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The Ali Paris Quartet Coming to the Sunjams Stage, August 26. Opening Set Details

Only 3 weeks to go until our summer fundraiser. We are working on testing our unique house cocktail, for those of you experiencing Sunjams for the first time, expect a few culinary offerings (cash donations suggested). You can also pre-order the picnic basket option, it will include a delicious sandwich along with your own sample of Anna's Apricot Sun Jam!

The Ali Paris Quartet fuses North African, Middle Eastern sounds with Flamenco, Irish music, and other multicultural influences. Be prepared for a veritable aural feast!


Opening set features Pedro Pastrana and Jose Roberto Hernandez, they will bring you beautiful instrumental music from Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Cuba.


Some information about Pedro:

Born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pastrana grew up immersed in the "jibaro" music, playing the national instrument "el cuatro".

In a place with so many influences, it wasn't long before he started exploring other popular music styles like salsa, jazz, and rock, adding more vocabulary to his musical dictionary.

Now living in the USA, he has worked with musicians from different regions of the country. With a passion for genre bending rooted in folk music, Pedro brings his dynamism and shows the versatility of the instrument in popular and wold music.


This link provides a good description and summary of Puerto Rican music: http://welcome.topuertorico.org/culture/music.shtml

Jose Roberto Hernandez

(Multi-Instrumentalist,Composer & Singer)

Jose Roberto Hernandez Is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, arranger, producer, musical educator, and ethnomusicologist. In the San Francisco Bay Area, where he resides, he is one of the most respected exponents of folkloric music.

Born in the city of Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, his musical career begins in Tabasco and continues in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico City, and the United States. Surrounded by master folklorists, he roots his career in traditional music, and discovers that this is his greatest passion. This transforms him into a collector and performer of native and traditional instruments, and, always thirsting to discover and learn about other cultures, he becomes an investigator of customs and traditions in dance and music.

His devotion, creativity, and professionallism in the genre of traditional music have earned him the recognition of great musicians from Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Argentina.

He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contempoarary music and has earned much respect as a musician, singer, composer, and producer.

Jose Roberto has worked and recorded with renowned masters and prestigious institutions like: Orestes Vilato, John Santos, Jesus Diaz, Bobi Cespedes, Marina Lavalle, Lalo Izquierdo, Kat Parra, Edgardo Gambon, Carlos Caro, David Pinto, Felipe Pumarada, Gigio Parodi, Fernando Nataren, Leonel Diaz, Tito Manrique, Miguel Ballumbrosio, Omar Ledezma Jr. Braulio Barrera, Ana Nitmar,Martha Toledo, Hebert Rasgado, Eddy Navia, Guido Moscoso, Jose Luis Reynolds, Miguel Sisniegas, Manuel Constancio Jr, Ernesto Oviedo, Pedro Rosales, Lali Mejia, Peta Robles, Daniel Zamalloa, Miguel Martinez, Silvestre Martinez, Andres Flores, Rosa los Santos, Greg Landau, Roberto Chiofalo, Julio Perez, Miguel Govea, Gabriela Shiroma, Zenon Barron, Tahmoures Pournazeri, Los Cenzontles, Macon Georgia Symphony's, Oakland California Symphony's, San Francisco California Symphony's, World Art West.

Current projects:

-Musical educator in the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program

-Member of the National Committee of Musicians of the American Episcopal Church

-Musician for Bobi Cespedes

-Musician for De Rompe y Raja Cutlural Association

-Musician in Funky Latin Orchestra

-Musician in Ka-Hon Musical Ensemble

-Musician in Hanakpacha

-Musician in Musica Colibrí

-Musical Director of Grupo Experimental de Musica Folklorica Vinic-Kay

-Musical Director of Jose Roberto & Friends

-Producer and Sound Engineer at VK Studios (independent label)

Jose Roberto is endorsed by Godin Guitars, Sarga Percussion, Steph Accessories, Inc., Fishman Transducers, Inc.,

NS Design, Zemaitis Guitars, Kidam Accessories.


This is at the Monterey Jazz Festival ( 2015), Jose Roberto playing with the John Santos Sextet;


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