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Most Recent Castaway - 20th November, 2015
Donna Viscuso (2015)

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Although born in Connecticut, Donna Viscuso has delighting Bay Area audiences with her flute, her harmonica and her alto saxophone for nigh on three decades.

After studying music at SF State and Laney College, Donna traveled to Venezuela for more music. While there, she performed with some of the best in the country, absorbing the folk traditions of that country.

The influence of Venezuela on Donna has been huge—she's been part of Jackeline Rago's Venezuelan Project, and has co-lead The V-Note Ensemble (formerly the Snake Trio) with Jacky for a decade or more. But Donna has also been part of Wild Mango and the KTO project, and worked with violist Mimi Dye and Brazilian singer Adriana Moreno, among many others.

Donna has composed music for several documentaries, such as "My Home in Prison", "Sex Is", and "Chuck Solomon Coming of Age". Her compositions can also be heard on the popular "Living Books" collection of educational CD-ROMs. She also spends a lot of time in the classroom, introducing kids to multi-cultural music experiences through the Adventures in Music (AIM) program sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 James Brown The History of Funk, Vol. 1 Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine Rhino
# 2 Aquiles Báez La Patilla A San Benito Cacao Music
# 3 Ella Fitzgerald The Duke Ellington Songbook I Got It Bad Verve
# 4 A. Minivieille et al. Paris Musette Flambé Montalbanaise Just a Memory
# 5 Herbie Mann and Sam Most Herbie Mann and Sam Most Quintet Fascinatin' Rhythm Bethlehem
# 6 Caetano Veloso Fina Estampa Tonada de Luna Llena Universal Music Latino
# 7 Igor Stravinsky Shadow Dances Tango Deutsche Grammophon
# 8 Zizi Possi Per Amore Abertura: Lacreme Napulitane Mercury
# 9 Roland Kirk I Talk to the Spirits Serenade to a Cuckoo Verve
# 10 Luciano Pavarotti Hits from Lincoln Center Nessun' Dorma London
Book Kenny Werner, "Effortless Mastery"
Luxury Item "A bed"