The Spring 2016 salon is now full. Contact Tom if you would like to be added to a waiting list for future salons.

In Spring 2016, Tom will present a three-session focus salon (first series in May, then series repeats in June) featuring music from Cuba, Brazil, and Africa. With Brazil and Cuba so much in the news, it’s a good time to check out their rich musical traditions. And, since Brazilian and Cuban music are both derived from African music, we’ll spend one evening enjoying African music as well.

On the first evening, Tom will explore the many musical styles of Brazil (samba, bossa nova, forró, afro, afoxé, choro, and other genres), from top stars to lesser-known artists. For Cuba, the salon will feature son, rumba, cha-cha, afro, classical, bolero, as well as Cuban-influenced African music. The final session in this series will introduce the music of North, East, West, and South Africa, listening to artists from all over the huge continent.

Tom’s Spring 2016 salon will run on three Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., on May 17, 24, and 31, 2016 and June 14, 21, and 28, 2016. Salon size is extremely limited and always sells out, so register early to reserve your spot! The cost is $295.00 for the focus series. Current KCRW members receive a 10% Fringe Benefits discount (proof of membership will be required at first session). Payment by cash, check, or credit cards (Paypal) accepted. Please note, no refunds or cancellations after May 10 (for May series) or June 7 (for June series).

“I had high expectations…and they were exceeded. Thanks for all your hard work in exposing us to such incredible music and your depth of knowledge.” – Leslie L. (past salon participant)

What to expect…

The salon is an informal gathering for participants to enjoy a variety of music, new and old, from around the world.  Tom provides guided listening in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, not a classroom setting.  It is a sharing experience of music and conversation. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an assortment of light bites, fine wines, and gourmet coffees provided by Intelligentsia Coffee. Music begins at 7:30 p.m.  After a short break at mid-point, music resumes until 9:30 p.m.  Participants are invited to stay and chat until 10 p.m. The salon takes place in Tom’s home in Marina del Rey; for those who have allergies, please note he does have a cat.

Music Salon Sample Syllabus/Content

May 17 and June 14
Session 1 - A century of Cuban music, from the "Peanut Vendor" to the latest styles and trends.

May 24 and June 21
Session 2 - Brazilian music, from early choro and samba-cançao through samba, mpb, forró, nordeste and Bahian styles.

May 31 and June 28
Session 3 - A taste of African music from all four corners of the massive continent: North African raiï, Moroccan trance, Congolese rumba and soukous, South African choral and soul jive, and the exotic brew of East African music from Mombasa and Zanzibar.