Thur Mar 24th, 7 pm, Women in Music

Women in Music

Celebrating Women in Music, three Northern California women of very different musical styles will be highlighted this coming Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm. The evening will highlight Ananta Fiddle Hooper, Leslie Tift, and Allison Scull in three individual performances.  The cost of the show is $10.

Ananta Fiddle Hooper, an internationally acclaimed violinist, electric violinist, cellist, composer, videographer, producer and instructor has touched thousands of lives globally with her music, art and all encompassing world view. Her 25 years of professional repertoire provides a well-rounded blend of Classical, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian Classical and Alternative Trance styles.

As an instructor, Ananta has started and/or worked with music programs in San Francisco, Healdsburg, Sonoma & Napa Valley Charter and Music Schools; as well as, internationally in India, Europe and Japan. She also works with ‘dedicated’ students privately in the U.S.. See for more on Ananta.

Leslie Tift is an acoustic guitar, dobro player and vocalist. She arranges songs to fit her style of playing which brings a unique sound to Americana roots music. Her guitar playing is varied from finger style picking with a driving thumb pick to percussive rhythmic strumming. With her passion for singing coupled with years of training she brings forth a style that is strong, varied in range and styles with an emotion that comes from her heart.
Tift’s singing styles were influenced by a wide range of performers from, the blues of Bessie Smith, the classics of Barbra Streisand and the contemporary folk style jazz of Eva Cassidy and Linda Ronstadt. Her passion for singing coupled with years of training brings forth a style that is strong, varied in range, and emotion that comes from her heart. Leslie has performed in many venues but her highlights are: performing for the Firefly Folk Festival in Japan, playing for notable celebrities (Kennedy’s), and sharing the stage with a variety of acoustic professional performers. Tift says, “playing music is the pathway to our souls, helping us stay grounded and therefore providing us with an avenue to communicate with others in its purest form”. Currently, Tift mostly performs a duo with Tom Scott throughout the North State. Learn more about Leslie a

Songwriter, guitarist, and singer Allison Scull’s initial desire to sing in the first place was inspired by the laid-back Brazilian jazz artists such as Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. Almost as soon as she began to play guitar in her teens, she started to write songs. “Music has been a road to learn about myself, an amazing road to connect to all kinds of people and a road to happiness in general.” Her journey of music evolved to include bits of folk, blues, jazz and includes some French and Spanish. With saxophonist Victor Martin, she had the opportunity to share the stage with Tuck and Patti, blues legend John Hammond, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more. She will present some new, never performed songs. Scull says, “The opportunity to play with these two special female musicians holds an air of excitement for me. I am looking forward to sharing the night with them. ” Learn more about Allison at

Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center is located at 5819 Sacramento Ave, Dunsmuir. See First come, first served. $10 suggested donation.