Fritz Weber and Luminos
Fritz Weber is a sixth generation Oregonian and has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He began classical piano lessons when he was eight years old and playing drums at eleven. In high school he started playing in bands, learning by ear, and composing songs. After graduating from Lewis & Clark College, he studied with jazz pianists, notably Mary Field and Randy Cannon. He has been a band leader since 1973 and began teaching students privately in 1980.
Fritz is a vocalist and plays piano, electric keyboard, organ, synthesizer, accordion and key bass. He also plays latin, world, and classical percussion including: timpani, orchestra bells, doumbec, and tabla. He enjoys playing in a wide variety of musical styles: Jazz, Funk, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, Zydeco, Caribbean, New Orleans R&B, World, and Classical.
Besides appearing on recordings by other artists, he has recorded three CDs of his own original music. In 2017, Manzanita Moon was released with his full band, Luminos. Before that was Meditations for Peace, a solo keyboard album. His first recording was an album of jazz-rock originals with Luminos called So Hot. He recently wrote two classical pieces for use at weddings. One is a processional and the other a recessional. Both were scored for keyboard or two trumpets, trombone, pipe organ, and timpani.
Fritz has conducted choral groups and orchestras, played keyboards for ten years with Carl Smith & the Natural Gas Company, a jazz/funk big band, and appeared as a percussionist in the film Instrumental Treason. For several years he was employed at a piano store where he worked with Yamaha electric keyboards, acoustic pianos and the Yamaha Disklavier.® He also has decades of experience working as both a live audio engineer and as a studio recording engineer.
He has played timpani with many orchestras including the Oregon Symphony. He was a member of the Marylhurst Symphony for twelve years and the Portland Chamber Orchestra for five.
Fritz has performed at numerous churches in the Portland area. He was the Music Director for the Multnomah Presbyterian Church and then served five years as the Director of Music Ministries at St. James Episcopal Church in Tigard.
Julie Weber plays flute, alto flute, piccolo, bongos, conga drums, rubboard, latin and classical percussion. She has worked as a professional vocalist and musician for many years and sings in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Julie started piano and voice lessons when she was twelve. After college, she studied flute with John May of the Oregon Symphony and vocals with Joni Metcalf at the Cornish Institute for Allied Arts in Seattle. Julie and Fritz have been together since 1968 and Julie has played music side-by-side with Fritz, every step of the way.
Dan Weber, trombone, percussion, vocals
Danae Angela Crook, vocals, percussion, synthesizer
Rick Galarneau, guitars, vocals,
Andy Fuller, trumpet, flugelhorn
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