Based out of Santa Cruz, CA, Zambra sings glorious global music with a radiant harmonic
blend. Whether singing Sephardic laments, Scots Gaelic waulking tunes, Italian wedding songs,
or southern Appalachian hymns, our sound is consistently beautiful and engaging, with most
material arranged specifically for our voices by member Kathleen Loveless. Zambra typically
performs a capella, but sometimes uses traditional accompaniment such as frame and hand
drums, fiddle, guitar or dulcimer.
Listening to the diverse music of Zambra is like following a well-laid path of hand-hewn stones;
each carefully crafted song is unique in texture and shape, yet leads naturally to the next one, forming a coherent artistic and cultural journey.
Equally at home in the stage, sanctuary, or home setting, Zambra is available to sing for public
and private functions throughout the Bay Area. Zambra also offers special holiday programs of
seasonal vocal music for corporate, community and family parties.
Zambra has a wide range of performance experience, having opened for feminist speakers Betty
Friedan and Angela Davis, serenaded elementary school children, and provided intimate music
for healing and hospice. Other past performances have included the Cabrillo Music Festival,
First Night Santa Cruz, First Night Monterey, concert series of The Monterey Museum of Art
and Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Santa Cruz Accapellafest, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment,
Voices of the People, Songfest for Prostate Cancer
Awareness, and numerous other events. Recently Zambra provided live music for productions of
Mosaic: Dances of Peace, Justice, Culture and Conflict in the Middle East by the MoveSpeakSpin
dance company under the direction of award-winning choreographer Karl Schaffer. In 2014 Zambra had
the privilege of studying and performing Moroccan village song with master Tamazight musician Fattah Abbou.
Besides being a performing ensemble, Zambra is also a close group of long-time friends bound
together by their love of singing. (The social and personal aspects of Zambra were highlighted in profiles on us in the
Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 25, 2009 and December 15, 2005.) The group,
founded by Therese Hall Johannesson in 1994, began as a larger bilingual women's choir. It has
since evolved into a smaller group of singers sharing the tasks of musical and logistical
leadership, with an expansive repertoire encompassing many languages and cultures.
The women of Zambra look forward to sharing our music with you!