Save the date!!! You will want to set aside the evening of Saturday, July 30, to experience the music of Michéle Ramo & Heidi Hepler with guest artist, Todd Curtis.
Saturday, July 30
Please invite family and friends to join us as we hear these wonderful musicians play in our own BSLC Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.
MICHÉLE RAMO is an 8 string nylon fingerstyle jazz guitarist, jazz violinist, jazz mandolinist, composer and educator who specializes in bringing American Swing, Brazilian, Gypsy and Latin rhythms together in his playing, as well as composing and arranging for the guitar. A classical-jazz crossover artist in the truest sense of the word, Ramo has a unique and sought-after ability for blending his classical and jazz worlds into his writing, teaching and performance.
Ramo is a self-taught guitarist whose formal training and higher education is in violin studies. Ramo always maintained his guitar playing alongside the violin and while working in orchestras.
HEIDI HEPLER, singer, lyricist and actress grew up in the midwest outside of Detroit in Livonia, Michigan. At the age of nine she began singing in her church choir and studying cello. Always involved in school plays and vocal groups, Heidi would eventually meet and begin advanced vocal training with New York lyric coloratura soprano - Marjorie Gordon. Theater and voice studies were continued with the University of Michigan Opera Theater at Interlochen National Arts & Music School.
Heidi's unique vocal color and range has been described as a cross of Cleo Laine, Sarah Brightman and Yma Sumac.
From 1990-1994 while living and performing in Rome, Italy Heidi was heard by the producer of large jazz festival as she sang in a Rome Jazz Club. He immediately booked her as a featured performer at the '15th Festival Jazz di Roma' and was subsequently hired to oversee all production and artist contracts for this month long festival which took place in the Roman Olympic Stadium. Her dual language ability and background as a performer was a big plus as the artists she oversaw included, Archie Schepp, Ornette Coleman, The Manhattan Transfer, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Pat Methany, James Moody, John Faddis.
In 1994 Heidi and Italian guitarist and violinist, Michele Ramo, began working together and were married the same year. They have been heard together at New York’s Duplex Cabaret Theater, Iridium Jazz Club, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The National Arts Club for the Dutch Treat Club, The Triad, Birdland Jazz Club as well as performing a double bill with the great guitarist/composer Jorge Morel in the Virgin Islands for Art D'Lugoff, owner and impresario of the world renowned 'Village Gate' Jazz Club.