Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

Mareya, Latin Jazz Project return to town

JUNEAU - Jazz pianist and composer Turiya Mareya has returned to Juneau for another series of Juneau Latin Jazz performances with Salsa Borealis members Antonio Diaz (bongos) and Eric Ocasio (congas).

The group will play at the Silverbow's Back Room at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, and is trying to set up additional gigs for later in the month.

The show is all-ages, and admission is a $5 minimum purchase of beverages or dessert.

Mareya and the Latin Jazz Project performed at Mike's Place last September. Her approach to music is based on a variety of African and Latin musical influences. She's played at many jazz festivals, opening for Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Palmieri and Poncho Sanchez.

Mareya now lives in Vancouver, B.C., where she has formed the Drum Jazz Sessions with percussionist ManDido Morris and performs with vocalist Sibel Thrasher and vocalist/percussionist Suzanna Abreu.

Earlier this year, Mareya performed in San Diego with The Art of Peace Latin Jazz Ensemble. In the fall of 2003, she performed in Madrid with guitarist Rosalia Roio.

Local poet's protest work reissued on CD

JUNEAU - "Shadows," a long poem by Juneau writer Ann Chandonnet, has been re-issued on compact disc by Knik Music Co. of Wasilla.

The poem was written in the winter of 1992-93 and set to music by Wasilla composer Philip Munger. It debuted and was played continuously at Anchorage's International Gallery of Contemporary Art during a Feb. 19-March 14, 1993, exhibit by sculptor Peter Bevis called "Spill Kills: Recent Bronzes."

Bevis created bronzes from forensic impressions of road kill as well as from murres killed by oil after the sinking of the Tenyo Maru off Sooes Beach in Washington state in 1991, and from frozen carcasses of sea otters and other fauna and flora destroyed after the Exxon Valdez oil spill of March 24, 1989, in Prince William Sound.

Munger's special effects included the cries of sea birds and the scraping of a hull over rocks. The entire composition, which has four parts including a dirge, runs about an hour, and features the voice of Chandonnet reading her lines.

The exhibit and composition also were featured in a gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

"Shadows" was initially released as a cassette. Munger also has excerpted the section of "Shadows" titled "Remembrance of Animals" on a CD of his performance of Three Protest Works at the Washington Composers' Forum on Aug. 14, 2002.

For more information, write Munger at Knik Music Co., P. O. Box 874321, Wasilla, AK 99687, or e-mail him at

Junior theater accepting auditions for 'Annie'

JUNEAU - Northern Light Junior Theater is now accepting auditions for roles in its upcoming production of "Annie."

The cast will consist of students in second grade and higher, and for the first time, adults.

For appointments and more information, e-mail director J. Althea at

Old Goat to play free show at McPhetres Hall

JUNEAU - Old Goat, known widely as Juneau's lone sacrificial Norwegian death metal band, will play a free show at McPhetres Hall, at Fourth and Gold streets, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.

The show is all-ages and is expected to last for about two hours.

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