Jodi Farrell and Peirano’s Restaurant Present:

A Singer-Songwriters’ Dinner Event

This singer-songwriter event showcases 8 amazing and talented musicians. The bios below are a glimpse into their musical journey and influences.

Ella Robles

Ella Robles is an 8th grader at Ventura Charter School and has been studying guitar for 4 years with Eric Davis and voice for 1 1⁄2 years with Jodi.

She has been writing songs for over 2 years. In addition to her passion for music, Ella enjoys aerial
acrobatics, playing with her lovebird, tending to her indoor garden and various art and cooking projects.

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Tamara Varney

Tamara (pronounced like tomorrow with an "ah"), teethed on her first guitar, a nylon string beater that doubled as a candle stand, the top bass shoulder covered in beeswax. The first moment of gummy contact, instilled the enchantment of guitar resonance and...bees. Guitar playing and the voice of her muse have been the mediums through which TamaraSue expresses her life experience. Growing up off grid with clawhammer banjos, fiddles and an 8 track player that ran off a battery of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt and at dinner, Handel, Tamara clearly had to make her own music. As a native Californian and lifelong Ecologist, Tamara has experienced raging fires, earthquakes, floods and the impacts of people on the Pacific Coast. Writing about this is her wheelhouse. Her music transcends a simple genre as she relishes both Rock and the soul of Roots Americana. She has a Rock album; "Shoes," a Musical album; "Reboot Earth," and a new EP; "Fingerpicking Suites" coming soon. Tamara serves as Board Chair for Namba Performing Arts Space in historic downtown Ventura.

Michael Henszey

Michael's career was forged in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his early years, a recording studio that he co-owned and managed pulled in top tier clients like Cheap Trick and earned a photo on the cover of Mix Magazine. He also worked on music for numerous national ads.

As a singer/songwriter, Michael has released five albums, performed widely, and collaborated and recorded with a bunch of well-known musicians. He now lives in Ventura, California working as an audio producer and is the music director for a SoCal chapter of Chick Singer Night, a national female-led singer songwriter showcase.

Aaron Burch

Aaron Burch is a music producer and a leader in the field of artist development.

He has worked with many artists including Chord Overstreet from Glee and the famous "Pink Corvette lady" of Hollywood Billboard fame, Angeline. Aaron is the owner of Burch Studio, a recording facility in the beautiful Ventura Theater Building in Downtown Ventura where he has assembled a team of great session players and a grammy award winning mix engineer to make records.

As a music educator, Aaron has run an artist and band development program for over 15 years with a focus on production and songwriting for teens. His students have gone to be in successful bands the Bad Suns, Pushing Veronica, and Sir Please, and to sing background for Bobby McFerrin. Aaron has 3 albums out with 2 more to come this year now that the AMAZING Jodi Farell has helped him find his voice.

Luke Hannington

Luke Hannington has been writing music since the early 80s when he collaborated on his first song, “Bring Me Back My Clover, Rover.” Despite the many critics who consider “Rover” his finest work, he persists in writing songs that are often described as “overly complex” and “arch.” (He prefers to think of them as “witty” and “charming”.) Luke supports his songwriting habit by teaching music theory and writing silent movie scores. His most recent album, “Popular Selections for the Youth Market, Vol. 2,” is available on all fine streaming services and iTunes.
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Jodi Farrell

Jodi Farrell has been a music instructor here in Ventura for the past 28 years. She teaches music lessons in voice, guitar, and piano to both beginners and experienced performers at her private studio in midtown Ventura located at 1926 E. Main St. Ventura CA 93001 Jodi has received the honored title and award of “Best Music Teacher in Ventura County” from the VC Reporter poll 2010 & 2011, and remained in the top 3 each year since. In 2019, 2020 & 2021 Jodi, again, received the honored title and award from the VC Reporter’s poll. In 2016, Jodi received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator in Ventura County. Her students have achieved recognition and awards for their participation in local competitions, such as the Spotlight Awards and National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Jodi even has students performing in international touring bands and a few alumni on the great stages of Broadway. Currently, Jodi works with Jim Rankin as a duo group, playing bass and guitar and singing at venues throughout the Ventura County.

Dylan Brehm

Dylan Brehm has been performing in his hometown of Ventura, California, since he was 10 years old. His passion for music started at a very young age and since then he hasn’t looked back. He plays guitar and sings in his band, Looking West, and also writes and performs his own music. His musical influences include Neil Young, Paul McCartney, and The Police.
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Marina Miller & Emma Wright

Marina and Emma are childhood best friends who met in 1st grade in Ventura. Marina is an actress and currently taking voice lessons with Jodi while Emma took voice and guitar lessons with Jodi throughout her teenage years. After both relocating back to Ventura during quarantine, they moved in together and began writing songs. This is the first time the pair is performing two of their original songs for a live audience and they are so excited to be
included in this special event tonight.