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 ...
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 ...
The Lowest Pair -- Saturday, March 17
The Lowest Pair (Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee) have performed at Fifth Street more than any other band. Kendl helped start the house concerts here almost twenty years ago, and she's still one of our favorites. A banjo duet (they both play guitar too) isn't the most obvious pick to click, but this duo's killer harmony singing, sensitive musicianship, technical skills, and wonderful tunes make them heroes of ours. Check out a tune here.
Sean Watkins ...
Paper Wings -- Saturday, March 10
Paper Wings is a new, old-fashioned acoustic duo: Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda. These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. They’ve joined forces to create music based on their shared love of tradition, classic sounds, and the compelling need for both classic and original music. The duo features wonderful vocal harmonies over a rotating arsenal of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them ...
Western Centuries -- Friday, January 5
The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at the crossroads of country band, early R&B and the spirit of The Band. Three lead vocalists, careful harmony and witty lyrics, the music introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. Upbeat dance numbers, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between.
Cahalen Morrison played here a year or two ago with his vocal partner Eli West. The two of them ...
Aviary Players -- Saturday, December 16
Just in time for the holidays, we’re thrilled to be presenting the Aviary Players, an international group of chamber musicians currently based in San Francisco. Founded by bass player Megan Adie, with violinists Monika Gruber and Akiko Kojima, the Players' repertoire spans four centuries, brought to life with both passion and historically informed perspectives.
Whether playing violone in groups specializing in music of the 17th and 18th centuries, double bass in symphony orchestras, or bass instruments in renaissance ...
Kevin Burke--Sunday, August 20
Kevin Burke is an Irish master fiddler, considered one of the finest living Irish musicians. For almost forty years he has been at the forefront of Irish traditional and Celtic music, performing and recording with groundbreaking groups The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.
In addition to his solo albums, Kevin has worked with Christy Moore, Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Jackie Daly, Ged Foley and Cal Scott, among dozens of other important musicians.
In 2002, Kevin was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment ...
The Page Turners--Tuesday, June 13
The Page Turners are Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, joined by Max Schwartz on this trip, who play serious old-time, country, bluegrass and genuine roots music from America and Western Europe. Winners of the Freshgrass Best Duo award last year, they've been on the road since then and have just released their first CD. They're top-notch pickers and singers and they fit right into the high-quality music scene here at Fifth Street. Don't miss this show.
See the Concerts page ...
Chris Acquavella (website here) explores the depth and breadth of the mandolin. Originally from San Diego, Chris lives in Mainz, Germany, and has impressed audiences all over the world. In addition to his mastery of the instrument, his compositions have been performed by dozens of other instrumentalists and chamber groups, and Chris continues to teach internationally. His music is cross-border and transformational, and I'm excited to present him to Bay Area audiences.
See the Concerts page to make reservations.
Rising Appalachia -- Monday, May ...
One of the most acclaimed classical guitar duos on the international music scene, Sebastian Montes and Katrin Klingeberg met and began playing together while studying music in Germany. Now living in Chile, the couple tours frequently in Europe and makes a rare trip to California this month. Noted as warm, full of expression, and technically masterful, they have won multiple first prizes in international competitions. Their website is here. It's not that often we host classical music, and I'm really looking ...