Catharine Clune, violinist and music director, woke from a dream in early 1998 knowing she wanted to start a tango group, and founded Tango No. 9. A ten-year veteran of Club Foot Orchestra, she now is one of the leaders of its off-shoot, the Nino Rota cover band Orchestra Nostalgico. She wrote and arranged a portion of the music recorded and performed by Club Foot for the 90′s remake of CBS Saturday cartoon Felix The Cat. Her soundtrack for the short film A Rat Fairy Tale won an award at the Short Attention Span Film Festival. In addition to performing and composing, she has recorded with free improv groups such as the Molecules, Speed the Parting Guest, Crawling with Tarts, and rock groups Steve Kirk Pop and Zircus.
Greg Stephens, trombonist and composer, has spent the last several years performing and recording with Tango No. 9, Ad Hoc Brass Band, Circus Bella All-Stars, Big Lou’s Dance Party (formerly Polka Casserole), and Lord Loves A Working Man, and has written or arranged for most of them. He is occasionally seen with The Green Street Mortuary Band, and has also played with Extra Action Marching Band, The Klezmatics, Golem, Frank London, Kugelplex, Eric McFadden, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, among others. In his spare time he is the musical director for the spring musicals at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco.
Greg attended CSU Northridge, where he studied trombone with Bill Booth. He received his BA from UCSB, where he studied composition with Stephen Hartke. Shortly thereafter he founded 20th Century FORUM, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Bay Area composers and new music performers. Past performance credits include Berkeley Opera, Berkeley Contemporary Opera, City Summer Opera, and Bella Musica.
Joshua Raoul Brody, pianist, spends most of his time accompanying improv groups (True Fiction Magazine, Bay Area Theatersports), actors (Josh Kornbluth, Merle Kessler), and musicians (Mr. Lucky, Orchestra Nostalgico). He makes most of his money composing for film (the independent feature Suckerfish), video (MTV’s Winter Steele), and multimedia (Sony’s Tiny Tank). As an accompanist, Joshua Raoul Brody has worked with comedians Lily Tomlin and Robin Williams, film legends from Philip Kaufman to Felix the Cat, singers Tom Waits, Sir Bob Geldof and Florence Henderson, rock stars Joe Satriani and Nina Hagen, and unlumpable phenomena like The Residents, the Ethel Merman Memorial Choir, and Those Darn Accordions!.
Mr. Brody has been nominated for a Bay Area Critics’ Circle award for best score, won (with the Rick & Ruby Show) several Cabaret Gold Awards, and in 1991 was awarded the Bay Guardian’s first GOLDIE award. His many other accomplishments and name-drops are chronicled at www.jraoul.org.
Zoltan DiBartolo comes from a diverse vocal background that spans 25 years and includes classical, jazz, tango, salsa, cabaret, and vaudeville. DiBartolo is concurrently pursuing a career as an opera tenor; recent roles include Gastone in La Traviata (Virago Theater Co.) and Enrico Caruso in The Last Night of The Barbary Coast (Idora Park Theater Co.). He is actively involved in San Francisco’s new Kurt Weill Project (goathall.org), and has also performed with Tin Hat Trio, Freddi Price, Allison Lovejoy, Rebecca Mauleon, The SF Choral Society, UC Berkeley Chorus, UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, Solano Chamber Society, UC Berkeley Summer Symphony, and Berkeley Opera, among others.
Member emeritus Isabel Douglass performs on accordion in a variety of styles including tango, French musette, Balkan dance styles, klezmer, early jazz, and experimental music. She is founder of the group Les Croque-Notes, a quartet specializing in the music of George Brassens. Isabel has worked with a variety of Bay Area ensembles, including The Japonize Elephants, Eric McFadden, Rupa and the April Fishes, Amaldecor, Kugelplex, and Faun Fables. Recent dance and theater groups she has collaborated with are Dandelion Dance Theater, Roccoco Risque, and Yuko Kaseki. She currently lives in Copenhagen.