Creatives made the inaugural Diner en Blanc - Sacramento magical
We would like to thank the musical acts Garrett Perkins on Saxaphone, The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera Madroña Trio and Pamela Perkins on Harp. Our beautiful and high-tech decor (befitting our cutting edge arena) were provided by technologist Christopher Biddle and fine artist Trent Dean. Live plain-air painting by Ghanim Al Obaidi gave an air of French elegance to our proceedings. Lastly the dance floor was rocking from open to close thanks to the amazing music provided by DJ Rock Bottom.
Artists will continue to play a huge role in our Sacramento edition of Diner En Blanc, and we are so grateful to the brilliant creatives who made this inaugural event so magical. Please read below to find out more about the highlighted performers and get in touch with those you’d like to see again … or better yet, to bring to your next high-profile event.
Your Dîner en Blanc - Sacramento Host Team
Christine Ault, Tre Borden, Maritza Davis, Bobbin Mulvaney, Michelle Odell and Libby Siino
ARTIST & ENTERTAINER PROFILES
Saxophonist and Recording Artist
Bio: From a long line of great saxophonists, the likes of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane comes a musical genius with all of the brashness of “Bird” and the contemporary sound of Gerald Albright. Garrett Perkins considered a child protégé at the age of 14 has evolved into one of the finest saxophonists this country has seen in a long time.
Garrett was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. At an early age he was destined to be a musician. While working under the careful watch of award winning music director Ike Padgett, Garrett quickly became proficient in playing several musical instruments. He fell in love with the saxophone and has been playing it ever since.
Upon graduating from the famed Berklee School of Music in Boston, Garrett travelled the world playing concert venues the likes of the Jamaican Jazz Festival, Venice (Italy) Jazz Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as many other European concerts.
Garrett’s true desire to be a jazz saxophonist was realized in 2003 when he wrote and produced his first solo album entitled “Can you Hear Me”. He followed the album with the formation of his group called The Garrett Perkins Project which was formed with the purpose of bringing back the history of jazz as an art form that is educational as well as entertaining. He considers himself a “musical purist” that is driven by creating music as an art for people to enjoy. Garrett is currently in the studio completing his fourth album entitled “Sax in the City” which is now for sell via garrettperkins.net.
Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera Madroña Trio
Mat Krejci - Principal Flute
James Een - Viola
Anna Maria Mendieta- Principal Harp
The Madroña Trio, formed in 2007, comprises three principal musicians of the Sacramento Philharmonic. Named for the El Dorado County winery where they debuted, this trio specializes in French music and performs at museums and art galleries throughout the region. Individually, the three have international reputations as soloists and recording artists. Krejci has performed in Paris, Madrid, Panama City, Venice, and Siena; Onderdonk, a founding member of Quartet San Francisco, has performed with The San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet; Mendieta has been honored to play for the King and Queen of Spain, and for Pope Benedict XVI.
Pamela Pamperin is an experienced and critically acclaimed harpist who performs in the greater Sacramento area, the Bay Area, and elsewhere. Pamela’s wide-ranging repertoire includes traditional favorites, classical, contemporary, broadway tunes, classic rock, new age and celtic music.
Pamela’s remarkable musical gifts compliment her ability to work with clients to create a soundscape that fits in with and enhances any occasion. Her concert-pedal harp has set the tone for hundreds of weddings, receptions, church services, memorials and other special events. Although Pam usually performs as a solo artist, she frequently includes violin and cello, and occasionally with a flutist or vocalist.
Pamela prides herself in being sensitive to the needs and expectations of her clients. This, along with her considerable musical talent, keeps her in great demand throughout the year. Potential clients are advised to inquire about dates well ahead of the planned event.
She currently performs for Third Sunday Supper at Bacchus House Wine Bar & Bistro at 1004 E Bidwell Street in Folsom. Please call the restaurant at 916.984.7500 for reservations.
She performed regularly on the patio at Sunday Brunch at the Slocum House in Fair Oaks, one of the region’s most prestigious dining establishments prior to its closure in 2011.
DJ ROCK BOTTOM
DJ Rock Bottom is one of Sacramento's most respected DJs, being nominated for a SAMMIE four consecutive years. Starting his career in 2004 with residencies at various venues around Sacramento. He is known for having a ear for authentic and quality music.
DJ Rock Bottom’s passion for spinning records began just over 10 years ago. After relocating over 3,000 miles to Sacramento, California, he found that his walk to a different beat needed a soundtrack. Thus began a journey through the exploration of music & quietly developing the skills that made mixing and streaming music natural to him.
DJ Rock Bottom has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ. One of few capable of taking audiences on a sonic journey through Hip Hop, House, Soul, Afro-Beat, Funk, Breaks & Dance Classics.
DJ Rock Bottom has opened for the likes of Faith Evans, Ledisi, Dead Prez, Mos Def, Robert Glasper, Allen Stone, Jaguar Wright, Dru Hill, George Tandy Jr., Foreign Exchange, Haitus Kayote, Anthony David & Martin Luther. Be on the lookout as DJ Rock Bottom continues to build a platform for expression on his own terms, in his own way. A unique selection & eclectic musical taste. The motto is “Real Music for Real People.”
LED CUBE by Christopher Biddle
LED artist and technologist
The 30-inch volumetric cube composed of 4096 multi-color LEDs. It can display customizable animations and designs befitting any occasion. The cube can be lifted off the scaffold and hung like a chandelier, providing an UNOBSTRUCTED 360 degree view, a perfect centerpiece for a lobby or showroom! The cube is hosted at MakerHQ in Sacramento, California.
LED Prisms by Trent Dean
Fine Artist and Designer
Trent Dean designs is a custom furniture studio based in Sacramento, CA. My work is inspired by the belief that great furniture is rooted in innovative design, excellent craftsmanship and a passion for simple living.
My modern approach is a reflection of our belief in simplicity and a cross pollination of the urban environment in which we live and the earthly materials we craft with. Whether a table, stool or custom coffee table my products carry a warmth and lifespan that most mass-produced manufactured goods have lost.
My main areas of expertise are furniture design and fabrication, home accents and accessories, as well as custom residential and commercial installations.
The studio produces all original and small batch pieces designed to last for generations. The work emphasizes a handcrafted and emergent vision of contemporary culture.
All the materials are ethically and locally sourced when possible, building upon the importance of origins.
Each piece is handcrafted locally here in Sacramento, California with high quality at affordable prices. We are here to help you bring something unique and wonderful into your home.
Ghanim Al Obaidi
Fine Artist and Professor of Art
Once one of Iraq’s most famous artists Ghanim Alobaidi is an Iraqi refugee who has fled Baghdad for Syria in 2005 only to have to relocate again once civil war broke out there in 2010. Alobaidi and his family have finally found safety in Sacramento, alongside dozens of refugees who have recently resettled from Middle Eastern war zones.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article35929128.html#storylink=cpy
Creator of Tapigami, Fine Artist
TAPIGAMI is a contemporary art form created by Sacramento artist Danny Scheible. First attracted to masking tape because of its versatile, accessible, and malleable nature, Danny used the unlikely material to create large-scale installations and create an accessible and interactive art form.
TAPIGAMI is designed to engage and educate artists of all ages. Would you like to bring TAPIGAMI out to an event or exhibit? Or perhaps, you would like to do-it-yourself with TAPIGAMI’s step-by-step how to books.
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