The GSBA Blog


EQUALUX: Meet the Musicians

by Jason Dittmer, Director of Marketing & Communications
| Oct 26, 2017

EQUALUX_ArnaldoArnaldo! Drag Chanteuse started as a soloist with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and has performed with SMC in some of the major concert halls in the U.S., Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. In 1995, Arnaldo! started a group called Cabaret Q where the “drag chanteuse” persona began. In 1999, Arnaldo! began his solo cabaret shows in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and has since performed his one person cabaret in Portland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, New York, and Manila. Arnaldo! has also collaborated with various directors, choreographers and songwriters in the Seattle area. In 2005, he completed the Cabaret Summer Conference Workshop at Yale University. In 2006, a group of cabaret performers spearheaded by Arnaldo! started the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association and continues to organize “March is Cabaret Month” featuring local and visiting artists. 2007 marked Arnaldo!’s New York cabaret debut and in 2008, Arnaldo! was honored with a New York Backstage Bistro Award. 2014 was Arnaldo!'s Manila debut where he received "Most Innovative Concert Artist" in Manila by Gawad Musika. In 2016, Arnaldo! was presented by The Filipino Community of Seattle with a Lifetime Achievement Award for promoting culture and the arts.
 
EQUALUX_Cascade“Cascade Cascade” is a new solo project by Seattle musician, Carly Calbero. Performing songs she co-wrote with her wife and former bandmate, Nika Wascher, Calbero mixes her rhythmic, percussive playing style with bold, passionate vocals. She is often compared to indie/folk musicians Tracy Chapman and Brandi Carlile.

With a national tour and multiple West Coast tours under her belt, Carly has been featured in Seattle Metropolitan and Rolling Stone for her live performances as a busker at Pike Place Market. As “Cascade Cascade” she is currently recording her first full-length album, “The Science of Pride.”

Christina Brewer
Christina, a singer/songwriter and former GSBA scholar, has always been fond of the stage. At the age of 2 1/2, she held her first solo performance in front of a large crowd. From there, she flourished on the stage, becoming a vocalist and musical theater actress. Christina graduated with honors from Stadium High School and then, as a first generation college student (along with the help of GSBA and the Pride Foundation), attended and graduated with honors from both Tacoma Community College and Seattle University with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. Eight years ago, after some time away from musical theater, Christina decided to give it another run and auditioned for a small show at local college, where she met stage manager and film writer/director, Serena Berry. They were married five years later, just before the birth of their wonderful son, Ezekiel. Christina is currently the owner of Washington Wedding and Event Design. When she’s not doing weddings and events, she’s making music. Christina is fueled by her passion for jazz, neo-soul, rhythm and blues, gospel music, and new thought spirituality. She is currently working on raising funds to help produce her first CD. Holding music and creativity to the core of her soul. Christina says, "If there is one thing that I have learned, it is the truth that when music is the language of your soul, it cannot be turned off!"
 
Diverse Harmony
was founded in Seattle in 2002 as the nation’s first queer-straight alliance youth chorus. Over its thirteen seasons, the chorus has grown to nearly 60 members, and have brought performances to communities throughout Seattle. The chorus has also performed tours to Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Miami, and Portland. Diverse Harmony is a member of GALA Choruses (the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) and is considered a leading youth chorus among its membership due to our longevity and large membership.
 
In addition to performing, Diverse Harmony serves as a safe space for singers age 13 to 22 who identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allied. Weekly rehearsals have become a home base for many youth where they can feel respected and accepted, and have fun making music together.
 
EQUALUX_ContrerasV. Contreras is a vocalist and songwriter whose distinct alternative soul sound has landed her song “Feelin’ That” on Top 40 and Hot AC Radio while being recognized in the International Songwriting Contest. 

She has studied opera, rock, pop and jazz with renowned vocal coaches including Lis Lewis (Rihanna, Demi Lovato) and Maestro David Kyle (Liza Minnelli, Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Lane Staley.) V has been a featured vocalist with Seattle Rock Orchestra, in McDonalds commercials, and performed the National Anthem for Seahawks', Sounders', Mariners', and Sonics' games. She just released a single entitled "Like It's Yesterday" and has a new album featuring her compositions dropping in 2018. The album is produced by Martin Feveyear (Brandi Carlile, Duff McKagan's Loaded) and features string and horn arrangements by Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore).
 
V. has shared the stage and worked with Duff McKagan, Collective Soul, Morrissey, and has worked with such industry greats as Randy Jackson (American Idol),  Ryan Hadlock (Lumineers, Vance Joy), and Steve Dorff (Grammy-nominated songwriter)

Victor Janusz has worked regularly at Salty’s On Alki (12 Years, Resident "Weekend Brunch Pianist") Columbia Tower Club, Canlis (seven New Year’s Eve Galas), Aqua/El Gaucho, the Fairmont, to name a few. His one-man show about a 'life at the keys' titled "HANDS SOLO: Pianoman" (directed by Lori Larsen) debuted at NYC's the Duplex and sold out its two-week engagements at ACT Theatre, Palm Springs' Arthur Newman Theatre, and at Yale University Cabaret. His VJ BAND has headlined at many venues including Highway 99 Blues Club, Tulas, the Royal Room, Tulalip Casino, Alki Ballroom (Salty’s), and Boeing Museum of Flight. Victor has been a Special Guest alongside such musical acts as Harry Shearer & Judith Owen Band, Julia Fordham, Duffy Bishop Band at Teatro Zinzanni, Billy Joe Huels, and El Vez.
 
TEQUALUX_Mongehere are moments in a performance where an artist gets lost. Where they just let go, allowing themselves to be vulnerable and to feel across the depth and breadth of their being. It is in that state where Whitney Mongé lives and creates. Whitney learned to capture the power of authenticity while honing her skills as a street performer. With or without elevation of a stage, each part of her performance, from the passion of her powerful, smoky voice to the intensity of a whispered lyric, draws listeners into an embrace within each truthful moment of song. Whitney was raised with rhythm and blues in her blood, but while growing up in the Pacific Northwest, her music was heavily influenced by the rock scene of the '90s coining her own genre, Alternative Soul. Having been featured in the award winning Find Your Way: a Busker’s Documentary (2014), and releasing a pair of critically acclaimed albums, Whitney has poured herself into a new project. Her upcoming album, "Stone," captures her evolution as a performer and songwriter in a powerful way, laying bare the wonderment and restlessness of a gifted artist’s search for their place, their voice and for a sense of belonging.