Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice

Ian Faquini and Natalie Cressman | April 6

Brasilia-born Berkeley guitarist/vocalist Ian Faquini is a composer of inordinately sad and beautiful melodies, building on the supremely sophisticated sound of his mentor, legendary Brazilian songwriter Guinga. In San Francisco-reared trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman he’s found an ideal muse and musical partner who can effortlessly caress Brazilian Portuguese vowels singing lead or harmony and croon his melodies on her horn with understated eloquence. They celebrate the release of their gorgeous new duo album Setting Rays of Summer (Cressman Music) at Oakland’s Sound Room.

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