San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us at Harmonia post Sausalito Art-fest for an exciting art opening of talented artists JD Wilson, Rick Begneaud, and to follow we will be graced by a musical performance by James Nash & Friends. Not ready to go home? Continue the fun and hear more music & see more amazing art! Host bar, friends, and free Harmonia Massage, what more could you want on September 1st?
The pre-show ART SHOWING cocktail hour will start at 5:30pm. This will give you an intimate chance to view the pieces, and give you a chance to speak with the artist and make any purchases so you can take a bit of Harmonia to your home.
A little about our artists....
Originally from the Washington D.C. area, JD recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. After he received a BA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, JD went on to complete graduate studies in both Marine Archaeology and U.S. History at the University of Rhode Island and Munson Maritime Academy. JD's work is influenced by the conscious and unconscious realms. Finding objects, symbols and iconography in nature, urban environments, and in dreams, JD sees the hidden connections that all humans share and masterfully conveys these common threads using a combination of abstract multimedia, on canvas.
JD's contemporary paintings are thought provoking. His work incorporates classical painting techniques applied to urban and street-style, creating a union of edge and polish. There is an obvious hand in the end-result.
JD has shown in group and solo exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe, including the Corcoran Museum of Art (Washington, DC), M16 Gallery (Florence, Italy), Elysium Gallery (Savannah, Georgia), Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin County, California), and SOMA Gallery (San Francisco, California.) His work is included in the collections of notable collectors such as Olga Hirschorn and Julian Schnabel. His studio is currently located in Mill Valley, CA.
Rick’s work deals with implied histories and emotional applications of found elements, abstract painting, and collage on canvas. His technique, though self-developed, was greatly influenced through the relationship between he and his uncle, Robert Rauschenberg.
Rick’s burgeoning career is regularly nourished by his travels around Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the United States. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, he has lived for nearly 30 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has honed his craft. Rick has evolved into a prominent member of the areas bustling artist community. The union of his Cajun upbringing and sophisticated, watchful eye towards the world at large has empowered Rick with a broad understanding of fine art and mankind. The result: a keen, soulful hand - readily apparent in the dramatic material he produces. His work has been displayed in galleries throughout the United States.
At 6:30 James Nash and friends will bring the music element to a new level. Contributing more artistic sense to Harmonia James talent screams fiery balance. His voice fills up the Garden Studio with the type of talent the walls are used to hearing.
James is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb.
Nash’s broad vocabulary, both as scholar and stylist, has led to a genre-bending approach that has served him well for a decade as a lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the eclectic and virtuosic Americana ensemble, The Waybacks. Similarly, they make him a fitting helmsman for both the electric rock 'n soul grooves of The Nomads and the daredevil acoustic escapades of The NashVillians.
James’ musical breadth is readily matched by his astonishing facility as a player and dynamism as a performer, leading reviewers to describe him as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic" (Guitar Player), and praise his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality” (Chicago Tribune). Heralded by Acoustic Guitar as a “revered new-acoustician,” he approaches the flat-top steel-string guitar with both the subtleties and bravado of a rock guitarist. His spirited improvisational flights, whether on his Santa Cruz acoustic or electric Fender Stratocaster, are dazzling to behold, a deft combination of innate musicality and jaw-dropping technique.
Raised in Nashville, his musical career began to take shape when he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991 to attend Stanford University, where he earned a BS from their Engineering School while spending his nights gigging in local clubs and making the rounds cutting tracks in legendary rooms like Fantasy Studios and Coast Recorders.
Along that musical path, James has recorded a dozen albums and performed at countless festivals and venues across the country, serving as bandleader for ensembles with the likes of everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck to Bob Weir, Chris Thile and Jerry Douglas to Darol Anger and Mike Marshall.
Wedding his musical and tech-savvy sides, he worked with the founders of Pandora to create the Music Genome Project. He also served as co-curator of TEDxAlcatraz 2010 and was a featured performer of the 2011 TEDx Global Music Project, offshoots of the renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference.
James has been interviewed, featured, and had his solos transcribed in numerous magazines, Wired, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Flatpicking, and Dirty Linen among them. His music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Folk Alley and he is a contributing writer and reviewer for Guitar Player. His forthcoming instructional DVD, “Acoustic Guitar on the Edge,” evidences both the technically disciplined and free spirited player he has become.
Come eat, drink, dance, play, and be Harmonia
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Harmonia is an eco-rich Wellness Center & Social Club that is located at the building formerly known as the fabled Record Plant building in Sausalito, California. Harmonia offers movement classes, wellness therapies, and educational workshops focused around music, art, media sustainability, and alternative healthcare practices, and playful events focused around music concerts, film screenings, and sports, all of which combine to produce a rich client experience. Our Garden offers relaxing space that you can't find anywhere else in Marin County. Come to Harmonia to relax, play, and live fully!