Hillside Club Concert Series

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           Victor Romasevich             Scott Macomber                                Timothy Owner                              Christopher Gaudi

The 7th California
Andriasov Music Festival
also featuring music of
Honegger & Bozza

Saturday 30 July 2016 at 8:00pm

Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted and honored to present the 7th California Andriasov Festival dedicated to the music of the celebrated Armenian-Russian composer Iosif Andriasov and his son Arshak in arrangements for violin, piano and winds. Also featured will be works by Honegger and Bozza. All the artists in this concert are current or former members of the San Francisco Symphony. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

Victor Romasevich
- violin & piano
Scott Macomber - trumpet
Timothy Owner - trombone
Christopher Gaudi - oboe


The Program:

Arthur Honegger       Intrada for Trumpet and Piano

Iosif Andriasov          Musical Sketch for Oboe and Piano, Op. 5

Arshak Andriasov      Piece for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 9B

Iosif Andriasov          Musical Sketch for Trombone and Piano, Op. 4d

Arshak Andriasov       Five Romances, Op. 2, for various voices and piano,
                                                performed on trumpet and trombone

Eugene Bozza           Ballade for Tenor Trombone and Piano, Op. 62

Iosif Andriasov           Four Romances (Op. 9, Op. 10, Op. 11, Op. 13),
                                                performed on trumpet and trombone

Iosif Andriasov           Musical Sketch for Oboe and Piano, Op. 24

Iosif Andriasov           Passacaglia for Trombone and Piano, Op. 22C

Arshak Andriasov       Duet for Violin and Oboe, Op. 12

Iosif Andriasov           Meditation for Trombone and Piano, Op. 30d

Iosif Andriasov           Concertino for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 14


For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov and composer Arshak Andriasov, please visit www.andriasovstore.com  © Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova)

About the Concert:

About the Artists:

Violinist and violist Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano when he was four. At five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina. Following his emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Mr. Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He joined the Trio Navarro in 2013. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist, and keyboard player.

San Francisco Bay Area trumpeter, Scott Macomber, is in demand as an orchestral trumpeter, chamber musician, soloist, and educator. Scott frequently appears onstage and in the pit with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras. During the 2009-10 season he served as acting third trumpet with the SF Symphony. He has joined the SF Symphony for several domestic and international tours and appeared on recent recordings of Mahler Symphony #8, Ives' Concord Symphony, Adams' Harmonielehre and Varese's Ameriques all under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Scott serves in permanent positions with the California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic. Scott is also Co-Principal Trumpet of the prestigious Arizona MusicFest All-Star Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Mendocino and Music in the Mountains (Grass Valley) Festival Orchestras. Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at Northwestern University in 1995 Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his Master's degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1997.

Originally from Australia, Timothy Owner moved to the United States in the fall of 2004 to pursue a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance at Northwestern University. Since that time, he has built an exciting career performing on Alto, Tenor and Bass Trombones as well as Bass Trumpet and Euphonium in some of the United States' finest orchestral and chamber ensembles. He has been a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and been with the San Francisco Symphony as Utility and Associate Principal Trombone since the 2013/2014 season.

Currently the Acting Associate Principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, Christopher Gaudi has also served as the Acting Assistant Principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestras, as Professor of Oboe at the University of Indiana Bloomington Jacob School of Music, Principal Oboe in the San Diego Symphony, Guest Principal oboe with the Atlanta, Seattle, and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, and has been a frequent substitute with the Metropolitan Opera. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for multiple occasions at the at the White House. Currently he also serves as President of the Board for OvreArts, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Pittsburgh, PA. A student of Elaine Douvas and John Mack, Mr. Gaudi received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. He has participated in numerous festivals including Aspen, Kent/Blossom, Mainly Mozart, Spoleto (Italy), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has presented masterclasses at The Colburn School, Interlochen, Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong) and Hidden Valley Music Seminars. He also maintains a blog, www.oboeclass.com, a website full of information and resources for oboists.




   
Harvey Wainapel    Jane Lenoir       Ricardo Peixoto        Brian Rice                                               Howard Alden

Berkeley Choro Ensemble
In Concert
with special guest
Howard Alden


Saturday 6 August at 8:00pm

Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome The Berkeley Choro Ensemble, a quartet of brilliant local artists, in a concert of Brazilian music. Joining the ensemble will be famed 7-string jazz guitarist, Howard Alden. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.



The Artists:

Berkeley Choro Ensemble
    Harvey Wainapel -
sax & clarinet
    Jane Lenoir - flute
    Ricardo Peixoto - guitar
    Brian Rice - percussion

special guest artist
    Howard Alden
- 7-string guitar


About the Concert:

Berkeley Choro Ensemble joins forces with famed jazz guitarist Howard Alden to present a diverse program of compositions showcasing a history of Brazilian Popular Music. The group will perform works by some of the great composers in Brazil , including Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Ernesto Nazareth, and others. Alden will also perform solo readings of jazz standards.
Harvey Wainapel Jane Lenoir Ricardo Peixoto Brian Rice Howard Alden

Berkeley Choro Ensemble
In Concert
with special guest
Howard Alden
Saturday 6 August at 8:00pm
Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome The Berkeley Choro Ensemble, a quartet of brilliant local artists, in a concert of Brazilian music. Joining the ensemble will be famed 7-string jazz guitarist, Howard Alden. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


About the Berkeley Choro Ensemble:

The Berkeley Choro Ensemble (pronounced "shoro"), is a group of world-class musicians from the SF Bay Area that made its debut in January, 2010, at the Berkeley Public Library. The group celebrates the music, culture and history of Brazil, with a special emphasis on the Choro genre, a style of music which emerged in the 1800's in Brazil, fusing the music of Brazil's European immigrants and the native music of Brazil's indigenous and African-Brazilian population. In particular, the choro sound is somewhat akin to a combination of European classical music, ragtime, and blues. Historically, the choro style influenced Brazil's most famous classical composer, Heitor Villa Lobos, to compose some of the world's most hauntingly beautiful music, the Bachianas Brasileiras. Our repertoire also includes samba, bossa nova, jazz, and the music of Northeast Brazil.


About Howard Alden:
        Howard Alden's website
        Berkeleyside article by Andy Gilbert



Artist Bios:

From a family of professional musicians, flutist Jane Lenoir grew up in Tampa, Florida, and left home at 15 as a SCHOLARSHIP student to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and then to Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A performer comfortable in many diverse styles, Jane appears regularly as a soloist, chamber player, orchestral musician, and jazz performer. She first began her study of Brazilian music in 2006, and has since performed with Marcos Silva, Jovino Santos Neto, Hermeto Pascoal, and recorded with Carlos Oliveira and Ceilia Medeiros, Live at Anna's Jazz Island and Brazilian Choro 2009. In 2010 she visited Brazil and studied with Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Sergio Santos, Allessandro Pennezzi and Ted Falcon. She is principal flutist with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Grass Valley, and also performs with Sexteto Matiz, an Afro-Cuban ensemble, and numerous jazz, and new music and chamber ensembles in styles ranging from early music (baroque flute) to free improvisation.


Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel (pronounced "wine-apple") has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, and Joe Henderson. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders, Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 22 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with top-level musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, and Jovino Santos Neto. Wainapel was a featured soloist on two CDs that were final nominees for Latin Grammy Awards™ "Best Latin Jazz Recording" (with Jovino Santos Neto in 2004 and with Mark Levine in 2003). Harvey has been called "one of the most promising and versatile players of his generation" (All Music Guide to Jazz 1998)

Originally from Rio de Janeiro and based in the Bay Area, guitarist/composer Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US, with a fluid melodic style and a keen compositional sense. His performances explore Brazil's rich and diverse traditions, both in his original work as well as in arrangements of Brazilian classics. His approach is grounded both in the jazz and Brazilian music traditions, but always ventures well beyond their borders, combining rich melodies, sophisticated harmonies, and the unmistakable rhythms of Brazil. Ricardo came to the US on a scholarship to the Berkeley School of Music in Boston, and later continued his studies in classical guitar at the SF Conservatory of Music. He has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, saxophonist Bud Shank, percussionist Dom Um Romão, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, guitarist Carlos Oliveira, Harvey Wainapel, Marcos Silva and Terra Sul. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.

Percussionist Brian Rice graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology. A well-rounded musician, Brian is a highly acclaimed performer, educator and recording artist adept at numerous musical styles ranging from classical and jazz, to Latin, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian, to contemporary and experimental music. Brian's study of the Brazilian pandeiro began in 1986 when the Sao Paulo State University percussion ensemble visited Oberlin and percussionist/composer Carlos Stasi, then a student at SPSU, gave Brian a quick pandeiro lesson after the concert. Since then Brian's obsession with the pandeiro has led him to study with Guello, Marcos Suzano, Airto, Claudio Bueno and Clarice Magalhaes, and his prowess on the instrument has led him to perform with numerous Brazilian artists including, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Sergio Santos, Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia and Jorge Alabe. It was studies with Marcos Suzano that inspired Brian to expand his use of the pandeiro outside the Brazilian music world and apply it to Balkan, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Cuban music with great effect.

Howard Alden was born in Newport Beach, California in 1958. He began playing the 4-string tenor guitar and banjo at age ten. After hearing recordings of Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and other jazz guitar greats, he got a six-string guitar and started teaching himself to play that as well. As a teenager he played both instruments at various venues in the Los Angeles area. He studied guitar with Jimmy Wyble when he was 16. In 1977–78 he studied jazz guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood with Howard Roberts, where he eventually assisted Roberts in organizing and preparing his curriculum materials. Alden then conducted some of his own classes at GIT. Alden made his first trip to the east coast in the summer of 1979, playing in a trio led by the legendary vibraphonist Red Norvo for three months at Resorts International in Atlantic City. Alden moved to New York City in 1982 to play an extended engagement at the Café Carlyle with jazz pianist/songwriter Joe Bushkin. Soon afterward, he was discovered by Joe Williams and Woody Herman. In 1983 he was already collaborating with Dick Hyman, when he appeared with him and a host of other musicians at Eubie Blake's one-hundredth birthday concert. In 1988, Alden signed with the Concord Jazz record label and recorded many albums with them over the following fifteen years as a leader and sideman. Alden recorded the guitar performances for Sean Penn's character Emmet Ray in Woody Allen's 1999 film Sweet and Lowdown, and taught Penn how to mime the performances for the film. The score also featured Bucky Pizzarelli on rhythm guitar and arrangements by pianist Dick Hyman.




there will be lots more great music coming up over the coming weeks and months:


...and we'll post more info here as it becomes available.