his guitar training in San Francisco, with guitarist Paul Binkley. After studying classical guitar for 8 years, he refined his style by working with traditional music from Latin America including music from the Andes. Having played and toured the United States and overseas with renowned bands such as Sukay and Toyos, today he continues to practice his love for music with his duo Tito and Petra. They strive that each musical note fills your heart with joy and inspiration as it does theirs when they play them. Tito and Petra have delighted clients playing wedding ceremonies, receptions and private parties.

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Matthew

Matthew

Vocalist and Guitarist - Contemporary Music and Original Compositions
A unique and popular local singer/ guitarist/ composer who’s live performance exceeds his recorded sound, Matthew combines an infectious rhythmic guitar with an accomplished vocal style that combines elements of jazz and R & B singers into a wonderful and sophisticated musical delight. Here’s a review from the New Mexican: “Imagine a cat Stevens song chart, a Stevie Wonder vocal attack and the voluptuous vision of Prince, splice in some funky flamenco guitar riffs and on several tunes, the witty arrangements of a Lyle Lovett…. not caged by pop formula… Matthew reaches for the ineffable bittersweet cornucopia of experience that life presents” Matthew’s performances include PBS TV at the Winter Olympic Games, CBS Movie of the Week, “ The Staircase,” National Public Radio, World Expo- Hanover Germany.

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Pat

Pat

Jazz and Contemporary Music
Pat performs with professionalism, versatility and pure energy that captivates and inspires his audiences. Pat has a devoted following in Chicago, Austin and Santa Fe from his live performances, and is a favorite in the studio. Throughout his career, Pat has played with many outstanding musicians, including Pete Christlieb (Steely Dan, Doc Severenson), Bobby Doyle (Blood, Sweat & Tears – CBS), Bill Ginn (Famous Blue Raincoat Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warren), Eric Johnson, Lonnie Mack, Kim Stone (Spyra Gyra), Mitch Watkins, Spencer Starnes, Peter Rowan, John Mills, Junior Brown, Mike Turk, Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention) and Kirk Waylum. Pat has worked as a guitarist and vocalist on hundreds of projects. A disciplined student of music since the age of 9, Pat has studied under an impressive list of great teachers. He completed master classes with Jack Cecchini in Chicago, through whom he conducted workshops with many guitarists including Joe Pass and Joe Diorio. Pat’s repertoire includes a wide range of original compositions, latin, jazz and popular Standards.

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Ramon

Ramon

Ramon –Smooth Jazz &  Easy Listening/Adult Contemporary

Ramon is an exceptional guitarist and musician, who brings a lush and sophisticated ambiance to complement any occasion. Ramon plays solo guitar live on top of tracks he has pre-recorded. A prominent and well-respected fixture of the Santa Fe music scene for some time, Ramon brings passion and joy to his playing that transfers to his listeners. “I feel Ramon is an individual whose talents as well as dependability can add or compliment any event that requires entertainment. I highly recommend Ramon for any of your events.” – Lorraine Rotunno, Office of the Governor, State of New Mexico. “He is passionate about his music and always puts his heart and soul into each performance. He is courteous to everyone he comes into contact with and is an absolute pleasure to work with.” – Michael Hennington, Hennington Fine Art, Santa Fe.

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MORE LOCAL COLOR AND MUSIC TALENT

Flamenco Dancer

Spanish Flamenco Dance, Singer and Guitar Show

Thrill your private or corporate group with an unforgetable world class exhibition of Flamenco music and dance in Spanish costume.

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Native FlutistNative American Dancer

Native American Flutist / Drummers / Dancers / Storyteller

When played for a wedding ceremony, Native American flute evokes a sacred mood that captures Santa Fe’s spirit. When played for a reception or other gatherings an additional guitar background can be added.

For corporate groups we also have native story tellers, drummers and dancers who provide informative and colorful insights into the rich, ancient history and culture of this region.

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Country Music

Country Bands, Country Duo, Cowboy Poet and Storyteller

If your party or corporate group has a western theme in mind we can provide the perfect country music or cowboy poet / storyteller to set the mood. Dance Instructors can also teach your group to line dance or two-step the night away.
"I hate wedding bands. They're generally boring and intrusive. But I love music, which is why I'm so glad we found The Buckarettes. Not only are they great musicians and singers, but they knew exactly how to create the right mood. It's impossible to listen to them and not smile. They gave our wedding exactly the swing it needed. I'll never get married again without them! Thanks so much... Gordon"

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JAZZ

David

Vicky Speer and the Absolute Jazz Group

Perfect for corporate and private parties: cocktail and dinner jazz from the Absolute Jazz Group featuring the intimate vocals of Vicky Speer. A reception for Microsoft, Santa Fe Institute and a Los Alamos Labs international symposium dinner were all recent events where the group added a comfortable brilliance to the evening’s festivities. Playing jazz standards and the great American Songbook made immortal by Ella and Frank and reinterpreted more recently by Diana Krall and Michael Bublé, let Vicky and the Absolute Jazz group add their magic to your event.
"Thank you and your great tunes for making it special. Everyone had good things to say about the music. Jed"

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Jazz Piano

Instrumental Jazz

Featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in New Mexico, we have ensembles of varying size and instrumentation, whose tasty sounds will enliven any private party or event.

David

The Alpha Cats

The Alpha Cats are fun. Upon hearing them it is immediately apparent that these fine musicians are dear friends having a blast together. Unlike the more familiar "serious" approach taken by many other great jazz players the Alpha Cats take a more playful swipe at music. All four of these fabulous felines are well established, highly respected members of the New Mexico music scene with "first call" status as frequent freelancers. Already a staple of the Santa Fe scene they're well on their way to becoming an Albuquerque favorite. The group consists of Lewis Winn and George Langston on guitars, Susan Hyde Holmes on bass, and Cal Haines on drums. The material, both originals and standards, ranges from classic jazz and western swing to blues, bossas and ballads. The theme is always about having fun. Serious fun.

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RHM Trio

The RHM Trio

Dick,Tom, and Dave are the RHM Trio, playing classic favorites of the standard jazz repertoire. The trio is available for work in the Santa Fe area. Tom plays trumpet and keyboards. Dick plays drums and sings. Dave plays upright bass. Tom has played on the road with Ray Charles, backed up Frank Sinatra, toured with the Glenn Miller Band and many other well known professional singers and musicians. Dick worked the Catskills in NY as a show drummer, played a couple of years on cruise ships, and toured with the Jimmy Durante show/orchestra. Dave was a founding member of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. He has played with many well-known local bands including the Al and Norma Tell Quartet, Yoboso, and Soulstice. All three have worked at Bishops Lodge, El Meson, Las Campanas, the Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe Brewery, La Fonda, the Inn at Loretto, and many other Santa Fe venues.

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Bert

Bert's Jazz Piano Trio

Bert's jazz piano complemented by double bass and drums bring accomplished precision, excitement and imaginative taste to jazz gems such as the three featured here. In his thirty years as a renowned jazz pianist, Bert Dalton has performed with Herbie Mann, Gene Lees, Anita O’Day, Daniel Binelli, Regina Carter, Von Freeman, Pete Barbutti, Victor Mendoza, Greg Abate, Butch Miles, Doug Lawrence, Don Burrows, Spike Robinson, Ira Sullivan, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Paul Wertico, Steve Rodby, Dr. Art Davis, Frank Morgan, Bud Shank, and Howard Alden. Bert has toured extensively throughout the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as three tours of Australia and New Zealand, most recently headlining the Manly International Jazz Festival, Australia’s largest.

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BROADWAY PIANIST

David

David

Broadway Pianist
David has had an illustrious, twenty year career as a pianist and conductor for such record breaking shows as Cats, Les Miserables, The Lion King, The Producers, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Fosse and The Last Five Years. Legendary composers Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber have requested David to perform their music in concert and theatre settings. David has also played for and coached such world renowned singers as Sara brightman, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, Rita Moreno, Cassandra Wilson, Hugh Jackman and Linda Eder. David is now available for your listening pleasure!

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If you have other musical requirements that you have not seen mentioned on our site please call and ask us about them. Space limits listing all our musicians.