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    La Zuli at The Annex Sessions, brought to you by SunJams and Javier Navarrette Music

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    The Annex Sessions show #65

    “The Annex Sessions" Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 6-8:30 pm will continue our music series held
    at El Cerrito Natural Grocery Company Prepared Food Annex (The Annex) 

    La Zuli 

    Briana Di Mara - violin 

    Anis Sehiri - guitar 

    Aaron Kierbel - drums 

    La Zuli combines the virtuosic talents of violinist Briana Di Mara and guitarist Anis Sehiri,
    weaving fresh original melodies and danceable rhythms influenced by music everywhere from
    Spain to North Africa to the Balkans and beyond. With lush harmonies and improvisations
    combining with powerful bass and drums, their genre-bending music is unique and uplifting.

    They are so grateful to be joined by the amazing Aaron Kierbel on drums.

    Briana Di Mara
    Eclectic violinist Briana Di Mara brings her love of the instrument and its soulful expression to
    every performance. She was trained in western classical music as a child and has since gone on
    to study and perform a wide variety of traditional styles including Celtic, Balkan, Turkish,
    Arabic and beyond. She harmoniously weaves these influences into her own unique sound and
    compositions. She is known for her evocative improvisations and skillful ability to play a broad
    range of genres from many different cultures.
    She has performed and recorded with numerous projects, some of whom include Stellamara,
    Dirtwire, the National Arab Orchestra, Ali Paris, Beats Antique, Sharafat Parwani, Dan
    Cantrell, Moh Alileche, the legendary Lounès Kheloui, and many more! She has also
    collaborated with well known dancers such as Zoe Jakes, Rachel Brice, Miriam Peretz and Jill
    Parker. These projects have led her to perform in a wide variety of venues, theaters and festivals
    around the globe, inspiring audiences with her expansive interpretation of world music and
    exciting interaction with dancers.
    Her award-winning debut album "Haven" earned rave reviews and reflects the
    dynamic collaborations that she has built around her original compositions. 
    "Haven is a masterfully crafted album which is almost like a trip around the world, stuffed into
    one record." -Johnathan Robinson, Bucketlist Music
    Briana also has an established teaching career both in her own private violin studio as well as
    various folk music education camps such as Lark Camp and Middle Eastern Music and Dance
    Camp in Mendocino, CA.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, she runs a summer day camp for kids,
    Camp Fiddle 'N Fun, and also a year round Fiddle Club dedicated to community service.

    The Annex

    The Annex is a lively space for shopping, dining and relaxing. As the newest part of The Natural Grocery Company, the values are the same: a passion for vibrant community, healthy organic food and respect for the planet. 

    "The Annex Sessions" is sponsored by the Natural Grocery Company in its commitment to serve the local community and help in the recovery of the local art scene. 

    Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, inside the Annex you’ll find: A Cafe, Juice Bar, Deli, Wine & Beer, and more.

    The Annex building itself embodies our values: a few of the sustainable features are: extensive re-use of materials from the pre-existing structure, use of recycled materials from local vendors, and reliance on the solar energy we produce here, supplemented with other clean energy sources.

    Javier Navarrette continues to bring live music to several venues around the Bay Area. Javier has been a professional musician and music educator in the Oakland Unified School District for the past 20 years. Over the past 2 years Navarrette has produced outdoors events that have proven instumental in enabling musicians to deal with some of the fallout of the pandemic and shutdown that followed. Most recently he has been curating "Modúpue Sundays at the Brooklyn Basin.” These musical productions ran from June–November 2021 at the new Oakland hot spot, the Brooklyn Basin, with internationally known, Bay Area musical legends. Follow Javier Navarrette on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube


    Please be safe. Feel free to wear a mask if you prefer. 


    Tickets are encouraged, we are happy to offer you a reserved seat (limited seating available) if you RSVP with a donation that will go towards paying for the music. Tickets are NOT required for this venue, you can simply come in, order food and beverages at the Annex counter. 


    SunJams is committed to funding children's music education in underserved public elementary schools. Your donation will help support this ongoing program. 

    In addition, we need to raise funds to continue bringing you this exciting new live music program. All of the proceeds will go directly to our network of local musicians, each of whom have been severely impacted by the lack of events during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Whether you donate $10, $100, or $1000 - any amount helps and will allow us to keep bringing music to our community! As always, your donation to our 501(c)3 may qualify as tax exempt. 

    Please DONATE HERE


    We will be taking cash or check donations at check-in, during intermission & at the end of the show. 


    The Annex is open every day, please check their website for hours (

The show will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude by 8:30 PM. 

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