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Paper Wings — May 25, Meraki Quartet — June 2

Meraki Quartet–Sunday, June 2 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.  In 2017, the quartet was awarded the Jane Galante Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar. ... Read more

Gerry O’Connor & Richard Mandel

Gerry O'Connor & Richard Mandel–Saturday, May 4 Gerry O’Connor grew up in County Louth, in a family of musicians, dancers and singers. His mother, Rose, taught Gerry and his siblings at home, and she continued to teach from there for 40 years. Students travelling from Armagh and Dublin, as well as closer to home, came to learn from the doyenne of fiddle teachers. Gerry’s father Peter was a singer whose seven uncles all played music. Gerry won numerous All Ireland titles between ... Read more

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands–Sunday, March 10 Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of The Good Ol’ Persons and The Grant Street String Band, and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. Website ... Read more

Kathy Kallick Band

  Kathy Kallick Band–Friday, April 5 The Kathy Kallick band is based on the west coast, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Anchorage, and their powerful mixture of original and classic music has great appeal everywhere. Their latest release, “Horrible World,” has been out for a few months and is getting played throughout the world(s) of bluegrass/folk/acoustic music radio. The album contains a half-dozen new Kathy compositions, an original instrumental from KKB member Tom Bekeny, distinctive covers of numbers learned from Bill ... Read more

Dan Zemelman & Tiffany Austin

Dan Zemelman & Tiffany Austin–Friday, April 26 Dan Zemelman & Tiffany Austin bring a high level of artistry in jazz and improvisatory music that draws from many different genres. From originals to standards, you will be moved by the lyrics, the spirit, and the creativity of these phenomenal artists. Both of them have expansive careers and have presented at many of the Bay Area’s top venues including SF Jazz, Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, and around the world. They'll will be joined tonight ... Read more

Shows March 29 and April 5 & 6

Whiskey Deaf–Friday, March 29 Whiskey Deaf is a top-notch bluegrass / old-time / early country music band from Portland, Oregon. Fiddler Annie Staninec has been playing since age 4, plays now with the Kathy Kallick band, and is sought out by musicians all over the country. Ethan Lawton, a terrific songwriter and mandolin player, has been at Fifth Street with Western Centuries. Jamie Blair, John Kael and Dee Johnson fill out the lineup. This Whiskey Deaf show highlights a full complement of ... Read more

MUSA Baroque

MUSA–Friday, March 15 MUSA's mission is to present historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical chamber music, showcasing talented young performers. Their programs present interesting and unusual themes, and this program is no exception! In this concert MUSA takes us on a journey to explore the dynamic and complex cultural exchanges between Western Europe and China in the 17th and 18th centuries. Works performed will include a violin sonata written by the missionary Teodorico Pedrini and some transcriptions of Chinese tunes by ... Read more

Shows March 10th and 15th

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands–Sunday, March 10 (Sorry, this show is sold out) Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of The Good Ol’ Persons and The Grant Street String Band, and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and ... Read more

The Crooked Jades

The Crooked Jades–Saturday, March 2 One of the most innovative, spirited, and creative groups playing in America, The Crooked Jades take a deep, fresh look at old-time and traditional American and English folk music. One festival says: "The Jades are the perfect combination of fresh energy and raw antiquity, staying so true to the old stuff you feel like you’re hearing ghosts of the past...their performance is vibrant enough that at one point I actually had an honest to goodness religious experience." ... Read more

Del Sol Quartet

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 ... Read more
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