The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series has been proud to host some of the finest artists performing today. Click on the following links to view some of the past programs in our series:2017-Current Concerts
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present *ALMOST FAMOUS* -a Jazz Musical by Cathi Walkup and Shanna Carlson_, giving you the lowdown and the upside of life as a jazz singer. *ALMOST FAMOUS* (formerly "Girl Talk") is about two touring singers who also happen to be best friends; they find themselves in San Francisco at the same time, and meet up for some cocktails and chat - about life in general and their lives in particular.
Music by T. Monk, C. Porter, D. Frishberg, B. Dorough, B. Timmons , S. Rollins, C. Walkup & S. Carlson.
The Snake Trio
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present the The Snake Trio
in concert. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this fine ensemble in
a superb acoustic space.
THE SNAKE TRIO - "New Directions in Jazz and Venezuelan Music"
Hailed for its spirited performances and its fascinating fusion of Latin and folk rhythms with adventurous jazz explorations, The Snake Trio gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. The group is committed to raising that voice and exploring the connection between North American jazz, traditional Venezuelan songs and original musical ideas. Jackeline Rago (Cuatro/Mandolin/ Bandola/Percussion), Donna Viscuso (Flute/Alto Saxophone), and Saul Sierra (Bass) defiantly ignore musical boundaries to create a new direction that journeys the infectious rhythms of joropo and swing, gaita and soul and be-bop and calypso among many others.
"Latin Jazz with a cool Venezuelan twist that will have you savoring your Coltrane with joropo and your Ellington with calypso" - Jesse "Chuy" Varela
For more information check out the The Snake Trio website
"An Evening of Improvised Music"
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present "An
Evening of Improvised Music" with Tatsuya Nakatani
(percussion), Shoko Hikage (koto) and Theresa Wong
(cello). Nakatani, originally from Japan, via Boston, New York and
now living in Easton, Pennsylvania, will be making a stop in the
Bay Area on his "Solo Percussion" cross country tour. This evening
of improvised music will reveal the acoustic meeting of Nakatani
with local players Shoko Hikage and Theresa Wong.
The trio, playing together this evening for the first time,
will perform free improvisations which juxtapose the personal
vocabularies of each player on their instruments. A universe of
unexpected sound is bound to open with the vast possibilities
of these performers, who explore both traditional and unusual
ways of playing their instruments, from Nakatani's use of bowed
metal percussion to Hikage's textural palette on the koto and
Wong's percussive and rhythmic use of cello.
For more information on these talented artists, check out these links:
Matt Renzi Trio - Saxophone Jazz
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present the Matt
Renzi Trio in concert. Matt Renzi, saxophone, John
Wiitala, bass, and Tim Bulkley, drums, have been
playing together as a group for over two years. The band plays
interpreted standards mixed in with free improvisation, drawing
from contemporary classical music, indian music and traditional
jazz to form a unique sound. Don't miss this opportunity to
hear these great local players in an outstanding hall.
Roberta Piket Trio - Modern Jazz and Beyond
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present the Roberta
Piket Trio in concert, featuring Roberta Piket
on piano, Ratzo Harris on bass, and Billy Mintz
on drums. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the best of the
New York jazz scene in an intimate acoustic setting.
In anticipation of their brand new CD release, pianist Roberta Piket and drummer Billy Mintz bring their New York trio featuring virtuoso bassist Ratzo Harris to the West coast. In addition to performing originals by all three band members, the trio will play several underplayed standards from the American songbook and a polymetric arrangement of The Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up And Away" that has become a "special request" among Roberta's listeners. Samples from their upcoming CD can be heard at www.myspace.com/robertapiket .
Roberta Piket has played professionally as a sidewoman with David Liebman, Rufus Reid, Michael Formanek, Lionel Hampton and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra and has twice been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, on National Public Radio. Roberta, who holds a B.S. in Computer Science, turned away from a future as a software engineer after a year in that field to pursue what now seems an inevitable path in creative music. A gifted composer, Roberta placed second in the 1993 Thelonious Monk-BMI Composers' Competition. She has six CDs released as a leader on various independent labels.
A Thelonious Monk Competition Semi-finalist, National Endowment for the Arts recipient, and contributing columnist for Bass Player magazine, Ratzo Harris has worked with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Kirk Norock, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Jon Hendricks, Jane Ira Bloom, Roseanna Vitro, John Handy, Betty Carter, Les Paul, Joanne Brackeen, Jim Pepper and Betty Buckley are just a few of the artists who have repeatedly called on his services for concerts, tours and collaborations. Vocalist Tom Buckner, pianist Kenny Werner, trombonists Bob Brookmeyer and Ed Neumeister, and guitarists Bruce Arnold and Royce Campbell are some of the artists who have recorded his music.
In an extraordinary career spanning nearly 40 years, Billy Mintz has played with some of the biggest names in the jazz world including Lee Konitz, Eddie Daniels, Harold Danko, Mose Allison, Mark Murphy, Bobby Shew, Charles Lloyd, Vinny Golia, and the Alan Broadbent Trio. Mr. Mintz has written two books: Different Drummers, originally published by Aamsco Music Publishing and Advanced Sticking and Sight-Reading (BM Publications). In recent years, Mr. Mintz has taken on new roles as a bandleader and a composer, performing his own compositions with various ensembles. He also frequently performs solo drumset concerts.
Trio Falso Baiano
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present the Trio Falso Baiano
in concert. Don't miss this opportunity to hear this talented group in
our historic hall.
Trio Falso Baiano is a choro group that offers a window into the history and diverse culture of Brazil. Choro is one of Brazil's earliest popular musics, dating back to the late 1800s, and, similar to jazz, it reflects the melding of African rhythms with a melodic and harmonic structure closely resembling Baroque Classical music.
The Trio's exploration of choro spans nearly 100 years, including everything from the traditional to more contemporary versions and jazz influenced reinterpretations. In addition to performing and touring, Trio Falso Baiano has worked in collaboration with the Pasadena Pops and Around the World Music Program to bring choro and Brazilian music to students throughout the Los Angeles County Unified School District.
For more information check out the Trio Falso Baiano website
The Tilden Trio
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present the Tilden Trio in concert. This will be a superb evening of music performed by three virtuoso artists; don't miss it!
The Tilden Trio was formed in 2004 by Juilliard
schoolmates, Sarn Oliver (First Violin, San Francisco
Symphony), Peter Wyrick (Associate Principal Cello,
San Francisco Symphony) and June Choi Oh (faculty, the
Dominican University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music)
after collaborating for decades in various ensembles settings.
The Trio has appeared in the Chancellor's Series at University
of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Chamber Music Sundaes in
Berkeley, the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University,
and the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series at Davies
Symphony Hall, among others. This season, Tilden Trio will
be one of the featured artists for the 2007 Music Teacher's
Association of California Convention (MTAC) where the trio will
present a recital and masterclasses.
Antonio Dvorak- Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, B. 166 Op. 90, "Dumky"
Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion
Astor Piazzolla - La Muerta Del Angel
Sarn Oliver - Tilden Park (2006)
Maurice Ravel- Piano Trio in A minor
Sarn Oliver, violin, has won many music competitions resulting in soloist performances with numerous orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Richardson Symphony and South Orange Symphony. His solo performance is featured in the 1991 recording of the Benda and Stamitz Violin Concertos with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra in Sete, France on the Rarête Classiques label. He served as the Principal Second Violin of the Sacramento Symphony for five years where he frequently appeared as a soloist. he has also been the Concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony and is currently a first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony.
Sarn Oliver has performed chamber music around the country and recent performances include appearances at the Kohl Mansion with pianist Garrick Ohlsson. His violin playing was described by San Francisco Classical Voice" as simply phenomenal." He has been a member of The Archduke Trio and The Ansonia Trio and is currently a member of Tilden Trio. He can be heard on the 2002 Fish Creek Music recording of Eric Ewazen's Quintet for English horn and String Quartet.
Also a composer, in 2005, Sarn premiered his Trio One for two Violins and Viola at The Chamber Music Series at Davies Symphony Hall where he is a frequent performer. His Trio One was enthusiastically received by the San Francisco Classical Voice, which hailed him as: "an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer" and "A piece I'd like to hear again, and soon."
Sarn attended the Juilliard School receiving both Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a student of Sally Thomas, to whom he was a teaching assistant at Juilliard Pre-College and at the Meadowmount School. His other teachers include Ivan Galamian and Elmar Oliveria. He has also served as violin faculty at the University of the Pacific, Stockton California.
An advocate of contemporary music, he performed frequently for the New York and the New Jersey Composer Guilds, and has premiered many new works including Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra written for him by his father, Harold Oliver. Other accomplishments include the creation of the jazz group, the Continuum which performed throughout Northern California.
Sarn plays on a 1701 Joseph filius Andreas Guarnari violin.
Peter Wyrick, cello, is the Associate Principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed as chamber musician and soloist with renowned chamber groups and orchestras throughout the world. Before joining the Tilden Trio, Peter was a member of the acclaimed Ridge String Quartet whose recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label won the French Diapason d'Or and was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for best chamber music. He has participated in Finlandís Helsinki Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and Spoleto, Italy, as well as the Vancouver, Bard, Chamber Music West, La Jolla, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals.
Peter has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Queens Philharmonic, the American and the Oklahoma City Chamber Orchestras, and the Kozponti Sinfonicus in Budapest, Hungary. He has recorded the cello sonatas of Gabriel Faure with pianist Earl Wild for D'ell Arte records, and can also be heard in chamber music performances on the Arabesque and Stereophile record labels. Peter held the position of the Principal cello for the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City and was also the Associate Principal cellist for the New York City Opera Orchestra. He studied at the Juilliard School in New York City with Leonard Rose.
June Choi Oh, piano, has performed nationally and internationally as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestras including the New Haven Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic of New York, Palo Alto Philharmonic and Filarmonica de Jalisco in Mexico.
As a recitalist, her appearances include performances at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations in New York City, Paul Hall and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Kieller Schloss in Germany, and Stadsgehoorzall in Holland. She has also performed on radio with WNCN in New York City, WPKT in Connecticut, WFMT in Chicago, as well as on American PBS television, and abroad on National Television of Denmark.
A winner of numerous music competitions, June received first prize in the Aspen Music Festival Piano Competition, and was a medalist at the Maria Canals de Barcelona International Competition in Spain. She was a prize winner in the New York Chopin Competition and the Stravinsky Awards International Competition. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of many scholarship awards, including the prestigious Endowments for the Arts Scholarship, and the William Petschek Scholarship.
An avid chamber musician and a member of Tilden Trio, June has performed frequently at Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, in the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Series at Davies Symphony Hall, and Chamber Music Sundaes in Berkeley. She directed the Pacific Music Festival of California from 1996 to 1999 which was held in Stanford University and Santa Clara University. She is a former faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and is currently a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Dominican University of California where she also directs the Guest Concert Series.
He has performed and lectured for state conventions and local branches of the Illinois State Music Teachers, CAPMT, MTAC, and AGO, Nevada MTA. He is active as a judge for festivals and competitions throughout California and Nevada including the US Open Piano Competition in Oakland, Ca.
He received a BA in music and MA in Orchestral Conducting from Stanford University as well as a DMA in piano and harpsichord performance from the University of Southern California. He has taught on the music faculties of University of Southern California, Eastern Illinois University, and California State University, Chico where he coordinated the keyboard program from 1971-2003.
He currently teaches at CSU, Chico half-time, performs, and
presents workshops on a wide variety of topics.
For more information please refer to Dr. Bowman's website: www.robertebowman.com
Billboard says: "Paulo Sergio Santos is one of the Brazil's best wind players." Blending a solid background of training with a passion and talent for popular music, mainly the choro, he was embraced by popular musicians, with whom he developed important projects. He was the first clarinetist of the Orquestra Sinfonica of Rio de Janeiro, a member of the World Philharmonic. In 1987, in France, he won the honourable mention in the Acanthes contest of contemporary music interpretation. In popular music, he has worked with Turibio Santos, Sivuca, and Joao Carlos Assis Brasil, and Mauricio Carrilho and Pedro Amorim he formed the O Trio, which was awarded the Sharp prize in 1994 for best instrumental group. He is also a member of the wind ensemble Quinteto Villa-Lobos, specializing in Brazilian advanced repertory. Since 1994 solo artist, he released his first solo album Segura Ele in 1995. Recently he toured the United States with guitarist/composer Guinga.
Steve Oda and Anubrata Chatterjee
The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present these consummate artists in a concert of North Indian classical music. This will be a very special evening; don't miss it!
Born in Canada of Japanese ancestry, Steven Oda began his musical education at the age of seven, learning to play slide guitar and then jazz guitar. His love of creativity through musical expression led him to the classical music of North India and the sarode. His practice started earnestly with Ustad Aashish Khan in 1971, and then in 1973, with Aashish's father, the world-renowned maestro, Dr. Ali Akbar Khan, a living legend and national treasure among India's foremost musicians. Since then Steven has dedicated himself to learning and teaching this complex art form. In 1996, Steven received a Canada Council Artists Grant to pursue intensive studies at an advanced level with Ali Akbar Khan and moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1998. There he served for two years as Executive Director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. Among the many performances Steven has given include special invitations from the Ali Akbar College of Music, the Asian Art Museum, the Ragmala Association of Canada, University of Toronto, and the Spirit of India Festival. He has performed with such notable artists as Pandit Sharda Sahai, Bob Becker (NEXUS), Anubrata Chatterjee, Vineet Vyas, Ravi Naimpally (TASA), Ty Burhoe, Stephen Bacchus and Betty Moon. Also on stage, Steven has been honored to accompany artists including Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. He now resides in San Rafael, California actively teaching and performing the beautiful classical music of North India.
Anubrata Chatterjee, the gifted son of the great tabla maestro, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, became the disciple of the legendary guru, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh in 1992. He continues his tabla tutelage under the guidance of his illustrious father in the traditional Farukhabad style. At the age of nine he gave his first public performance with none other than Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. In 2001 he placed first in the All India Radio Music competition and was honored with the President of India award. In 2002 he received the prestigious Padmabhusan Pt. Nikhil Ghosh memorial award by the Music Forum of India. At the young age of 21, Anubrata (Bubui as he is known by his friends) has already performed at all of the major music conferences in India with artists including Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He has toured with his father and alone throughout Europe, Malaysia and the United States earning praise from India's finest musicians including Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Pandit Shymal Bose, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Swapan Chaudhury, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and Ustad Zakir Hussain.
pickPocket Ensemble and 3 Leg Torso
The pickPocket Ensemble makes a new music at the crossroads: inspired by many world folk and instrumental traditions, it is soulful and cinematic, with chamber-music grace and a street-wise edge. The music of the pickPocket ensemble has been called "soul-wrenching" for its evocative and passionate expressiveness. For its ability to communicate across cultures, the pickPocket ensemble has been termed "una banda del pueblo para el pueblo."
"They play a certain style of music that can't be found anywhere ... Middle Eastern? Gipsy Music? Let's call it pickPocket style... beautiful music with no boundaries of any kind." - Javier Moreno, The SF Tribune
"A sublime and nuanced hip acoustic band." - West Coast Live Radio.
3 LEG TORSO creates charming, elegant and daring modern chamber pop music infused with equal parts tradition and innovation. Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements.
"A success in the fluid netherworld between serious art and popular culture." - The Oregonian
"All the beauty of Astor Piazolla's music and all the spunk of Kronos Quartet's." - CMJ
"Wildly exciting, wildly eclectic, rather difficult to describe." - Dirty Linen
"... both devilishly clever and damn beautiful." - Willamette Week
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Prasant Radhakrishnan is a saxophonist identified with both the South Indian Classical (Carnatic) Music and Jazz disciplines. He was born in 1982 and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He started learning Carnatic music on saxophone under the able guidance of Padmashri Kadri Gopalnath in 1996 after receiving initial training from veena vidwan, Mrs. Vijaya Prabhakar. He then dedicated his high school summer vacations to learning music, staying with and traveling with his Guru in India, while practicing on his own during the rest of the year in Phoenix. He began giving solo concerts on the saxophone in 1998. Awarded an honorary Mellon Fellowship in Ethnomusicology for his work on improvisation in Carnatic music,
Gautam Tejas lives and performs in the bay area. His talents can be heard on the documentary film "Infinite Vision", selected as Best International Documentary at the 2004 New York Independent Film Festival. He will be accompanying his father, the singer R. Ganeshan, on a tour of South India this winter, and counts him heavily among his influences, which also include Chris Potter, Rashid Khan, and Yehudi Menuhin.
Sameer Gupta is becoming an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. He has studied percussion for most of his life beginning in Tokyo, Japan 1985, and since then has consistently placed himself in many challenging musical environments. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, and European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla playing; Sameer chooses to have a mature relationship with music from a perspective that now bridges several continents.
David Ewell (String Bass) hails from Berkeley, CA, and graduated from Berkeley High's nationally renowned music program. He has worked with Arthur Blythe, Bobby Watson, Greg Tardy, Babatunde Lea, Mark Levine, Bishop Norman Williams, Randy Vincent and many other greats. David often performs in a trio format with New York-based Piano player Marc Carey as well as The Howard Wiley Trio. He is also a founding member of the excellent Brazilian band Vivendo de Pao and performs regularly with The Supplicants.
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In Tempore Belli
This concert program, In Tempore Belli (In Time of War), features
some of the groundbreaking chamber works for flute and strings
composed during and influenced by the artistically innovative
decade of the 1960's. All of these artists were living and creating
during a time of political divide and strong anti-war sentiment,
relevant to today's political situation and social reaction. Come
hear rarely performed works by:
"Love and Beauty in Turbulent Times"
Contralto, Karen Clark, and pianist, Myron McPherson, present a recital of lieder and chanson by Brahms, Mahler, Fauré, Debussy, and Ravel. The range and versatility of Ms. Clark's career is highlighted on this program which includes Ravel's Melodies Hebraiques, Mahler's Rückert Lieder, songs of Cole Porter, and an exciting premiere of composer Jeff Langley and lyricist Amanda McTigue's Garden Club,
The Toids : CD Release Party
For the last 10 years The Toids (San Francisco) have been
working on creating a blend of the folk musics of Eastern Europe while
maintaining a sensibility with roots in new music, jazz, songwriting,
and improvisation. The result is a rich tapestry of idioms that while
at times seem familiar, the end result is both hardhitting and heart
touching. Presenting new music with a finger on the pulse of traditional
Balkan folk music, the Toids give a performance both rousing and
introspective, danceable and serene.
The evening will consist of two sets by the Toids, first a concert set - then a dance set if there is interest in dancing! Come join us to celebrate their latest CD release,"Unblocked Ears".
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Jenny Ferris and the band have previously performed lyricist Johnny Mercer’s songs at the Community Music Center in San Francisco, Cathi Walkup’s Bird’s Nest loft jazz venue, and Anna’s Jazz Island in Berkeley. From the first presentation of this material it was clear that a Johnny Mercer CD was on the horizon, and now that project has been completed.
There are fifteen songs on DAY IN DAY OUT, beginning with “Too Marvelous for Words” and ending with the poignant World War II ballad, “My Shining Hour.” The songs are loosely arranged to represent a day’s unfolding, and include “Moon River”, “Laura”, “ Come Rain or Come Shine”, a unique and possibly irreverent “Satin Doll”, and a late-night bluesy rendition of “One for My Baby”. Composers featured are Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Mancini and Marian MacPartland among others. Most of the songs are standards (with a few surprises), but they are presented in fresh and engaging musical settings, thanks to the arranging talents of guitarist Tony Corman and fine musicianship of the dedicated players. Anyone who has heard and liked this material in concert is guaranteed to love DAY IN DAY OUT. This music is fun to play and, more importantly, fun to listen to.
Jenny Ferris has been a professional jazz singer in the Bay Area for a 25 years, and released a criticially well-received album in 1985, NOT SO LONG AGO, featuring some of the best musiciains around at that time including saxophonist Chuck Clark, pianist Bryce Rohde, bassist Perry Thoorsell and drummer Dave Meade. After a period of relative musical inactivity, she is back in musical business, thanks to the efforts of a half dozen enthusiastic musical cohorts and to Johnny Mercer himself, who created such a wonderful treasury of 20th Century popular music.
Tony Corman, in his former life as a saxophonist, has appeared or recorded with the Full Faith and Credit Big Band, Triceratops, Three Tenors No Opera, Celia Malheiros, The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, and Foster Brooks, among many others. In his present incarnation as guitarist, he plays with Jenny Ferris. Tony Corman co-produced DAY IN DAY OUT and arranged many of its songs.
Laura Klein, pianist and composer, has been on the Bay Area jazz scene for twenty years since moving here from Boston, where she studied at Berklee. She has played in a wide variety of groups, including her own trio, big bands, and accompanying many vocalists. Laura recorded with Triceratops, and has appeared at Yoshi's, KCSM's Jazz on the Hill, the SF Jazz Festival, and with John Dankworth and the San Francisco Symphony Pops.
Carol De Arment has played jazz bass in the Bay Area for many years, and has performed with vocalist Jenny Ferris, pianist Laura Klein, and guitarist Tony Corman throughout her career. Although primarily a jazz player, Carol is also actively involved with two classical groups in the East Bay: the OaklandCivic Orchestra, and the Community Women'sOrchestra.
Rich Lesnick grew up in Southern California. In the '60s Rich moved east and eventually found his way into New York's premier Brazilian jazz ensemble, Thiago de Mello and Amazon, where he had the opportunity to play with Claudio Roditi, Marcos Silva, Mike Formanek, Harvey Weinapel, Dick Oatts, Paquito d'Rivera, and Dom um Ramao.Since moving to the Bay Area in 1986, Rich has played with the Bill Bell Septet, played lead alto in several Bay Area big bands, co-led the Gene Gilbeaux Swing Orchestra (with Marty Wehner), worked with numerous local musical-theatre groups and he also appears periodically with his wife, singer Jenny Ferris.
Tom Hassett shares drumming responsibilities with Bryan Bowman for Day In Day Out, and has appeared in a variety of jazz settings and venues in the Bay Area over the last 20-plus years, to a great extent with players he admires (including Jenny, whom he has accompanied since about 1986). He enjoys a twelve-year association with The Lost Trio, a sax-bass-drums unit, and has lately been doing more studio projects.
Maya Kronfeld Jazz Trio
Rhythm-driven pianist Maya Kronfeld plays modern, blues-inflected jazz arrangements. Having studied under Susan Muscarella, Maya went on to perform at Lincoln Center with the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Ensemble in 2002 where she was awarded the Verizon Scholarship for Music. She performed in the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2003. Today Maya can be heard working with many of the Bay Area’s jazz greats.
Rounding out the trio is bassist Ravi Abcarian, who has performed
with Chico Freeman, Smiley Winters and Edwin Kelly. Drummer
Michael Spencer has performed with John Handy, Joshua Redman
and J. Spencer.
Indian Intersection: New Folk Directions
GOJOGO combines the rhythms of India with the lyricism of violin and bass on an unforgetable evening of music at the Hillside Club. Sharing the stage on Friday is MADRONE TREE, a drum and piano duo featuring sonorous vocal harmonies.
Mr. Kawabata began piano lessons at the age of three with his mother and later studied with Ms. Kikuko Kurose. At the fourth year in the university in Japan, where he majored in English, he was selected as an exchange student to San Francisco State University and studied film making and classical piano performance. Since 2003, he has focused on music and studied piano with Roger Woodward, and chamber music with Alexander String Quartet.
In 2003, Mr. Kawabata was a semi-finalist at the 2nd Ignacio Cervantes International Piano Competition in Cuba. This past year, he placed 7th in the 1st International Piano Competition in Panama City . In the summer of the last three years, he was a participant in the highly acclaimed Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and studied with Jeremy Menuhin, Toby Appel, Jupiter Trio, and Cypress String Quartet.
Mr. Kawabata currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and a Master of Music in classical piano performance at San Francisco State University.
Sheldon Brown Group
Sheldon Brown - Tenor/Soprano Sax, Clarinet
Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been active in the Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. He formed the Sheldon Brown Group in 1993 to perform his original compositions, and in 1996 released the CD Shifting Currents. Sheldon Brown Group has performed numerous times at Yoshi's Nitespot, and appeared in the 1999 Jazz in The City concert series, sponsored by the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
Brown tours internationally (most recently with pianist Omar Sosa) to world-renowned venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Moers Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz d'Or, Toronto Jazz Festival and the Spoleto Festival, and has performed in concert venues in Paris, Berlin, Casablanca, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Istanbul. He is featured on Omar Sosa's CDs Prietos, Bembon, Spirit of the Roots and Free Roots and on Ian Dogole's CDs Ionospheres and Night Harvest.
Brown is a member of San Francisco's Club Foot Orchestra, for whom he has composed scores for Film Roman's cartoon series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (which aired on CBS) and silent films such as Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. and Cops, G. W. Pabst's Pandora's Box and Robert Wiene's Hands of Orlac. Club Foot has performed at New York's Knitting Factory, Walter Reade Theater, at Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Brown performed in Anthony Braxton's Composition No. 132 at Grace Cathedral as part of the 1986 San Francisco Jazz Festival.
He is currently performing with Hemispheres (which features Ian Dogle, Bill Douglass and Paul McCandless), Clarinet Thing (led by Beth Custer), Realistic Orcestra (led by Adam Theis) and the Mitch Marcus Quintet + 13. He currently teaches composition at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.
Jeff Massanari - Guitar
After studying performance and composition at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Jeff moved to California and quickly became one of the most in-demand guitarists. Jeff has performed with all of the finest Bay Area musicians including Paula West, The Johnny Nocturne Band, Mark Inouye, The Murasaki Ensemble, Swing Fever and Wally Schnalle and has played internationally in Italy, Sweden, Japan and Guam.
Jeff also has four recordings under his own name. The latest,”For the Music”, can be heard on KCSM, and all have received great reviews including praise from guitarists Mike Stern and Eric Johnson. Jeff is also an accomplished and dedicated teacher and has taught at Bruce Forman’s Jazzmaster series, Jazzcamp West, U.C. Berkeley, The Jazzschool, and The Blue Bear Music School. For more information check out Jeff’s website, www.jeffmassanari.com
Darren Johnston - Trumpet
Darren, originally from Ontario, Canada, has been performing in the Bay Area for four years in styles of music ranging from jazz, blues and salsa to new music, He haas performed/recorded with Adam Lane's "Full Throttle Orchestra", the legendary Herbie Lewis, Jeff Chan, the Amandalla Poets, Jelly Roll and his own projects - the United Brass Worker's Front an the Darren Johnston Trio, among others.
Jonathan Alford - Piano
Jonathan studied classical piano at the University of Wisconsin and privately with Julian White and Dorothy Taubman. He has given recitals at Amherst College, Mills College, Sonoma State University and with the Tassajara Symphony.
Jonathan's recording and performing associations include Pete Escovedo, John Santos, Bobby Hutcherson, Elaine Lucia, Carlos Santana, Denise Perrier, Chocolate Armenteros, Orestes Vilato, Machete Ensemble, Mazacote, Peter Apfelbaum, Josh Jones, Los Compas, Jenna Mamina, Ray Obiedo and Maria Marquez.
Michael Wilcox - Electric Bass
Michael has performed with Richie Cole, the Fifth Dimension, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Oakland Eastbay Symphony, Eddie Duran, Jules Broussard, Tom Coster and Larry Schneider. He was an Adjunct Faculty member in the Jazz Department at San Jose State University for five years (1989-1994), and currently teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley.
Alan Hall - Drums
Alan has played and/or recorded with: bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff and Kai Eckhardt; guitarists Larry Coryell, Mick Goodrick and Joyce Cooling; saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bob Mintzer, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Tom Coster, Kit Walker and Smith Dobson; and vocalists Mark Murphy and Rebecca Parris.
John Stowell began his successful career with guitar lessons in his native Connecticut from guitarist Linc Chamberlind, and from John Mehegan, pianist and respected jazz educator at the Julliard School of Music and Yale University. Several years later he met noted bassist David Friesen in NYC and launched a critically acclaimed touring and recording associate that lasted 7 years, included 6 albums, and perfomances in Europe, Canada, USA and Australia. During that time, John moved to Oregon where he met renowned flutist Paul Horn. This association led to an invitation for Paul Horn, John Stowell, David Friesen and Paul's son, Robin, to perform in the Soviet Union. It was the first time in 40 years that American jazz musicians had been invited to play public perfomances in Russia, paving the way for many others to follow. In the summer of 1993 John returned to Russia, playing in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kursk. His two sold-out performances in Kursk maybe the first appearances there by an American jazz musician. In the last ten years John has pursued a solo career which includes a dizzying touring and teaching schedule around the world. Audiences have delighted in duo concerts by Paul Horn and John Stowell, as well as John's accompaniment of vocalists or other artists in small ensembles. In June of 1991, John served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting's PDX JAZZ SUMMIT, a 9 week jazz special, televised in the fall of 2001.
John will be accompanied by Mike Zilber on saxophones, Peter Bashay on bass and Byan Bowman on drums.
Michael Zilber, whom jazz legend Dave Liebman calls “one of the best composers and players around anywhere, period!” was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He moved to Boston in his late teens and to New York City in his early twenties. He has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Bob Berg, Eddie Henderson, Fareed Haque, Geoff Keezer, Donald Harrison, John Handy, Dave Douglas, Rachel Z, James Genus, Rodney Holmes, Narada Michael Walden and Barry Finnerty, among many others.
Scott Amendola, Ben Goldberg, Devon Hoff and Rob Suddith play the music of Thelonius Monk
Since landing in San Francisco in 1992, Scott
Amendola has been nominated for a Grammy with the
band T.J. Kirk, recorded three records with Charlie Hunter
for Blue Note, toured the world and appeared on national
television with The Charlie Hunter Quartet, formed his
own inventive, house-packing quintet, and has recorded or
performed with dozens of musicians, including Bill Frisell,
John Zorn, Tony Furtado, Noe Venable and Jacky Terrasson,
among many others. Amendola's inspiration stems from
such stylistic influences as African music, jazz, blues,
spirituals, rock, and the avant garde. Scott has never
been satisfied with just being a masterful drummer. He
has spent his career pushing music in new directions; most
notably with his latest project: The Scott Amendola Band,
for which the bandleader composes and arranges all the
music. The self-titled debut CD features Jenny Scheinman
on violin, guitarist Dave Mac Nab, bassist Todd Sickafoose,
and Eric Crystal on reeds. Scott’s music ranges from
hard-hitting grooves to lush ballads, and from his original
compositions to covers by such artists as Jimi Hendrix,
Fela, and Nick Drake.
Ben’s group New Klezmer Trio took a slightly
of Jewish music. Their CD, Masks and Faces, was listed as
one of the ten best recordings of 1992 by Cadence magazine,
which called it "great free improvisation." Masks
and Faces and Melt Zonk Rewire, as well as the group's third
CD, Short for Something, are on the Tzadik label. Ben's
other recordings include two records by Junk Genius (with
John Schott, Trevor Dunn, and Kenny Wollesen), Here by Now
(Music and Arts), What Comes Before (Tzadik), Eight Phrases
for Jefferson Rubin (Victo), and Twelve Minor (Avant).
Mike Zilber/Susan Muscarella Group
Michael Zilber, whom jazz legend Dave Liebman calls “one of the best composers and players around anywhere, period!” was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He moved to Boston in his late teens and to New York City in his early twenties. He has performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Bob Berg, Eddie Henderson, Fareed Haque, Geoff Keezer, Donald Harrison, John Handy, Dave Douglas, Rachel Z, James Genus, Rodney Holmes, Narada Michael Walden and Barry Finnerty, among many others.
Jazz pianist, composer/arranger, recording artist and educator, Susan Muscarella, was born in Oakland, CA. She began playing the piano when she was 8. Her first piano teacher improvised for the silent films so was very supportive of her interest in jazz. Susan has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals throughout the Bay Area and has appeared on Marian McPartland's program Piano Jazz on NPR. Former director of the University of California Jazz Ensembles program from 1984-89, Susan is currently the Executive Director of the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California, and in her spare time, freelances as a jazz pianist. Her most important jazz influences are Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett. She will be accompanied by Mike Zilber on saxophones, John Shifflet on bass and Tim Bulkley on Drums.
Scott Hill / Fragments
Roberta Piket - piano
Eric Clark - violin
Scott Hill - woodwinds
Scott Hill was recently selected by the late Steve Lacy to participate as an associate artist in the May 2004 residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Scott recently returned to France in support of his latest CD release "Narrow Streets" - recorded in Paris, March 2002. In August 2003, he was commissioned to score a play by once banned Iranian author Sharnush Parsipour. Scott completed his debut independent release Steps in 2000 recorded in the Bay Area and includes drummer Scott Amendola, bassist John Shifflett, and a special guest appearance from Rob Burger . Scott has also appeared with Persian folk musician Aldoush Alpanian on his highly acclaimed debut release "The Child Within" (XDOT25) in 1992 and recorded with the electric fusion power trio Three Bean Salad on their release in 1994, "Legumity" (XDOT25). Scott studied jazz improvisation and theory under Stan Kenton alumnus and Fulbright scholar Ray Brown (trumpeter and arranger). Scott holds a bachelors degree in Music from the University of California at Santa Cruz and currently resides in Oakland, California.
Voices Lesbian Chorus Ensemble
ABOUT VOICES LESBIAN CHORAL ENSEMBLE
Founded in 1988, Voices strives as an organization to reflect the diversity within the lesbian community and is dedicated to social change that overcomes oppression in all its forms. Voices is a member of the Sister Singers Network, and of GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses.
Voices' first CD, Everything Possible, was released in the spring of 2002 and will be available for sale at the event. It is also available for order online at www.lesbian.org/voices, and at Boadecia's Books in Kensington.
Iris Stone - violin
Eva-Maria Zimmermann - piano
The Stone-Zimmermann Duo has been captivating audiences with their blend of superb musicianship, ravishing sound and profound interpretations. Both musicians are originally from Europe and share a common musical approach. Their strong individual musical personalities have created performances that have been described as, "capturing the essence of each composer and communicating it with enormous technical and emotional skill."
Sharing their passion for classical and contemporary masterpieces, the Duo programs in an innovative manner that enthralls audiences of all ages. They compliment their performances with introductions that include enlightening background information on the works being performed. The Stone-Zimmermann Duo also enjoys collaborating with a select group of exciting artists to perform music written for larger ensembles such as trios, quartets and quintets.
Balkan Cabaret brings the passion and poetry of traditional ballads and favorite old standards from the cafés and cabarets of Belgrade, Sofia and Sarajevo and other Balkan cities from long before the influence of rock and roll. Their performance spans Sevdalinka ballads from Bosnia, Starigradski from Bulgaria, and old favorites of many generations from Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. There are songs for sitting and listening while enjoying drink and conversation with old friends, and there are high energy favorites that inspire you to dance. Whether on your feet or sitting back, you are taken to a time when feelings, reflection and community were not so overwhelmed by the rush of technology.
Balkan Cabaret has consistently performed to sold out venues in the Puget Sound region since their formation in Seattle in May of 2001. Their recently released CD, Balkan Cabaret - Nostalgic Café Songs from the Balkans, has received critical acclaim and airplay here and in the Balkans. They were enthusiastically welcomed at the 2002 San Francisco Kolo Festival. In 2003 they successfully toured Northern California, selling out most venues. For 2004, tours of Oregon and the Midwest are planned.
Vocalist Mary Sherhart has an outstanding reputation in the Balkan music scene as a performer, teacher, choral director and producer. She is joined by musicians and vocalists well established in the Balkan music scene: Joe Finn, fiddle and clarinet, Michael Lawson, accordion and vocals, Steve Ramsey, bugarija, guitar, tambura and vocals, and Rich Thomas, bass and vocals.
For more information about Balkan Cabaret, go online to www.balkancabaret.com
Sheli Nan / Elaine Kreston
L’evocative musique moderne: The harmonies of today composed for early and contemporary instruments.
Sheli Nan - early and contemporary keyboards
Autris Paige - baritone voice
Elaine Kreston - cello
These dynamic musicians will premiere Sheli’s newest composition for cello and voice entitled “Johann’s Hidden Hollow”. Sheli and Autris will perform “Journey – The Song Cycle “, published in 2004,and all three performers will bring us the haunting “The Last Gesture” premiered in 2003. Nan's music is published by Peter Ballinger - PRB Productions of Albany, Ca. She has been invited to perform in Cuba, Spain, Mexico and Argentina.Elaine Kreston has appeared in recital halls through-out the United States and Europe . Her reviews always speak of the soul that comes through her playing. Autris Paige sang with the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Chorus in New York City before moving here to the Bay Area. His rich cultured voice is a great addition to the piano and cello. This is a trio unique to the Bay Area, with music composed in the Bay Area, by three musicians that have chosen and made the Bay Area their home. For more information about the music and to learn more about the artists please visit the following websites: www.shelinan.com
Chirgilchin & Stephen Kent
Top Tuvan Throat Singers Meet Globally Renowned Didjeridu Master
Few musical folk styles have caught the western public imagination in the last decade so much as the amazing throat singing of Tuva. With its unique blend of Central Asian roots music and extraordinary vocal techniques it has opened the consciousness of contemporary world to 'Cowboy Music from the Wild East'. Now, in Karashay, for the first time Tuvan throat singers combine with the sound of one of the worlds other great ancient traditions, the Australian Aboriginal Didjeridu [in the hands of one of the worlds' contemporary masters, Stephen Kent] and produce a completely new, yet deeply familiar combination. Karashay means black tea in the Tuvan language. The point about black tea is that although wonderful and invigorating on it's own, you can add many other flavors to the mix to create tasty variations. Combining the earthy flavors of Siberia and Australia, Karashay produces a sublime musical blend that has primed the taste buds of audiences in Europe and North America and left them thirsty for more.
CHIRGILCHIN are the current champions of the Tuvan national throat singing competitions held annually in Kyzyl [Capital of Tuva]. Chirgilchin means either mirage or miracle in the Tuvan language. In 1996 Alexander Bapa, also the founder and producer of Tuvan Throat Singing group Huun Huur Tu, gathered the cream of the younger generation of Tuvan musicians and formed Chirgilchin. One of the group's more extraordinary features is the appearance of a Female Throat Singer, which is still quite uncommon in Tuva and has never before been heard in the USA. All Chirgilchin's songs are in the Tuvan language and the group plays instruments such as the Doshpuluur - a kind of lute with two strings, the Igil - a bowed fiddle with two strings, and the Dungur - a rattle drum used by Tuvan Shamans in their ceremonies.
Igor Koshkendey, Chirgilchin's featured soloist, is one of the finest throat singers from Tuva. He sings six styles of throat singing including the unique Oidupaa style, which has been used by only two singers - Oidupaa and Koshkendey. Igor Koshkendey is the winner of The Grand Prize in the International Competition of Throat Singing, Kyzyl, [Tuva] 1998, winner of The Grand Prize of the International Voices Singing Competition in Llangollen (Wales) in 2000, and the winner of the International Competition in Kyzyl (Tuva) June 2002. Chirgilchin have toured extensively in Europe and have made 3 previous tours in the USA. Their 2 CD’s to date are ‘The Wolf and the Kid’ [Shanachie] and‘ Aryskan’s Wind’ [Pure Nature Music Company].
Pioneering didjeridu virtuoso Stephen Kent has done more than any other musician to bring the ancient Aboriginal sound into a contemporary context.“ I want to capture the essence and potential of the didjeridu and to put it on the musical map as a serious instrument with incredible versatility,” says the composer and multi-instrumentalist. During a twenty-year career with the didjeridu, Kent has developed an approach that is unmistakably his own, exploring a remarkable range of playing styles in diverse musical genres. Along the way he has amassed a catalogue of over a dozen critically acclaimed CD’s, including four solo releases and many others with his group projects Trance Mission, Beasts of Paradise and Lights In A Fat City.
Now approaching its 25th Anniversary season, KITKA was founded in 1979 as a group of amateur singers from diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who met regularly to share their passion for the stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, lush harmonies, and resonant strength of Eastern European women's vocal music. Since then, KITKA has blossomed into a refined professional ensemble, earning international renown for its seamless blend of uniquely expressive voices and its spellbinding performances of traditional and contemporary Balkan and Slavic songs. Through a busy itinerary of live performances, recording projects, educational programs, and broadcast appearances, KITKA has exposed millions worldwide to the haunting beauty and emotive power of its distinctive repertoire.
The Crafty Foxes forge timeless acoustic music that is a mélange of folk/pop melodicism and Latin, funk and African rhythms. By combining expertly-crafted songs, emotive soulful vocal harmonies and virtuostic improvisational skills, the band transcends musical boundaries and creates a completely unique and exciting musical experience. The group features Sam Bevan on upright bass, piano and vocals, Gawain Mathews on Guitar, Mary Pitchford on fiddle and Andy Korn on percussion. Their debut CD features 9 original compositions and two reintrepretations of folk classics "Darlin' Corey" and "Go Down Old Hannah", as well as guest appearances by David Grisman and Joe Craven.
Jazz Organ Trio
Scott Amendola - drums
Wil Blades - organ
Will Bernard - guitar
This trio's international recording and touring artists have performed with The Charlie Hunter Group, John Lee Hooker, Lonnie Smith, Motherbug and numerous others.
Since landing in San Francisco in 1992, Scott Amendola has been nominated for a Grammy with the band T.J. Kirk, recorded three records with Charlie Hunter for Blue Note, toured the world and appeared on national television with The Charlie Hunter Quartet, formed his own inventive, house-packing quintet, and has recorded or performed with dozens of musicians, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Tony Furtado, Noe Venable and Jacky Terrasson, among many others. Amendola's inspiration stems from such stylistic influences as African music, jazz, blues, spirituals, rock, and the avant garde. Scott has never been satisfied with just being a masterful drummer. He has spent his career pushing music in new directions; most notably with his latest project: The Scott Amendola Band, for which the bandleader composes and arranges all the music. The self-titled debut CD features Jenny Scheinman on violin, guitarist Dave Mac Nab, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and Eric Crystal on reeds. Scott’s music ranges from hard-hitting grooves to lush ballads, and from his original compositions to covers by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Fela, and Nick Drake.
Rita Sahai was born in Allahabad, India. At age 9, she became a disciple of Pandit Rama Shankar Mishra. When she moved to the US, she became a disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, who, impressed with her talent, gave her the title "Jewel of Music". Rita, an acclaimed performer and composer, tours extensively throughout the US, England, Canada and India. She has performed on Cds by Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck, and with the Alonzo King dance company. She has many of her own CDs of Indian classical music, which have been considered for Grammy Awards as well. Rita teaches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a professor of Indian Music at UC Davis, and was a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley. www.ritasahai.com
Riffat Sultana and Party
Riffat Sultana is the daughter of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, who is universally recognized as one of the greatest classical Pakistani/Indian singers of the last century. Their family traces back their musical lineage 800 years to Mian Tansen, the finest court musician of the great Moghul Emperor Akbar. Riffat sings different genres of traditional Pakistani/Indian music, including: classical, Sufi, Qawwali, Ghazal, Geet and Thumri. She will be accompanied by Shiraz Ali Khan (disciple of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan) on Guitar and Ferhan Najeeb Qureshi (disciple of Ustad Tari Khan) on Tabla.
Alam A. Khan, twenty-two year old son of Swara Samrat Ali Akbar Khan, has been studying sarode with his father since he was seven. At his first performance, he accompanied his father at a recital in Portland, Oregon and received blessings from Swami Chetanananda. His first public performance was in 1998 at the Spirit of India Festival that celebrated the Ali Akbar College of Music's 30th Anniversary in America.
In 1999, Alam accompanied his father in India at the Jodhpur Palace for the King and Royal Family, the prestigious Dover Lane Festival in Calcutta, as well as at several full-length performances in the United States. In 2001, Alam and his father completed a rigorous world tour where they performed in Europe and India. Alam accompanied his father in 2002-2003 on a 3 month tour of Europe and India where they performed to sold-out audiences. He also received a prestigious Individual Artists Grant from the Marin Arts Council in June, 2003. Alam continues to accompany his esteemed father in concerts as well as establish himself as a solo artist. He currently teaches at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, CA.
Ian Swensen - Violin
Anna Presler - Violin
Anna Kruger - Viola
Andrew Luchansky - Cello
Ian Swenseni is one of the very few musicians to have been awarded top prize in both the International Violin Competition and the International Chamber Music Competition (as first violinist of the Meliora String Quartet) of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation; he received the awards consecutively in 1984 and 1985. Since then he has performed as soloist and chamber artist in many prestigious concert halls, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He has also performed with the Spoleto, Santa Fe, Aspen, Marlboro, and Chamber Music West festivals, among others. Swensen studied at the Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and at the Eastman School with Donald Weilerstein, and has taught at the Longy School at Cambridge, Florida State University, and Oberlin Conservatory. His recordings can be found on the Telarc, Mercury, and Musical Heritage labels.
Anna Presler is a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, where she frequently serves as soloist and Associate Concertmaster. She is also a member of the Left Coast Ensemble's Onyx Quartet, and a former member of Alternate Currents. As a member of the Sun Quartet, Ms. Presler serves on the faculty of Sacramento State University. She has participated in programs at the Banff Art Center, the International Music Seminar at Cornwall, and the Tanglewood Music Center. She is a graduate of Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
As founding violist of the renowned Lark Quartet, Anna Kruger toured extensively for 13 years throughout the United States and Europe, to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and Russia. Among many competition prizes awarded the Lark were the Gold Medal in the 1991 Shostakovitch International String Quartet Competition and the 1990 Naumburg Chamber Music Award.
Highlights of Ms. Kruger's seasons with the Lark include performances at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria at the invitation of Gidon Kremer, the Beethoven Festival at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, (under the direction of Sviatoslav Richter), Lyon's Musicades Festival in France, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Northern Germany, and Mexico's Festival de Musica de Camera. Major centers where she has performed include NY's Lincoln Center, the National Gallery and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, St. Paul's Ordway Theater, San Francisco's Herbst Theater, and in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Honolulu, Chicago, Atlanta, and Indianapolis. She has concertized abroad in the major cities of London, Paris, Basel, Stockholm, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Ms. Kruger has recorded a series of CD's with the Lark Quartet for Arabesque Recordings, including works by Borodin, Elgar, Handel, Schickele, Schnittke, Schoenberg, Schumann, Spohr, and Zemlinsky. She has also recorded works for Decca , New World, CRI, and Point record labels.
Ms. Kruger received her Bachelor's Degree with High Distinction from Indiana University and her Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her major teachers have included Abraham Skernick, Karen Tuttle, James Buswell, Burton Kaplan, and George Neikrug.
Andrew Luchansky earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition, he studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio. Prior to joining the CSUS faculty in 1993, Mr. Luchansky served as Professor of Cello at the Florida State University School of Music, and also as Principal Cellist with the Tallahassee Symphony. Before joining the FSU faculty, Mr. Luchansky spent ten years in New York City, where he was a frequent performer on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall. He has performed in nearly every other major U.S. city, as well as in Europe. In addition to teaching at CSUS, Mr. Luchansky also coaches chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory and has recorded for the Sony Classical label. Mr. Luchansky has presented Master Classes at The University Of Florida, Colgate University, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Princeton University, and The University of Southern Florida. An active chamber musician, Mr. Luchansky is on the faculty of California Summer Music at Pebble Beach and is a regular Guest Artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. This past summer Mr. Luchansky was a guest artist at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy.
Debopriyo Sarkar is a talented young tabla player from Kolkata and a promising present-day artist. He has been performing in the classical Indian music scene for many years, accompanying many great artists, as well as an avid experimenter into many forms of music. Born in Jalpuiguri, North Bengal in 1971, Debopriyo has displayed an enchanting love of music since his early infant days. Debopriyo is a disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. Since 1997, he has been performing in the international arena, playing many concerts in the U.S.A., Japan, India, the Middle East, Canada and Europe.Debopriyo has made collaborations with various artists in other fields of music, including folk, light classical, jazz, films, and his own drum/bass groove creations. Debopriyo lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area and performs throughout the world. He possesses an excellent temperament for accompaniment with his clear, sweet tone and intuitive melodic responses. His aesthetic balance between sensitive tonality and rhythmic power creates moods of deep and pure musical celebration. Debopriyo's devoted and unique playing offers a new and vibrant energy to the classical tradition of Indian Music.