Montalvo Arts Center’s mission is to engage the public in the creative process, acting as a catalyst for exploring the arts, unleashing creativity, and advancing different cultural and cross-cultural perspectives. We achieve our mission by creating and presenting arts of all types, nurturing artists, and using our historic property in innovative ways.
Located in Silicon Valley’s Saratoga Hills, the Montalvo grounds include a 1912 Mediterranean-style Villa, its formal gardens, and two-acre Great Lawn; the historic Claire Loftus Carriage House Theatre and the Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre; and 175 acres of trails through redwood trees. Below the Villa and across the creek are hidden ten free-standing live/work studios and the Commons of the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP), which hosts over 100 artists each year from diverse backgrounds across the nation and the world. The LAP is the third-oldest artist residency program in the United States.
Three special assets–our extraordinary physical environment and grounds, a rich diversity of multigenerational visitors, and artistically excellent programs–combine to make Montalvo a unique multidisciplinary arts organization that has become a place for people of all ages and all walks of life to engage in meaningful, accessible, and inspiring arts experiences.
P.O. Box 158, Saratoga, CA 95071
Justin Kauflin is a jazz musician, who, after losing his sight at the age of 11, gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a background with classical violin. He received top honors at jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing professionally by age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio. He has since performed with many notable musicians, and most currently with his trio, traveling much of the world in doing so.
In this performance for students, Justin will be performing songs from previous releases, as well as from his new album Coming Home. This set will consist of intermittent dialogue woven between songs, where Justin will speak to the various musical components of Jazz, the history of Jazz, his experiences with mentors that relate to Jazz history, and the creative process for musicians. Justin will also speak about his personal journey with the art form as well as discuss aspects about learning and playing with physical challenges. Following the performance, students will be welcomed to a short question and answer session with the artists.
Content Connects: History & Social Science, Geography, Visual & Performing Arts, Music
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Carriage House Theater
$7 per person. Scholarships may be available.