Ham Jam House Concert
Norman Ballinger will play a fine acoustic concert on Sunday, April 12th, 2015, at 2:00 PM.
Javier Chapparo on violin
Laura Mordecai on percussion
Plus Gretchen Janzow on featured vocals
The shape and size of the world goes way beyond the 9 to 5, red light
green light, four cornered mindset of commerce, as everyone knows. The
threshold where heart, experience, and imagination lends color to the day
is child’s play that is regularly put aside for “practical” reasons, but
it’s still there and absolutely necessary. It is the threshold where
music, theater, art, poetry – the flying carpet, so to speak - deliver us
into the dimensions of the living, moving world. I consider it my job to
frame that threshold, to make a place for those dimensions.
For over 40 years guitar has been my main instrument and with it I enjoy
classical and jazz as much as gut bucket. Through poetry I’ve found other
voices in percussion and home made instruments to accompany my work, which
can go from dreamy to earthy and back again. I have performed at numerous
venues around Texas, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as
venues in Michigan and Ohio, and the desert southwest. It is my pleasure
and privilege to be working with some great Texas musicians.
~ Norman Ballinger
Javier Chaparro, a native of Lima, Peru, began his formal study of violin at the National
Conservatory in Lima. He has been with the Sinfonica Nacional in Lima, the Fine Arts
Theatre Orchestra in Mexico City, the Austin Symphony and currently holds the post of
Concert Master for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. As a guest artist, he has
performed solo and chamber music recitals in United States, South America, and Europe.
Over the years, he has built an eclectic musical career performing jazz, gypsy, pop and
country western music as a band leader and a sideman.
Javier has been featured as an artist in film and documentary soundtracks including The
Alamo, Spy Kids, IMAX’s Ride Around The World, Loaves and Fishes and PBS’s Hansel Mieth.
Besides the love for his music and his family, he is an avid horseman and accomplished
Laura Mordecai, percussionist and vocalist, spent her formative years playing drums in her father's dixieland band. and percussion in pit orchestras for musical theatre. She joined her family again years later in the Sentimental Journey Orchestra as a vocalist, singing the songs of the Andrew Sisters. After venturing through various rock and country bands, she moved over to the Latin percussion chair and has performed with Beto and the Fairlanes, The Austin Pops Orchestra, Libby Kirkpatrick, Leticia Rodriguez and many others.
Gretchen Janzow was a closet singer until one day in 2003 when a life-changing event caused her to realize how short and precious life is, and made her look at what she wasn’t doing in her life. Two months later, she was on the main stage at the Kerrville Folk Music Festival singing back-up for one of her favorite artists. At Kerrville, she met Elizabeth Suggs around the campfires. The response to their harmonies inspired them to begin the Austin Family Jewels in 2004. She picked up the bass guitar and began writing songs which were performed with the band around Austin and the state of Texas until the present.
- Norman's Reverbnation page
Doors open at 2:00 and the concert is 3:00 to 5:00.
$15 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!