Elena is a lifelong musician on violin and guitar, a singer and songwriter who has released 6 albums and performed internationally. Her education includes degrees in Classical Languages from UC-Berkeley, Cambridge University, and UCLA. She lives in Nevada City.
“As a a singer-guitarist, learning Joni is very challenging and very satisfying to me. Naturally she has written some of the most beautiful and emotional songs ever recorded. Beyond that, even from a very young age her melodies and guitar patterns were very sophisticated. To really do Joni justice, I have had to dive deeply into her unusual guitar tunings, which she developed for herself from having a slightly crippled left fingering had. Her right hand picking/strumming hand is very strong with a syncopated style and combines many different techniques. On top of these complex musical patterns, her voice soars in gorgeous melodies with a six octave range. Learning to do those parts has brought me to a whole new level of ability, that’s for sure!
“This performance will combine my solo playing and singing of her earlier material with the guitars in the original keys and tunings with some later material and a band. I will be joined by master pianist and keyboardist Tommy Coster, and international touring bassist Chris Golden, master jazz drummer Tim Bulkley and superb vocalists Anni McCann and Cherisha Heart as well as special guests.
“I hope you will join me as well for a magical evening of wonderful music and songs in the beautifully artistic and newly painted the incredible murals of the Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City.
Paul Emery’s long series of concerts at the Theatre has been bringing the highest level of local and touring talent to the area for many years. When you attend one his his shows, you are part of the history of the very special community. He has also a very dedicated and professional team to make every performance one that you will not forget.” — Elena Rayo
Featuring George Holden’s Liquid Light Show
A pioneer artist in the field of liquid light shows since 1966, George Holden continue to create. He has created moving light experiences at the Fillmore West, Berkeley Community Theater, Marin Civic Center, The Crest Theatre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Crocker Art Museum, The Great American Music Hall and many more for groups including the Mermen, Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Sly Stone, Paul Butterfield, Etta James, Carlos Santana, Donovan, Joan Baez, Loving Spoonful, John Lee Hooker, Country Joe McDonald, and Elvin Bishop among others.
In 2010 George Holden utilized analog images and live cinema digital video projection with Saul and Elena Rayos Door Jam at the Grass Valley Center for Arts, Nevada City Theater and other local venues. George Holden has also worked for several years with the Thousand Kisses Deep Leonard Cohen Tribute show produced by Paul Emery.
In 2022 Elena Rayo produced and performed her first local Joni Mitchell Tribute Show at the Nevada City Theater. The audience response was overwhelmingly supportive as Elena Rayo’s performance as she nailed the essence of Joni Mitchell’s music. In addition was live video support with George Holden & CO’s live cinema show highlighting Elena’s Rayo’s performance.
This years Elena Rayos’s Joni Mitchell Tribute Show will feature George Holden’s Live Cinema Light Show. This showcase promises to be an over the top performance and show that you won’t want to miss.