Avant Garden Party Benefit

Sunday, June 9, 2024; 2:00-6:00pm
2888 Sandy Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

An afternoon of exquisite resonances!
Incomparable cuisine!
A Silent Auction worth talking about!

Impressions of Ethiopia, violist/composer, Kaethe Hostetter

A collection of musical vignettes by Kaethe Hostetter draws from her 11 years living in Addis Ababa. Kaethe evokes the bustling streets of the East African metropolis, with the crackling sounds of a saxophone blaring out of a barbershop radio, a shepherd’s flute melody turned dub reggae, the fervent dancing on packed dirt floors of a rural honey-wine bar, and the funky big band psychedelic sounds of Ethiopia’s “Golden Era”.
Ethiopian provided by Chef India Joze !!

Sasupake Sasupake (sah-soo-PAH-kay) is a quartet based in Santa Cruz, formed in 2021.    The members are Sarah Michael – kanun (a lap-held zither) and vocals, Susan Wagner – accordion, Patrice Wallace – bass, and Ken Mowrey – hand drums.


Laura Mallon, Director
Singing Wood is a nine-member marimba band, based in Santa Cruz, CA.  We have been together since 2003, playing music derived from the Shona culture of Zimbabwe. Our repertoire ranges from ancient traditional pieces to contemporary compositions — covering a wide range of musical styles.  We find great joy and inspiration in playing this music and feel blessed to be able to share it.


Among a unique vanguard of innovative guitarists, Bill Walker creates evocative guitar soundscapes that showcase a staggering range of musical influences and techniques. Performing on an variety of electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars, and utilizing state of the art sound design and live looping technologies, Bill pioneers bold musical frontiers in improvised performance.  Hypnotic and transporting, Bill’s music is characterized by beautiful improvised motifs, lush multi-layered guitar ensembles, and otherworldly timbres which evolve serendipitously, creating exotic music that defies categorization.

Sasupake repertoire includes a large component of Greek and Armenian music, and pieces from the Arab tradition.  They also play Sephardic songs, a bit of Bossa, a bit of Choro, and a few jazz tunes.  Some of it is good for folk dancing, and some best for just listening. When we need to summarize, we call it “mostly Mediterranean.”
With varied backgrounds in Klezmer, Balkan, Rock, Jazz, Brazilian, Arabic and Early music, the musicians of Sasupake bring a lot of different perspectives to each tune.

Singing Wood Marimba Ensemble

India Jozseph Schult, who has been cheffing for us every year since the dawning of AGP

A ticket to NewMusicWorks’ annual Avant Garden Party leads to a sensory oasis:

  • Complimentary Gourmet Dining: Master Chef, Jozseph Schultz suffuses French and Indonesian cuisines with one-of-a-kind culinary creations.

Bill Walker