Music, Theater, Adult, Arts, Dance, Film

Scoville Units

Cabrillo Crocker Theater
Fri Jan 17Sat Jan 18 7:30pm Ages: family friendly
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Chris BanagaJane RealJon ScovilleLorin HansonMaria Basilemicha scottOlava MenzkowskaPaula BlissRita RiveraTandy Beal

About Scoville Units

Collaboration has been a hallmark skill of Jon’s—a Tandy Beal and Company presents Scoville Units! - a celebration of Jon Scoville’s extraordinary music - on January 18th at 7:30pm and 19th at 2:00pm at the Cabrillo Crocker Theatre - for two shows only! His music and artistic insights have inspired dances for not only Tandy Beal but international choreographers and has been heard around the world in projects as varied as concert stages, circus tents, radio, video, art galleries, corporate events and commercials. One of his many talents is to open the door to wonderment. Named after the scale of spiciness for peppers, Scoville Units is a multi-arts celebration of Scoville’s beguiling compositions from cool to hot, with unique films and performances by 30 musicians and dancers.

The range of Scoville’s music and interests is on full display with music that is tender, funny, introspective, thought-provoking, rhythmic, and zany. Well known local musician Ivan Rosenblum will play a suite of Jon’s piano works, the Bay Area’s Premiere Saxophone Quartet will play Jon’s 7 section suite Sr. Miro’s Saxophone (featured on their album Magheia), and Jeff Gallagher will play a Scoville clarinet work, with Tandy Beal accompanying. All of them animate Scoville’s vibrant, piquant soundscapes in this 2020 vision.

Scoville Units highlights this astonishing gift of matching music to visuals. Dance in many forms--Hip hop, Balinese, Brazilian, Ballroom, Basile and Beal—will match his range.

Luh Anderwati (of Berkeley’s Sekyar Jaya) leads a trio of Balinese dancers to Jon’s work called “Omni-Gamelan.”

San Jose’s elite Hip Hop choreographer Chris Banaga matches Jon’s intriguing mélange of piano, accordion, percussion, and voice for a new group choreography.

Maria Basile, artistic Director for sjDanceCo premieres a solo work for Jon’s work “Glisten,” made in honor of jazz great and friend Paul Motian.

Competitive ballroom dancers Olava Menzkowska and Leo counterpoint Jon’s music “Boots.”

Direct from Brazil, Lorin Hanson plays tambourine and dances her award winning Malandro dance to her early mentor’s music.

Tandy Beal fills out the dance landscape with Compass Rose, set to Jon’s all–percussion score from HereAfterHere, featuring Micha Scott and Jane Real. She is also making a new work to Jon’s “Three Rivers” score with local dance luminaries Helen Jackson, Rita Rivera, Jane Real, Connie Kreemer, Paula Bliss, Donna von Tornell, Song Nelson, and more. Jon’s music uplifts, informs, shapes, and locates all that Tandy does.

But wait, there’s more! Denise Gallant, award-winning film-maker (American Film Institute and Billboard) from Watsonville and Guggenheim winner Ellen Bromberg from San Francisco and Salt Lake City further illuminate the expanse of Scoville’s palette.

As founding musical director of Tandy Beal and Company, Jon has made over 100 works for the Company. He has also created scores for renowned choreographers world wide: Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Sara Rudner (from Twyla Tharp), Laura Dean, Doug Nielsen, TranChan (Brazil), Compagnie Hors Taxes of Paris, the Høvik Ballet of Norway —and a host of other American choreographers. His music has also been part of art exhibits and installations in Salt Lake, Santa Cruz and San Paolo, Brazil and in shows with the Pickle Family Circus and the Moscow Circus.
Jon’s music has been heard in concerts in Japan, England, Spain, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Hong Kong and on NPR. His ten CDs can be sampled at and

Throughout the year we are honoring Jon Scoville, our founding musical director, and his 20/20 vision that has guided this company from the start. The first of 3 concerts highlighting Jon’s music, Scoville Units reveals a kaleidoscope of music with visuals—an amuse bouche of art delights. In April at the Tannery Colligan Theatre, A Wing and a Prayer presents a narrative side of his music, accompanied by Tandy’s theatrical journey. Next year, the company will present Jon’s musical tour de force with Tandy’s direction of HereAfterHere: a self guided tour of eternity.
This show is sponsored by Rowland and Pat Rebele and the Hyatt Family.