Patrice Morris is a gifted soloist, songwriter and speaker, who began her singing career at the age of five! Her beautiful soprano voice and energetic presence have established Patrice in the gospel music industry as an artist with purpose and passion.
Patrice has ministered in song with many prominent gospel artists, including Daryl Coley, Andrae' and Sandra Crouch, Marvin Sapp, and John P. Kee. She has also performed studio background vocals for Michael Jackson and Christina Aguilera. Patrice is currently touring with the world-renowned group, The 5th Dimension.
Patrice has also made national television appearances on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), Candi Station's "Say Yes", Bobby Jones' "Gospelfest", and Vickie Winans' "Singsation". She is also a speaker, soloist, and praise and worship leader for a wide variety of events including marriage conferences and women's seminars. Her own commitment and sensitivity to marriage and family have been the foundation of this extremely important part of her music ministry.
Patrice's musical recording repertoire includes her 1999 debut release "Trust Him", her 2001 project, "Holiness Is The Way", followed by her 2005 release, "All My Praise." Patrice has now completed her fourth CD, entitled "In Your Presence", an anointed and inspired compilation of songs that once again highlight Patrice's incredible skills and talent as a vocalist and composer. The CD was released on November 1, 2011.
Patrice is a native of Terry, Mississippi and an alumnus of Tougaloo College in Jackson, where her major was voice. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Patrice and her husband Kenneth reside in Riverside, CA. They are the proud parents of three young adults. Patrice is an active member of the praise team and ministerial staff of Cathedral of Praise International Ministries, Rialto, CA, where Bishop Craig W. Johnson, ThD., is Senior Pastor.
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Gabriel Johnson originally from Salinas, California, attended Boston’s prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. While there he studied under the tutelage of jazz greats Steve Lacy, Danilo Perez, George Garzone, John McNeil and Bob Moses. However, his greatest musical influence was his grandmother who always preached to him the importance of the arts and, most importantly, jazz.
After completing his education in Boston, Gabriel decided to return to his California roots where he has been very active in the studio scene. Gabriel has played or recorded with a wide variety of musicians and bands, including Blood Sweat and Tears, Gladys Knight, Steven Tyler, Leann Rimes, Trombone Shorty, David Foster, Jill Scott, Diddy, Skylar Grey, Faith Evans, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Johnny Mathis, Kyle Eastwood, Vince Gill, Andrea Bocelli, Chris Botti, Mindi Abair, Paula Cole, Lyle Lovett, Keb Mo, M83, B.o.B. and Burt Bacharach.
A turning point came in 2007, when Clint Eastwood called upon Gabriel to be the featured soloist with orchestra on his Golden Globes nominated score to Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie. Eastwood, once a trumpet player himself, said that Johnson “plays like a singer.” This was a bit of a full circle moment for Johnson, since as a child he grew up not too far from Clint’s home in Carmel, California. He says, “I had heard about his love of music while I was growing up, so to be standing there playing the trumpet, his favorite instrument, on a movie he directed, with him sitting 5 feet from me in the room was exciting and humbling at the same time.” Following the success of the Changeling soundtrack, Eastwood once again called upon Johnson to be the soloist in his Nelson Mandela biopic Invictus, which was released in theaters in December of 2009.
In September of 2012, Gabriel released his first solo album “Introducing Gabriel Johnson,” which blended his trumpet sound with the sounds of modern jazz and hip-hop. In the week leading up to the release of Introducing, Gabriel was also featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the guest soloist with legendary Tenor Placido Domingo.
Gabriel’s main passion, without any doubt, is playing live. “I’m really proud of the band I have assembled, with some truly world-class musicians who really help make the live show a great experience not only for me as the band leader, but for the audience as well. We really have fun up there, and aren’t afraid to show the audience that we are so grateful to them for being there. More than anything, I just hope that when people come and hear us play they walk away feeling better than when they arrived, want to come hear us again, and know that I am grateful for their ears and their time. That, after all, is why I do what I do.”
Award-winning musical ambassadors from St. Petersburg, Russia, Moscow Nights, now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an exciting, versatile ensemble of world-recognized, virtuosic musicians. Having established themselves as one of the fastest rising musical groups in the United States and with the release of four recordings, these classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now are bringing their enthralling music to North America.
Featuring vocals, Russian percussion, bayan (accordion), zhaleika (wind instrument), and the hottest balalaika playing around, Moscow Nights are award-winning musical ambassadors from St. Petersburg, Russia is slated to be a top highlight for concerts, school shows, and festivals.
“The Russians invaded dressed in traditional Russian attire, complete with Cossack hats, and armed with balalaikas, and accordion, and a song…they strummed and squeezed their way into the hearts of the audience.” …Star Beacon
Trio Focoso individual members:
Shannon Canchola (flute) BIO:
As a graduate of the University of Redlands under the teaching of Sarah Andon, Shannon Canchola has performed with many professional musicians including amazing flutist Sara Andon, Paul Fried, Eileen Holt, Jamie Pedrini, and Valerie King. She has also performed with jazz trumpeter Carl Saunders, Grammy nominated vocalist Michele Weir, the Angelica Strings, award-winning pianist David Osborne, as well as with the L.A. Children Choir, the Donald Brinegar Singers, the San Diego North Coast Singers. Shannon is currently part of Critical Hit- a video game music tribute band headed by World of Warcraft composer, Jason Hayes with other super star members; cellist Tina Guo and violinist internet sensation; Taylor Davis. She is also principle flutist for Center Stage Opera- performing regularity at the Madrid Theatre under the baton of the great Brian Onderdonk. Shannon regularly substitutes with the Redlands Symphony at the Redlands Bowl and has performed with the California Philharmonic and the U.S. Chinese Artists Association Symphony Orchestra at the L.A. Arboretum, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her most recent performances have been at various locations such as the Avalon Theatre for the L.A. Music Awards, and for the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, at Cal State San Bernardino and Pasadena City College as an honorary guest artist and many more locations all over Southern California. Past awards and accomplishments include- Newhall District Music Department Featured Artist, performances for MTAC Convention Festival Recitals in San Diego, Burlington, and Riverside as a young flute player, Pasadena City College Student Honors Recital participant for 3 years, and 1st place for the Kathryn Teresa Thomas Memorial Music Scholarship competition. In addition to performing Shannon also teaches privately, holds weekly flute master classes with five high schools, and is an official adjudicator for Music Teachers Association of California.
Claudio Alcantar (sax) BIO:
Claudio D. Alcàntar is an active freelance musician and educator in Southern California. He is the Director of Orchestras at the Saturday Conservatory of Music, and serves as a clinician, private instructor and mentor to several young musicians in the greater Los Angeles area. His classical experience includes guest performances with the the San Fernando Valley Symphony, the Glendale Symphony, the California State University, Northridge Symphony, and the Metropolitan Master Chorale. He is a current member of the David Ricard Big Band, the Pico Rivera Big Band, The Montebello Esquires and you can find him rocking out on stage with LA’s hottest ska band “La Resistencia." Mr. Alcàntar received his Associates in Arts degree from Pasadena City College where he studied classical sax with Larry Hughes and jazz improvisation with David Sills. In 2007 he received the Dean’s Special Recognition Award, Paul H. Kilian Scholarship Award, Lancer Band Directors’ Award, Outstanding Woodwind Performer Award, First place winner for the Jazz Scholarship Competition, and 1st Place winner for the Classical Scholarship Competition for Winds and Percussion and In 2008, he was the winner of the Concerto Competition. Mr. Alcantar moved on to study saxophone performance with Geoff Nudell at California State University, Northridge where he was the recipient of the Ted Gould Memorial Scholarship, the Arts Council Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance Cum Laude.
Hanna Aparo (piano) BIO:
Starting at the age of 6, Hanna developed a love for the piano. As a recipient of numerous academic awards, scholarships, and piano competitions from Pasadena City College and San Francisco State University, she has received the MTAC award (San Francisco Branch) and won the Paul Andrieu Memorial Scholarship from San Francisco State. She has developed a sensitivity to musicality and a love of collaboration with other musicians. Hanna graduated Summa Cum Laude at San Francisco State University in 2011 and is currently pursuing a MM Piano Performance degree at California State University- Fullerton where she is currently studying with Eduardo Delgado. In addition to performing solo, playing in chamber ensembles, and working as an accompanist, she enjoys maintaining a private piano studio.
Founded in 1995, Firebird is building a reputation as a unique, dynamic, and accomplished group of musicians performing on Russian traditional instruments. These include the domra, a string instrument with a thin, fretted neck and round body first appearing in written records at the end of the 15th century; the balalaika, a triangular-bodied Russian instrument well known to Western audiences from the film Doctor Zhivago; and the bayan, a member of the accordion family popular in Russia and Ukraine. Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and works of contemporary composers.
Touring extensively in the US and abroad, the ensemble also performs for TV, radio, and films. Firebird has appeared with great success at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco, Fechin Institute in Taos, NM, Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, OH, Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Sound of LA concert series at the Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, and the Russian International Festival in San Francisco.
Iryna Orlova, an outstanding virtuoso of the domra and a graduate of the Kiev Conservatory, is the music director. She has been playing the domra since the age of 10. Iryna is a winner of the Ukrainian Stage Performer’s Competition in Zaporizhia (1978) and the USSR Stage Performer’s Competition in St. Petersburg (1979). She is a Ukrainian national laureate of the All Ukrainian Folk Musician Competition. She was a soloist in the “Ridni Naspivy” ensemble with the Kiev State Philharmonic Society. She has toured extensively in Ukraine, Russia, Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Asia.
Bayan player Anatoliy Mamalyga is the principal arranger for Firebird. Anatoliy was the music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed “Ridni Naspivy” ensemble of the Kiev State Philharmonic Society. He is an Honored Artist of Ukraine and a laureate of the Second International Golden Accordion Competition (New York 2000).
Peter Rothe studied balalaika with Emanuil Sheynkman and toured with the Odessa Balalaika Ensemble for 12 years. With this group he performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Beckman Auditorium Ambassador Auditorium (Cal Tech, Pasadena), and made several recordings with Nonesuch.
Tom Barnes plays the contra-bass balalaika, the largest instrument of the balalaika family. A graduate of Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Tom also plays guitar with different groups in Southern California. He is one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra.
Lynn McConnell, alto balalaika, received her Master of Arts degree in music from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974. Since then she has performed professionally on alto and prima balalaikas with various Russian groups, such as the Troika Balalaikas, Tziganka, the Great American Gypsy Band, and the Nevá Russian Dance Ensemble. She has recorded three albums, has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and the Far East, and is one of the founding members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.