Undone in Sorrow
Spare, heartfelt, genuine, moving: Undone in Sorrow plays old-time music as if they're sitting on the porch in West Virginia. I saw them at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention and among all the bands there, they really captured my attention. Here's a link to some of their tunes. Sometime it seems like a miracle that this music still exists.
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Lonesome Ace String Band
THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT.
This band might be the bluegrass musicians' bluegrass ...
Saturday, January 4
Terra Incognita is Shira Kammen, Robin Petrie, and Peter Maund, three Bay Area musicians with rich backgrounds in international folk, classical, contemporary and traditional music. The trio performs its own compositions as well as unique arrangements of traditional songs and dances.
Terra Incognita is on a musical adventure to intertwine ancient and new compositions with moments of improvisation, venturing into unknown lands and soundscapes. This concert will be a musical ritual to honor the New Year and celebrate new beginnings, ...
Cahalen Morrison solo–Saturday, December 14
Cahalen Morrison made a big impression when he visited Fifth Street with Eli West a couple years ago. An amazing songwriter and skilled on guitar, mandolin and banjo, Cahalen is a unique voice in traditional and modern American music. Crafting terrific songs with an ear for humor, storytelling, heartache and the work it takes to get by, Cahalen plays here solo, on a very short break from his work with the top-notch Pacific Northwest band Western Centuries.
Circadian Quartet with Hamid Taghavi
Saturday, November 16
For this concert, the Circadian String Quartet--Monika Gruber & David Ryther, violins, Omid Assadi, viola and David Wishnia, cello--teams up with Iranian-born santour virtuoso Hamid Taghavi. They'll explore themes of coming together and "yeganegi", or uniting in times of crisis, with music by Reza Vali, Sahba Aminikia, and Hamid Taghavi, representing two generations of Persian-American composers. Weaving through and uniting the program will be chiaroscuros, or short interludes, by David Ryther based on poetry by ...
Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary
Thursday, October 31
Long-time friends and musical collaborators, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’ Leary have toured together widely, both in duo and as part of reknowned traditional trio "The Alt." Both are internationally recognized members of the traditional music community, noted for their instrumental skills and diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary song. Both are songwriters who love and research traditional Irish and Scottish songs. With an engaging stage presence and understated virtuosity, they present a timeless selection of ...
Friction Quartet with bass clarinetist Bruce Belton
Friday, October 18
We're excited to have Friction Quartet back at Fifth Street. This local quartet with an international reputation regularly commissions and plays new works and is equally adept at presenting masterworks from the standard string quartet repertoire. Violinists Otis Harriel and Kevin Rogers and cellist Doug Machiz return to Fifth Street with their new violist Lucia Kobza. For this concert, they'll be joined by bass clarinetist Bruce Belton to perform new quintets by composers ...
The Lowest Pair
Saturday, October 12
Fifth Street favorites, this two-banjo-and-guitar duo can't be beat. Arkansas-born and now homesteading in Olympia, Washington, Kendl Winter sprouts beans in mason jars in the back of the tour van and spreads her songs across the country Johnny Appleseed style. Kendl brings to The Lowest Pair her wonderfully weaving poetry of song, old and new, and a voice somewhere between Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent, with an Olympia twist. Palmer T. Lee, who hails from Minneapolis, was ...
Amy LaVere & Will Sexton
Saturday, September 28
Amy LaVere grew up in Bethany, Louisiana, a small Texas–Louisiana border town in the Piney Woods region, nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country music. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where LaVere fronted the punk band Last Minute while still in her teens. The early 1990s found LaVere in Nashville as part of the burgeoning Lower Broadway scene, where she began to ...
Theresa Wong, cello & voice
Saturday, September 14
Theresa Wong--composer, cellist and vocalist, active at the intersection of music, experimentation, improvisation and the synergy of multiple disciplines. Bridging sound, movement, theater and visual art, her primary interest lies in finding the potential for transformation for both the artist and receiver alike. This is the perfect environment for Theresa's music--close-up and intimate. Listen to Theresa here.
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Baguette Quartette will be here Friday, September 13. This show is sold out.
In Turkish, teslim means both “commit” and “surrender.” In Turkish classical music, teslim means “theme” or main melody—a composition journeys away from and returns home to its teslim, which becomes like a beloved character. Commit and surrender are two sides of the same coin. If we are all commitment--technical practice and diligent study--we may not allow the spirit of the music to animate those sounds; if we are all surrender, our skills are not honed and we are unable express that spirit ...