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 ...
We can't say it any better than their website: "High Country has earned its place as one of America’s finest traditional bluegrass bands. Strongly influenced by the classic styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers, the band's blend of banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, guitar and bass delivers the upbeat excitement of true bluegrass music. With driving rhythm, skillful picking and soulful singing, High Country brings the energy and experience of six seasoned professionals to this spirited American ...
Mads Tolling & Dave Macnab
This concert is sold out
We're thrilled to have internationally renowned Danish-American violinist and composer Mads Tolling back at Fifth Street. As a 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. Mads has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Leo Kottke and Sergio & Odair Assad.
This evening Mads will collaborate with jazz guitarist Dave Macnab. Dave is one ...
Nash / Griffin / Landon--Songwriter's Circle: Saturday, July 20
Named one of “50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists” by Guitar Player magazine, James Nash has been described as "graceful but fiery... elegant and colorful... rampantly eclectic," and praised for his “near-ideal balance of irreverence, chops, discipline, and originality” (Chicago Tribune). James commands the stage with subtlety and bravado, and his genre-bending approach seamlessly unites the worlds of rock, bluegrass, and jazz into a sound that is both deeply soulful and technically remarkable.
Andrew Griffin started ...
Kora Feder–Friday, June 7
Both delicate and bold, Kora Feder (rhymes with “cedar”) is a rising voice in the new generation of folk songwriters up to the task of confronting the times we live in. "The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade,” says Rich Warren, host of Folkstage in Chicago and recent inductee into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame.
Feder holds a degree in Global Studies with a focus on songwriting as empowerment in indigenous and migrant communities. She spent two years wielding ...
Meraki Quartet–Sunday, June 2
This concert is sold out, but you can add yourself to the waiting list on the Reservations page.
The Meraki Quartet formed right here in Berkeley in 2016 through the Crowden Music Center’s Youth Chamber Music Program. The members of the quartet are now in high school, but don't let their youth throw you off. This group of talented young women--violinists Sofia Matthews and Jun Yong Liu, violist Anna Renton and cellist Isabelle Nichols--is already well on its way. ...