Jazz in the Forest: A Samba Trip to Brazil


The Volcano Art Center’s Jazz in the Forest series continues on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 5:30p.m. at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The evening features Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones with Sarah Bethany performing the Samba tunes of Brazil. Ticket info below.

Songwriter/Pianist/Vocalist/Producer/Arranger Minneapolis and St. Louis native, Sarah Bethany, began playing the piano at age seven.  She continued her classical studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where she discovered an attraction to experimental electronic music composition as well as a love of jazz, hip hop, and reggae music.  Her extensive, advanced vocal studies led her to the music of Rachelle Ferrell and Lalah Hathaway, two of Bethany’s most influential vocalists.  Sarah Bethany fronts her own band and is in the process of writing and producing her first album.

Jean Pierre Thoma is a world traveled professional musician on flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano, with experience throughout America, France, Japan, India, and Israel. Holds two master’s degrees in music and has been a public and private school teacher as well as member of numerous jazz and classical ensembles, such as the Maui and Marin Symphonies.  Leader of “The Jazztones” : “Raga Jazz” (with Sarangi, synth guitar & bass): member of “Royal Kona Harp Ensemble” (3 harps w/ 2 flutes & winds): “Volcano Trio” (2 flutes & piano): performer at Holy Cross Church in choir & as instrumentalist; and pianist at restaurants, and charity performances at Hospice and Life Care Centers. Now a music teacher in Hilo at The Pacific Academy of Music, and the Kukuau Studio, he happily lives in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

If You Go… Have A Good Show!

Event: Jazz in the Forest: Featuring A Samba Trip to Brazil with Sarah Bethany
When: Saturday, August 10, 2019
Where: Volcano Art Center, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, Hawaii
Cost: Tickets are $20 for VAC members ($25 non-members)! Ticket holders will be able to purchase beer, wine, as well as pupus. Tickets are available for sale online at www.volcanoartcenter.org, at VAC’s Administration Office in Volcano Village and VAC Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The last day to purchase tickets online is Friday, August 9. After that, tickets will be sold at VAC Gallery & at the door if they are not sold out. Tickets will be held at Will Call on the day of the show. OR, you may pick them up any day before the show at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5p.m.


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