Ruth and Claire met at Ocho last October during the Al Sutherland jazz events. Claire has since contracted with Ocho to produce a regular 4th-Saturday-of-the-month “Cabaret Night” that will feature the Blues Sisters and other cabaret-style acts. The cover will be $8 and $5 for students, seniors, and vets. Ocho will have wine, beer, pop, and snacks available for sale.
Ruth Fahrbach is a 30-year resident of the Taos area, known for her massage skills, hemp advocacy as “the hemptress,” theatre bits, and her jazz singing skills. Claire is a more recent arrival—retired from a college teaching career in music at the University of Arkansas. She is currently pianist with the Taos Community Chorus and Taos Opera Institute, and has appeared as a solo pianist/vocalist at the Taos Inn, Stella’s, the Town Town Hall, and El Monte Sagrado, where she was runnerup twice last summer in the El Monte Sagrado Music Challenge.
Together, Ruth and Claire cover a broad range of blues and jazz repertoire: Claire on the piano, as accompanist, with vocal harmonies and solos, and with Ruth as lead singer.
The Blues Sisters’ play court to the Latin jazz songs of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Best known for “The Girl from Ipanema,” Jobim has composed hundreds of songs in his native Portuguese, many of which have become American jazz standards: “Meditation” “Wave” “Agua de Beber” “Insensitive…” Ruth combines Portuguese with English translations for Brazil is in her blood and her spirit. Spanish Latin jazz standards such as “Besame Mucho” “Begin the Beguine” “Gracias a La Vida” and more are also close to the heart of the Nuevos Mejicanos here in the Taos region, and to the Sisters’ repertoire.
The Blues Sisters plan to ignite a rhythmic, uplifting and gratifying night of music at this first Cabaret event and all Sisters’ events.
Viva La Musica!