Rhythm of Chant – Vol. 1 – Artists

AD084747-FC30-4887-84A5-265B575763ABMiguel A. Sagué III is the Cuban American, Pittsburgh born bandleader of Guaracha. He grew up performing with his family and freelancing as a singer and Latin percussionist in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. By age 15 he was teaching percussion workshops in public schools and other venues and by 2002 he was bandleading and front manning Guaracha. The band consists of veterans with over 20 years experience and sharp new players selected for their particular gifts for the Latinex music styles.

Miguel Sagué III has led Guaracha as far as the Caribbean, on 2 cruises and has performed on NPR in Pittsburgh, as well as many places in between.

Eva Rainforth

Eva Rainforth has sung with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Mendelssohn Choir, The River City Brass Band, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, and currently sings with The Pittsburgh Opera Chorus.  She teaches voice in the Conservatory at Point Park University and is certified in Somatic Voicework(tm). In 2021 Eva released a CD of original songs called “Out of Control” that you can find at evarainforth.bandcamp.com. Other original projects include: A cd of ‘adult’ nonsense songs called “Earworms”, and a cycle of arts songs and poems called “Modern American Art Songs…with a twist!” Eva is currently working on her 3rd CD and hopes to release it in 2023.

5FEC53C6-BF6D-4A5E-B8E0-0811EBBCDAA9_1_201_aJeffry Múcaro Blake Johnson has performed professionally as a singer, actor, pianist, harpsichordist, organist and conductor for over 30 years. Currently Johnson is enjoying retirement and taking on voice teaching and music projects as he is able, as well as taking part as a member and a leader of the Caney Indigenous Spiritual Circle, a group that honors the life- and spirit-ways of the Taino people. Johnson formerly served as Artistic Director for the Renaissance City Choir, Western Pennsylvania’s only LGBTQA chorus. He also was on the voice and piano faculty of Washington & Jefferson College as an Adjunct Instructor. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from West Virginia University. http://www.jbjmusic.com

David P. GoldsteinDavid Goldstein is a composer of Hebrew chant and sacred choral works. He is the founder and leader of the Tikkun Chant Circle in Pittsburgh since 2008. He has six albums of recorded chant music, including a collection of chant music for the recovery community. He is a service and ritual leader for many communities including Kesher Pittsburgh, Ohav Shalom, and others. He lives with his husband, Jeffry, in Wexford, PA

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