The weekend was a lovely one for Eclecta! We started out by dressing up as love bugs for a Valentines Day party, and we ended it on the couch watching the Grammys. Our favorite moments: Kendrick Lamar’s performance; Adele’s brilliant post-performance tweet; Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Album of the Year.

In celebration of Taylor’s win, we’re sharing our arrangement of “Shake it Off.” Enjoy!

Wedding season is in full swing, which means we’re traveling throughout Wine Country playing ceremonies, cocktail hours, and beyond! Yesterday we got to take part in Nathan and Shannon’s special day at Barndiva in Healdsburg, CA. The weather was perfect and everyone looked stunning!

Behind the scenes photo during the ceremony...shhhh!
Behind the scenes photo during the ceremony…shhhh!

In addition to some standard wedding repertoire, we threw in some of our jazz and pop favorites by The Beatles, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Taylor Swift, Etta James, and Lady Gaga.

Heather and Shaina
Heather and Shaina

Congratulations Nathan and Shannon! We had a blast. Thanks for having us on your special day!

Hailing from Del Mar, California, Sarah Dabby is a violinist, violist, and key business contributor for Eclecta Quartet. Here, she describes her musical background, influences, and minor superpower.

Sarah Dabby
Sarah Dabby
How long have you been playing your instrument?
Since I was seven years old.

Where did you attend school?
Princeton University, BA in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

If you could time travel, what year would you hang out in?
1963.

Proudest musical moment?
Performing with The Family Crest at an intimate, off-the-grid house concert in Austin, TX during the South by Southwest Festival. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work, and our chemistry with the audience was insane.

Greatest influence(s) musically?
Stephane Grappelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Devotchka, Milo Greene, Radiohead, OK Go, Simon and Garfunkel, folk music (especially Russian, Eastern European, and Israeli), Zakir Hussain

Minor Superpower?
The ability to sleep on airplanes.

Guilty pleasure pop song?
“Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.

Other groups you’re involved with?
The Family Crest, Deltron3030, and a lot of freelance work.

Anything Else?
When I’m not performing, I’m the Head of Talent for ClickTime, a small San Francisco-based tech company.