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142 Throckmorton Theatre Presents

Hearts on Fire
Barbara Borden & Band
Concert and Filming for Documentary, Keeper of the Beat

When: Saturday, October 23, 2011 at 8pm

Where: 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Down Town Mill Valley, 94941

What: Drummer extraordinaire Barbara Borden, along with her new band, Hearts on Fire, present an unforgettable concert celebrating love and peace. This concert will be filmed by David Brown and will be featured in the documentary, Keeper of the Beat, the story of Barbara’s life as a drummer, composer, teacher and peacemaker. With her musical roots in jazz and big band, this event marks the beginning of Borden’s foray into rock & roll as both drummer and singer. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the completion of the documentary.

Third Rock, the opening band for this evening is a hot new band of socially responsible young rockers from 12 – 14 years old.

Who: Hearts of Fire is Barbara Borden (drumming and singing,) Sheilah Glover (musical director, keyboards, vocals,) Lotus Belle-Glover (drums and percussion,) Deborah Winters (guitar and vocals,) Tom Finch (guitar and vocals,) and Rob Fordyce (bass and vocals.)

Public Information: Tickets are $25 General Admission, $35 Reserved Seating, $28 General Admission (Day of Show) and can be purchased by calling the box office at 415.383.9600 or on line at For more information, email

Media Contact:

Clara Franco
Hamilton Ink PR
637 East Blithedale
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-8198


— For immediate release —

A musical performance, movie screening and fundraising event for
A documentary film about the life and work of
drummer, educator, performer
by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker

At Mill Valley’s Golf Clubhouse
267 Buena Vista
Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Barbara Borden, acclaimed Bay Area drummer and educator, is the subject of a biographical film-in-progress being produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, David L. Brown. Borden and Brown are celebrating and previewing the new half-hour excerpt of their feature-length documentary, Keeper of the Beat, with a fundraising event hosted at Mill Valley’s Golf Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley, on Sunday, April 11, 2010, from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. Barbara and David are seeking to raise sufficient funds to complete an hour-long rough edit by this summer.

Although the event is free, reservations are required as space is limited. RSVP to or to (415) 388-8890.

In the film, Barbara Borden, a dynamic 64-year old Bay Area drummer, composer, teacher and peacemaker, tells her story in words and music, including footage from She Dares to Drum, Borden’s autobiographical percussion play, which originally debuted in San Francisco in 1995.

The April 11th event will include a musical performance by Borden and friends, a half-hour screening of the film, a conversation with both Barbara and filmmaker Brown, and a group drumming for all who wish to participate. Refreshments will be provided. Children are welcome, as are any and all drummers.

For tax-deductible donations through our fiscal sponsor, San Francisco Film Society, please visit

Barbara Borden has been drumming since the age of ten, sharing a passion that has taken her along many musical avenues: as performing and recording artist collaborating with dancers, authors, storytellers, actors, poets and healers; as member of the band Alive! (eight years); as composer (Beauty in the Beat, All Hearts Beating, Lady of the Serpent Skirt); as solo performer (most recently in her percussion play, She Dares to Drum); and as leader in drumming for peace initiatives (throughout the United States and, in 1994 in the former Yugoslavia, performances in refugee camps and peace concerts for the general public). Barbara Borden’s website is

David L. Brown is a three-time Emmy Award-winning San Francisco documentary filmmaker who has, since 1971, produced, written and directed over 80 productions and ten broadcast documentaries on social, nuclear, health, technology, peace and environmental issues. His documentaries have received over 80 international awards and have been broadcast on PBS and in 15 countries. David L. Brown’s website is

Keeper of the Beat showcases the unfolding of Barbara’s identity as a world musician. Archival footage shows her career in performance, her leadership in drumming circles and in peace and reconciliation projects, her teaching methods to bring drumming into all areas of life, and her exploration into the deeper cultural and ceremonial dimensions of drumming. The film’s website is, where digital image files may also be downloaded.

Barbara Borden and David L. Brown are available for interviews. Contact Barbara at (415) 888-3191 or email Contact David at (415) 468-7469 or email




all woman jazz quintet

Tuesday, July 19, Alive!—the all-woman jazz quintet, will be performing as part of the West Wave Dance Festival 2005 produced by Summerfest Dance. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alive! held a unique role in the jazz and women’s music scene in the seventies and eighties. They toured nationally, have four recordings to their credit (Alive!, Call It Jazz, City Life; Always Alive!), and made deep inroads into the international jazz community playing in jazz clubs and festivals across the U.S. and Canada. Alive!’s distinctive jazz sound comprised of both original compositions and jazz standards combines Afro-Cuban rhythms, evocative melodies, Brazilian sambas, African-inspired chants and theatrical improvisations. Members include Barbara Borden, Drumset & Percussion; Carolyn Brandy, Congas & Percussion; Rhiannon, Vocals; Janet Small, Piano; and Susanne Vincenza, Bass & Cello.

This is Alive!’s third reunion concert since they amicably ended their ten year association together as a band in 1986. They decided to reunite once again, this time to celebrate Rhiannon and Barbara’s sixtieth birthdays and 30 years of being Alive! Elvia Marta and a core group of her student dancers will join Alive! combining not only the worlds of jazz and dance, but also a long time association that Elvia has had dancing with the band.

The performance at 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 19, is immediately followed by a reception. The location is Cowell Theatre in Fort Mason Center—Marina Blvd. at Buchanan. Open seating—first come, first served. Doors and box office open at 6:30 PM. Tickets for all shows are $25 in advance and $30 at the door including reception immediately following the show. For tickets call the Festival Box Office: 415-863-9834.

Alive! is available for interviews.
Call press contact: Barbara Borden @ 415-388-5340
Digital image file available upon request.