Diane Grubbe freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and has performed with Pocket Opera, Napa Valley Symphony, Golden Gate Opera, Lamplighters, Lyric Opera, Festival Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley and others. Diane has appeared as flute and piccolo soloist with the Siena Music Festival in Italy, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and the Calabasas Chamber Orchestra in Southern California, with whom she recorded the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto for their CD, The Baroque Concerto. Drawn to the evolving tonal possibilities of the flute, Diane enjoys studying and performing contemporary works. Notable performances include the US premiere of John Wolf Brennan’s solo flute piece, Drei ver-flix-te Stücke and an appearance in the Bay Area retrospective of Pauline Oliveros’ work, where she performed Trio for Flute, Piano and Page Turner with Sarah Cahill and Monique Buzzarté. She has been a guest performer with contemporary music groups sfSound, Earplay and the Eco Ensemble. Diane holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in flute performance from San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Conservatory, respectively. Her instructors include Paul Renzi, Lloyd Gowen and Tim Day of the San Francisco Symphony; and Barbara Chaffe and Jim Walker of the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras. She has performed in masterclasses with Julius Baker, Heinz Holliger, Robert Dick and Robert Stallman.
Oboist and composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s creative work extends from a Western classical foundation into gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. He has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the Bay Area’s regional orchestras while remaining active within an international community of improvisers and sound artists, appearing on more than 60 recordings. In addition to Quinteto Latino, his ensemble affiliations include the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, the Stockton Symphony, and acclaimed new music collective sfSound. From 1996-2003, he was a fixture in Chicago’s thriving underground music scene; long-term projects include Wrack (winner of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award), the electro-acoustic duo EKG, and the avant-punk monstrosity Lozenge. Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University in Houston, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Masters degree in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath.
Born and raised in Hawaii, clarinetist Leslie Tagorda attended the Eastman School of Music where she received a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance. She continued her education and completed her Master’s in Music at the University of Hawaii. In Hawaii Leslie worked with the Royal Hawaiian Band as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinetist, with the Hawaii Opera Theater, and with the Honolulu Symphony as a freelance musician. She has taught clarinet since 1992 and was the clarinet professor for the Continuing Education program of the University of Hawaii. Leslie performed as the featured Guest Artist for Nova Music at the University of North Texas in 2001. In the Bay Area, Leslie freelances with various regional orchestras including the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Sacramento Opera, Modesto Symphony, Marin Symphony, Monterey Symphony, California Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Ballet. When not busy with music, Leslie runs her own branding and design company, FLAIR-Designs where she explores the many parallels between design and music including theory (color/harmonic), rhythm, texture, timbre, and emotional drivers.
Bassoonist Shawn Jones, the newest member of Quinteto Latino, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Rice University. He has performed as a member of the Colorado, Detroit, and San Francisco Symphonies as both a bassoonist and contrabassoonist. During the summers he has taught at the renowned Interlochen Arts Camp, performed with the Grand Tetons Music Festival Orchestra, traveled to Japan to perform with the Pacific Music Festival, toured Russia with the American Russian Youth Orchestra, and currently performs as a member of the Colorado Music Festival. Shawn is also very active as a freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay area, playing as a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony as well as a frequent Substitute with the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras. In addition to his skills as a bassoonist, he is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and black belt in Kung Fu. Shawn was born and raised in Miami, Florida and was recently transplanted to the Bay Area in 2005.
Armando Castellano is a musician and educator originally from San Jose, now living in Menlo Park, California. Armando graduated with honors from San Jose City College and the University of California at Los Angeles where he studied with Bob Watt and Richard Todd, before moving on to receive a master degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he studied with Erik Ralske and Jerome Ashby as part of their Orchestral Performance Program. He attended the Aspen music festival in addition to several tours with the Russian American Youth Orchestra. He has performed in many of the Bay Area’s regional orchestras and has spent much of the last ten years organizing and performing chamber music, culminating in his current work as founder and director of the wind quintet, Quinteto Latino. Though a musician his entire life, Armando rarely had the opportunity to perform classical works culturally relevant to him and his community until the formation of this unique ensemble. He has taught throughout the Bay Area in both English and Spanish and is currently an adjunct faculty member at San José City College. The rest of his life is devoted to engaging himself philanthropically with his other passion, the environment, and raising his two sons, Andries and Wim, who respectfully refer to “Papi’s” musician friends as “niños de música”.
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