Women on the Keys

Women on the Keys

Join us for a night of some of the bay areas most talented piano players!

Richelle Scales

Richelle Scales, is a classically trained pianist with a love and passion for all styles of music. Since the age of 5, Richelle has developed an intricate relationship with the 88s, and as the instrument of choice, uses the piano to express her love for hip hop, rock n roll, blues, and just down right jammin'. Richelle is widely known in the musical community in Atlanta, and has worked on many projects with various artists in the area. Now a resident of the bay area in California, Richelle is not only an excellent live performance artist, but also has shown skill in studio production.

Richelle Scales has worked with producer Ty Macklin on the musical track 'Love and Success'--title track for the movie released on Amazon in 2017. She has opened for artists such as Robert Glasper, Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Goapele, and accompanied the renowned poet, Amir Sulaiman. Richelle was also the keyboard player for Divinity Roxx and The Roxies as well as scored the music for the dance production "1906/2006/2106" with Beacon Dance Company (Decatur, GA). She is currently the keyboard player for Oakland-based groups, The Onyx, Tory & The Teasers, and Baycoin Beats, and Ogunlano Music.

Erika Oba is a composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. As a composer she has written works for big band, small jazz ensembles, chamber groups, dance and theater. As a performer she is a member of the
Montclair Women’s Big Band, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, electro-jazz duo Rice Kings, and The Sl(e)ight Ensemble. She is currently on faculty with the Jazzschool Community Music School’s youth program, as well as their annual Women’s Jazz and Blues camp and Girls’ Jazz and Blues camp. She has worked as a dance accompanist for Mills College and Berkeley Ballet Theater, and is a resident music director for Berkeley Playhouse’s youth program. She is also currently a private jazz piano instructor for UC Berkeley's Music Department. As an artist, she is interested in exploring ritual, diasporic identities, and community through performance. She received her BM in Jazz Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her MA in Music Composition from Mills College.

Helen Orzel

Helen Orzel, the secret love child of Wonder Woman and Ludwig Van Beethoven, was raised by a pack of lions and a piano. She studied classical music in Germany and Serbia, but Helen didn't want to color inside the claustrophobic lines as her classical music education had taught her. So of course, the answer came to her in a bar. Sitting in Cafe Stritch, she heard a live performance of Herbie Hancock's Butterfly and decided to immediately dump her long time lover Rachmaninoff. She took her antique ears and has completely morphed into some kind of psychosexual dreamboat on the keys. It is atrocious.

Nichole Boaz

Nichole Boaz, teaches at San Jose State University and is the keys player for Killer Queens, an all female Freddie Mercury tribute band.

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