Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini

A sublimely talented young trombonist and vocalist versed in jazz, Brazilian music and the Afro-Cuban tradition, Bay Area-born Natalie Cressman has gained fame as a member of Phish leader Trey Anastasio’s solo project and work with Nicholas Payton and Wycliffe Gordon. Her release, The Traces EP, is a stunning session that demonstrates Cressman’s far-reaching interests, combining jazz, pop, R&B, and world music into an intoxicating hybrid.
Ian Faquini is a Brazilian composer, guitarist, and vocalist who was born in Brasília and has lived in Berkeley, California since the age of 8. He was a member of the renowned Berkeley High School Jazz program, and at the age of 15, met the legendary Brazilian composer Guinga, who became his mentor and inspired him to pursue a career in music, drawing on the rich musical traditions of his Brazilian heritage. Ian has become one of the most unique and respected guitar players in the San Francisco Bay Area, with his distinct compositional style and harmonic sense.