The essence of great jazz is the spontaneous moments that produce epic interactions between the musicians. Pacifica 101 demonstrates the expression of skill and artistry. As the soloists layer on top of the rhythm section, you realizee that these musicians are channelingl a higher power of creativity and expressing the depth of their soul. It's about being in the moment!
DEEPLY PASSIONATE, SOULFUL WITH A JOYFUL SPIRIT
EXCELLENCE AND PROFESSIONALISM
Pacifica 101 is made up of highly skilled and seasoned professionals in the music industry. Their credits include performances and recordings with headline acts , artists and global entertainment organizations. This combination of talent creates an infectious chemistry that delights audiences with their soulful grooves and finessed approach to instrumental music.
Jack Hopfinger, Guitarist
Jack is one of the world's finest guitarists. He has his own identifiable style and sound. His signature tone has been recorded and he has performed in the Los Angeles area and in the Pacific Northwest. He has been the choice for many original acts, solo artists and cover bands, varying from rock, R&B, funk, Latin, Jazz, and country. Jack recently opened for Los Lonely Boys, and the legendary Robben Trower, and John Mayall performing his originals with a trio at The Rogue Theater in Grants Pass. Jack joined, “Survivorman” Les Stroud, at a benefit where they performed much of Les’ original material in an acoustic trio. Jack continues to freelance and teach music.
David Bolen, Drums
Mr. Bolen has performed at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Monterey Blues Festival, Britt Festival as well as with Grammy nominatied artists like multi-platinum selling rock and jazz guitarist Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship) and singer songwriter Jack Johnson. In the contemporary jazz group, RazzaMoJazz, which David co-founded, he was joined with Grammy-Award winning saxistBrandon Fields (Tower of Power, Rippingtons), and famed guitarist Jeff Pevar (David Foster, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins, Ray Charles and more). David has performed with many diverse acts such as Brazilian pop star Dandara (Montreaux Jazz Festival) as well as surf/country guitar legend Nokie Edwards (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group, The Ventures). As an opener, David has shared the stage with superstar artists Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Maceo Parker, Rick Springfield and Peter Frampton.
David currently performs with singer/songwriter MATIA. Her band includes rock legends, Kenny Mazur(Robert Palmer), Sandy Stein, Steve Robbins (Robert Palmer, Irene Cara, Ashford & Simpson, Special EFX, many more) ,and Jon Woodhead (Leon Russel, Ace, Dave Koz). Other groups David performs with are lIght rock group, Jeff K & OverTones, nuevo-flamenco group, Sonido Alegre, classic rock band, The Rogue Suspects, and R&B super group, Souliverse
"...the rock-solid rhythm section of David Bolen on drums..."
- Mail Tribune
Mr. Bolen is also an award-winning author, speaker, and executive coach. His books have been published internationally. He has traveled worldwide and has lived in Africa and Europe.
John Taylor, Keyboards
As a musical director, keyboardist and composer for over 30 years, John Taylor has worked with many stellar artists He is most known for his long tenured work as conductor and keyboardist with Cirque du Soleil's "O" at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
John's career as a keyboardist and composer has included touring with 80's super-group, DeBarge ("Rhythm of the Night"), appearing in the backup band and playing on the soundtrack in the Jennifer Lopez film, "The Wedding Planner," and writing a hit song for 90's English pop-star, Rick Astley, "Never Knew Love," that was in the Top 40 on the Great Britain / European charts. In addition to his writing and recording for others, his debut solo CD, "Moonlight", was critically acclaimed in Los Angeles.
John moved to Southern Oregon to realize his dream of creating a youth-based musical theater "where ALL young people are cast in a professional-quality production, regardless of the level of experience or talent." The Teen Musical Theater of Oregon (TMTO), the youth theater program for Craterian Performances, is in it's 9th season. John's technical and musical abilities allow him to create the symphonic sound-scores heard exclusively in TMTO productions, effectively recreating a "virtual orchestra" with his computers and synthesizers, giving the audience and cast members alike the sense of having a live orchestra accompany the TMTO performances.
Donnie Yance, Bass Guitar
Donnie started playing the bass and studying privately at age 14. He is honored to have toured with many popular bands on the East Coast, including Moment’s Notice, Suspect, Touchdown, Funkestra, Encore, and two Gospel bands, His Own, and First Love. Locally, he has played and composed original music with the band Infusion (InfusionUSA.com), which in 2012 produced, Under the Sun, a CD of original music and which opened for Earth, Wind, and Fire at the Britt Festival. Presently, he is also the bassist in the bands, Jeff K and Overtones, Sonido Alegre, and Souliverse which gig at many wineries throughout Oregon and California.