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April Verch & Joe Newberry

April Verch & Joe Newberry–Sunday, October 28 Joe Newberry and April Verch each bring superb musicianship from their respective Ozark/Appalachian and Canadian Ottawa Valley roots. While they never lose sight of their own unique traditions, their work together also builds an entirely new musical aesthetic, one with its own melting pot integrity. April, best known for two decades of international touring with The April Verch Band, and Joe, well-known for his work with mandolin icon Mike Compton, as well as The Transatlantic Sessions ... Read more

Upstate

Upstate--Friday, October 12 The last few years have been a time of genuine exploration and self-discovery for the band formerly known as Upstate Rubdown. As the group knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and their name all underwent dramatic changes. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those transformations culminated in the septet’s dazzling new single that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll. Dedicated, talented, good-humored ... Read more

Musica Pacifica

Musica Pacifica--Saturday, October 6 Make Reservations Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica has made its mark on the early music scene here in the Bay Area and beyond.  They've performed several times at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, as well as at other festivals and series around the country. Individually, the musicians who make up Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and many other prominent early music ensembles. Musicians Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Ingrid Matthews, violin; Gretchen Claassen, cello/viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord and Peter Maund, percussion will treat ... Read more

John Whelan & Haley Richardson (9/28) & Musica Pacifica (10/6)

John Whelan & Haley Richardson--Friday, September 28 Make Reservations Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded ... Read more

John Whelan & Haley Richardson

John Whelan & Haley Richardson--Friday, September 28 Make Reservations Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded ... Read more

Harmonic Tone Revealers

Harmonic Tone Revealers (John Reischman, Scott Nygaard, Sharon Gilchrist)--Friday, September 14 Make Reservations This is acoustic string music at its finest. The power trio of mandolinist John Reischman, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist blend traditional bluegrass and folk styles with their own visions of contemporary acoustic music, reshaping old melodies and composing new tunes based on traditional forms. Reischman and Nygaard, both Grammy winners revered in the acoustic world for their virtuosity and impeccable tone, join Gilchrist, whose mandolin and bass playing ... Read more

Aallotar

  Aallotar--Saturday, August 4 RSVP Ancestors of Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku lived within hours of each other in western Finland--speaking the same language, playing the same music, living the same culture. In the late 19th century, Pajunen's ancestors emigrated to northern Minnesota; Niku's family remained in Finland. Today, they explore a common heritage in Finnish folk music, even as they create new sounds that reflect their contemporary cultures and various interests. Pajunen is a violinist, and Niku an accordionist; their lithe instrumentals and ... Read more

Western Centuries

  Western Centuries--Saturday, September 1 RSVP This is not country music. The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian stringband, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs, Delta blues. Western Centuries uses every tradition and their modern spirits and ears. They are really good singers, brilliant songwriters, and great instrumentalists. They aren’t bound by any rules to write songs in a country style; instead they’re taking their own personal influences as songwriters and fusing them into a sound that moves beyond the ... Read more

Amaranth Quartet

  Amaranth Quartet--Friday, August 3 RSVP Equally at home with Mozart and Mendelssohn as they are with brand new string quartet compositions, violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby met at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, formed the Amaranth Quartet in 2014 and have been going strong ever since.  They've been one of the featured groups for the past two years at the annual Kronos Quartet Festival in San Francisco. For us they'll present pieces from a wide ... Read more

Mads Tolling

Mads Tolling & Dan Zemelman -- Saturday, July 28 Internationally renowned violinist and composer Mads Tolling is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and now lives in San Francisco. As a former member of both bassist Stanley Clarke’s band and the celebrated Turtle Island Quartet, Mads won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad as well as with his own groups, The Mads Tolling Quartet and ... Read more
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