Saffire is a straight – up quality Rock & Roll trio with a wide and far reaching repertoire. Their sound is authentic and driving ~ featuring complex rhythms, souful melodies and spirited contrapuntal intricacies. The music consists of a unique variety of tunes, from classical composers such as JS Bach, Leo Brouwer and Isaac Albeniz to R & R legends like Fleetwood Mac, Queensryche and Santana. People are amazed and often comment on the original and mesmerizing flavor and continuity this wide array of music has.
Though Gina Machovina (classical concert guitarist and singer-songwriter) has only known TJ Brennan (percussion/harmonica/sax) since October of 2016, the musical symmetry between them is unmistakeable.
“I couldn’t have been more happy than the day TJ walked into one of my performances, began beating the table to an original of mine, and asked where my drummer was. I told him that he (TJ) was a bit late, but could jump in anytime.”
A week later, the duo played a gig and people thought they’d been jamming together for years! The show ended an hour late as the encores kept coming.
Of TJ, Gina says he is an incredibly talented and intuitive player. “He senses what I’m going to play even before I do! And did I mention how fun this is? ”
TJ is also enjoying this musical ensemble tremendously. “When I first heard Gina, I was so impressed by both her classical guitar work and vocal quality on the covers and originals she played. The music was just beautiful and rockin’ too! And now, I’m finding out that she shreds on the electric guitar as well! What an awesome bonus!”
Gina and TJ each independently played the Southern Cal circuit, TJ with several different Rock bands and Gina in her original heavy metal band Rising. Gina went on to play as a soloist first in Southern Utah, then in Central CA, Oregon, and now in Northern AZ. As a band in 2017, they are called Saffire.
Over the past few months, it has become blatantly evident that Saffire needed a bassist. Al Hinojoza boldly stepped up, bought a bass guitar, and began learning the instrument, under the gruelling and often brutal instruction of wife Gina ~ and moving at Mach 5 none-the-less! Thanks Al, we needed you!