Monthly Archives: September 2021

Chase Chandler & Laura Krusemark – Dunsmuir Second Saturday


Saturday, November 13, 7-9 pm
Chase Chandler (opera) and Laura Krusemark (Classical Piano)

Dunsmuir Second Saturday
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chase-chandlerChase Chandler (b. 1991) composes with a unique combination of beautiful color-timbres, fearless counterpoint, and organic musical development, drawing inspiration by challenging traditional melodic emphasis with functional dramatic texture and rhythmic integrity. With a strong vocal performance background and a passion for honest expression, his contemporary music challenges musical categories through his balance of novel accessibility and intriguing complexity. Read more.

In recent years, Chandler’s works has been performed nationally and internationally by groups such as the PHACE Ensemble in Vienna, UNICAMP Percussion Ensemble in Sao Paulo, the Eclipse Quartet in Fullerton, CA, as well as Bent Frequency, the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, the Aperture Duo, Divan Consort, the Saddleback Lab Band, the Christ Lutheran Sinfonietta, and the CSUF Percussion Ensemble. In June 2019, while attending a masterclass hosted by the Vienna Summer Music Festival in Austria, Chandler’s violin solo, Shoreline Avulsion, was selected and performed by Irvine Arditti.

 Laura Krusemark
laura-krusemarkWith a B.F.A not only in Fine Arts – Oil Painting and Piano Performance from Bethany College, but also a Bachelors in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, Laura brings a broad range of inventive knowledge and ideas to her creations. Read more.

Many of her current artworks focus on the female archetypes, connecting us to the Divine Mother and a remembrance that is once again awakening at this time on our beautiful Gaia.  Embracing both the feminine and masculine parts of ourselves, we are able to evolve and awaken to an even greater level of awareness and wholeness.  Her works bring together those aspects, representing the duality as well as the unity of One.

Inspired by the endlessly fascinating patterns and magic found within the harmony of nature,  Laura expresses this beauty through her art and music. She works as a fine artist and classical pianist, exhibiting her creations worldwide, while recording original compositions for her future record release and performances.

Laura’s artwork will be on display at the Mossbrae Hotel around the corner from Pops from Sat Nov 13 through Jan 3.


Mumblefinger at Pops

Mumblefinger will be playing at Pops on Saturday,  September 18 at 6:30 pm. Entrance will be $10 at the door. Listen to Mumblefinger here.

Singer/songwriter, Story Teller, Humorist MUMBLEFINGER (aka Brian Birkes), is the vocal & guitar guy.  He began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12.  As an adult, he kicked around New York, San Diego, San Francisco, & Nashville perfecting his unique tone and talent. He has shared the bill with such greats as John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell, Average White Band & Northern Buffalo (of theDoobie Brothers and Steve Miller Band). 
Mumblefinger has released many CDs independently & his songs have been showcased on the nationally syndicated House OF Blues Radio, NPR & other radio stations in the U.S., Germany, & Brazil. He has also had his song/video, Exactly Like You, played on CMT (Country Music Television)Mumblefinger’s original songs vary from Funk to Jazz to Blues/Soul to Country to Reggae all with a Rock-n-Roll Flavor.  Style is similar to, but not a clone of, Leon RussellJoe CockerDr. JohnRobin TrowerThe Subdudes, and JJ Cale.

Joining him are two very accomplished and talented musicians: 
Drums, Patrick Wiseman 
Bass, Alan Ernesto Phillips