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Lightner After Hours. Wow!

Comment: Wow! What a great show at the Lightner Museum. never heard you guys before. How do we find out when you will be playing again? We would love to see a full show. Is there a schedule available? So nice to have great musicians in St Augustine but difficult to see them play regularly – no listing anywhere.
Love you guys and please more shows!!!!
Thanks,
Ray.

Sue Hadjopoulos

Long recognized as a major talent among music professionals (and probably the only Greek-Puerto Rican percussionist in the industry today!), Sue Hadjopoulos has added her distinctive percussive sounds and backing vocals to many of today’s hottest Latin, rock and pop acts.

Growing up in a musical family, Sue began her musical career on flute with 6 years of classical training before switching to drums and percussion.  At 17, she did her first professional gig on drums.  She continued to do a variety of session work, while also pursuing a top flight academic career, and went on to attain a degree with honors in Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She continued post graduate studies at Mannes College of Music in Manhattan.  She also attended BMI’s Lehman-Engel Musical Theater Workshop as a librettist and composer/lyricist.

She studied Latin percussion privately with Hector (Flaco) Hernandez, Louie Bauzo and Pablo Rosario.  She studied vocal technique with Katie Agresta.  

Sue began her multi-faceted career in the field of Latin music as founding member and timbalera of Latin Fever, a 14-piece female salsa band produced by Latin jazz pianist, Larry Harlow. Their breakthrough CD “Larry Harlow Presents Latin Fever”, rose to the top of the Latin charts and garnered a #1 hit for the single “Lo Que Te Gusta Mas”. She went on to perform with various salsa bands and fondly remembers receiving a standing ovation for her timbale solo with Latin vocalist Ismael Quintana and laudable praise from the master himself, Tito Puente, who told a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden that he would have to retire after hearing her play. It was here, while sharing the bill with such greats as Tito Puente, Ray Baretto and Mongo Santamaria, among others, that she explored her Latin roots.  Tastefully combining complex Afro-Cuban rhythms within a straight-ahead rock and pop format has become a trademark that has kept Sue in continued demand. 

However, it was her pairing with British rocker Joe Jackson on the platinum selling album, “Night & Day” and accompanying world tour that established Sue as an innovator in the field of contemporary music, resulting in laudatory press and sell-out shows around the globe.  As a direct result of her work, Sue was voted one of the top 5 percussionists in the Latin/Brazilian Category of Modern Drummer Magazine’s Readers Poll.

Sue was also a featured player on the Grammy award winning CD, “Symphony No. 1” by Joe Jackson. Sue continued her collaboration with Joe Jackson and legendary engineer/producer Elliot Scheiner recording percussion for “The Duke”, a Duke Ellington tribute CD and performing live on a world tour with Joe Jackson and the Bigger Band featuring Regina Carter.

Sue’s smooth blend of pop/salsa rhythms has since become her trademark. Known for her versatility, inspired percussion arrangements and strong vocal harmonies, Sue has worked with such diverse artists as: Joe Jackson, Simple Minds, Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Clarence Clemons, Southside Johnny, The B-52s, Basia, Barry Manilow, Kenny Loggins, Toni Braxton, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, They Might Be Giants, Rickie Lee Jones, Mick Jones (Foreigner), Davy Jones (Monkees), Jane Siberry, Vicki Sue Robinson, Teena Marie and renowned singer songwriter Laura Nyro.

Sue has performed in theater and Off-Broadway as a featured percussionist, as well as having recorded percussion for a variety of movie scores and commercials. She has appeared in many music videos and has performed on major network TV shows all over the world including: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Dave Letterman Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Johnny Carson, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live, and The American Music Awards.

Sue’s composing credits include co-writing, arranging, producing and performing the song “Breaking Up” for the movie, BAR GIRLS, an Orion Pictures release.  Other collaborations include her song,  “Regresando A La Diosa”, which appears on the compilation CD, IN CONCERT, produced by Local 802/AFM in support of the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund. Theatrical collaborations include co-writing the music/libretto and creating the sound design for THE ROSE SLIPPERS, a Latin-tinged musical (inspired by the Jose Marti poem “Los Zapaticos de Rosa”) and produced in NYC which garnered a rave review from the NYTimes and won third prize in the Jackie White National Memorial Children’s theater competition.

She has been interviewed in Modern Drummer, Drum! Magazine, Classic (Vintage) Drummer, Modern Percussionist, Musico Pro, InTune Monthly Magazine, Rhythm Magazine (UK) and Slagwerkkrant Magazine (Holland). She has also written feature articles for RockrGrl Magazine, Drummergirl.com, Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazine.

Sue is a member of AFM, SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP.

Sue Hadjopoulos proudly endorses REMO World Percussion and Drumheads, Grover Pro Percussion and Vater Percussion.

About SUMA

SUMA is Sue Hadjopoulos on percussion / vocals.

Marianne Lerbs on guitars / vocals.

SUMA offers a mix of traditional Latin Musical styles with contemporary Jazz, Rock, and Blues.

SUMA’s repertoire of rhythms include Bossa Nova, Samba, Bolero. Son, Salsa, Flamenco and Gypsy Pop.

SUMA’s appealing mix of styles is also reflected in their multilingual delivery of songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  The engaging vocals and powerful percussion always deliver an irresistible performance.

Both musicians are veterans of live music arenas and concert venues.

Sue Hadjopoulos , a native New Yorker of Puerto-Rican/Greek descent, has worked with diverse artists including Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Simple Minds and B-52s, among others. 

Marianne Lerbs, from Venezuela, has been a longtime festival performer, with vocal credits that include recording with famous blues musicians Tony O (Top Pine Perkins), Billy Big Eyes and Bob Stroger (Muddy Waters), Reverend Billy Wirtz, and a 6 year run as the Maja Gitana duo, delivering Gypsy Pop music from Florida to New Orleans with gifted violinist Janine Newfield. 

Marianne Lerbs Fine Artist

Marianne Lerbs moved to St. Augustine, Florida in 1992 and open her first art studio and gallery in downtown St. Augustine in Florida. 

From 1992-1994 Marianne became the Artist in Residence for Jacksonville, FL., with the Duval County Public School system.

During 1992 through 1998 She taught art at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. 

Sponsored by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, She also conducted numerous art projects including rehabilitation programs for young fist time offenders, CANVAS projects with murals in Downtown Jacksonville and Elementary Schools in the metropolitan area, Communities in Schools and Kids at Risk art programs.

In 1997 She became St. Augustine resident sculptor Thomas Glover W’s apprentice, learning how to carve marble, steatite and alabaster. 

By 1998, The Kessler Collection has acquired Marianne’s large sculptures and paintings for the Grand Bohemian Hotels in Orlando and Savanna GA.

In 2001 She had her first of many sculptural solo shows in D.O.C.S Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Marianne produced and installed an 82 feet long mosaic mural for the Museum of Natural History’s Butterly Vivarium at the University of Florida. She also designed the iron railing for the bridges inside the vivarium. 

In 2005, She was commissioned to produce 5 paintings of Historic Women from St. Augustine, and three large scenes from Floridian History for the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Fl. 

By 2010 Marianne helped create and install the St. Augustine Sculpture Garden in St. Augustine Beach, a monumental project conceived by her late husband, sculptor Thomas Glover W. The collection, located on Lakeside Park is composed of 17 life-size sculptures by local and national artists. Two of Marianne’s sculptures, “Españolas” and a “Swimming Fire Horses” are part of the collection.

Marianne’s work has been on display in art galleries in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Caracas and Valencia (Venezuela). 

She has been the recipient of numerous awards, Including Most Advance Art in Show and Cutting Edge Art.

In 2013 She completed a monumental 28 ton stone sculpture, which was originally commissioned to Thomas Glover W., who tragically passed away in 2012 due to a brain tumor. She agreed to take-on the commission and finish the job. Climbing gear, safety lines and scaffolding were needed to work on the monumental stone work. The sculpture is currently at a Green Farm Project in Jacksonville, Fl.

In 2017 she completed a life-size bronze bucking filly and a scaled model rearing Arab stallion, for a local private collector.

Her latest sculptural works in marble and fine woods were on display at the Jacksonville International Airport, from July through September 2018.

On September 2018, Marianne got married with celebrated guitarist Jim Carrick, a protegé of Gamble Rogers and member of Spanky and Our Gang latest lineup.

Marianne’s smaller sculptures can be seen at Plum Gallery on Aviles St., and at her studio by appointment on Ponce de Leon Blvd., by the San Sebastian River in St. Augustine, FL.

Marianne is currently working on a sculptural project involving repurposing marble blocks that were discarded from the old railroad buildings in St. Augustine during remodeling. Following her latest contemporary style, Marianne will sculpt 5 marble blocks (48” x 12” x 8” or about 600 LBS ea.) to depict and honor women of different backgrounds, ethnic group and historic context, from North Florida.

In 2018, Marianne Lerbs and renown percussionist Sue Hadjopoulos met in St. Augustine, Fl. By 2019 they started the SUMA project, with latin music infused with gypsy, bossa nova, jazz rhythms and energy.