Aallotar--Saturday, August 4
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 ...
Western Centuries--Saturday, September 1
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 ...
Amaranth Quartet--Friday, August 3
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 ...
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 ...
Tony Furtado Trio with John Reischman and Luke Price--Thursday, July 12
Multi-instrumentalist and 2-time National Banjo champion Tony Furtado combines folk, blues, bluegrass, and a lot more into an Americana musical blend that explores musical frontiers and traditions.
John Reischman is known for his work with his band The Jaybirds and his acclaimed solo albums, and he got his start as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit in the late 1970s. Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation.
Trio Garufa -- Saturday, June 16
1) boisterous and festive fun, especially that dedicated to dance and drinking;
2) a person prone to such kind of fun.
often called 'The Argentine Tango', is Argentina's contribution to the world of dance. The Tango came from the brothels and low cafes of Buenos Aires at the turn of the century. At its very beginning it was a ballet-like dance between two men, which, a little later, became the dance of the brothels where men and women had ...
Elizabeth Blumenstock -- Saturday, June 9
Virtuoso baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock is a local treasure. Bay Area early music fans know her well from her many years with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists, often in the concertmaster's chair. We don't often get her all to ourselves, though, so we're thrilled to be hosting her at Fifth Street for this rare solo recital.
There's no shortage of videos of Elizabeth online. Here are a couple we recommend, to tide you over until ...
Sylvestris Quartet -- Friday, May 25
This month we're pleased to host the Sylvestris Quartet. We heard them for the first time at last year's SF Chamber Music Day and were blown away by their talent and creativity. Their programs are unlike most string quartet performances. For one, they play on gut strings, though they play music written as late as the 1940s. They play themed concerts, where you'll hear individual movements of pieces by a variety of composers and the members of ...
Northern California’s own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class, and hope. From NPR to the BBC, and concerts in Europe and North America, Rita moves audiences around the world with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice. Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story, sincerity, and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, ...
Sean Watkins & The Bee Eaters -- Sunday, April 1
The Bee Eaters combine the fine details of chamber music, the velocity and high spirit of bluegrass, and the melodic resourcefulness of pop music. This band has a unique American sound.
Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and performed at Carnegie Hall. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan Clarridge is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythms jazz, ...