• "The mix of instrumental (Mark's expertise with the guitar amazed our friends), duets with Cindy (their voices blend beautifully as one),  humor and short stories to introduce the songs – it was perfect. Mark and Cindy's rapport with our friends was almost magical."
      -Sylvia and John Schofield
    • "Mark set our house concert audience on their ear.  Over the weeks following his performance our friends were still raving about his smooth and friendly stage manner, intimate delivery and clever songwriting.  We’ve had some wonderful troubadours grace our house concert series-- and Mark is at the top of a strong list of entertainers."
      - Charles Stacey, Four Corners House Concerts
    • "I've seen a lot of acts, but the harmonies of these two are so aligned and balanced, I felt as though I got an audio 'tune up' inside me after listening to their songs."
      - Kiki Wow, Music Host & Promoter for Carmel Valley
    • "It was an impeccable performance. Never have I witnessed such control of the steel stringed guitar's sound. This was a flawless show."
      - Mark Twang, Folkways Recordings
    • "In a world of thoughtless high volume, Mark Lemaire & Twilight continue the ancient tradition of acoustic music, skillfully weaving between folk, jazz, and even rock, with nary an electronic trick."
      - Mark Helprin- award-winning novelist, author of “Winter’s Tale”
    • Mark Lemaire and Twilight takes you back to the purity of early 60s folk music, with much in between bravely noted and adapted. The homage to Pachelbel In 'Rock and Kite' is brilliant and beautiful."
      - Mark Helprin- award-winning novelist, author of “Winter’s Tale”
    • Bob Stane says “I was fascinated by ‘Zanzibar Sands’-- it has a unique voice and story line. After his main set ended, I did something I have never done in 50 years of putting on shows: I asked Mark if he would sing it one more time. As he did, I enjoyed its uniqueness all over again."
      -Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA
    • "Lemaire has received critical kudos from the industry as well as his musical peers...Performing with van Empel, the blend of voices adds a perfect exclamation point to Lemaire's virtuoso guitar playing and songwriting."
      -John Sollenberger, Pasadena Weekly
    • “Complex, sophisticated song arrangements. His guitar playing his so good, it might distract you from his compelling, engaging melodies and sharp songwriting... But only for a second."
      -Richard Rice, Director of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival
    • "Mark has elegant performer's timing onstage, never a moment out of place. He's also a good songwriter and to call him a remarkable player would be a considerable understatement - just about nobody I know is doing what he can do on the guitar."
      - Carol Denney - Berkeley songwriter and political activist
    • "I have heard many wonderful CDs over the years, but a few of them just have that magical something. It is hard to explain. "Rubato" is one of those few. It is more like a companion than a recording."
      - Steve Meckfessel, songwriter
    • "Your music took the audience to a new level, a spiritual level that is unusual and rare. I definitely want you back to make your magic once again."
      - Harold Adler, Berkeley Art House Concert Series
    • "It really was a remarkable experience. The intimacy of the performance was really unique. Clever, funny, sensitive.... the music and playing superb. Again , I sound like a groupie and maybe I am. With a mix of humor, intimacy, and a little self deprecation, Mark had the audience just spellbound."
      - Bruce Romanoff guitarist and songwriter
    • "I've listened to everything on your site for about 2 hours of repetitive engagement. I've seldom felt as deeply moved by a musician (without some band covering up the genius)."
      - Neil Shelley, guitarist and harmonica player
    • "GUITAR PERFECTION! In addition to the amazing writing and the virtuosic execution, this CD is, quite simply, long-term listenable. I tire easily of "twangy" guitar and "sameness" in guitar albums - but "Rubato" stays in my rotation month after month. It is beautiful and varied."
      - CD Baby "Rubato" review
    • "Mark is a musical revelation. If you fail to attend one of Mark's shows you are depriving yourself of one of the main reasons we souls incarnate on our beloved Earth - to realize beauty. It is a rare privilege to encounter original material of this stature."
      - Don Villa, concert promoter, Berkeley, CA
    • "Mark Lemaire is one exceptional guitarist and songwriter, no doubt about it. And the stellar harmonies of Twilight simply mesmerize, silencing the audience who hang on every note."
      - Kiki Wow, Music Host & Promoter for Carmel Valley
    • "He is intent and concentrating on his music - he closes his piercing blue eyes as if that would help him perform better, or better express what he is trying to communicate. This is music of the quality that many people aspire to."
      - Point Richmond Voice
    • "I can listen to your songs and presentation for long periods of time. Why? The song themes resonate with my life experience."
      - David Mears, audience member
    • "Thanks for the beautiful, real, and exquisite musical gifts the other night. In addition to great skill you come straight from the heart."
      - Philip Rosheger classical guitarist and composer, former pupil of Andres Segovia

Mark and Cindy Lemaire


The music of New Acoustic performer Mark Lemaire is both ethereal and deeply grounded, the guitar playing smooth, beautiful, and not quite like anything you've heard before. Berkeley songwriter Carol Denney says that "To call him a remarkable player would be a considerable understatement - just about nobody I know is doing what Mark can do on the guitar." He's shared the stage with Tracy Chapman, Maria Muldaur, The Dixie Dregs, and bass virtuoso Michael Manring. Recording studio experiences include work with producer Jimmy Miller (Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, Traffic), and Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls).

"It was an impeccable performance. Never have I witnessed such control of the steel stringed guitar's sound. This was a flawless show."
- Mark Twang, Folkways Recordings

"Lemaire has received critical kudos from the industry as well as his musical peers...Performing with van Empel, the blend of voices adds a perfect exclamation point to Lemaire's virtuoso guitar playing and songwriting."
-John Sollenberger, Pasadena Weekly
 

Mark and Cindy Lemaire

While Mark's solo guitar compositions stand as complete statements, the message in his vocals adds another dimension. Mark performs with his partner, vocalist Cindy van Empel Lemaire, as Mark and Cindy Lemaire (previously "Mark Lemaire and Twilight"). The songs Mark and Cindy sing are personal, but everyone can identify with them. They sing of the vicissitudes of love and the strange surprise of middle age creeping up on us. Audience member David Mears says: "I can listen to your songs and presentation for long periods of time. Why? The song themes resonate with my life experiences." This is music for adults, yet with clarity and incisiveness appealing to the part of us that is ageless.

"Our House Concert with Mark and Cindy was a tremendous success. Mark's music is so very personal and captures the experiences we all have with life. The mix of instrumental (Mark's expertise with the guitar amazed our friends), duets with Cindy (their voices blend beautifully as one),  humor and short stories to introduce the songs – it was perfect. Mark and Cindy's rapport with our friends was almost magical. Everyone wants us to have Mark and Cindy return for another House Concert...can't wait."
-Sylvia and John Schofield

"I've seen a lot of acts, but the harmonies of these two are so aligned and balanced, I felt as though I got an audio 'tune up' inside me after listening to their songs."
- Kiki Wow, Music Host & Promoter for Carmel Valley

“Complex, sophisticated song arrangements. His guitar playing his so good, it might distract you from his compelling, engaging melodies and sharp songwriting...  but only for a second."
-Richard Rice, Director of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival




 

Acoustic Music in Your Own Home

Have you been to a house concert, loved the experience, and wished your favorite acoustic musicians might play for you in YOUR house? Have you thought it would be great to have live folk music in your own home, but figured you don't have enough room, or you're not sure how to pull it off? It's really easy to have a house concert! We are now members of Concerts In Your Home, a great way to put music together with music lovers. Click here for more info on putting on a show in your own home!


Because/ I Wouldn't Trade Places

The John Lennon classic from "Abbey Road" done as a solo guitar piece, followed by an original piece from "Rubato, Pieces for Guitar". Performed at Half Moon Bay, CA in November 2012.


The Map Song

A quick 'raw' recording from the Cypress Meadows concert series in Moss Beach, CA. Co-written in 1985 with Lisa Aschmann, "The Map Song" is a favorite that has yet to be recorded for CD.


Make it Simple/ The Deepest Secret

Folks have been asking for a song where CINDY sings the lead, and "Make it Simple" is an excellent way to show off what she does! This is followed by "The Deepest Secret". Both songs are from the Home Isn't Home CD.


Home Isn't Home Mark Lemaire and Twilight

TitleLyricsListen
1. Home Isn't Home
2. Zanzibar Sands
3. Seaglass
4. The Deepest Secret
5. Lake of the Coheeries
6. Red Umbrella
7. Almost Twilight
8. Make It Simple
9. Diamonds on a String
10. Dedication
11. The Family Way
12. Rock and Kite
13. Ready for Luck
14. If There Ever Was a Time

"Home Isn't Home" is the first CD with Cindy and me singing together. It's a response to your requests that we create a full length album of what we do on stage.

Here are answers to some questions folks have been asking about the CD:

On the CD artwork, songs one through seven are grouped separately from songs eight through fourteen. Why is this?I miss the old days of records. There was always side one, and then side two. And this convention goes way back. In concerts and the theater -- there is always Act One, a break, and then Act Two. So on this CD, the dividing point is there, even though you don’t turn over the disc. Besides this, “Almost Twilight” (seven) is an instrumental—call it intermission. And “If There Ever Was a Time” is the very last song: it’s set apart because we think of it as the ‘encore’. It’s all part of the music concept behind this particular CD.

These days, songs are often presented to an audience as single entities—for instance on the internet. But there’s a lot to be said for a larger work, with each song supporting the others. Together, the whole thing makes a complete experience. So “Home” was created as an entire mood. If you have the time, it is best heard that way, with ‘intermission’ in the middle! In what other ways is "Home Isn't Home" like a live show? The core of the CD, like the show, is our two voices and my one guitar. In fact, Cindy and I performed most of the songs singing and playing together in one room-- a live performance. Players create an immediacy and spontaneity when they play together- with eye contact, and all the communication that that entails. But many CDs are made quite differently nowadays. On many pop records, live performance is minimized: the parts are played separately, overdubbed one instrument at a time. It's easy for all that creative mojo juice to get lost in favor of creating a mistake-free record. The live performance concept is also expressed this way: other than a simple rhythm section, we did not add guest players. We stuck with the core idea: one guitar, two voices. Is there a unifying theme to the lyrics on the CD? Well, yes and no. The song “Home Isn’t Home” is about how life forces us to change—hopefully to grow. Many of the songs are about life changes. “Zanzibar Sands”, for instance, is about how when we start as children, there’s no way to know who we might become as time passes. Other songs ignore this theme, like “Lake of the Coheeries”--but because of how they’re grouped, they add meaning to each other. It’s like putting interesting people next to each other at a dinner party-- the whole becomes greater than the individual parts. Did you write all the songs on the CD? Yes, with the exception of "If There Ever Was a Time". This was written by my old friend Andy Schulman, who I used to play with in Boston in the 1980's. Cindy and I have always loved singing that song, and Andy kindly gave us permission to include it. Can you tell us about the photographs on the front and back covers? Cindy and I were looking for ideas for cover art that would communicate "Home Isn't Home"—the sense of loss and loneliness combined with the knowledge that we belong to the larger universe. We wanted it stated in a visual way. We were on the web looking at photos of abandoned houses, and came across this. We pretty much immediately knew it would be perfect. We hunted around for the photographer and found that that shot was taken by an Icelandic photographer named Örvar A. Þorgeirsson. His website is full of incredible nature photography. We had some issues getting in touch with Örvar, but our friend Neil Shelley lives in Sweden and actually found Örvar's cellphone number and negotiated the rights to the photos for us. So we lucked out there.


Live Appearances

Name Location Date Details
       
Windsor Acoustic Guitar Night Windsor, CA Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 7:30PM Here are the details to attend this great private house concert! http://www.windsoracousticguitar.org/Windsor_Acoustic_Guitar_Series/Home.html
House Concert at
"The  Loft"
Berkeley, CA Saturday, Feb 21st, 2015 7:30PM it's a house party, but you can come if you write the hosts at smeckfessel@srmassociates.com
       
Ruth Mcgowan's Brew Pub 131 E. 1st St.
Cloverdale, CA. 95425
Saturday Nov 29th 6:30-9:30PM Loving playing at McGowan's! With three sets, we get to do some more oscure tunes, try new material, and even some covers!

The food is excellent, and the crowds are nice. They brew their own beer there, including at least TWO varieties of stout- mmmm!
San Gregorio General Store San Gregorio, CA  Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 11AM-1:00PM NOTE: Daylight Savings Time Begins (or ends, I can never figure this stuff out). So we are really starting at noon, if you know what I mean.  We love playing at this venerable, true General Store. It has a full bar, open at 11:00AM! But there's coffee for us lightweights. The flavor and atmosphere are first rate, and so is the scenery. Come down as part of a Route One Sunday drive!
Fiddling Cricket presents: at The Ugly Mug The Ugly Mug
4640 soquel drive · soquel, ca 95073  (831) 477-1341
Wednesday, Oct 22nd 7:30PM 15.00 donation Dick Brundle and Marky Starks present great talent at the Ugly Mug! We are happy to have been invited back!
Music in the Meadows Friday, Oct 17th, 2014 Cypress Meadows
343 Cypress Ave.
Moss Beach, CA 94038
These folks put out a GREAT spread of good food and wine, and a variety of desserts during the break. Cindy and I are very glad to return to this lovely Coastside event.
Doug Young Guitar Night St James Anglican Church: 1565 Lincoln Ave, San Jose  Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 7:30-9:30 Doug always has great guitarists in. And sometimes he has me! I don't know who the other guests are yet tonight, but I am looking forward to playing once again at his great guitar series!
Ragged Trousered Folk Club THE JENNY LIND, High Street,
Hastings Old Town, TN34 3EW, England
Saturday, Sept 27th, 8PM http://www.raggedtrouseredfolk.me.uk/
Seaford Folk Club Royal British Legion
Legion House
Claremont Road
Seaford
East Sussex
BN25 2BJ
 
Friday, Sept 26th, 2014 time TBA http://www.seafordfolkclub.com/home
Uxbridge Folk Club Uxbridge RNA
388a Long Lane
Hillingdon
Middlesex UB10 9PG
 Tel: 01895 230071
 
Thursday, Sept 25th, 2014, 8:00PM 40 minute set opening for Dan Walsh!
https://sites.google.com/site/uxbridgefolkclub/programme-2012-14
Croyden Folk and Blues Club Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 1BD Sunday, Sept 21st 8:30PM Host Don Hurley has invited us to play at this august folk club, in an historic 18th century building. Looking forward to this one as well! http://www.folkandblues.org/index.htm
Loughton Folk Club 8 Station Road,Loughton, Essex IG10 4NX Thursday, Sept 18th, 2014 http://www.loughtonfolkclub.btck.co.uk/
Concert in Stockholm, Sweden Täby,  Hägernäs Strand,
Stockholm, Sweden
Sunday, September 14th from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M.- The private dinner and concert will only handle 35 - 40 people (advanced booking only) in a small intimate closed restaurant environment. Admission is 300 kronor and includes a delicious Lebanese buffet as well as the concert. Alcoholic beverages are available at reduced prices because of the license the restaurant has. Write to Neil Shelley at ns@esthetic.se for all the deets!
Beverley folk and blues club Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire HU17

 Beverly, England
Friday, Sept 12th, 2014, 8PM www.wearefolkmusic.co.uk
Darlington Folk Club The Copper Beech pub on Neasham Road,Darlington DL1 4DH Thursday, September 11, 2014 8PM. Opening our UK tour with a show at a legendary folk club!
Private party Sequoia National Park Aug 23rd, 2014 Annual Planner's family weekend concert at Sequoia National Park!
Private Concert Middletown,CA August 21, 2014 A comedy/ heart concert presented in conjunction with Mur "Earthman" Kapoho. I love working with Mur! Please write me at my email address to find out more.
Harbin Hot Springs Middletown,CA Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Happy to return for another beautiful evening at Harbin. This will be part three (part one was in August, 2013, part 2 June 2014) of the unique comedy and music show featuring Earthman, with music by...moi !. Cindy may be elsewhere tonight- but we will do our best to get her here. If we cannot get her up to Harbin, I will be doing music without her lovely harmonies.
Rockin' Heart Hoedown KeMiddletown,CAnwood, CA 95452 Saturday, August, 16th, 2014 --2:30-3:10PM Dale and Laura throw a party every August in their back yard. Great musicians on stage with a nice PA, beverages, and a food truck! Camping too! Check out the schedule and the deets at cur-ville.com.
 
Volcano, CA Benefit show Volcano, CA Saturday, August, 2nd 2014 7:00PM This is a benefit show for the Lockwood FPD Auxiliary. We are happy to help raise some money for the volunteer fire department in this lovely little foothills village.
Music on the Plaza 1010 10th St Plaza
Modesto, CA
Friday, July 25th 7-9:00PM The "Music in the Plaza" series takes place every Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the Tenth Street Plaza (1010 10th Street Plaza) by City Hall, Fuzio and Brenden Theatres. MLT will be your entertainment on Friday, July 25!
Richmond, Vermont Library Richmond, VT Friday, July 18th 7:00PM Entertaining the Village of Richmond this evening. Part of our visit to New England every summer.
Private Concert Colchester, VT Thursday, July 17th, 2014  
Harbin Hot Springs Middletown, CA Weds June 25th, 8:00PM Happy to return for another beautiful evening at Harbin. This will be part two (part one was in August, 2013) of the unique comedy and music show featuring Earthman, with music by...Me!.
Great Valley Songwriter's Series Modesto Ca. Friday, June 20th, 2014 15-20 suggested donation. Contact Cindy at cvanempel@gmail.com for details address Outdoors under the Central Valley stars. Really looking forward to this show!
San Gregorio General Store San Gregorio, CA  May 31st, 2014 11:00AM- 1:00PM Free! We love playing at this venerable, true General Store. It has a full bar, open at 11:00AM! But there's coffee for us lightweights. The flavor and atmosphere are first rate, and so is the scenery. Come down as part of a Route One Sunday drive!
Ruth Mcgowan's Brew Pub 131 E. 1st St.
Cloverdale, CA. 95425
Saturday March 29th 2014    6:30-9:30PM Loving playing at McGowan's! With three sets, we get to do some more oscure tunes, try new material, and even some covers!

The food is excellent, and the crowds are nice. They brew their own beer there, including at least TWO varieties of stout- mmmm!
Point Richmond Acoustic Point Richmond, CA Friday, Feb 14, 2014 (Valentine's day!) Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan have invited us to open their evening at the concert series they produce in PR.
Looking forward to this show, asn C & B have a great act!
Burlingame Music Club Burlingame, CA Monday, Feb 10th
1-3:00PM FREE!
This music club is now in it's 83rd season! Primarily a classical music club to support young artists, they also present professionals as part of their program. Today, you are likely to hear 10 year olds playing classical music far better than Aunt Sally ever could. And then you'll hear...us! It's a Valentine's Day show, so we will be doing songs about love and relationships. In other words, our usual! 
http://www.burlingamemusicclub.net/index.htm
Ruth Mcgowan's Brew Pub 131 E. 1st St.
Cloverdale, CA. 95425
Saturday Jan 25th 2014 6:30-9:30PM Loving playing at McGowan's! With three sets, we get to do some more oscure tunes, try new material, and even some covers!
house concert Volcano, CA
address on request
Saturday Jan 18th, 2014 John and Sylvia have invited us into their home for a house concert! Great folks!
KC Turner Presents Acoustic Bistro Osteria
3277 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115
 (415) 771-5030
Monday Dec 2nd. Opens for dinner at 5PM. Music from 7-9:30. No cover charge- all ages. http://www.osteriasf.com/

"Please let your fans/friends know that to guarantee seating they need to make a dinner reservation at Osteria by calling (415) 771-5030"
Music promoter KC Turner runs his 'Acoustic Bistro" nights here, and draws quite an interesting array of musicians! We will be sharing the stage with two other acts (to be announced), and wll be doing two 25 minute sets.

The food here looks really, really good!! It's suggested that you eat some- I am already looking over the menu for my favorites.
The Woodshed at Keith Holland Guitars 16905 Roberts Rd
Los Gatos, California 95032
Sunday Nov 3rd 2013 7:00-9:00PM Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Doug Young hosts a guitarist's night. Tonight is Doug, Fran Guidry (Hawaiian slack key style), and yours truly.
San Gregorio General Store Highway 84 and Stage Road,0.8 miles from Hwy.1 San Gregorio, CA Saturday, Oct 26 11:00AM
Free!
We love playing at this venerable, true General Store. It has a full bar, open at 11:00AM! But there's coffee for us lightweights. The flavor and atmosphere are first rate, and so is the scenery. Come down as part of a Route One Sunday drive!
Private House Concert Farmington, NM Sunday 3PM, Sept 29th
email for details
Charlie's house concerts are always the best!
Farmington, NM Farmington, NM Sunday, Sept 29th
Farmington UU Church 11:00AM
An honor to play for the folks at the Farmington UU Church!
Juan Tabo Public Library 3407 Juan Tabo NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505-291-6260
juantabo@cabq.gov
Saturday, Sept 28th at noon-1:00PM
Free
Great music program at Juan Tabo! Looking forward to this one. Solo show- Cindy will be joining me in Texas.
Harmony House Concerts Bonham, TX Saturday, Sept 21st This wonderful and veteran house series has presented some of the biggest names in acoustic music. We are honored to be presenting here. Please contact Faye at wedell@fanninelectric.com or visit http://www.wildscapeacres.com/Harmony-House-Concerts.html
Fort Stockton Public Library 500 N. Water St.
Fort Stockton, TX  79735
Thursday, Sept 19th
7-8:00PM
Free!
The Fort Stockton Library continues with its excellent program of folk and acoustic music. We will be performing a single 60 minute set, followed by a meet-and-greet and probably some coffee and sweets.
Corralitos Cultural Center 127 Hames Road
Watsonville, CA  95706
Sunday, Sept 8th
Show starts 6:00 pm / Doors open at 5:30 pm
10-20 sliding scale
Sunday, Sept 8th
Show starts 6:00 pm / Doors open at 5:30 pm
10-20 sliding scale
house concert Los Altos, CA. address upon request Saturday, Sept 7th
7:30PM.
20.00 donation sliding scale
Our friend Christine is presenting us at her beautiful home in Los Altos. You can attend as well if you write to her here abraham.christine@gmail.com .

It's going to be a great show!
Harbin Hot Springs Middletown, CA Weds, Aug 28th
8:00PM
happy to return for another beautiful evening at Harbin. This will be a unique comedy and music show featuring Earthman, with muic by...Moi!. Cindy will be elsewhere tonight, so I will be doing music without her lovely harmonies.
Tell it on Tuesday The Marsh Berkeley: 2120 Allston Way
One block from Downtown Berkeley BART station! 

Tickets: $8-$15 at the door
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 Tell it on Tuesday is a series in it's eighth year here in Berkeley at The Marsh. It always features four selected actors doing solo performances: works in progress, one-man-shows, etc. I have been attending regularly and have found these pieces fascinating and really worth attending every month. The actors start at about 7:30, and there is a music act that always plays from 7-7:30 to warm up the house and welcome folks in. This month, on the 27th, that act is me and Cindy!
Semi-private House Concert Bethany, CT Saturday, August 17
7:30PM
donation: Free! a gift from the hosts.
We are pleased to play at the Stirlings'- our old friends who now reside in Bethany. This will be a wonderful night! Please contact Jamie at JStirling@stirlingbenefits.com if you'd like to attend.
Live performance & interview: WSHU  "Profiles in Folk" with Steve Winters 91.1 FM broadcast date August 16th 10:00PM WSHU's Profiles in Folk is an exploration of the diverse world of folk and acoustic music, with many of the weekly shows centered on a theme.The show first aired in June, 1973. Throughout the entire time, it has been hosted by Steve Winters, a station volunteer. It is the longest running folk show on Connecticut radio. We are proud to appear for a third straingt year with Steve. He is a heck of an interviewer!

http://www.wshu.org/profiles/profiles_main.php
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT 06450 Thursday  August 15th 6:30-7:30PM
free!
This library has a great music program, as well as other community events. Find out more at 
   http://meridenlibrary.org/
Merrifield House Concert Series 2345 Center Rd. Scipio NY. 13147 Sunday August 11, 2013 7:00PM
Donation $15.00
Merrifield Concerts presents Mark Lemaire and Twilight on Sunday (not Saturday) August 11 at 7pm. Merrifield usually does shows on third Saturdays of the month, but we are playing in Connecticut on the 17th, and we are happy they found a way to fit us into their schedule! Please email craigkukuk@gmail.com to let him know you are coming and how many in your group. You can also call 734-717-7719.
The Music Box House Concert Series 147 Creek Rd
Craftsbury, VT
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 8:00PM
Donation $10.00
We are proud to be presenting at this great house concert series run by music lover Lisa Sammett ! Please email her at http://www.themusicboxvt.org/ for info and directions.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage 2029 Lake Street
Altadena, CA  91001
Sunday, July 28, 2013
7:00PM show
donation 15.00
Owner Bob Stane has been presenting concerts for over 50 years, and he knows what he is doing! We are splitting the bill with John Batdorf- a real seasoned pro, and a Altadena resident. Really looking forward to this gig!
Noble House Concerts Sherman Oaks, CA Saturday, July 27th 8:00PM
donation 15.00
Cindy and I are so looking forward to playing at this cool house concert series! Part of our summer SoCal tour. contact barb@noblehouseconcerts.com
for exact address
Music in the Plaza 1010 10th St Plaza
Modesto, CA
Friday, July 19th 7:00PM-9:00PM Free! The "Music in the Plaza" series takes place every Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the Tenth Street Plaza (1010 10th Street Plaza) by City Hall, Fuzio and Brenden Theatres. MLT will be your entertainment on Friday, July 19th!
Harbin Hot Springs Middletown, CA Friday, July 5th happy to return for another beautiful evening in the Temple at Harbin. This is a holiday weekend, so there will be plenty of folks there, and the weather will be beautiful and hot@!
Cindy sings the National Anthem at a Modesto Nuts baseball game! John Thurman Field (601 Neece Drive) , Modesto, CA July 1st, 7:00PM In the grand tradition of Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, and other international celebrities, Cindy van Empel (known to you as Twilight) will be singing the national anthem to open tonight’s baseball game! A great American pastime; tonight: Modesto v San Jose..
Modesto Unplugged Music Fest Modesto, CA  June 29th 6:40-7:00 at Center Stage! donation TBA Proud to be involved with the Modesto Unplugged Music Fest (MUM).
Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 831-5620
Wednesday, June 26th 7-10PM Acoustic Guitarists's night hosted by Teja Gerkin. With Teja and Alan Perlman
Berkshire House Berkeley, CA Thursday, June 20 4:30-6:30PM Private event
Music in the Meadows Cypress Meadows
343 Cypress Ave.
Moss Beach, CA 94038
Friday June 14th. Food at 6PM, music at 7PM These folks put out a GREAT spread of good food and wine, and a variety of desserts during the break. Cindy and I are very glad to return to this lovely Coastside event.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (workshop) Saturday June 8, 2013  at noon.
Music room #3
Getting the Open Tuning Sound in Standard Tuning

Why are some guitar keys easier than others? How do you get the smooth, gliding sound of open tuning while in regular tuning? How can you switch chords smoothly without leaving "holes" and nasty noises in your song? In this workshop, Mark will show students how to use the thumb to play bass notes, freeing the other fingers up for more interesting chords, and how to use open strings to switch positions, add color to existing chords, and get those close interval "clusters" that sound so cool. He'll also explore right-hand techniques that will add new colors to your guitar-player's palette.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (workshop) Saturday June 8, 2013  at 2PM.
Music room #2
Working With- or Being—A Producer: Tips, Tricks, and When To Lie.

Most great musicians understand a lot more about their music than about making a CD.  In every studio session, SOMEONE becomes the producer, even if no one is selected for this job. Often it’s the band leader. Or the engineer becomes the de-facto producer, even if no one gives him the title. After making a few CDs with NO designated producer, many folks want to bring in a big name who 'knows what they are doing'. How does that usually work?

What does a producer do, anyway? If you find yourself inadvertently wearing that hat, how do you wear it well? This workshop provides an overview and a few basic ideas to clarify these questions. It’s for anyone who has made their own CD, is thinking they will soon, or just wants to know more about how it all works.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (concert) Saturday June 8, 20132013 5:25PM-6:00PM in the Pete Seeger room. Free! Happy to play at the SFFFF again! I'll be presenting a guitarist's workshop, and we will have a concert as well at 5:25PM in the Pete Seeger room. Please check back as the time and exact room for the workshop gets finalized. The website is http://www.sffolkfest.org/2013/index.shtml
Luna's Cafe 1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Saturday, June 1, 2013 8:00PM
6.00 admission
Splitting the evening there with Celtic harpist Anne Roos, the excellent guitarist and singer Doug Adamz, followed by....us!
3rd Friday Songwriters Showcase 37713 Niles Blvd Fremont, CA 94536 Friday, May 17, 2013 7-9:30PM https://www.facebook.com/events/504995116229955/

Here is what it says at the Facebook Event page for ths show:

"Featured artists for May: Mark Lemaire & others TBA + McNevin & McClellan toss in short cameos. This is a low light, soft sound, 'Speak Easy'. 7-9:30pm. $10-15 sliding donations appreciated. Listeners who grab seats early near the performers help ensure a listening vibe. Please also patronize the beverage bar and menu -- Joe's business at the till directly impacts continued live music in the venerable old place. Joe's Ph: 510 896 8025"
Coastside Carousel (radio Interview) KMHB AM1710 online: 24 hours a day Radio host Christopher O'Donnell had me in for a live-in-the-studio interview last week. We discussed music, played some songs from "Home Isn't Home" that included Cindy singing "Make it Simple", and basically did radio! The whole segment is 15 minutes, including three songs from the CD. It will be up at the website till May 8th. Just click here:
http://www.khmbradio.com/shows/coastside-carousel
Cindy sings the National Anthem at a Modesto Nuts baseball game! John Thurman Field (601 Neece Drive) , Modesto, CA May 16th, 7:00PM In the grand tradition of Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, and other international celebrities, Cindy van Empel (known to you as Twilight) will be singing the national anthem to open tonight’s baseball game! A great American pastime-- tonight: Modesto v Visalia.
Hotel Euterpe House Concert Modesto, CA Saturday, April 27th, 2013
donation 10.00
We are thrilled to be sharing an evening with Bill and Kate Isles. Thanks to Aaron Rowan and Hotel Euterpe for making it possible!
Bett's Gold Coin 5021 Highway 140, (5th St & Hwy 140), Mariposa, CA 95338 Saturday, April 20th
6-9PM
This historic building is now reopened as a tavern and local meeting place. This weekend is also Civil War reenactment in the Mariposa area! Expect lots of folks in costume getting shot with authentic weaponry as you hang with us (well, maybe kidding about the getting shot part..._) . Getting drunk? We will be in Mariposa all weekend to take in the action.
Great Valley Acoustic Music Series 918 Sierra Drive
Modesto, CA
Modesto, CA Friday, April 19, 2013 8:00 PM
donation 10.00
We are pleased to be appearing at Great Valley! This new music series is presenting the best of acoustic music to the Central Valley. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/GreatValleyAcousticConcerts
Luna's Cafe 1414 16th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Friday, March 22nd 8:00 PM 6.00 donation Our first visit to Luna's! We are looking forward to finding out more about the place and the crowd that hangs here. Do drop by and say hello- we promise to give you a good show.
San Gregorio General Store Highway 84 and Stage Road,0.8 miles from Hwy.1 San Gregorio, CA Sunday, March 10th 11:00AM
Free!
We love playing at this venerable, true General Store. It has a full bar, open at 11:00AM! But there's coffee for us lightweights. The flavor and atmosphere are first rate, and so is the scenery. Come down as part of a Route One Sunday drive!
Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights Oakland, CA March 9th 2:00PM
donation 15-17
Mark and Debra do a great job of supporting acoustic music, and we are thrilled to be presenting at this great house concert series!
Ruth Mcgowan's Brew Pub 131 E. 1st St.
Cloverdale, CA. 95425
March 2nd, 6:30PM-9:30
Free!
Enjoying a new venue in Cloverdale!
San Gregorio General Store Highway 84 and Stage Road,0.8 miles from Hwy.1 San Gregorio, CA Saturday, February 23rd 11AM - free! We love playing at this venerable, true General Store. It has a full bar, open at 11:00AM! But there's coffee for us lightweights. The flavor and atmosphere are first rate, and so is the scenery. Come down as part of a Route One Sunday drive!
First Methodist Church Point Richmond, CA Jan 20, 2013 "Home Isn't Home" CD release party for the east bay
The Gold Coin Mariposa, CA Dec 28, 2012
IOOF Fellowship Hall Half Moon Bay, CA Nov 18th 2012
Harbin Hot Springs Middletown, Ca Nov 10, 2012
Point Richmond Acoustic Series Richmond, CA Nov 9, 2012 split evening with songwriter Adam Levy
Music in the Plaza Modesto, CA Oct 12, 2012
Butler's Palmdale, CA Sept 8, 2012
The Coffee Gallery Backstage Altadena, CA Sept 7, 2012 split evening with bassist Micheal Manring
live at The Bee's Knees Morrisville, VT July 26, 2012
private house concert Colchester, VT Weds, July 25, 2012
Live concert The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT July 20, 2012
Live performance & interview: WSHU's "Profiles in Folk" with Steve Winters Fairfield, CT Broadcast date July 20, 2012
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living 400 West Franklin Street,
Monterey, CA 93940
July 15, 2012
Live at Plaza Linda Carmel Valley, CA July 14, 2012
Acoustic Guitarist night- Doug Young and Friends Fremont, CA July 1, 2012 Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Doug Young hosts a guitarist's night. Happy to be there!
Songtasting Night Rio Theater, Santa Cruz June 21, 2012 hosted by Midyne Spear
Acoustic Guitarist's Night Half Moon Bay June 17th, 2012 with Mark Kostrezwa and Doug Adamz
San Francisco Free Folk Festival San Francisco, CA June 9, 2012 concert
San Francisco Free Folk Festival San Francisco, CA June 9, 2012 guitarist's workshop
Windsor Acoustic Guitar Series private house concert March 31, 2012
Music in the Meadows Cypress Meadows
343 Cypress Ave.
Moss Beach, CA 94038
Feb 17, 2012 Rolfe Wyer, Bob Peterson open
San Gregorio General Store Highway 84 and Stage Road, San Gregorio, California 94074 Feb 12, 2012
Mission City Coffee Roasters 2221 The Alameda Santa Clara, CA 95050 Jan 27, 2012 Opening for Chuck Brodsky
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St
Berkeley, CA 94704
Jan 21, 2012 Guitarist’s workshop
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living 400 West Franklin Street,
Monterey, CA 93940
Jan 15, 2012
Jansen Music 1931 Main St, Watsonville, CA Jan 14, 2012 Guitar workshop
Corralitos Cultural Center 127 Hames Road
Watsonville, CA  95706
Jan 13, 2012 With Blah Blah Woof Woof and Michael Gaither
Chester’s Bayview Cafe 1508 B Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709 Dec 17, 2011 With Fender/Cronin
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 831-5620
Songwriter-in residence for Nov, 2011 With Walter Strauss Nov 29, 2011
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
Songwriter-in residence for Nov, 2011 With Bruce Victor  Nov 22, 2011
The Wine Bar Half Moon Bay, CA Nov 17, 2011 With Jay Howlett and Blah Blah Woof Woof
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
Songwriter-in residence for Nov, 2011 With Megan McLaughlin Nov 15, 2011
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
Songwriter-in residence for Nov, 2011 With Claudia Russell and the Folk Unlimited Orchestra  Nov 8, 2011
The Works 667 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA  93950
Nov 5, 2011
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
Songwriter-in residence for Nov, 2011 With Cascada De Flores  Nov 1, 2011
Stephanie’s Ocean View Diner Montara, CA Oct 23, 2011
Audrey and Milt’s House Concerts Berkeley, CA Oct 22, 2011 Private house concert- with Walter Strauss
The Wine Bar Half Moon Bay, CA Oct 20, 2011 With Jay Howlett and Blah Blah Woof Woof
Strings Coffeehouse Berkeley, CA Oct 19, 2011 “Undercover” night
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living 400 West Franklin Street,
Monterey, CA 93940
Oct 2, 2011
Plaza Linda Cantina 9 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, CA  93924
Oct 1, 2011
Poplar Playhouse Berkeley, CA Sept, 24, 2011 Private house concert with Michael Manring
The Wine Bar Half Moon Bay, CA Sept 22, 2011 With Jay Howlett and Blah Blah Woof Woof
Stephanie’s Ocean View Diner Montara, CA Sept 18, 2011
Mocha Maya Coffeehouse 147 Bridge St
Shelburne Falls, MA
Aug 20, 2011 With Steve Nelson
The Buttonwood Tree 605 Main St Middletown, CT Aug 19, 2011
WSHU 91.1FM Fairfield, CT Aug 19, 2011 Live concert and interview on ‘Profiles in Folk’ with Steve Winters
Mission City Coffee Roasters 2221 The Alameda Santa Clara, CA 95050 July 30, 2012 Opening for ‘Calaveras’
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 831-5620
July, 23, 2011 Fender/Cronin opens
The Wine Bar Half Moon Bay, CA July 21, 2011 With Jay Howlett and Blah Blah Woof Woof
San Gregorio General Store Highway 84 and Stage Road, San Gregorio, California 94074 July 17, 2011
Live on KPIG Radio 107.5FM Freedom, CA July 10, 2111 “Please Stand By”: Live interview and concert hosted by “Sleepy John” Sandidge
First United Methodist Church of Point Richmond 201 Martina Street
Richmond, CA  94801
June 26, 2011 Doug Adamz opens
KALW 91.7FM June 25th, 2011 “A Patchwork Quilt”: Live interview and concert hosted by Kevin Vance
The Wine Bar Half Moon Bay, CA June 2, 2011 With Jay Howlett
Monterey Center for Spiritual Living 400 West Franklin Street,
Monterey, CA 93940
May 15, 2011
Plaza Linda Cantina 9 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, CA  93924
May 14, 2011
The First St Cafe Benicia, CA May 7, 2011 With Steve Meckfessel
Karma Cafe Folsom, CA April 23, 2011 Larry Diehl opens
The Bazaar Cafe 5927 California Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 831-5620
April 16, 2011 Carol Denney opens
Mission City Coffee Roasters 2221 The Alameda Santa Clara, CA 95050 April 3, 2011 ‘Acoustic Guitarist’s Night’ with Doug Young and Doug Adamz
The Wine Bar Half Moon Bay, CA March 3, 2011 With Carol Denney
Ahmbiance Listening Room 884 Lincoln Way,
Suite 30
Auburn, CA
Feb 5, 2011
Private House Concert Santa Cruz, CA Jan 30, 2011 Fundraiser for Jade Taylor
Plaza Linda Cantina 9 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, CA
Jan 29, 2011
Strings Coffeehouse Berkeley, CA Dec 18, 2010 Christmas party concert
Strings Coffeehouse Berkeley, CA Dec 1, 2010 Opening for Carol Denney
Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 FM SF, CA Nov 21, 2010 Live radio concert and interview
Devil Mountain Coffeehouse Concert Series Walnut Creek, CA Nov 12, 2010 With Steve Meckfessel and Laura Zucker
FARWEST Folk Alliance Convention San Jose, CA Oct 22-24, 2010 All weekend concerts and workshops
Angelica’s Bistro Redwood City, CA Oct 20, 2010 With Michael Morales, Amy Meyer, et al
Ahmbiance Listening Room 884 Lincoln Way,
Suite 30
Auburn, CA
Oct 9, 2010
Plaza Linda Cantina 9 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, CA
Oct 2, 2010
Mars Hill Coffeehouse Hollister, CA Oct 1, 2010
First United Methodist Church of Point Richmond 201 Martina Street
Richmond, CA
Aug 22, 2010 Carol Denney opens
One Half Lounge 136 ½ Church St
Burlington, VT
Aug 6, 2010
Parima 185 Pearl St
Burlington, VT
Aug 5, 2010
The Dolphin Striker 15 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Aug 1, 2010 Joe Mazzari opens
Harvest Cafe 40 Washington St
Hudson, MA
July 31, 2010
Savoury Lane 251 Arlington Street
West Acton, MA
July 30, 2010
Plaza Linda Cantina 9 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, CA
June 12, 2010
Essanay Café 37533 Niles Boulevard
Fremont, CA
June 5, 2010
Chester’s Bayview Cafe 1508 B Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709 May 22, 2010 With Fender/Cronin
The Queen Bean Modesto, CA April 25, 2010
Ahmbiance Listening Room 884 Lincoln Way,
Suite 30
Auburn, CA
April 24, 2010
Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 FM SF, CA Feb 15, 2010 Live radio concert and interview
FARWEST Folk Alliance Convention Irvine, CA Nov 6-8, 2009 All weekend concerts and workshops
Noe Valley Concert Series SF, CA Aug 29, 2009 With David Nachmanoff- hosted by Jay Howlett
One Half Lounge 136 ½ Church St
Burlington, VT
Aug 22, 2009
Radio Bean 8 North Winooski Avenue Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 660-9346
Aug 21, 2009
Savoury Lane 251 Arlington Street
West Acton, MA
Aug 15, 2009
Harvest Cafe 40 Washington St
Hudson, MA
Aug 14, 2009

Rubato: Pieces For Guitar

Rubato's music is calm and contemplative. These guitar pieces create a perfect atmosphere for rainy afternoons, conversation, or drinking tea while staring out the window - yet they are also engrossing enough to turn up, close your eyes, and listen to closely.

"Whenever I have such a bad day that I wonder if I've ever done anything worthwhile, I remember the people who have contacted me about how they enjoy Rubato. I have received letters about how this music has been used for cancer recovery, weddings - even a bridal bath (not sure what that is...) as well as for massage and other rituals. One woman wrote to tell me that her daughter insisted on having this music on as part of her 'going to sleep' routine for some years. More than one person keeps Rubato in their car to calm frayed nerves during traffic snarl-ups. I can't tell you how gratifying it is to know this music is serving others."

Highlights from
Rubato

Rubato
on CDBaby

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Practice Makes Perfect

An album of stories and songs. The sounds vary from intimate to huge, from simple guitar and vocal to a full band with drums, bass, Hammond B3, and all the fixins". A few highlights:

"Companion" has a French horn trio courtesy of symphony player Eric Aachen, while "Deep Shade" is layered with beautiful textures added by famed Latin percussionist John Santos -- And "Leftover Dreams" rocks with lead guitar and bass added by Scruffy the Cat members Steve Fredette and Mac Stanfield.

"I really enjoyed having guests and friends add their special talents to the songs. There were a few, though, where all those lovely textures were best left off. For instance, the song "Practice Makes Perfect" was originally recorded with two electric basses, background vocals and keyboards; but in the end I laid that version aside because the lonely feeling of the song came across better when it was left unadorned. On the other hand "Companion" is a mariner's tale, and Eric's horn calls created an incredible oceanic effect that just makes the song for me."

Highlights from
Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect
on CDBaby

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Home Isn't Home

A work of art is often defined by what it is not.

On this CD we limit ourselves to the small palette of instruments we use at a live show.  A photographer creates a different kind of composition if he restricts himself to black and white.  By the same token, when musicians choose fewer instruments, they have to use them more inventively .

So here we have--with very few exceptions--just one guitar, our two voices, and a simple rhythm section. We find simplicity truly does rock. Folks appreciate my guitar’s “voice” and our vocal blend, and often mention the space between the notes as key to what we do. It’s a delicate texture, and easily covered up.  So we have done our best to preserve it: we have avoided layers of extra guitars, multiple voices, sequenced synthesizers, horn sections, guest soloists playing bagpipes and castanets, and extended choreographed dance numbers.

But within these self-imposed limitations, we have applied great effort to create a wide range of emotions and moods. Here are three songs from the CD in their entirety. You can hear excerpts from the entire CD and read more about the making of "Home" by clicking this link: http://www.marklemaire.com/#homeisnthome

 

Highlights from
the upcoming CD


A House Concert With Mark And Cindy

It's simple. Invite some friends – perhaps 10-15 couples – over for dinner or a potluck, and we'll perform two sets with a 20 minute intermission, about two hours total. We'll perform favorites from Practice Makes Perfect, instrumentals from Rubato, and new music from Home Isn't Home. We also will have brand new 'premieres' and stuff so fresh we haven't even written it yet! You can ask your guests for donations, or you can choose to pay us directly and provide an evening of music free for your guests.

What A House Concert Is

A house concert is a personal concert for you and your friends in a private space. Smaller house concerts might have about twenty folks. Some are regular events at large homes that hold a hundred friends and friends-of-friends. The house concert movement (yes, it's becoming that popular) is a response to the desire to hear live acoustic music in a personal setting – where folks really get some quality time with their favorite artists. It is tailored to be what YOU want, and is usually as unlike a club as your home is unlike a club.

What A House Concert Is Not

A house concert is not meant as background music, so it's not a good choice for a party where people will want to chat during the music.

Do I Need A Sound System?

No, we'll bring a small, unobtrusive system with us. In smaller rooms, we may even do it unplugged!

How Do I Start?

You can always call or email – we can talk you through it. For a deeper level of information, Concerts In Your Home goes into detail.

Our page on Concerts in Your Home:  http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/artist/MarkLemaireandTwilight.html

Easy, informative videos to introduce you to the experience: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8166691116056535 

These articles are (obviously) from the specific writer's point of view. Your house concert is really about what YOU want – the articles are just a guide. You can use some of the pointers, or make it up your own way. Feel free to contact us!

Press Materials

Mark Lemaire ...

... has been performing on guitar since he was twelve. Originally from New England, by high school he was writing songs and playing the coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge. At 23, his musical world changed when he landed a job as a recording engineer at the legendary Euphoria Sound. As a staff engineer, Mark learned his studio chops with producer Jimmy Miller, who produced The Rolling Stones, Blind Faith, Traffic, and the Spencer Davis Group. He also did sessions with the wild and infamous Johnny Thunders of the New York Dolls, as well as 80’s college radio darlings Scruffy the Cat.

Mark moved to the San Francisco area in 1985, planning to perform more and engineer a little less. He opened for Maria Muldaur at the legendary Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and for Steve Seskin and Even Dozen Jug Band founder and folk icon Stefan Grossman at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, but then tendonitis forced Mark to perform a little less and engineer a little more.

Since then, Mark has recorded artists ranging from Latin quartet Cascada de Flores to experimental metal band Neurosis, as well as folk and rock artists of every stripe. Between sessions, he found time to record his guitar solo CD "Rubato, Pieces for Guitar", as well as many of the songs that have now appeared on "Practice Makes Perfect".

In the mid 90’s, Mark began to engineer a different kind of music. He found himself in the cloistered world of classical and early music recording. He's recorded the San Francisco Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and many other classical groups. He still records anyone dedicated to their craft. Find out more about Mark’s recording life at RubatoRecording.com.

Since his divorce in 2004, Mark has revitalized his life yet again. He completed "Practice Makes Perfect" in 2008. Mark began performing with Cindy van Empel as Mark Lemaire and Twilight in 2009. In autumn 2012, they released their first CD as a duo- "Home Isn't Home". Listen to selections from "Home" here http://www.marklemaire.com/home.html#homeisnthome.
 


Cindy van Empel Lemaire ...

...has been singing since her youth. In high school in Southern California, she sang in a band that covered REO Speedwagon and Led Zeppelin. And she also toured Europe with the group Madrigals, performing music from the Renaissance and the Middle Ages.

While Cindy never fully left music behind, her geography degrees from UCLA and Cal State Northridge drew her to a career in planning. She has been a consulting planner and is currently working in government, seeking to bring her extensive and varied experience to bear in the San Joaquin Valley.

Mark met Cindy in early 2008. It was immediately clear how perfectly their voices blended. Then Mark asked Cindy if she would please learn a few of his songs. And so she did.

They have been performing together as Mark Lemaire and Twilight ever since. They tour New England every summer, and California appearances have included shows in Carmel Valley, Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many places in between. On their European vacation in the fall of 2011, they busked on the streets of Italy and Croatia. In autumn of 2012, they released their new album "Home Isn't Home"-- based around their unique vocal blend combined with Mark's inimitable guitar style.

Autumn 2013 saw their first tour through Texas and New Mexico. They are currently booking a tour of the United Kingdom in September 2014.

Mark and Cindy live in the San Francisco Bay area.


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