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About Marcie

Marcie Brown is a cellist that has some depth. She has performed with street musicians upon the dingy grey pavements of New York City. She has performed beside well-trained conservatory musicians in well-lit and well attended symphonic halls. She has mingled with musicians from Brazil, India, Trinidad, Jamaica, Guatemala, Africa and Italian gypsies. She has performed with Lucianno Pavoratti, Andreas Bocelli, Dizzy Gillespie, Itzak Perlman and Ray Charles. She has been a member of the Cirque du Soleil. The music that she brings to us is a combination of all of these experiences: broad, deep, rich and soulful.

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Current Projects

Classical Gypsy Duo

The Classical Gypsy Duo is Marcie Brown on cello and Terrence Brewer on guitar. The two came together to play music ten years ago and they have performed together ever since. They enjoy playing standard classical music when needed, such as Bach and Beethoven, but they also love to mix it up and throw in some of their own personality when they can, and improvise. They play jazz standards such as Black Orpheus and Autumn Leaves with a kind of a gypsy jazz feel. They also play pop songs from all the genres- and they can take requests on the spot. The Classical Gypsy Duo will provide a tasteful and elegant musical background for your wedding or event.

With over 20 years of experience performing in all kinds of situations, from symphonies to jazz festivals to weddings, the Classical Gypsy Duo will create just the right kind of ambiance for your event.

Marcie Brown has a Master's Degree from Manhattan School of Music. She performed over 600 shows with Cirque du Soleil's “0” in Las Vegas, playing cello, guitar and singing. She has been a member of many symphonies including the Houston Symphony, the Tucson Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She was in the Ray Charles Orchestra. She has performed beside many great artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Andreas Bocelli, Dizzy Gillespie and Itzak Perlman. She has been the head of the strings department at the Oakland School for the Arts, and she is currently the founder and director of the Alameda Cello Academy.

Terrence Brewer has recently been called the San Francisco Bay areas #1 Jazz Guitarist by the San Francisco Examiner. He has headlined many times at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Jack London Square. He has performed at the Monterrey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and he has played with many greats such as Diana Krall, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), and Pete Escovedo. Mr. Brewer has taught classes at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Jazz School in Berkeley, and Jazz Camp West.

Past Projects

InStep String Quartet

The InStep String Quartet is an exciting new ensemble that can play classical favorites as well as jazz standards. Members of the group have performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Yoshi's Jazz and Supper Club, the Palace of Fine Arts, Chapel of the Chimes, Auberge du Soleil , Del Dotto Wine Caves and the Silverado Country Club. The group includes Benito Cortez and Julian Smedley on violins, Katrina Wreede on viola and Marcie Brown on cello. The InStep Quartet can set a beautiful romantic mood with classical ambiance or make the party swing with an upbeat and fun energy that is their trademark.

"Thank you and the InStep string quartet for performing at our workshop banquet on such short notice. It was a pleasure to work with you through the whole process and I especially appreciate the professionalism and flexibility you showed to our requests about timing and music choice. The performance itself was wonderful and I have received many compliments from the workshop attendees."

-Dr. Chai Wah Wu
General co-chair, IEEE International Workshop on Cellular Nanoscale Networks and their Applications, 2010

Ramana Vieira and her Ensemble

"Marcie enjoys using her cello to add sensual tones and distinctive textures to Ramana Vieira and her Ensemble's romantic version of Fado music. While at times the distinguished melodic solo voice in the ensemble, Marcie also helps propel the music's rich grooves with her use of the cello as a rhythmic tool."

For more information on this group including a concert calendar, visit www.ramanavieira.net

Cirque Du Soleil

"I ran away to join the circus when I was 41 years old. What could be better than playing in a posh theater for a packed audience nightly?"

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