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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact me here if you would like find out more about having me perform at you next event and would like to check my availability.

FAQs for Events
How much do you charge?
What are some of the choices to make if I'd like to have your music at my event?
Do you have a minimum number of hours that you will play for?
How long in advance should I book you?
Do you sing?
What else should I know about hiring you for my event?
What are some of the places you have performed at?
Where can I see you perform?

FAQs Specific to Weddings
Can you perform at both the ceremony and the reception?
Can you play the traditional Bridal March for our ceremony?
Would you learn to play some of our favorite songs for our wedding?
We don't want a strictly traditional wedding. Which of your songs on the CDs would be good for when bride walks down the isle (the processional).
How about the recessional (the end of the ceremony)?

Listen to Wedding Ceremony Music Here
The best man would like to speak at the reception. Do you have a microphone he can use?
Do you play dance music for the reception?
How do we choose the music for the ceremony? The reception?
Can you play "Stairway to Heaven"?

>> Here are some nice things people have written from wedding performances

How much do you charge by the hour?
I wish I could give you a simple hourly fee but for musicians a large amount of the time is often traveling, setting up and then putting everything away. As an example a local one hour performance usually takes me a total of from 4 to 5 hours.

Other variables I consider are the day of the week, location (some places are harder to get into), extra equipment needed, etc. Within Northern California I will drive to the event and consider travel time when quoting fees. Please plan on providing air and ground transportation outside of Northern California.

I do have a formula that I use as a guideline in which I estimate how much time and equipment needed to come up with a figure. I do also keep a small Pay It Forward fund for people who love my music but find it a hardship to pay my standard fees.

I have years of experience doing this and I can make this whole thing much simpler by asking you a few questions and making some suggestions. It's OK if you don't have all the information yet. Some information can help narrow things down quite a bit and then we can refine things as we go.

Contact me here if you would like find out more about having me perform at you next event and would like to check my availability.

What are some of the choices to make if I'd like to have your music at my event?
OPTION 1: Solo performance (with tracks). The tracks (or band in a box as I call it) is something I have developed over years and I have received a great response. It consists of a high-quality digital recording of the music from my CDs without the melody guitar. I use a Professional MP3 player at the performance connected to a top-end sound system. The sound is natural, very realistic and allows me to perform with less people and retain the quality of my recordings. Advantages: Great control over volume. Good for places where volume or budget is an issue.

OPTION 2: Pretty much the same but would include a live percussionist along with myself. This adds a little more rhythm element and color to the reception. Part of it I think is the sound of live percussion, but I think there is a visual element also with the colorful instruments and the intricate coordinated movements of a professional percussionist - maybe a little of the same appeal as a talented dancer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED where a room can support 50 people or more or outdoors.

OPTION 3: The New World Flamenco Jazz Quartet. What can I say. This is the 100% real thing. Four talented, experienced musicians working together to create magic.

Do you have a minimum number of hours that you will play for? No.

How long in advance should I book you?
Of course it's good to book as far in advance as possible. I have some bookings a year in advance.  I'm usually fairly booked up a month or so in advance but if something comes up or some one cancels please feel free to contact me. I may just be available and I would be glad to help out.

Do you sing?
No one wants to pay me to sing.

What else should I know about hiring you for my event?
If you would like me to perform outdoors please provided shade and/or heat as appropriate and electricity in the area I will be performing.

It's customary for musicians to perform for 45 minutes and take a 15 minute break. I am flexible and will work into the flow of the event. For example, if there is going to be a break for speeches 65 minutes into an event we will wait and take our break then. It's probably not a good idea to have us play more the 1 1/2 hours without a break (that never seems to happen anyway). We might start falling down or something.

I will make CDs of my music available for sale during the event. Some clients choose to purchase CDs ahead of time and give them as gifts to their employees, friends and associates. Please contact me for quantity pricing. If you do not want me to make CDs available for sale at the event please tell me ahead of time.

I do charge to arrive earlier than my usual 45 minute setup and to wait between performances the same as if I were performing. For example, if I were to perform for 1 hour, then wait for one hour and perform for another hour I would consider that a  3 hour event.

FAQs Specific to Weddings

Can you perform at both the ceremony and the reception?
Yes. If the two are at the same location we may need extra equipment to be ready on time for the reception. If they are at different locations it works if you are hiring the duo or Quartet so my band members can have the equipment set up for the reception while I am performing at the ceremony. Again, extra sound equipment is involved but no real problem.

Can you play the traditional Bridal March for our ceremony?
Yes, I can play guitar versions of the traditional processional "Bridal Chorus" (Here Comes the Bride - Wagner/and the closing recessional "Wedding March" (Mendelssohn).

Listen to Wedding Ceremony Music Here

Would you learn to play some of our favorite songs for our wedding?
Most people that hire me to perform at their weddings have heard my music and feel that my music would enhance their celebration. Sometimes I am asked to play a guitar version of a particular song or two that means something special to the couple. I will do this especially for the ceremony and charge for the extra time it takes me to learn the music (varies depending on the complexity of the songs).

For the most part I am not the best person to hire if you are looking for guitarist to play a variety of music from other artists. I am an original composer and spend many hours composing, arranging and recording my original music. There are many musicians who play music from many artists and spend there time learning this music. Two different animals.

We don't want a strictly traditional wedding. Which of your songs on the CDs would be good for when bride walks down the isle (the processional).
Moonlight Samba (from Heart Coming Home) and "The Beloved" (not on any CD yet) has worked well. You may want to listen to my CDs and see if any of the songs speak to you.

How about the recessional (the end of the ceremony)?
Usually something lively
that let's people know it's the end of the ceremony. I've composed some original music that fits well here. If you'd like a free CD sampler with both my original songs and traditional songs for weddings send me an email to contact me with "wedding CD sampler requested" in the Comment section. Please include the dates of the wedding so I can let you know if I'm available.

The best man would like to speak at the reception. Do you have a microphone he can use?
Yes, no problem.

Do you play dance music for the reception?
When I perform as the New World Flamenco Quartet often people feel moved to dance. The live drums just seem to make people move. When I play solo the music is quieter and not really dance music (though I've been proven wrong on occasion).

How do we choose the music for the ceremony? The reception?
The tradition Processional ("Here Comes the Bride") and Recessional (Bridal March") are the easy way out for the ceremony. Sometimes I play a quiet instrumental as a meditation in the middle of the ceremony if appropriate. Many people have favorites from my CDs that they ask me to play. For the reception I usually choose the songs from my CDs based on the type of reception and flow of events.

Can you play "Stairway to Heaven"?
Believe it or not someone recently asked me that. Yes, but I'd rather not.

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NEW WORLD FLAMENCO JAZZ by Tomas Michaud
1631 Park Street - Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 523-4797   Email: Tomas

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