John Santos & Musica Calibri

Nutz+REMIXEDWednesday, February 10th, John Santos joined us (via the telephone) on Artists on Art to talk about his ArtSmart event happening February 13th.

John Santos is widely acclaimed percussionist and educator in the Bay Area.
Música Colibrí with John Santos – Music of Latin America
Música Colibrí with John Santos – Experience a wide range of styles, rhythms and songs from Cuba, México, Puerto Rico, Perú, and other Latin American countries plus original compositions from five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos — one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today!

Jose Roberto Hernandez – guitar, voice
Manuel Constancio – guitar, voice
John Santos – percussion


Introduce your family to the Arts! Tandy Beal & Company‘s ArtSmart Family Concert Series features award-winning artists in circus, music and dance and offers high-quality, interactive and affordable monthly concerts for families in downtown Santa Cruz!


All shows are on SATURDAYS at the SCC Veterans Memorial Building from 11:00am – noon.

Feb 13, 2016 – Música Colibrí with John Santos – Music of Latin America

March 12, 2016 – Espressivo – a small, intense orchestra

April 9, 2016 – The Magic Carpet – World Dance

May 14, 2016 – Step Right Up! – Circus and other Magic

To hear our interview, press the play button below.

Tandy Beal Celebrates 40 Years

Tandy Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.02.47 PMBeal on Artists on Art talking about her upcoming “First Solo in Years” theatrical event, 40 Odd Moves, and her 40th Year Celebration of Tandy Beal and Company. The music is from the show and composed by Jon Scoville.

“Her stage is a wondrous wayside where mystery unfolds.”—Los Angles Times

This year, Tandy Beal and Company is celebrating over 40 years of bringing world-class performances to Santa Cruz County and proud to kick off the 2015 season with 40 Odd Moves: Solos and Other Entertainments and the first concert in the First Saturday Family Concert Series, Linda Tillery.

40 Odd Moves runs Friday and Saturday, January 30th-31st at 7:30PM, and Sunday, February 1st at 2PM at the Cabrillo Crocker Theatre.

The First Saturday Family Concert is February 7th, 11:00am at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Santa Cruz! Celebrate Black History Month with a concert by Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. All perfommances in this series are at the Vets Hall and begin at 11.

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Tandy Beal & Wallace Baine

Director, Tandy Beal & Writer, Wallace Baine came on to KZSC Artists on Art January 7th to talk about the play, Oscar’s Wallpaper, with Nada Miljkovic. Oscar’s Wallpaper premiers at the 20th 8 Tens @ 8 Festival beginning January 9th of 2015 and running through February 8th at the Actors Theatre.

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 6.25.52 PMBoth Tandy and Wallace are Santa Cruz Treasures and that do much more than directing and playwriting. Wallace has been and continues to be the one of the main reporters on local Arts and Culture at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He is a writer, essayist, blogger and author of the soon-to-be published book, The Last Temptation of Lincoln. The play, Oscar’s Wallpaper, was first a chapter in that book when Wallace was inspired to submit to the 8 Tens @ 8 play Festival.  Tandy Beal is a producer/director/writer/dancer/choreographer/educator and celebrating this year her 40 years of the Tandy Beal & Company.

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Tandy Beal

Heart-Flutter Flashmob on Pacific Ave

Local artist, educator, choreographer, stage director, dancer, and creator Tandy Beal came up to KZSC to talk about her art and her next upcoming event, the HereAfterHere.

The, HereAfterHere: a self-guided tour of eternity, is theatrical performance is happening September 9, 10, and 11, 2011 at the new Cabrillo Crocker Theatre in Aptos, California.

This full-length work asks the perennial question — “What happens after we die?” It braids dance, visual narrative, circus, text and music to make a rich mosaic of contemporary and traditional concepts of the afterlife — with a mix of humor, magical visuals and kinetic poetry. Dancers and actors are directed by Tandy Beal with original music by Jon Scoville.

One might ask, “If there is an afterlife, where is it located? Is it exclusionary? Why is it for eternity? How do we get in, and what’s the price of admission?” Or you might think along the lines of Gertrude Stein who said, “There is no answer. There never has been an answer. There never will be an answer. And that’s the answer!” Whatever your thoughts are, this concert is a time when we can explore this mystery together.

To hear our show in its entirety, please click on the play button below.
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This concert sold out all performances last year so buy early!  You can buy tickets (starting August 9) at or call the Santa Cruz Civic box office 831-420-5260. ($15-35 + box office fees)

Original Dance, Music and Multi Media, co-presented by Cabrillo College Dance Dept
WHERE: Cabrillo Crocker Theatre, Aptos,  CA
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday September 9, 10 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm

FREE EVENTS in Association with the Concert:
Bookshop Santa Cruz Discussion:

Book discussion of Stephen Levine’s Meeting at the Edge
Tuesday, August 30 at 7:30 pm.  Here is the link.
Present at the Passing:  

A workshop about being a supportive presence at the end of life with Jan Landry, Julie Boudreau, Alexandra Kennedy & Tandy Beal at First Congregational Church Santa Cruz.  Thursday, September 1, at 6:30 pm

Q&A with Ann Pomper (Hospice Director) and Artists.  Crocker Theatre.  Friday, September 9, Post Show   

Pondering the Imponderables: Metaphors in science, religion, and art, a symposium with Nancy Abrams (science writer), Rev. David Grishaw-Jones (First Congregational Church), Rabbi Paula Marcus (Temple Beth El), Bob Stahl (Mindfulness Teacher and Author) Tandy Beal and others, Crocker Theatre, Saturday, Sept 10, Post-show

Q&A with Rev. Deborah L. Johnson of Inner Light Ministries, Crocker Theatre, Saturday, Sept 10, Post-show
Always be Prepared: planning your future financial and healthcare needs, Inner Light Center, Soquel, Monday, Sept 12 at 7 pmArt in the Loop, Community TV with Denise Gallant, Bruce Lee, Tandy Beal and Nada Miljkovic, Televised throughout the monthBenefit for Hospice of Santa Cruz County, Friday Sept 9th Concert and Reception, $50.  Details call 831-430-3082

HAH – Flashmob with Tandy Beal

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On August 5, 2011, Tandy Beal and Friends performed a Flashmob on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz by walking as ‘spirits’ slowly and ethereally. They did not speak. They made slow gestures and glances at passers-byers.  When they converged, they flutter-hearted and dispersed. It was like a dream and the essence of dance when a magic occurs and then gone.  It’s reminds me of life and the theatrical one of Tandy’s projects that I’ve been honored to be a collaborator since 2007, the HereAfterHere.

Tandy will be interviewed on Artist on Art, August 15, 2011 at noon.


Lori, Gitanjali, Rivera for 11/9/10

The Guest for Artists on Art radio interview show for November 9, 2010 was local performer, singer, choral director, actor, Lori Rivera. We talked about the upcoming event, Universal Worship in Song, Celebrating the Divine Feminine, on November 14th, at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street beginning at 7pm.  For this event, Lori sings and directs the Jazz on High and The Happiness Choir. At the concert, the audience, that includes representatives from the Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, is encouraged to sing along.

We began our interview with a question of how Lori began singing and performing.  She studied at Hunter College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, both in New York.  Lori spoke of her singing spiritually through her involvement with  The Sufi Movement and The Sufi Way, as a multi-faith worship service that acknowledges and pays homage to the expressions of divine truth as they are revealed through all religions.

This event, Universal Worship in Song, Celebrating the Divine Feminine, is a benefit for Land of The Medicine Buddha, Central Asian Institute and Bread for the Journey. Tickets are $20 and available at Gateways Books and Gifts and at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please come and add your voice and spirit to this beautiful celebration.

We also talked about Lori’s other upcoming events. The following week after the Universal Worship in Song event, Lori will be performing with So Vo So (for the second year in a row)  in the upcoming Tandy Beal & Company’s Production of “Mixed Nutz! The Nutcracker Re-Mixed”, Presented by the Theater Arts Dept, Friday, November 19, 2010 – Sunday, December 5, 2010.  This astonishing and gorgeous staged spectacle is the ideal way to begin the holidays.

Lori will also be a part of the New Music Works Women’s Voices, Saturday, January 15, 2011, 7:30pm – UCSC Music Recital Hall, Santa Cruz. Lori will be directing the Happiness Choir. The repertoire includes Phil Collins’ Sappho Songs.

Lastly, we talked about another upcoming performance in the new year in Smoke, a one woman show, written and produced by Joe Ortiz of Gayle’s Bakery and writer of the musical, Bread. In this one-woman show, the Lori brings to life two endearing characters—the innocent Celeste, looking for Mr. Right with a dangerously open heart, and the worldly Francesca, master of erotic strategy.  Stayed tuned for more information on the next upcoming productions of Smoke.

Hopefully, Lori will come back and talk to us more.  I also hope she’ll do a little singing.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, you can hear the whole show by clicking on the play icon below.

Ali Eppy Guest for Sept. 7, 2010

Actor, ballroom dance, and marriage and family therapist (she’s easing out of it), Ali Eppy came to the KZSC studios to talk about her upcoming performance in Tandy Beal’s Production of the HereAfterHere. Ali began performing as a child and has continued through her adult.   Having moved to Santa Cruz in 1991, Ali has been acting g in the Santa Cruz area for nearly a decade such as at the Mountain .

Most recently, Ali played the Bubbie in Santa Cruz Jewish Theatre reprisal of Susan Sandler’s  ‘Crossing Delancey‘. This new production company will be doing to performances in the Spring 2011, February and April.  Here is a recent article from the Sentinel about this theatrical event.  Stay tuned for details.

We talked about her upcoming latest theatrical acting  contribution The HereAfterHere, A Self Guided Trip Through Eternity that will be opening Friday, September 10, 2010 at 7:30pm with performances Saurday, Sept. 11th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 12th of Sept. matinee at 3:00pm at the new Cabrillo Crocker Theater.

There are events associated with this production.  September 10: HereAfterHere Benefit tickets for Hospice of Santa Cruz County.  September 11: Cultural Views of an Afterlife. Symposium with Lama Tharchin, Deacon Patrick Conway, Rabbi Paula Marcus, Nancy Abrams (author The View from the Center of the Universe) 3pm FREE

If you have any questions and/or need tickets, call 831-430-3082.
Here is a video, the White Dance, from the production.

Here is a twitvid taken right before our show:

Jon Scoville – Guest for 8/31/10

Music composer, dance accompanist,  Jon Scoville  came into the KZSC radio station for Artists on Art on the last day of August, 2010.  Jon is a local artist and collaborator, partner, spouse, with our own internationally acclaimed choreographer, stage director, dancer, teacher, Tandy Beal.  The list goes on.

We talked about his latest theatrical performance musical contribution that will be opening Friday, September 10, 2010 at the new Cabrillo Crocker Theater, The HereAfterHere, A Self Guided Trip Through Eternity.  This is the second rendition of this piece that was first performed in October 2007 at the West End Studio Theatre.

Premieres September 10-12, 2010 at the Cabrillo Theater

HereAfterHere: a self-guided tour of eternity, directed by Tandy Beal, asks the perennial question: “What happens after we die?” Dante, Blake, The Bible, the Qu’ran, Milton—even the New Yorker cartoonists—all celebrate the human capacity to envision a place where no one has ever gone and then returned to tell all to Oprah or Letterman. So we proceed, imagining the unimaginable. This full-length work mixes the poetic, the comic, the mysterious and the chimerical. Tandy weaves together her skills in dance, theatre, circus and visual narrative with Jon Scoville’s original music. The show creates a rich mosaic of post-mortem maps, a network of ideas and images, a kinetic and conceptual palette of illusions and metaphors focused on life’s afterstages.

As a grand experiment in art and social engagement, Beal invites us to join, in several ways, a conversation about the question of an afterlife: the performance, the community’s participation in a website, video interviews of the audience’s reflections, a symposium, and a post-concert discussion. Some of the questions addressed are: Where is the hereafter located? Why is it so exclusionary? How do we get in? And what’s the price of admission?

Events for the HereAfterHere:
August 16: HereAfterHere: The Multi Media Experience—a panel with video artists Denise Gallant, Ben Jaffe, Bruce G. Lee, Nada Miljkovic and Tandy Beal at Digital Media Factory 7:30 FREE

August 24: Bookshop Santa Cruz book discussion on Sukie Miller’s Afterdeath and release of Jon Scoville’s new CD of HereAfterHere. 7:30 FREE

September 10-12: Opening of HereAfterHere: a self- guided tour of eternity. Cabrillo Crocker Theatre, Aptos, CA. Tickets Here

September 10: HereAfterHere Benefit tickets for Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Call 831-430-3082. 7:30. $50

September 11: Cultural Views of an Afterlife. Symposium with Lama Tharchin, Deacon Patrick Conway, Rabbi Paula Marcus, Nancy Abrams (author The View from the Center of the Universe) 3pm FREE

Participate in the HereAfterHere Project. View other people’s thoughts or tell us what you think happens after death.

Jon’s music available on Albert’s Bicycle Music.

Two recently released cds showcase Jon’s work in different settings: Pirouette Park, a high energy rhythm-driven album designed specifically for dance classes (or for cleaning up your house) and The Night of the Living Composers, a compilation of pieces written for Santa Cruz’s New Music Works. This album includes Jon’s score for the Man Ray film, Les Mystères du Château du Dé, a whimsical evocation of one of the surrealist artist’s choicest cinematic explorations.

Currently Jon is working on an album, Music for Circuses and Sideshows, a reprise of his work with Tandy and her circus adventures. An additional album is in the works which will be in collaboration with jazz piano wizard Art Lande. Titled Lullabies for Adults, it will be occupationally-insomniac-specific: sleepytime music for chess players, truck drivers, cowgirls, Presbyterians, milkmen (and milkwomen), tightrope walkers, and more. Stay tuned.

Below is a Twitvid we took right before the show:

Evan Shen Adler, Guest for Artists on Art 2/23/10

In courtesy of Ivan Huang Photography

On February 9, 2010, I had the great pleasure of speaking with UCSC student, Evan Shen Alder.

Evan is co-directing, performing and a choreographer for this year’s UCSC Dance Students’ Showcase, “Random with a Purpose 18” running Thursday, March 4 through Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the UCSC Theater Arts Mainstage. This program produced by the Theater Art Department has been an annual collaborative student production showcasing new student choreographers since 1991. Expect to see an array of styles ranging from contemporary and hip hop to ballet and physical theater, paired with lighting and costume design to make for a truly eclectic and entertaining experience. More information and details can be found at the Arts dance events.

Tickets can be bought at the UCSC Ticket office (call 459-2150) or online at spoke about how Evan got into dance and became a co-director (one of four directors) for this event.

Listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.


Here’s a little video we took right before the show:

Ann Thiermann on Artist on Art 10/13/09

Picture 4The show for Oct. 13 was an interesting and exciting night due to an incredible tropical storm that dumped tremendous amounts of rain.  Also, the Emergency Broadcast System’s interrupted the show at the very beginning.  Frankly, I didn’t know what to do.  We were having flash floods here in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

We talked about Ann’s upcoming show ” Visual Conversations with Women in the Arts” that happened October 18- December 4, 2009 with the opening reception Sunday, October 25, 2-4pm at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery at Cowell College.

Ann in the KZSC studio.

3/11/10 Update: In case you missed the exhibit last year, 2009, luckily, you get another opportunity.

Ann’s show is continuing with the PVAC (Pajaro Valley Arts Council)  at the Pajaro Valley Arts Gallery, March 11 – May 2nd.  Here’s the link for more information, Pajaro Valley Gallery.  The Opening Reception is March 21st from 3-5pm.

Please listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.


Ann has painted portraits of local Santa Cruz women artists since 2005. The conversation began with a portrait of Ann Dizikes that was set next to her weaving.

She continued doing portraits the evolved to include the following women artists: Jody Alexander – book binder, Linda Arnold and Ariel Thiermann – singer/folk musicians, Tandy Beal – dancer/choreographer,  Martha Cassanave – photographer, Ann Dizikes – weaver, Susan Else: textile sculptor, Jane Gregorius: printmaker, Christianna Hunnicutt – clay sculptor, Rebecca Jackson – violinist, Marilyn Kuksht – metal sculptor, Njeri McGilliaddy – ceramicist, Margaret More – lace maker, Shelley Phillips – folk musician, Rose Sellery – sculpture & wearable art, Robynn Smith – painter/printmaker, Linda Watson – metalsmith/jeweler, and last but not least Vlada Volkova-Moran: organist/pianist.

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