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Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini: Sunday, January 21, 2024

Friday, August 4, 2023


The Mazza Castle Music Salon Series welcomes trombonist and singer/songwriter Natalie Cressman and composer, guitarist, and singer Ian Faquini.

Trombonist and singer/songwriter Natalie Cressman and composer, guitarist, and singer Ian Faquini have created a uniquely intimate duo collaboration, drawing from impressionism, jazz, and the great Brazilian songwriting tradition. Their original material features songs in three different languages and encompasses a vast spectrum of musical ground. With the warm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and trombone and two-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese, Cressman & Faquini weave their musical voices together to create a fully orchestrated sound befitting a much larger ensemble. Together Cressman and Faquini have played their music across the US in venues ranging from intimate house concerts to performing arts halls and jazz festival stages such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, and have performed internationally in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, Spain, and Italy

“Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini’s unusual duo album Setting Rays of Summer sounds as fresh and revivifying as a clear mountain stream.” – Andrew Gilbert, JazzTimes

“Live, and on this album, Faquini’s unaffected tenor voice is accompanied sweetly but with deft syncopation on his acoustic guitar. Cressman’s sylphic, clear soprano sings in harmony or solo, and she switches effortlessly to slide trombone…It may also be the first time, in a long time, that record-buyers and live audiences have heard something Brazilian or otherwise that’s so unaffected and accessible to the heart.”- Jeff Kaliss, SF Classical Voice

“Her trombone is world-class, but her singing voice is another thing entirely, an empathic entity that channels the ages. Cressman’s is a flawless act that can only get better with time and age. Yep, I smell a Grammy — someday.” — Dave Good, San Diego Reader

Please Note:

  • Doors open at 4 p.m. with complimentary light refreshments and wine. Music begins promptly at 5 p.m. Late arrivals will not be seated until intermission. Late arrivals or no-show attendees will not be refunded.
  • Limited parking. To avoid the steep hill (Mirador Terrace), take left on Carmel, right on Vallejo and veer right onto San Pablo Terrace.
  • Adults only. No outside food or drink, spiked heels, or pets are permitted. The Castle is a non-smoking property.