Del Sol Quartet–Friday, February 8
"I could be wrong, but I’m guessing it’s been a while since you’ve rocked out to a string quartet recording"—those are the opening words from a New York Times review of a Del Sol Quartet recording. This San Francisco-based quartet has been exploring the boundaries of the string quartet genre since its founding in 1992. They've made a point of collaborating with artists from other media and have been responsible for commissioning and performing new works of ...
New Esterhazy Quartet–Thursday, January 31
We're thrilled to be hosting the New Esterhazy Quartet for the first time. This Bay Area string quartet has been together and performing regularly since 2006, specializing in music from the Classical period on period instruments. As Haydn experts—the quartet has performed all 68 of Haydn's string quartets and created four recordings of them—who better to introduce us to works by composers who influenced him? This is a program they're calling "Haydn & His Teachers", with music ...
Katie McNally Trio–Tuesday, January 22
“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA,” Katie McNally has made waves in both the American traditional music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, “Flourish,” in 2013. Based in Boston, her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola.
The trio's album “The Boston States” reinvigorates and reimagines the historic musical connection between Maritime Canada and ...
Musica Pacifica--Saturday, October 6
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 ...
John Whelan & Haley Richardson--Friday, September 28
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 ...
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 ...