Bach to Blues 2020
Annual Faculty Concert with Special Guests
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm
All proceeds benefit the Gavilan College Music Department
- Maria Amirkhanian
- Dahveed Behroozi
- Alberto Marqués
- Nate Pruitt
- Sam Sotelo
- Winner of the Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition
- Gavilan Performance Ensemble
- Guest Artists
About the Bach to Blues Performers
A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Maria Amirkhanian began piano lessons at the age of five. After graduating from Tchaikovsky School of Music, Maria was accepted to Komitas State Conservatory, where she obtained her B.M. in piano performance under guidance of Armine Mokatsian. In 1993, Maria was accepted, with a full scholarship, to CSU Fresno where she became a student of Andreas Werz. In addition to performing throughout California and internationally, Maria has participated in master classes with Peter Frankl, Barbara Nissman, Tomas Ungar, Ruth Loredo and Oxana Yablonskaya. In 1994, Maria was awarded second place at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Pasadena.
The following year she won first place at the 1995 MTA Solo Competition, a statewide event. Maria was the winner of the Fresno Organizers Scholarship Award in 1996. In 2000, she obtained her DMA from Moscow Conservatory, Russia, where she studied under Yuri Hayrapetian. After serving as a piano instructor at CSU Fresno, Maria joined the faculty of Gavilan College Music Department in the Fall of 2006. In addition to teaching, Maria is the coordinator for Bach to Blues Concert series and the Marian Filice Piano Competition.
Pianist and Composer Dahveed Behroozi is a Bay Area based musician primarily devoted to the independent jazz and classical scenes. Dahveed’s playing has been described as highly expressive, lyrical and colorful by numerous publications nationwide. Dahveed has recorded and performed as a leader, as well as a sideman with Thomas Morgan, Tim Bulkley, Billy Mintz, Dayna Stephens, Ed Neumeister, Todd Neufeld, Aaron Lington, John Shifflett, Jason Lewis, Bob Kenmotsu, Cuong Vu and Jeff Denson.
Originally from San Jose, CA, Dahveed studied with pianist Hans Boepple at Santa Clara University. He received his BA in Jazz Piano from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002 where he studied under Fred Hersch. He then received his Master’s from The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College where he studied classical and contemporary piano literature under Ursula Opens.
Dahveed is currently on the faculty at Gavilan College where he teaches courses in music history, composition, world music and theory. He is an active performer on the west coast, where he leads several different groups and also plays in other musical groups.
Albert Marqués, known as El Ajito in the flamenco world, was born into a family where flamenco was a part of life. Albert’s first teacher was his father. Later he went on to study with world renowned guitarist, Mariano Cordoba. Wanting to pursue his dreams, Marqués moved to Spain in 1989 and studied with one of the top guitarist in Spain, Chicuelo. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1992, Marqués went to CSU, Fresno to study with yet another world renowned guitarist, Juan Serrano.
In 1994, Albert entered the prestigious Fresno Guitar Society Competition for the first time and won first place. Albert has done television and radio performances as well as extensive touring throughout California, Spain, and South America. Some of Albert’s most recent projects include the song, "Piel de Seda" for the movie soundtrack, It’ll Happen. Alberto was a featured guitarist for the concert series, Dynamic Guitars, held at the Historic Hoover Center in San Jose. Albert Marqués has twin daughters, Jade and Dominique, who love playing Mom’s piano and Dad’s guitars.
Acclaimed as "the finest jazz scatting vocalist on the West Coast," (Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA), Nate Pruitt has developed his unique style over a long and multifaceted musical education. He is a Gavilan College music instructor. Website
Nate Pruitt and Guitarist Rick Vandivier are Primary Colors, a jazz and blues duo often featuring other great musicians in the California Bay Area of San Francisco and San Jose. Their music is more than jazz and blues. It also includes elements of swing, soul, pop, spiritual, Latin rhythms, and even a trademark deep Southern yodel.
Morgan Hill native Sam Sotelo has been playing drums for over the past forty years and is well versed in all styles of music. He studied percussion / drum set with Ralph Hardimon, Dan Sabanovich, Gary Hess, Taka Numazawa, Wally Schnalle, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Joey Heredia; African drumming with Kobla Ladzekpo and Joe Caploe; Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin percussion with Luca Brandoli, Changuito and the great Tito Puente.
He spent most of his career in the Los Angeles music community doing sidelining work in film and has worked recording sessions with various artists such as the Yellowjackets. Along with this, he has also worked in Post Audio Production for Film/Television and the Web. Currently, he plays out in the South Bay and Santa Cruz areas with Michelle Pollace’s Latin Jazz Trio, classic rock band WredHorse, and Neo-Soul Artist Monica Marquis.
Karl Lake Sachtleben
Guitarist Karl Sachtleben is an alumni and staff web developer at Gavilan College. Following his aspirations after music classes at Gavilan, he was a guitarist in bands touring in Japan, Hawaii, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Oakland. "I played with tons of musicians in LA, really talented people, and no one became a rock star," Sachtleben said.