Renata Bratt, cellist and clinician
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New Almaden Trio

Band Bio

Chamber music takes on new meaning with New Almaden’s intricate and improvisational arrangements of older fiddle tunes, new folk music and jazz with a dollop of classical on the side. Lyrical, passionate and compelling, the cello, sax and guitar meld into a rich mélange of music from the Americas and beyond. Based in California’s San Jose area, New Almaden is Renata Bratt, cello and mandolin; Kristen Strom, saxophone and flute; and Scott Sorkin, acoustic and electric guitar.

New Almaden has appeared on a variety of  music series such as Santa Cruz, California’s Kuumbwa Jazz Center and Ashland, Oregon’s Siskiyou Institute, performed for corporate and private events  as well as given clinics at various schools up and down the west coast. Kristen Strom, saxophone (, is acclaimed for beautifully rendered melodies, exceptional tonality, and accomplished musicianship.  Kristen is married to Scott Sorkin, guitar (  An active and sought-after guitarist and composer, Scott has been recording and touring since 1982.

Cindy Lee Berryhill Carport Trio

Band Bio

“Velvet Underground meets The Beach Boys.” Bay area cellist Renata Bratt, San Diego singer/songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill and percussionist Randy Hoffman (Partch Ensemble) have been collaborating since the mid nineties. Reuniting in 2009 after a ten year hiatus (babies, brain-injured spouse, and life), their music features voice, cello, glockenspiel and guitar with haunting stories of aliens, lost love, injured soldiers, and love renewed. They have performed at McCabes in Santa Monica, The Whiskey in Los Angeles, Slim's and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, touring up and down the East Coast and are enthusiastically carrying on the tradition of their "Rolling Stone" 4 star reviewed album (Garage Orchestra). Yep, you knew it was coming. It's chamber rock and roll.

Reel of Seven

A group of friends who love to play Scottish Dance Music together. We perform at Scottish Country Dances and Balls and currently have two CDs of our music available.


 Deby Benton Grosjean's Bridge Crossing

Band Bio

The concert subset of Reel of Seven, Bridge Crossing spans the genre divide, uniting traditional Celtic fiddling with progressive Americana, Baroque folk and a heartfelt beat. Acoustic musicians include Deby Benton Grosjean - fiddle, Andy Imbrie - piano, Renata Bratt - cello, Gary Campus - percussion and David Brewer - whistles, bagpipes and bodhran.