Maestro Robert Berry—An American Master who guides his effervescent Soundtek Studios in Campbell, CA with brilliance, verve and versatility. A progressive rock singer, composer and lyricist, bandleader, arranger, engineer, and selfless person, he has found a new avenue for his voice in romantic classical pop with SHE’s “Blue Rose Blue.” In this song he summoned the voice of the great tenor, Charles Kullman, in Kullman's matchless performance of Gustav Mahler's song cycle Das Lied von der Erde conducted by Bruno Walter in 1936. Berry's and Kullman's voices meet especially in Mahler's jewel "Of Youth," the third song of this song cycle.

Berry's orchestral work was crucial in obtaining SHE’s award from the California State University — ERFA Foundation. Pat Moore once said, “Berry seldom if ever takes the credit that his talent deserves.” Berry has a magic touch that contributes immeasurably to Bay Area artistry. His Band 3 went to the top of the charts with “Talkin’ About” in To the Power of Three, featuring Berry, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. His albums include Back to Back, Pilgrimage to a Point, In These Eyes and Taking it Back. With Intern Girl he and Soundtek made the Smithsonian in April 2002. He lives in Los Gatos with his wife, daughter and son.

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Jean Emerson, owner and publisher of Jacaranda Press, has contributed a superb poem to SHE's musical revue "Hello Joyce, or, Shaky Marriage." Emerson believes poetry can save the world. In her publishing endeavors she has featured excellent poets, among them Linda Carney and Phyllis Koestenbaum of San Jose. Emerson is an outstanding poet, and one of those who brings magic to whatever she undertakes. She has three books of poetry—Not Alone, Cycles of the Moonvine, and Lessons from a Castle. For decades she has brought astonishing leadership skills to writing workshops as organizer and director, using a subtle, refined intelligence to promote artistry. Her forthcoming book, With a Little Help from My Friends, is a writing groups' guide.

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Pamela Polland is one of the finest singers in American popular music. Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner music critic, called her “…the Bay Area’s finest jazz vocalist.” An American master, she has won many awards, including one from ASCAP and a gold record. Her credits make up a Who’s Who of top talent from all over the music spectrum. A master of many genres, she has performed and recorded with such stars as Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, John Denver, Taj Mahal, Manhattan Transfer and others. She sang with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell in their Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour, and appeared in the album and movie. Linda Ronstadt, Helen Reddy, The Byrds, Vicki Carr, Nancy Ames and Bobby Bare have all recorded her songs.

She has three albums on Columbia Records and Epic. In her latest album, The Heart of the World, she has sung with Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins and Annie Stocking. She has performed in concert at such venues as the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Oakland Paramount Theater. She has sung four songs for SHE and one for the musical comedy, Under the Moscow Moon. “Bright Shelters in the Rain” and “Cinderella with a Ph.D.,” both of which she sings in SHE, won awards at the American Song Festival. You will find song samples of her work in SHE and in the Musicals section. Her performances are remarkable for their intelligence, versatility and inventiveness. She has an astonishing ability to sing jazz and blues, and her devotion to the work of the great blues singer, Bessie Smith, has borne fruit in her out-of-this-world performance of "She Likes Antiques and Young Men" which is in the musical comedy, Under the Moscow Moon. Her performance has the same authority, power and inventive brilliance of Bessie Smith’s unforgettable “It’s a Long Old Road.” The Musicals page of this Website has a sample of “She Likes Antiques and Young Men.” We are privileged more than we can say to feature Pamela in SHE. She lives with her architect husband, Bill Ernst, in Hawaii.

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