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Joel Forrester/Phillip Johnston Duo
Play Monk
Friday November 26th 2010


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to host a rare West Coast performance by the the co-leaders of the famed Microscopic Septet, Joel Forrester and Phillip Johnston. This concert will feature the music of jazz great Thelonius Monk, to highlight the Micros' latest release ‘Friday The 13th: The Micros Play Monk’ on Cuneiform Records. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Duo

Composer/ arranger/ pianist Joel Forrester and composer/ arranger/ saxophonist Phillip Johnston have been playing together since 1974. As co-leaders of the Microscopic Septet (from 1980-1992, and again from 2006-present), they have toured Europe, Canada and the US, recorded the theme music from NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” (penned by Joel), released numerous recordings, from 1981’s LP ‘Take The Z Train’ to their latest release ‘Friday The 13th: The Micros Play Monk’.

Joel, currently situated in New York, and Phillip, now residing in Australia, will rendezvous briefly in California to perform as a duo at the Hillside Club. Their music has been described in Downbeat Magazine as “"seminal, brilliant post-modern jazz." Their appearance at the Hillside Club is one of only four California appearances on this tour.

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The Concert - the Music of Monk

The late jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-82) is one of the top creative deities  in the pantheon of American Jazz Greats.  He is one of jazz's greatest composers; Penguin Guide to Jazz  notes that Monk's "output ranks with that of Morton and Ellington." Monk's tunes, once considered radical and appreciated by only a small cognoscenti, are now beloved standards, and may well be the most frequently covered jazz tunes on recordings.  His creative brilliance continues to resonate over time; a surge of interest in the composer this year has led 2010 to be called "the Year of the Monk."

The music of Thelonious Monk, as it escaped the windows of a Downtown New York apartment, was the catalyst that sparked the creation of one of New York's most legendary and important jazz groups, the Microscopic Septet. Since it was founded in 1980, under the co-leadership and co-compositional duties of soprano saxophonist and composer Phillip Johnston and pianist and composer  Joel Forrester, "the Micros" have been responsible for creating some of the most captivating and memorable original tunes and performing some of the most entertaining shows in the past 40 years of American jazz.

In 1974, the Monk tune: "Well You Needn't" first brought the future Micros co-leaders together by chance.  Johnston was living in the Bowery at the time, and Forrester, hearing music, barged into his apartment, unannounced: "I was playing a Thelonious Monk tune, and a guy I had never seen before came walking through my door, which wasn't locked- those were the hippie days- " The encounter sparked a friendship and working relationship, in which Monk's music reverberated on  multiple levels across the years. 

Another chance encounter, at chicken and ribs place West Boondock, following his performance of Monk's "Pannonica" on the restaurant's piano, forged Forrester's friendship with the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter. And through the Baroness, Forrester would ultimately meet and periodically play piano for Monk.

Since Johnston and Forrester's first meeting, Monk's music has remained an inspiration and guiding light throughout their music careers   and across more than 4-decades. In addition to creating and playing their own music, they always played Monk's music: as a duo, in Forrester's quartets and large groups, and, from the band's very beginning in 1980, with the Microscopic Septet. Micros gigs always included  their arrangements of Monk tunes, but due to the Micros' limited number of releases (5 albums) and  their copious original
songbook (more than 180 tunes), they only previously recorded Forrester's arrangement  of  Monk's "Crepuscle With Nellie."




Noe Venable and Monica Pasqual
In Concert
Saturday August 14th 2010


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a very special event. Two singer/songwriters, who have each achieved critical acclaim and strong followings in their respective careers, are sharing the bill for what promises to be an evening of sublime music. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

(Please note that because we expect this concert to sell out we strongly suggest that you reserve tickets by sending email to:
bon@bonzilla.com  --please specify how many tickets you would like us to hold for you. You will be able to pay for your tickets
by cash or check at the door the evening of the performance. )

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The Artists

Noe Venable

A Bay Area expat now living in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Noe Venable looks forward to this concert as to a homecoming.

Reflecting the influence of both sacred and folk music traditions, Venable’s songs tend to explore the theme of lost or misplaced childhood as a place of wonder, darkness, and possibility.  An avid sonic experimenter, Venable has worked with some of the best, from producer Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell) to bassist / producer Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco), and has built a following through the release of six critically acclaimed independent albums, as well as national tours opening for artists such as Ani DiFranco to They Might be Giants.  Ani DiFranco has called Noe "ravishingly melodic!"  And Puremusic.com dubs her “a homegrown, full blown young musical visionary." 

Venable plays classically inflected guitar and piano, but frequently uses a capella singing to set a mood.  For this show, she will be joined by her longtime collaborator, bay area violinist and singer Alan Lin. Expect ethereal vocals, transporting modal melodies, and a healthy dose of folk storytelling.


Monica Pasqual

Best known as one of the members of popular Bay Area band, Blame Sally, Monica Pasqual has had a long and varied career in music – starting with her university training in classical piano; her many years as a composer and accompanist for modern dance and ballet; her film and television soundtrack work; and a solo career as a singer, performer and songwriter. 

In the midst of touring and recording with Blame Sally, (which recently signed a lucrative 5- year contract with Berkeley’s Ninth Street Opus), Pasqual recorded the very personal “This Cold Desire”.  Co-produced and recorded with her long-time collaborator, BZ Lewis, the album is, among other things, an homage to her Mediterranean roots. A seamless fusing of her varied musical background, it is a collection of haunting, yearning song-poems that explore her sense of place, love, loss, war and dreams.

Joining Pasqual for this show will be Jon Evans on bass and Pam Delgado on percussion.

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What the critics say

Noe Venable:

As I keep trying to tell people, San Francisco's award-winning singer-songwriter Noe Venable has a ton of talent packed into her tiny frame. That's likely why Ani DiFranco keeps inviting her out on tour ... that, and, like DiFranco, she's got a wonderfully wacky sense of humor. Venable's latest album... is also her most ambitious, seductive and engaging.  –In Music We Trust

The eerie guitar effects and hypnotic loops that haunt the corners of songs such as "Feral" distance Venable even further from the conventional singer-songwriter genre, giving her more in common with Tom Waits and Radiohead than with Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan.  –Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"...Enviably literate and awesomely disciplined, Venable amplifies her power through a riveting soprano voice that stuns and enraptures so thoroughly that multiple listenings are required to begin unraveling her mysteries of music and meaning..." –San Francisco Bay Guardian

 “Noe Venable is, in fact, a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter with an... always provocative voice who writes like Emily Dickinson on mushrooms.” –San Francisco Reader


Monica Pasqual:

 “Monica Pasqual may already be familiar to some locals as part of Blame Sally. Solo her sweet, clear voice dominates an album full of dreamy pop with some distinct Gallic and Spanish touches. This Cold Desire is in the same vein as Sarah McLachlan's work - acoustic pop/rock with a distinctly feminine sensibility. It's beautiful stuff.”,  East Bay Express

“One of the Bay Area's top singer-songwriters, Pasqual has released the album, "This Cold Desire." The very personal, ethereal folk-pop work bridges the chasm between childhood innocence and the darker challenges of the adult world…” –SJ Mercury News

"Like Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones, San Francisco's own Monica Pasqual proves that strong songwriting and stirring singing will take command of just about any stylistic setting."  –Derk Richardson, SFBG




photos: left - Craig Morse, right -  Peter Gannushkin


MINAMO - Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii
In Concert
Friday June 25th 2010


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present two world-famous artists in an evening of truly remarkable music. This violin/piano duo takes the cerebral rigor of classical music and the improvisational freedom of jazz into new musical domains. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Performance

Minamo is a Japanese word meaning the surface of water-- an apt image for this duo that moves fluidly between the serene and the dramatic. The music these two versatile musicians make together lies at the crossroads of improvised music and classical violin/piano sonatas. Partly rooted in their shared history with classical and contemporary music, the improvisations that emerge between them have structures that one usually only expects of meticulously composed music. Their first CD, Minamo (Henceforth Records) documents the very first times they ever played together-- concerts in San Francisco, and in Wels, Austria. Their latest, Kuroi Kawa - Black River (Tzadik) is a double-CD -- the first is a set of miniatures recorded in the studio, and the second is a live performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The Ensemble

Minamo is:
Carla Kihlstedt - violin
Satoko Fujii
- piano


The Artists

Carla Kihlstedt
plays the violin, sings, improvises and composes, sometimes at the service of a simple song, and other times, a large-scale multi-faceted performance. She is a founding member of a wide array of collaborative porjects from the rich and subtle acoustic composers' collective Tin Hat, to the dramatic and alarming experimental rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, and from the intimate, incisive purveyors of song, 2 Foot Yard, to the fiercely spontaneous improvisational duo with pianist Satoko Fujii called Minamo.

On the larger scale of a theater stage, with poet Rafael Oses, she has written a song cycle for seven performers called Necessary Monsters, based on Jorge Luis Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings, and is currently developing a new piece with her creative partner and husband Matthias Bossi that looks at family histories as interpreted by memory and myth.

Though the cornerstone of her musical vocabulary comes from her classical training as a violinist (Peabody Institute, and the San Francisco and Oberlin Conservatories of Music) her world now comfortably reaches far beyond the concert hall. She has spent much of the last dozen years traveling in the U.S. and abroad with her many bands, playing in concert halls, clubs, and theaters, for classical, rock, and experimental audiences. As it turns out, the things that divide one audience from another exist only on the surface.

She has worked with many of her favorite musicians, including Fred Frith, Tom Waits, Ben Goldberg, Carla Bozulich, Lisa Bielawa and Colin Jacobsen. She has written scores for dance and theater (inkBoat, Flyaway Productions, the Joe Goode Performance Group), and created Causing a Tiger with Matthias Bossi and Shazad Ismaily based around field recordings from her travels. Thanks to a generous grant from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, she has written a piece using a combination of traditional notation and sewn and collaged graphic notation for the ROVA Saxophone Quartet called Pandemonium, based on observations from 1660-1880 of the coming of the machine age.

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Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today.  "She's a virtuoso piano improviser, an original composer and a band-leader who gets the best collaborators to deliver," says John Fordham in The Guardian.  In concert and on over 50 albums as a leader or co-leader, the Tokyo resident synthesizes jazz, contemporary classical, avant-rock and Japanese folk music into an innovative music instantly recognizable as hers alone. Since she burst onto the scene in 1996 after earning her graduate diploma from New England Conservatory, Fujii has led some of the most consistently creative ensembles in modern improvised music. Her Satoko Fujii ma-do quartet has earned acclaim for its absorbing improvisations and their ability to build brilliant collages of sound, melody, and rhythm. Her trio with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jim Black has released numerous CDs, all of which earned places in critics' year-end Top 10 lists. In 2001, she debuted an electrifying avant-rock quartet featuring Takeharu Hayakawa, Tatsuya Yoshida, and Natsuki Tamura, and their high-energy CDs were hailed by listeners worldwide.


Fujii has also established herself as one of the world's leading composers for large jazz ensembles. Since 1996, she has released a steady stream of acclaimed releases for large ensemble and in 2006 she simultaneously released four big band albums: one from her New York ensemble, and one each by three different Japanese bands. In addition to playing accordion in her husband trumpeter Natsuki Tamura's Gato Libre quartet, she also performs in a duo with Tamura, as an unaccompanied soloist, and in ad hoc groupings with musicians working in different genres. Her special projects have included collaborations with ROVA saxophone quartet, violinist Carla Kihlstedt, pianist Myra Melford, a quartet with Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg and trumpeters Angelo Verploegen and Natsuki Tamura, a trio with vocalist Koh, and accordionist Ted Reichman, and more. "Whether performing with her orchestra, combo, or playing solo piano, Satoko Fujii points the listener towards the future of music itself rather than simply providing entertainment" writes Junichi Konuma in Asahi Graph. She tours regularly appearing at festivals and clubs in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. Her ultimate goal: "I would love to make music that no one has heard before."

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What the critics say

"...this exhilarating record demonstrates the highest levels of musical interaction ... the degree of communication verges on the unbelievable... Minamo is a triumph." ~ All About Jazz

''Minamo is extraordinary, a series of tight, dramatic events... Even without written music the musicians have plenty of ground under their feet: vamps, patterns, echoed motions. Both play with virtuosic precision and a great range of technique, even when the music becomes gestural and built on hummingbird pulses, glassy wipes of the violin strings, dark rumbles of rubbed piano strings. The whole record... runs on its own vivid tension." ~ Ben Ratliff, New York Times

" ...their only ambition is to create something entirely new... tearing to pieces what they've heard before, but lovingly, and reconstructing it into something entirely different, full of red-hot passion and intensity, sometimes dissonant or atonal, yet sometimes very melancholy and accessible, or joyful and fun, or fresh and light, or full of drama and gravity... [This] album is the perfect symbiosis between the two musicians, who find each other seamlessly and manage to deconstruct and to create something as out of one mind and heart." ~ freejazz-stef.blogspot.com

"...Fujii... and Kihlstedt... are both so skilled and daring that nearly every chance they take pays rich dividends. [They] help inspire each other, and their listeners, to new heights." ~ The Other Stream

"The violin and piano combination lends itself to a certain stateliness that these two tricksters use to their advantage in these wide-ranging dialogues.  Their highly individualized responses to the duo situation and their focused virtuosity combine to make these engaging and astute excursions worthy of repeated listenings."  ~  IAJRC Journal





The Los Angeles Electric 8
"Interlocking Textures"
Friday June 18th 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to host the return of one of the most unique ensembles that have performed in our Concert Series. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

The Los Angeles Electric 8 is an electric guitar chamber octet in which eight classical guitarists direct their formal training and musical curiosity towards the electric guitar.  They reclaim classical music for the instrument, revealing its enormous potential in the world of art music.

The Los Angeles Electric 8’s founding principle is to showcase the variety of rich sounds made by electric guitars and vacuum-tube amplifiers.  They draw from and adapt a variety of art music including organ works, string arrangements, wind ensembles and Indonesian gamelan pieces.  The effect is an exploration of a greater potential of the electric guitar with both intentional and accidental nods to the rock characteristics of the instrument.  Their sound is a lush interweaving of clean and occasionally overdriven guitar figures reminiscent of shimmering bells, percussive harpsichords, massive pianos and delicate chorales.

Their repertoire spans over 400 years from the late Renaissance to the present.  Beyond re-imagining the traditional, they are devoted to playing new music.  The group has premiered new works and continues to seek out works by living composers.  Both their debut album Los Angeles Electric 8 and their upcoming release Imagined Overtures illustrate how they balance adapting the old and advancing the new.

The Los Angeles Electric 8 is;
    Tom Farrell
    Philip Graulty
    
Chelsea Green
    Ben Harbert
    Marc Nimoy
    
Alexander Sack
    Felix Salazar
    JohnPaul Trotter.


The Program

Los Angeles Electric 8  returns to The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series to perform segments from their latest program Interlocking Textures.  This program juxtaposes Indonesian gamelan with American minimalism.  Featuring Javanese songs, Balinese chants, and music by ethnomusicologist Mantle Hood and minimalist composer Wayne Siegel, the program weaves a coherent tapestry between old and new, east and west, oral and written – all ringing from a chorus of eight electric guitars.  Also on the program is a premiere performance of Igor Stravinsky’s wind octet, arranged for electric guitars.

The Artists

PHILIP GRAULTY is a native Los Angeleno. As a soloist, he has performed works ranging from the Pavans of Luys Milan to Steve Reich's “Electric Counterpoint.” As a chamber musician, he has participated in numerous festivals including MicroFest and the Minimalist Jukebox Series. Philip received his M.M in Guitar Performance from UCLA and his B.A. in Music from California Polytechnic State University Pomona.

CHELSEA GREEN earned her Doctorate in Musical Arts at UCLA where she received both the Mimi Alpert Feldman Scholarship and the Randy Rhoads Memorial Scholarship. California Guitar Archives publishes her transcriptions of art songs for guitar and voice entitled Erik Satie: Four Songs from 1886. Chelsea currently performs, teaches, transcribes and cooks.

BEN HARBERT directs the Electric 8 and is the primary arranger for the group. He studied classical guitar with three Andrés Segovia protégés: Benjamin Bolt, Philip Rosheger and José Luis Rodrigo. In Chicago, he led the guitar department at the Old Town School of Folk Music where he taught classical guitar and played the electric guitar and bass in rock bands Mezodigm and OX. Ben holds a Doctorate in Ethnomusicology from UCLA

MARC NIMOY recently graduated from CalArts with an MFA in Music Composition/Experimental Sound Practices and received his B.A. in Classical Guitar Performance from UCLA. He is a working musician, teacher, and programmer, performing regularly with laptop as well as guitar. He has received the Randy Rhoads Memorial Scholarship and the STEIM artist residency in Amsterdam.

FELIX SALAZAR is a Los Angeles-based composer-guitarist whose music ranges from works for solo guitar to large ensemble. He received an MFA in Composition from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied under Stephen Lucky Mosko, Morton Subotnick, Vinny Golia, James Tenney, and Christian Wolff. Bachelors degree in Commercial Music from Cal Poly Pomona studying under Peter Yates. In every manifestation, Felix fuses contemporary classical music, improvisation, and popular music into his own unique, empathic and emotionally driven compositions.

ALEXANDER SACK Fine Arts Guitarist , composer, Has performed extensively in many styles, and has composed and arranged for solo guitar, guitar ensemble, Modern Dance, as well as Rock, Blues and progressive bands. Master of Fine Arts from Cal Arts, in guitar performance and composition. Bachelor of Music from CSUN in classical guitar performance. Two time winner of the Randy Rhoads Award, and twice recipient of the Andres Segovia Award. Alex also teaches guitar classes for L.A. Mission College, as well as, being Teacher and Music dept. Co-chair at North Hills Prep.

TOM FARRELL is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer and performer. A Chicago native, Tom recieved his M.M. from Northwestern University in Classical Guitar Performance where he studied with the Waller and Maxwell Duo. In January of 2000, he was awarded first place in the Society of American Musicians Classical Guitar Competition. Tom lives in Culver City,CA and teaches at The Cornerstone Music Conservatory in West LA and at the New Village Charter High School in downtown Los Angeles.

JOHNPAUL TROTTER is a guitarist that has roots in several genres. Holding a Bachelors degree in music performance from Cal Poly Pomona, he performs with singer/songwriters, reggae, hip-hop, blues,rock, and jazz groups across Southern California. When not performing he enjoys teaching music and sharing his enthusiasm and love for this instrument with others.





The Presidio String Quartet
"Sabor Latino"
Friday June 4th 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to welcome back one of our favorite classical music ensembles playing a program of contemporary pieces with a Latin theme.  Don't miss the opportunity to hear these wonderful artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

The Presidio String Quartet is a musical collaborative comprised of four outstanding young musicians with a wide range of international performance experience. The group performs to critical acclaim throughout the bay area and offers programs of complex yet accessible repertoire, with a focus on new music.

The Presidio String Quartet are:
David Ryther - violin
Deborah Katz - violin
Ilana Matfis - viola
Shain Carrasco - 'cello

The Program

The Presidio String Quartet presents "Sabor Latino" a concert of Latin American inspired new music. We are presenting Gabriela Lena Frank's "Quijotadas" an evocative and spicy portrayal of Cervantes' masterpiece "Don Quixote" as well as the world premiere of David Ryther's "Scenes from Costa Rica" a three movement tour of Costa Rica's rain forest, volcanoes, and Caribbean coast. Added to this will be the intriguing violin duos of Luciano Berio as well as a tango by Luis Gardel.

Special Guest

We are also delighted to note that Gabriela Lena Frank, the composer of "Quijotadas" will be in attendance at this event and will offer us some insights on her work. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has travelled extensively throughout South America and her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. She writes challenging idiomatic parts for solo instrumentalists, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras.

The Artists:

Violinist David Ryther has brought his interpretive powers as a soloist to such festivals as the Darmstadt Summer Festival of New Music, the Banff center, and the Green Umbrella Series at the Bing theater in Los Angeles. He has been featured playing new music with adventurous ensembles sf sound group, Earplay, San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Sonor, and Octagon. He is a founding member of the Presidio String Quartet, a group that specializes in contemporary music. A composer and improvisor in his own right, he is composer and core member with the modern dance troupe, Dandelion Dance Theater and was chosen to be resident composer for a Magge Allsee residency at the University of Florida, Tallahasee with the New York based dance troupe Kate Weare and Company. His string orchestra piece "Scenes from Costa Rica" was commissioned by the Villa Sinfonia and was performed on their recent tour of Scotland and England. David Ryther graduated with highest honors in music from UC Santa Cruz and recently received his doctorate in contemporary violin performance from UC San Diego. Important mentors of his have included Janos Negyesy, Roy Malan, Roy Oakley, Ravi Shankar, and George Lewis. David Ryther can also be found playing in the Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and teaching violin at the Crowden School for Music.

Deborah Katz celebrates her fourth year in the Bay Area playing violin with the Presidio String Quartet, teaching violin and viola lessons, and freelancing with local orchestras and chamber groups. Her active involvement in the music community has allowed her to draw on her affinity for contemporary as well as traditional classical music. Deborah received her bachelors of music from Indiana University where she studied with Henryk Kowalski, Nelli Shkolnikova, Yuval Yaron and Ilya Kaler. She received her Master's of Music from New England Conservatory where she studied with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Deborah performed contemporary music with the Boston Callithumpian Consort, directed by Steve Drury as well as on the Harvard Composers~R Series. While at NEC she participated in various chamber ensembles collaborating with James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Mai Motobuchi, and Eliot Fisk. She was concertmaster and Principal Second of the NEC Chamber and Symphony orchestras. She also performed as soloist such as at the Malden Church in Boston, student compositions, and in collaboration with organist Tom Handel, Dean of Students at NEC. In addition to her performances in the Bay Area, New England, Colorado, and the Midwest in the U.S., she has also frequently performed abroad in Europe and Israel. In 2004 and 2006 she was invited to perform as Principal Second violinist with the Festival Ensemble of Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling throughout Germany and Switzerland, and with the Jerusalem International Symphony in Israel. With the Presidio Quartet, she has been featured on new music concerts at Mills College, U.C. Berkeley and other San Francisco venues. Selections from the group~Rs Album, Five, have been broadcast on the San Louis Obispo classical radio station and on American Music Center's Counterstream radio online. Currently Deborah studies with Catherine Van Heusen of the San Francisco Symphony. Other teachers include Linda Cerone, Jenny Rudin and Chen Zhao. When not performing or working at Ifshin Violins, Deborah enjoys hiking amongst the redwoods, cooking, dancing, and rolling down grassy hills.

Ilana Matfis is a freelance violist and teacher in the Bay Area. She holds a Masters degree in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and appears frequently with other Bay Area ensembles including the Berkeley, Oakland, Marin, Modesto and Silicon Valley Symphonies. Ilana is also the violist of the Presidio Quartet, a group that presents recitals featuring both contemporary and classic string quartets. A dedicated teacher, Ilana maintains a private studio of violinists and violists and coaches chamber music for the Villa Sinfonia Foundation. She is a strong believer in the importance of public school music and is highly involved with the Berkeley Symphony's Music Education Program, giving demonstrations and performances in all eleven of the Berkeley public elementary schools. Ilana is the violist for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra's Artist in Residence string quartet; she spends her Saturday mornings coaching viola sectionals, chamber music, and teaching a viola class for violinists. Originally from Massachusetts, Ilana now resides in Berkeley with her boyfriend (an accomplished trombonist) and her cat.

Shain Carrasco began playing the cello 25 years ago. After completing High School and College at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Shain moved to San Francisco in 1999 for the Masters Degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since completion of school, Shain has become the Principal Cellist for the Oakland Opera, a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and frequently plays with the Monterey Symphony, California Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Napa Valley Symphony, San Francisco Sinfonietta, and others. Shain enjoys teaching Cello and playing chamber music.




The Ivan Milev Band
In Concert
Friday May 21st 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a legendary master of Balkan and Bulgarian folk music, Ivan Milev. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this superb artist and his band performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Band:

The Ivan Milev Band opens the boundaries for an amazing journey into the depths of Bulgarian and Balkan music. A musical genius and legendary performer, accordionist Ivan Milev has established the rules that govern Bulgarian Folk Music throughout his 30-plus year career. He is the mastermind behind Ivan Milev Band, having gathered a group of musicians from Eastern Europe to record a landmark album of Balkan folk music. Ivan is an accordionist of incredible virtuosity and technique, and his vision of combining multiple ethnic styles has produced tunes with daring key changes and dizzying tempos.

Ivan Milev Band will feature Ivan Milev on accordion, Nikolay Kolev on gadulka, Bill Lanphier on bass and Bryan Bowman on percussion.

http://www.myspace.com/ivanmilev

Ivan Milev
is a landmark of contemporary Balkan folk music. Throughout his 40-plus year career as an accordion player in Bulgaria, he established the rules for Balkan folk music. His style fuses classical, jazz, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern music. Milev comes from a clan of famous folk musicians, learning the intricacies of Bulgarian folk music from his father, Atanas Milev, a renowned and innovative folk accordionist. In 1978 Ivan created his own orchestra, which performed at festivals, fairs, in concerts, and on Bulgarian
national television. Ivan's exquisite performance and charisma won him many awards and gained him widespread popularity. With his band Ivan has defined the famous wedding music culture in the Balkan region since the 1970's. Ivan toured the U.S. in 2001 with saxophonist Yuri Yanakov. His playing can be heard on the soundtrack of "Everything is Illuminated," a widely acclaimed independent movie featuring Elijah Wood and directed by Liev Schreiber. In 2006 Ivan Milev Band recorded its debut album, "The Flight of Krali Marco."

Nikolay Kolev
is a famous Gadulka virtuoso from the village Karavelovo in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. After graduating from Shiroka Luka High School, he performed with the Sliven Ensemble for three years. In 1984, he founded the orchestra Sopot. In the same year, he started the wedding band Rozova Dolina, which became one of the most sought-after groups in Thrace. In 1992, he also founded Balkanski Glasove --the singing group which took first place at the Varna Festival in 1994 and 1995. Nikolay is also an accomplished composer and arranger of folk songs. His compositions have been performed by such well-known singers as Roumen Rodopski, Savka Sarieva, Donka Koleva and many others. Nikolay Kolev has taught at EEFC Balkan Camps on both coasts and has an adoring cadre of private students. In 1999 Nikolay Kolev was the first Bulgarian to be recognized by the Slavic Heritage Council of America for his outstanding contributions in music.

Bill Lanphier
, whose passion for Bulgarian music was sparked in high school, is easily one of America's most in-demand Balkan bassists. Deeply involved with a diverse spectrum of music, Bill has performed live with Madonna (the Virgin Tour and Live Aid), The Rippingtons, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Linda Ronstadt and Rickie Lee Jones. Bill's bass playing has been heard internationally on hundreds of radio and TV commercials.

Bryan Bowman comes from an accomplished family of folk dancers and classical musicians, and was exposed to Balkan music at an early age. Having recorded and performed with some of the West Coast's top jazz and Balkan musicians, Bryan brings an undeniable versatility and creative sensibility to any group.



Sarn Oliver & Mariko Smiley
In Concert
with special guests
Shinya Abe & Peter Wyrick
Saturday April 17th 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present a quartet of world-renowned classical artists performing a remarkable program of Mozart, Prokofiev, and Mendelssohn, as well as new works especially commissioned for these concerts. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

This concert will feature three artists from the San Francisco Symphony, Sarn Oliver - violin, Mariko Smiley - violin, and Peter Wyrick - cello, who will be joined by Japanese artist, Shinya Abe - viola.

The Program:

Duo in G Maj for Violin and Viola - Mozart
"Escapment" - Robert Pollack (A new work commissioned for these concerts)
"Ode on a Grecian Urn" - Harold Oliver (A new work commissioned for these concerts)
"Interwoven" - Sarn Oliver (A new work commissioned for these concerts)

Intermission

Sonata for Two Violins - Prokofiev (excerpts)
"Trio One" - Sarn Oliver
Quartet op 44 no. 1 - Mendelssohn (excerpts)
"La Muerta del Angel" - Astor Piazzola

The Artists:

Sarn Oliver has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe and Asia. As a young violinist, Mr. Oliver was the winner of many competitions and appeared in solo performances with numerous orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony. He was a featured artist on the PBS television program "State of the Arts" and his concerts have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the country. Recently. Mr. Oliver's violin playing has been described by San Francisco Classical Voice as "simply phenomenal." His performances can be heard on recordings including his 1991 recording of the Benda and Stamitz Violin Concertos with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra, Sete France and on the 2002 Fish Creek Music recording of Eric Ewazenâ~@~Ys Quintet for English horn and String Quartet.

Sarn Oliver began composing in 2004 and his compositions have received numerous performances and growing recognition. In 2005 a performance of "Trio One," a trio for 2 violins and viola was premiered at The Chamber Music Series at Davies Symphony Hall. "Trio One" was enthusiastically received by the San Francisco Classical Voice, which hailed Mr. Oliver "an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer." He has also received several commissions including a commission from Ebe and Flow Arts, Hawaii that resulted in performances of his new work for piano trio, "Travels" on Maui and Oahu in July of 2009. Mr. Oliver's symphonic work "FairFan Fanfare," was recently premiered in November of 2009 by Symphony Parnassus at Herbst Hall in San Francisco. In May of 2009 Sarn Oliver was invited as a composer and violinist to participate in the Europe Asia Festival 2009 in Kazan, Russia where he gave a recital of his own works and appeared in the Gala concert as soloist. Upcoming performances of his works include a premier of his Violin Sonata in Northern California and a mainland premier of his new piano trio "Travels," in Los Angeles. In May 2010 performances of his works in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan will include a new work for violin duo, "Interwoven" and his concerto for violin and chamber orchestra, "Sunlun."

Mr. Oliver attended the Juilliard Pre-college studying with Sally Thomas. Other teachers, include Ronald Neale, Ivan Galamian and Elmar Oliveria. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a student of Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School Sarn Oliver has served as violin faculty at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California and University of California, Davis as well as University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Oliver is the former Principal Second Violin of the Sacramento Symphony and Concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony and is currently a First Violinist with the San Francisco Symphony founding Violinist of Tilden Trio and the founder of SarnWorks LLC.

Violinist Mariko Smiley began studies with her father, David Smiley, who was a violist with the San Francisco Symphony from 1962-1973. She also studied with Leonard Austria, Stuart Canin, and Dorothy Delay. Mariko received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. She has participated in many music festivals and concert series, including serving as Concertmaster and soloist for the Music in the Mountains Festival and the California Symphony. Mariko was a member of the Aurora String Quartet, which recorded the entire string quartet repertoire of Prokofiev and Mendelssohn on the international label Naxos. She is a member of the first violin section of the San Francisco Symphony and enjoys playing with her fellow orchestra members, who include her husband, Sarn Oliver, brother Dan Smiley, sister-in-law Suzanne Leon, and Suzanneâ~@~Ys sister, Kelly Leon-Pearce, all of whom are violinists. She is also an instructor of Violin at the University of California, Berkeley. Mariko enjoys exploring new music, reading, baking, travel, yoga, and time with her husband and nine year old son Sean.

Cellist Peter Wyrick 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 Finland's 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.

Violist Shinya Abe was born in Japan. When he was 5 years old, he started the piano. When he was 13 years old, he started the violin. He took violin lessons for only one year, studying by himself until he was 18 years old. After that he went to the United States of America for violin lessons. He studied the violin with Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, Susan Leon, Camilla Wicks and Wei He at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied the viola with Jodie Levitz and with Masao Kawasaki and Dr.Catharin Carroll at Aspen music festival.

In 2002, he started to study conducting. He has conducted the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Academic Orchestra, the Crawden Music School, youth orchestras and music university orchestras in Japan and America. He was invited by the Aspen Music festival as a conductor and a violist fellowship student. He was invited to the conducting master class with the Thuringen Philharmonie in Germany, and the International conducting master class at the Dresden Conservatory of Music, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra conducting master class, the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery and others. And he has received the diploma for the Orchestra Conducting from those Conducting Master Classes. In 2006, He had taken the International Conducting Competition in Cordoba and he has gotten the third price and Diploma for Orchestra Conducting. He has been invited as a violin and viola visiting faculty and also as a Guest Conductor at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine in 2007 and 2008. He is also teaching and performing violin, viola and piano in Europe, Japan and USA. He lives in Dresden, Germany.


The Billy Strayhorn Project
A Special Concert in honor
of the famed composer and arranger
Billy Strayhorn
featuring the Adam Shulman Quintet
Friday March 26th 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present a special concert honoring the memory and the music of one of the most original composers and arrangers of 20th Century jazz, performed by some of the finest jazz artists anywhere today. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

This concert will feature the "Adam Shulman Quintet" including Adam Shulman on piano, Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Patrick Wolff on tenor sax, Smith Dobson, Jr. on drums, and Marcus Shelby on bass. These artists are all virtuoso players and band leaders in their own right. They have come together under the direction of Adam Shulman expressly for the purposes of this concert to pay tribute to a past master of the jazz idiom.

The Program:

If you are familiar with such jazz classics as "Take the "A" Train", "Lush Life", or "Chelsea Bridge", then you know Billy Strayhorn's work. For more than a quarter century he was Duke Ellington's collaborator and muse. Ellington once described Strayhorn as, "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brain waves in his head, and his in mine". Shulman and his compatriots have created wonderful arrangements of of some of Strayhorn's popular and lesser-known works for this concert.

Of the concert, leader Adam Shulman says:

"Billy Strayhorn's music has often been over-shadowed by that of his long-time collaborator Duke Ellington. This group's aim is to celebrate the genius of one of the most accomplished composers and arrangers in the history of jazz."

"I've always been drawn to Billy Strayhorn's music. There are so many things going on harmonically and yet the melodies are so lyrical and dramatic. There's something romantic about Billy Strayhorn's music that I really love and find so refreshing in this age where angular and heady music seems to predominate. Strayhorn, succeeds in being both cerebral and soulful at the same time, which in my mind, is the goal of a composer of any music."

"In arranging these tunes, I wanted to stay pretty much true to the original intent behind the music, so I didn't mess with the melody at all and I only changed some of the harmony minimally. I wanted to adapt some of the large ensemble works for a small group and therefore, the arrangements lean towards a bebop aesthetic. The contrapuntal section writing is reduced to two horns and there is much more of a focus on soloing. Erik and Patrick have also arranged a couple of tunes that both have a similar approach to mine. I added intros and endings of my own to tighten up the sound of the group and give it more of a bebop flavor."



The Sun Quartet
with special guests
In Concert
Saturday February 27th 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present one of our favorite ensembles, joining us this time with special guests, in an All-Brahms program. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

The Sun Quartet's members are among the most highly regarded instrumentalists on the West Coast, and include major international prize-winners, noted soloists, and esteemed chamber musicians.. This superb ensemble consists of Sacramento State faculty members Ian Swensen and Anna Presler on violin, Anna Kruger on viola, and Andrew Luchansky on cello. The quartet has performing together since 1994, and is nationally regarded for their mastery of instrumental color and driving performance style.

Joining the Sun Quartet for this performance will be special guest artists Deborah Pittman on clarinet, Emily Onderdonk on viola and Hans Hoffer on cello.

The Program:

The Sun Quartet and guests will perform two of Brahms' chamber music masterpieces. The G major Sextet opus 36, an early deeply personal work and the Clarinet Quintet opus 115, his final chamber music offering.

In his biography of Brahms, Jan Swafford says of the exuberant and romantic G major Sextet, "this is a piece about love and loss-Brahm's particular love and loss and anyones. The meaning of those notes to him resounds breathtakingly in the music...he shaped their effect for the listener by craft, every dimension contributing its part. Melody, harmony, texture,timbre and form coalesce to make the climax what it is." The last movement is one of Brahms most glorious and uplifting Finales.

Swafford says of the Clarinet Quintet "nothing competes with the glory of the instrument "...it raises the a veil of autumn ...wistful sweetness pervades the atmosphere" "In the Quintet even more than in other works , Brahms also demonstrates as well as any composer that some of the greatest art exists near the edges of sentiment.." This work is full of passion and warmth.

The Artists:

Ian Swensen 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.

A native of North Carolina, violinist Anna Presler now lives in Berkeley, California. She is a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and performs with several groups specializing in 20th century music including the Left Coast Ensemble and the Onyx Quartet. As a member of the Sun Quartet she serves on the faculty of California State University in Sacramento. She has taught at the Center for Chamber Music at Apple Hill in New Hampshire and participated in festivals at Tanglewood and at the International Musicians' Program in Cornwall, England. She holds degrees in music from the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a degree in history from Yale University. Anna currently teaches violin and music history at CSUS.

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 Sacramento State 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 Sacramento State, Mr. Luchansky also coaches chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory and has recorded for the Sony Classical label and was as soloist on the Wesley Snipes Warner Brothers Film "Sugar Hill".

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 served on the faculty of California Summer Music at Pebble Beach for five years and is a regular Guest Artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Keene New Hampshire. This past summer Mr. Luchansky was a guest artist at the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Italy and a soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia Spain.

Deborah Pittman holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory and has done doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Pittman was second and bass clarinetist with the Sacramento Symphony from 1981-1990. She has also held orchestral positions with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the State Symphony of Mexico, the Orchestra of New York, the Dance Theartre of Harlem, and she has played in th epit for several Broadway shows. Ms. Pittman is a member of the California Arts Project (TCAP), teaches at the CSU Chico Chamber Music Workshop and the Northern California Chamber Musicians, and in the summer of 2002 she became a Festival Artist at the Apple Hill Summer Festival. She was an Artist In Residence for the Sacramento Light Opera Association's Theatre education Project from 1996 to 1999.

Emily Onderdonk, a native of San Francisco, received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, and continued with post-graduate studies at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Raphael Bronstein, James Buswell, Daniel Kobialka, and Karen Tuttle.

While working on her master's degree, Ms. Onderdonk won the principal viola position and went on tour with the New York City Opera National Company. Since then, she has performed as principal violist with numerous orchestras around the country including the Santa Fe Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in New Mexico, the Berkeley Symphony in California, and the Reno Philharmonic in Nevada. In 1995, Ms. Onderdonk began a two-year stint as principal violist with the Lyon National Opera in France, touring with the company to Paris, London and Vienna and recording CDs of Offenbach, Donizetti, Werther, Massenet and Puccini. In addition, she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. As a proponent of contemporary music for over 25 years, Ms. Onderdonk has played with such ensembles as Earplay in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Group for Contemporary Music in New York City. Also an avid supporter of children's music education, Ms. Onderdonk continues to perform yearly in schools, community centers and gyms - developing and performing interactive concerts for thousands of children across the western states. As a seasoned chamber musician she has appeared with chamber ensembles in New York, California, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

Most recently, Ms. Onderdonk is performing and touring with her eclectic (musically) and spirited (personally) group Quartet San Francisco, which is currently in residence at Mills College. As a result of winning the Grand Prize at the 2004 International Tango Competition in NYC, the quartet recently completed a trip to Buenos Aires, where they gave two standing-room-only performances of tango and jazz works. Ms. Onderdonk often records pop and movie soundtracks, and plays for the San Francisco dates of many touring Broadway musicals. Ms. Onderdonk loves the outdoors, cherishes all animals and is especially enamored of fine chocolates.

Cellist Hans Hoffer is a frequent performer as both an orchestral and chamber musician. A former member of the Anchorage Symphony, Hoffer is a scholar of the Academy at All Hallows, where he serves as Principal Cello. He is also a longtime member of the Northstate Symphony, where he has performed as Assistant-Principal since 2006. He is a regular substitute with many Northern California orchestras, including recent appearances with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, the Modesto Symphony, the Mendocino Music Festival, and the Townsend Opera Players.

A dedicated performer and instructor of chamber music, Hoffer has been, since 2004, cellist of the Tyree Trio. He has concertized widely on the west coast, including appointments as an Emerging Artist at the Mendocino Music Festival and as principal cellist of the Chico Bach Festival. He is on staff at the California Captital Chamber Music Workshop and a fellow of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of Sacramento's Camerata Capistrano, a historically-informed performance ensemble. His primary teachers have been Linda Ottum, Andrew Luchansky, and Carla-Maria Rodrigues, and he has performed in master classes for such artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Gilbert Kalish, Wieland Kuijiken, the Apple Hill Chamber Players, Eleanor Schoenfeld, and Chris Finckel. He lives in Sacramento.



"Songs For The Dead And The Living"
Adam Shulman - piano
Katy Stephan - voice
Joseph Hébert - cello
Friday February 19th 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present these three stellar artists in a program of original art songs. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Program:

If you asked a bebop jazz pianist and a session singer to name some of their favorite songs, you might not expect works by Franz Schubert or Maurice Ravel to be at the top of the list. But when Adam Shulman and Katy Stephan discovered their mutual affection for 19th century art songs, the two decided to write some of their own.

Known for his bebop chops, Shulman has long been the pianist for the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra and has played with jazz greats such as Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. Stephan's voice has been featured in several film scores and television ads, and on Sunday and Tuesday nights she helms the piano bar Martuni's, where she's known for her versatility, easily transitioning between pop songs, standards, show tunes, and opera.

But both grew up playing and listening to classical music. "I have the sound of that harmony in my ear," Shulman says, "but in my present career, I never get a chance to play or write in that style."

Both Shulman and Stephan wanted to try to compose unique, original songs in a classical style. The two collaborated on the songs over several months - in some cases working separately and later combining their efforts, and in others working together to construct melody and harmony simultaneously.

The result is a song cycle for voice and piano, entitled Songs For The Dead And The Living. Ranging in mood from lush and dramatic to sparkling and whimsical, the songs are patterned after the classical art songs of the 19th century Romantics and early 20th century Impressionists.

Accompanying Shulman and Stephan for this concert will be Oakland East Bay Symphony Assistant Principal cellist Joseph Hébert.

What is an Art Song exactly?

The art song could be considered the prefect marriage of music and text. An art song, or a collection of art songs, is intended to stand on its own (which distinguishes it from opera or other theatrical works), and often utilizes piano accompaniment. But the piano usually does more than just support the vocal melody, often functioning as an equal partner with a distinct and expressive voice.

"An art song is a perfect little gem," explains Stephan. "It can tell a story, or express the most fleeting mood. It's like the flash from a camera, capturing something ephemeral in musical form."

For the listener who enjoys classical music, art song has the advantage of being presented all on its own, without any context. You don't have to sit through hours of awkward dialogue or spear-carrying filler. And for the listener with more of a pop sensibility, the art song is usually the same duration as a song you might hear on the radio, but it can offer a much more dynamic range of expression, color and intensity.

The Artists:

Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Before the move, Adam was a student at UC Santa Cruz where he studied with the great Smith Dobson and the trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown. He received his degree in classical performance under the tutelage of the Russian pianist Maria Ezerova.

Currently, Shulman plays regularly with Marcus Shelby in large and small group contexts and with Anton Schwartz mostly in a trio setting. He can also be seen as a sideman with countless bay area musicians and vocalists such as John Wittala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber.

Shulman has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson and with the Glen Miller Orchestra.

Katy Stephan has created original music for several live theatre productions, including Under Milk Wood (Porchlight Theatre), Word For Word's Three Blooms (Magic Theatre), LysistrataProject (Berkeley Rep), and Bury The Dead (Cooper Union, New York City). She won a Bay Area Critic's Circle Award in 2005.

Stephan has recently been a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, for their concert of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, and previously for Leonard Bernstein's Mass. She was a soloist and chorus member on the Grammy-nominated recording of Mass with Kent Nagano, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble and the Deutsche Symphonie.

Stephan's first attempt at original songs, recorded at home in November 2005 and posted on her website, was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's "Ten Best Local Releases" of the year; and from March through December of 2006 she wrote, recorded, and posted a new song once every week (every7days.com). She revived the weekly songwriting project in January 2010.

Joseph Hébert is Assistant Principal Cello of the Oakland East Bay Symphony in California, and is Music Director of a 10,000 member church, where he directs multiple choirs. Mr. Hébert is also a voting member of the Grammy Awards Recording Academy.

He has shared the concert stage and recording studio with renowned artists from the classical and popular music worlds including: Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr., Jesse Norman, Marilyn Horne and a host of others. As a member of the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, Mr. Hébert has recorded on numerous soundtracks for movies and individual artist/CD projects.

Hébert served for over 15 years on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley where he taught cello, conducted the String Ensemble, and directed multiple choruses in the Young Musicians Program; a program that provides music training scholarships to highly gifted disadvantaged Junior High and High School students. Joseph studied music at Stanford University, California State University East Bay (Hayward), and the University of California at Berkeley.


Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet
& Mark Deutsch
In Concert
Friday January 29th, 2010 at 8:00pm and
Saturday January 30th, 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is absolutely tickled to present Edmund Welles: The Bass Clarinet Quartet in two concerts with different programs on two consecutive nights. This fearsome foursome will bring their entirely unique brand of "heavy chamber music" to the Hillside Club. You've not lived life completely unless you heard the astounding sound of four bass clarinets playing a 16-century motet or a 20-century rock'n'roll standard. We love these guys! And opening for them on both nights will be legendary Bazantar virtuoso, Mark Deutsch. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Program:

Known for their neo-spiritual, pseudo-secular approach to acoustic chamber music, the bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles will be presenting two different programs of their "heavy chamber music" on two consecutive evenings.

Friday's program will include:

O Magnum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria
Big Bottom by Spinal Tap
Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

as well as other original and standard works.

Saturday's program will include Edmund Welles originals:

I.Z.T.
Another Apicultural Excursion (in 3 parts for bass clarinet quartet)
   I. Return to Bee Mountain
   II. The Queen of Pollen Nation
   III. Hive After Hive

as well as other original and standard works.

Each of the two nights will be opened by a solo set by famed inventor and Bazantar artist, Mark Deutsch. For more information about Mark Deutsch and the Bazantar check out his website at http://www.bazantar.com/.

The Ensemble:

EDMUND WELLES: THE BASS CLARINET QUARTET has the distinction of being the world's only original, composing band of four bass clarinetists, they invent and perform heavy chamber music. The bass clarinet has a 5 octave range and a huge span of tonal, melodic, and rhythmic capabilities. Since 1996, Cornelius Boots has led and composed for Edmund Welles, which received a Chamber Music America Grant in 2004 for the creation of Agrippa's 3 Books, a multi-movement work inspired by occult philosophy and heavy metal music. This piece is featured on their debut album of the same title [mixed and mastered by Grammy-award winning sound alchemist Oz Fritz]. The album made the Top Ten Albums of 2005, and the New York premiere of the piece made the Top Ten Performances of 2005 in All About Jazz NYC.

Drawing virtuosic precision from the classical realm; innovation and texture from jazz; and power, rhythm and overall perspective from rock and metal, the quartet's sound is characterized by a thickness of tone, a density of texture, absolute rhythmic precision, and the extreme use of dynamic contrasts: a dense, pulsing sound capable of expressing and reflecting the full range of human emotions.

In 2007, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco commissioned the group to compose and perform 2012: A Requiem for Baktun 12, the 13th and Final Cycle; and another Boots composition for the quartet, Tooth & Claw, placed 2nd out of thousands of entries in the "Instrumental" category of the 2006 International Songwriting Competition. This is the title track of the group's second full-length album, released in October 2007.

In 2008, the quartet was a featured ensemble at the International Clarinet Convention in Kansas City in addition to sharing a bill with the innovative "rock against rock" power-ensemble Sleepytime Gorilla Museum at several California venues. As their influence grows, Edmund Welles continues to be sought out for cutting edge music festivals and series including Three Drops of Blood (Installments II and IX), Switchboard Music Festival, and Hornucopia. There have also been several acolyte bass clarinet quartets (such as Acid Bass in New York) crop up around the globe over the last 3 years, playing both Edmund Welles arrangements and innovative pieces of their own. Engendering enthusiasm and expanding the musical horizons of both clarinetists and the general non-clarinet-playing public is at the core of the ensemble's existence.

For more information about Edmund Welles check out their website at http://www.edmundwelles.com/.

The Artists:

East Bay reed renegade Cornelius Boots is a progressive rock composer, bass clarinet performance specialist, wu wei woodwind instructor and Zen flute adept. He is a dabbler in Tibetan mysticism and Taoist wizardry, and a devotee of the Respirational Arts. In 1996 he founded Edmund Welles, the world's only bass clarinet quartet, for which he has composed and arranged over 60 pieces including pieces commissioned by Chamber Music America and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He also creates works of varying scale (solo to large ensemble) which utilize sacred and mundane wind instruments and vocal techniques, percussion, conscious breathing, whimsy and metaphysical perspectives to explore themes of paradox: transformation, resonance, chaos, intuitive creation, rational order, expansion, focus, and the oscillation between individual will and universal fate. Most recently, these works have taken the form of a series of etudes for taimu-shakuhachi (large Zen bamboo flute) and performances and recordings with the elemental sound-structuring ensemble, Sabbaticus Rex, which combines taimu-shakuhachi, kagyraa-style Tuvan throat singing, and multiple, large overtone gongs, activated and played by "gongwoman" Karen Stackpole.

He has music degrees (from Indiana University: BM Clarinet Performance '97, BS Audio Recording '97, MM Jazz Studies '99) and marching band experience, but by no means considers these items essential to most people's musical growth, particularly if the innate creative and imaginative faculties are remembered and activated within an individual, which is a primary objective in his weekly training of young woodwind students in Oakland, Alameda, Fremont and Berkeley.

Aaron Novic says: "I am a musician and an artist. By artist I mean I use music as my medium of expression. I use music to convey ideas beyond merely collecting a group of sounds together. I compose music that addresses thoughts and emotions and abstractions.

"I enjoy playing with genre and have a hard time defining/confining myself. In the past few years I have written music for different projects that could be defined as pop songs, chamber classical, psychedelic jazz, gypsy folk, and even heavy metal. Within these obviously disparate stylistic choices are a unifying compositional esthetic that slowly reveals itself, the more projects you hear of mine. This esthetic relies heavily on rhythm, harmony, melody and order. All elements of good music that can be tossed away by many in the name of experimentation. Personally I find it is more interesting to experiment within these confines to push each to new and exciting places. New rhythmic subdivisions and poly-rhythms, surprising melodic and harmonic choices.

"I moved to San Francisco 10 years ago and began studying clarinet with the great Ben Goldberg. I began leading ensembles soon after and eventually went to UC Berkeley to study composition with Eitan Steinberg and Olly Wilson. I also studied new concepts of rhythm and improvisation with Steve Coleman at UC Berkeley, a boundary pushing alto sax player from New York.

"The past few years have been highly productive ones, seeing the creation of two suites; the first, music inspired by my grandfather's immigration and life in America as a Jew escaping war torn Europe; the second, a commission to write music for the Saint Joseph Ballet in Orange County in 2004. Both suites were recorded for my newest cd Aaron Novik "The Samuel Suite/Dancing Into One". Prior to that, the band Kipple created a conceptual tone poem steeped in retro future psychedelic science fiction entitled "Flashes of Irrational Happiness" that has received significant praise given it's limited release.

"Other ventures of note include performing with the bass clarinet Edmund Welles, which has received grants from Chamber Music America, and Yerba Buena's new composers series, and performing with Patrick Cress' Telepathy which has also received numerous grants in conjunction with Dandelion Dance Theatre and ODC. Aaron Novik also plays with the Nathan Clevenger Group, The Clevenger 3, Andre Karpov."

Clarinetist/bass clarinetist Jeff Anderle is currently enjoying an extremely varied musical life. An exponent of contemporary classical music, Jeff is currently the clarinetist of New York-based ensembles Redshift and the East Coast Composer's Ensemble, and was formerly the clarinetist and Associate Artistic Director of The Definiens Project in Los Angeles. He was also the clarinetist in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble in 2006, and attended the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in 2007. Jeff will also be joining the Del Sol String Quartet this season for several performances of Osvoldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. Past highlights include the U.S. Premiere of Olga Neuwirth's Spleen, for solo bass clarinet, which a reviewer described as "more than impressive: it was awe-inspiring... Better control and command of the instrument is hard to imagine."

Jeff is also passionate about music that can't be explained in one different genres and styles of music, which will have its inaugural performance in March of 2008.

Jeff holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied clarinet with Luis Baez and bass clarinet with Ben Freimuth. Previously, he graduated summa cum laude from UCLA, where he was a student of Gary Gray. When not making music, Jeff is a Financial Associate for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and level two Reiki practitioner.

Jonathan Russell writes music for a wide variety of ensembles, from orchestra to chorus to rock band. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble, the new music bands FIREWORKS and Capital M, and pianists Sarah Cahill and Lisa Moore. Important influences on his work include Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, Olivier Messiaen, Charles Mingus, Steve Reich, Guns N' Roses, Radiohead, Cornelius Boots, Ryan Brown, Ben Gribble, klezmer music, and free improvisation.

Also active as a performer on clarinet, bass clarinetist, and alto Also active as a performer on clarinet, bass clarinetist, and alto Welles bass clarinet quartet and the Balkan/Klezmer/Experimental band Zoyres. He also plays in, composes for, and is a founding member of the Sqwonk bass clarinet duo, and freelances in the Bay Area as a classical and klezmer clarinetist.

Jonathan teaches Theory and Musicianship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, serves as Music Director at First Congregational Church, San Francisco, and is a critic for the San Francisco Classical Voice. He has a BA in Music from Harvard University and an MM in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His composition teachers have included Dan Becker, Elinor Armer, Eric Sawyer, John Stewart, and Eric Ewazen. To learn and hear more, visit Jonathan online at http://www.jonrussellmusic.com.



A Quartet
In Concert
Friday January 15th, 2010

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present, A Quartet, the best kept secret of the local jazz scene, in concert. This remarkable ensemble consists of some of the best jazz artists anywhere and some particular favorites of ours. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

Made up of four of the most highly regarded jazz musicians on the West Coast, A Quartet, consists of Michael Zilber on saxophones, Peter Horvath on piano, John Shifflett on bass and Jason Lewis on drums. It is acclaimed for its virtuosity, spontaneity, musicality and sense of joyful fun. The group was formed 2 1/2 years ago after playing together as the faculty group working with the advanced jazz intensive at the Berkeley Jazzschool. Since then, the group has performed periodically throughout the bay area, including Yoshi's, Florio Street, The Jazzschool and Anna's Jazz Island. This past September the group was honored to be named the first Faculty Jazz Group for the Jazzschool Institute, the Bay Area's leading 4 years jazz degree program. For this performance, the group will perform a mix of standards, stellar tunes by Wayne Shorter, Don Grolnick, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny and others, along with originals group members have written for this quartet.

The Artists:

Contemporary jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer, Peter Horvath has been perfecting his craft since the age of 6 when he began taking classical piano lessons. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he attended the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music. Son of famous Hungarian singer Zsuzsa Matrai, Peter had a natural and intense desire for music. At age 17, he won the National Jazz Combo Competition in Gyor, Hungary, and two years later he moved to Austria to attend the Vienna Conservatory of Music. Establishing himself rather quickly in the Austrian jazz scene, he began playing and touring with jazz notables, such as Leo Wright, etc.

In 1983, Peter moved to the U.S., where he studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has since performed, toured, and recorded with a long line of world-class artists. He toured with jazz greats Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Richie Cole,Ernie Watts, Benny Maupin, Bob Sheppard, and Tiger Okoshi. He recorded, performed, and toured nationally and worldwide with the Victor Bailey Group,Lenny White, Lalah Hathaway,Melba Moore,Ledisi, Keith Washington, Rosie Gaines, Ray Obiedo, Kenneth Nash and the Oakland Symphony. Peter composed for and performed with David Garibaldi for his Warner Brothers video/CD series, and recorded the tracks for Aretha Franklin's performance of the National Anthem at the 1993 World Series.

Peter's talent as a pianist/keyboardist is matched by his role as a composer and producer. Horvath's diverse background is manifested in his performances and compositions, with both complexity and clarity . . . from straight ahead to funk to contemporary jazz. Performing with a passion, and heightened by his fiery personality, he uses every ounce of energy to convey his finely crafted compositions. Horvath is a serious artist with more than mere entertainment in mind, combining appealing melodies with plenty of sound for thought.

Jazz legend Dave Liebman calls saxophonist, Michael Zilber, "one of the best composers and players around anywhere, period!" Zilber 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.

While in New York, Zilber recorded two critically acclaimed OWL-EMI Records as a leader, "The Heretic" and "Stranger in Brooklyn," which was named one of the top 30 CDs of all time by Jazzfusion.com. Since his move to San Francisco, Michael has performed in numerous musical settings as a leader and sideman, including co-leading a quartet featuring the renowned drummer Steve Smith and directing CARMA, the Bay Area's "all-star Jazz Orchestra." Zilber-led groups have headlined to standing ovations at The Monterey, San Francisco, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Big Sur, Edmonton, Calgary and Fairfax Festivals, as well as at such leading venues as Yoshi's, Kuumbwa, Bach Dynamite, and Slim's and recently shared the stage with the Wayne Shorter Quartet in an SFJazz night of tribute to the great saxophonist and composer.

Zilber is also a Downbeat award-winning director of the Jazzschool's two advanced jazz workshops, which have been featured at the IAJE and Monterey Jazz festival. In addition, he coaches the Brubeck Institute sextet and runs the Los Medanos College jazz studies program and has a doctorate from New York University. He has taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West and was asked to teach with Dave Douglas, Greg Osby, and Don Byron at the Banff International Jazz Workshop.

John Shifflett almost received an M.A. in music from the University of Iowa, where he also taught Jazz Studies and directed big bands. He is currently an instructor at San Jose State University, teaching bass and small ensembles. He has done countless studio sessions ranging from radio and TV jingles to jazz and country and pop recordings. His show business experience includes tours with Frankie Avalon and the Ringling-Barnum & Bailey circus, several seasons with the San Jose Civic Light Opera, and many engagements with stars such as Dinah Shore, Mel Torme, Jerry Lewis, Dionne Warwick, the Smothers Brothers, etc.

His primary focus, however, has always been jazz. He has performed with the likes of Dave Liebman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Red Holloway, Ernie Watts, John Zorn, Kim Richmond, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Norma Winstone, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, John Stowell, Harold Land, Kendra Shank, and others. In the Bay Area he can be heard with Boz Scaggs (and CD), Eric Crystal, the Mike Zilber/Steve Smith quartet (and CD), the Scott Amendola Band (and CD), the Taylor Eigsti Trio (and CD's), the Paul Nagel Trio (and CD), the Dave MacNab Trio, Ann Dyer & No Good Time Fairies (and CD's), the Will Bernard Quartet (and CD), Anton Schwartz (and CD's), Ray Brown's Great Big Band, Ben Goldberg, Tim Volpicella (and CD), and many others.

Jason Lewis graduated from the classical percussion program at San Jose State University, under the direction of Tony Cirone of the San Francisco Symphony, with a B.A. in music. Mr.Lewis has taught privately in the bay area, coached at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and has performed clinics at schools throughout the San Jose area.

He has played with a variety of talented musicians including; John Stowell, Gary Burton, Gil Goldstein, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Bob Sheppard, Steve Rodby, Paul McCandles, Norma Winstone, Larry Coryell, Darol Anger, Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, James Carter, John Handy, Anton Schwartz , Mark Levine, Peter Apfelbaum, Paul Nagel, and Kurt Elling. Mr.Lewis has also performed with the San Jose Symphony and the San Jose Civic Light Opera.

Besides performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with many groups, often with bassist John Shifflett , Mr. Lewis has toured and recorded with Boz Scaggs, Michael Brook, Djivan Gasparyan, Ann Dyer and Taylor Eigsti. He can be heard on numerous recordings as well as TV (Spark on PBS), Video Game (Godfather 2) and Movie Soundtracks (Affliction, Albino Alligator, Ratatouille-"Our Friend the Rat").



photo by April Renae

Black Olive Babes
In Concert
Friday December 18th, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present Black Olive Babes in concert. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this marvelous ensemble performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Performance:

Black Olive Babes will present an evening of music for listening and dancing drawn from cultures from across the seas - Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Russia, Turkey - to nearer home in the Appalachians. These are old songs of love, longing, exile and celebration reinterpreted and performed in BOB's unique and soulful style. Included will be rich and rhythmic tunes in the Sephardic Jewish and Romani (Gypsy) traditions and original compositions by BOB founder and vocalist Juliana Graffagna inspired by the modalities and meters of traditional southern Balkan and Middle Eastern music.

Opening for the Black Olive Babes will be special guests, the True Life Trio, offering luscious harmonies from around the globe and featuring the soulful vocal talents of Leslie Bonnett, Briget Boyle and Juliana Graffagna, whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble.

The Ensemble

Black Olive Babes offer an exciting, eclectic mix of Balkan, Romani, Sephardic and American roots and original music. These sultry rhythms and soul-stirring melodies create a dance and trance-inducing groove that carries you from the shores of the Black Sea to the foothills of the Appalachians. Founded by longtime vocalist and former music director of Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, Juliana Graffagna, BOB features some of the Bay Area's most innovative interpreters of Southern Balkan and Middle Eastern traditional music. BOB's collective experience includes national and international touring, membership in local super groups Brass Menažeri, Stellamara, The Toids, Edessa, and Gamelan X, and performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares and Madonna.

The Artists:

Black Olive Babes are:
Juliana Graffagna - vocals, guitar, percussion
Dan Auvil - percussion, vocals
Tom Farris - laouto, guitar, accordion
Gari Hegedus - violin, oud, mandolin, mandocello
Peter Jaques - clarinet, ney, vocals
Bill Lanphier - bass, percussion

Black Olive Babes' founder Juliana Graffagna has been singing Eastern European traditional and choral music since 1988. As a vocalist and former music director of the internationally acclaimed women's ensemble Kitka (www.kitka.org), Juliana has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Eastern Europe. She has studied vocal technique with master singers Tzvetanka Varimezova, Mariana Sadovska, Merita Halili, Donka Koleva, Carl Linich and Christos Govetas. Juliana's supple and versatile voice has been referred to as "liquid gold" and has appeared on numerous recordings and film soundtracks.

It was love at first sight 30 years ago when Dan Auvil saw the large, two-headed drum called the tupan. He is a masterful percussionist on a variety of Balkan and Middle Eastern hand drums. Dan was a founding member of Édessa and Ziyiá (www.ziyia.com) and has toured and taught nationally and internationally.

Tom Farris has been playing in Bay Area Balkan rhythm sections since 1994. He is a passionate and talented multi-instrumentalist and plays a variety of drums and stringed instruments. A longtime member of Anoush, Brass Menažeri, and Top Dog Run, Tom currently plays with The Helladelics (www.helladelics.com) and Izvorno Icepick. Tom also writes and records his own folk-rock songs.

An extraordinary and soulful musician, Gari Hegedus plays violin, viola and a variety of stringed instruments from Greece and Turkey including lauoto, oud, saz and hand drums. Gari plays in the duo Teslim with violinist Kaila Flexer (www.kailaflexer.com/teslim), and performs with world music group Stellamara (www.stellamarra.com) and Persian vocalist Hamed Nikpay (www.hamednikpay.com). He has studied with oud master Naseer Shamma and has recorded and performed with Ross Daly. He has toured with the Mevlevi Dervish (Sufi) Order of America and continues to participate in Turkish ceremonial and devotional gatherings around the country.

Peter Jaques (www.huzzam.com) has been a fixture of the Bay Area Near Eastern music scene since 1995. His style combines traditional Turkish, Greek, & Balkan Rom styles with his own, deeply soulful approach. He performs principally on the Bb clarinet & trumpet, as well as Turkish G clarinet, alto saxophone, & Egyptian nay (reed flute). Peter also directs the Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band (www.brassmenazeri.com), and plays with Dan Cantrell's Megaband (www.bellowhead.com), Stellamara, a Middle-eastern/Balkan/world fusion ensemble (www.stellamara.com), and Gamelan X, a hybrid processional gamelan orchestra based on traditional Balinese baleganjur (www.gamelanx.com).

Bill Lanphier is an accomplished bass player and writer with an incredibly diverse musical background. In addition to playing with Balkan master musicians Yasko Argirov, Nikolay Kolev, Ivan Milev, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Georgi Petrov and Christos Govetas, Bill toured with Madonna on the "Virgin Tour" and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rickie Lee Jones, The Rippingtons, Art Garfunkle and Linda Ronstadt. Bill recent band adventures include Bay Area favorites Trio Mopmu, The Toids and Izvorno Icepick.



Presidio Quartet
In Concert
Saturday December 5th, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to welcome back the one of our favorite local ensembles, The Presidio Quartet, in a concert of great music spanning three centuries. Don't miss the opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

The Presidio Quartet is a musical collaboration comprised of four outstanding young musicians with a wide range of international performance experience. The group performs to critical acclaim throughout the bay area and offers programs of complex yet accessible repertoire, with a focus on new music.

The Presidio Quartet are:
David Ryther - violin
Deborah Katz - violin
Ilana Matfis - viola
Shain Carrasco - 'cello

The Program

In this concert, the Presidio Quartet goes organic. That is to say they explore the idea of organicism in music. Each of the pieces on the program highlights how the composer was able to create something complex and intricate starting from a single idea, a simple motif, or genetic material much the way an organic living thing grows from a single cell, seed or dna. Come hear live, locally grown performances of music that vibrates with organic vitality, such as Bartok's fourth string quartet, Beethoven's Op. 18 no.6 as well as duos by Ravel and Handel-Halvorsen.

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet op. 18 no. 6 in Bb Major
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia (Duo for Violin and Viola, after Handel)
Bela Bartok: String Quartet no. 4

The Artists:

Violinist David Ryther has brought his interpretive powers as a soloist to such festivals as the Darmstadt Summer Festival of New Music, the Banff center, and the Green Umbrella Series at the Bing theater in Los Angeles. He has been featured playing new music with adventurous ensembles sf sound group, Earplay, San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Sonor, and Octagon. He is a founding member of the Presidio String Quartet, a group that specializes in contemporary music. A composer and improvisor in his own right, he is composer and core member with the modern dance troupe, Dandelion Dance Theater and was chosen to be resident composer for a Magge Allsee residency at the University of Florida, Tallahasee with the New York based dance troupe Kate Weare and Company. His string orchestra piece "Scenes from Costa Rica" was commissioned by the Villa Sinfonia and was performed on their recent tour of Scotland and England. David Ryther graduated with highest honors in music from UC Santa Cruz and recently received his doctorate in contemporary violin performance from UC San Diego. Important mentors of his have included Janos Negyesy, Roy Malan, Roy Oakley, Ravi Shankar, and George Lewis. David Ryther can also be found playing in the Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and teaching violin at the Crowden School for Music.

Deborah Katz celebrates her fourth year in the Bay Area playing violin with the Presidio String Quartet, teaching violin and viola lessons, and freelancing with local orchestras and chamber groups. Her active involvement in the music community has allowed her to draw on her affinity for contemporary as well as traditional classical music. Deborah received her bachelors of music from Indiana University where she studied with Henryk Kowalski, Nelli Shkolnikova, Yuval Yaron and Ilya Kaler. She received her Master's of Music from New England Conservatory where she studied with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Deborah performed contemporary music with the Boston Callithumpian Consort, directed by Steve Drury as well as on the Harvard Composers~R Series. While at NEC she participated in various chamber ensembles collaborating with James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Mai Motobuchi, and Eliot Fisk. She was concertmaster and Principal Second of the NEC Chamber and Symphony orchestras. She also performed as soloist such as at the Malden Church in Boston, student compositions, and in collaboration with organist Tom Handel, Dean of Students at NEC. In addition to her performances in the Bay Area, New England, Colorado, and the Midwest in the U.S., she has also frequently performed abroad in Europe and Israel. In 2004 and 2006 she was invited to perform as Principal Second violinist with the Festival Ensemble of Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling throughout Germany and Switzerland, and with the Jerusalem International Symphony in Israel. With the Presidio Quartet, she has been featured on new music concerts at Mills College, U.C. Berkeley and other San Francisco venues. Selections from the group~Rs Album, Five, have been broadcast on the San Louis Obispo classical radio station and on American Music Center's Counterstream radio online. Currently Deborah studies with Catherine Van Heusen of the San Francisco Symphony. Other teachers include Linda Cerone, Jenny Rudin and Chen Zhao. When not performing or working at Ifshin Violins, Deborah enjoys hiking amongst the redwoods, cooking, dancing, and rolling down grassy hills.

Ilana Matfis is a freelance violist and teacher in the Bay Area. She holds a Masters degree in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and appears frequently with other Bay Area ensembles including the Berkeley, Oakland, Marin, Modesto and Silicon Valley Symphonies. Ilana is also the violist of the Presidio Quartet, a group that presents recitals featuring both contemporary and classic string quartets. A dedicated teacher, Ilana maintains a private studio of violinists and violists and coaches chamber music for the Villa Sinfonia Foundation. She is a strong believer in the importance of public school music and is highly involved with the Berkeley Symphony's Music Education Program, giving demonstrations and performances in all eleven of the Berkeley public elementary schools. Ilana is the violist for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra's Artist in Residence string quartet; she spends her Saturday mornings coaching viola sectionals, chamber music, and teaching a viola class for violinists. Originally from Massachusetts, Ilana now resides in Berkeley with her boyfriend (an accomplished trombonist) and her cat.

Shain Carrasco began playing the cello 25 years ago. After completing High School and College at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Shain moved to San Francisco in 1999 for the Masters Degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since completion of school, Shain has become the Principal Cellist for the Oakland Opera, a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and frequently plays with the Monterey Symphony, California Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Napa Valley Symphony, San Francisco Sinfonietta, and others. Shain enjoys teaching Cello and playing chamber music.



earPlay Jazzquintet
In Concert
Friday, November 6th, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present earPlay Jazzquintet in concert. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this remarkable ensemble performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

The earPlay Jazzquintet is a groundbreaking electro-acoustic ensemble with a uniquely kaleidoscopic sound. They take stylistic variety to new heights, cross-fertilizing North Indian, West African, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern influences with jazz and 20th-century classical idioms. The ensemble deftly weaves together compelling textures, uniting the realms of composition and improvisation, spoken word and stage magic. Add to that a veritable banquet of instruments from around the world -including the subtle usage of electronic sounds- and you've got an unforgettable musical adventure!

Members of the ensemble walk a wide-embracing variety of musical paths, from Brazilian choro, Afro-Cuban, country-western, jump swing, vintage funk, to classical, musical theatre, contemporary jazz, ritual music and digital sound design. These musicians have been heard performing or recording with many jazz luminaries, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris, Paul McCandless, Zakir Hussain, Poncho Sanchez, Donald Byrd, Bob Mintzer, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, and Natalie Cole.

The earPlay Jazzquintet are:

Michael Smolens - piano, synthesizers, voice, balafon, alto flute
Alex Murzyn - soprano, alto, & tenor saxes, C & alto flutes, bass clarinet
Fred Randolph - acoustic & elec. basses & guitars, sop. sax, clarinet, perc.
Brian Rice - drum set, tabla, percussion
Michael Hatfield - vibes, "marimba lumina," sampler, accordion, perc., voice
and special guest artist:
Heather Rogers - spoken word, stage magic

The Artists:

A composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist for nearly four decades, Michael Smolens' artistic sensibility freely incorporates colors, moods, and arranging concepts from a multitude of influences. His primary sources of inspiration include: contemporary jazz (Art Lande, Paul McCandless, Nguyên Lê), modern vocal flights (Bobby McFerrin), 20th-century classical (Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Gabriel Faure), North Indian Classical (Hindusthani), African music (West African, Afro-Cuban), modern Brazilian music (Egberto Gismonti, Heitor Villa-Lobos), accompanied Sufi poetry (Hafiz, Rumi), and stage magic (Jeff McBride).

Michael holds two music degrees from UC Santa Cruz, and has studied with some of the most innovative jazz teachers, including Art Lande, Allaudin Mathieu, and Kenny Werner. His works have been comissioned by Meet The Composer, National Public Radio, the Occidental Choir, UCSC Dance Dept., and numerous Bay Area solo vocalists. They've also appeared on the "Critics' Choice" lists for the S.F. Chronicle, S.F. Weekly, East Bay Express, KCSM-FM, and KPFA-FM.

Michael has recorded six CDs in various formats from duo to large ensembles. His recordings feature jazz legends Stefon Harris (vibes), Paul McCandless (reeds), and Zakir Hussain (tablas), and he has also performed and recorded with members of Bobby McFerrin's "Voicestra." His most recent release is with his jazz octet ~SKriya ~V Live at Yoshi~Rs~T. Additionally he founded the groundbreaking 19-person vocal and instrumental group, The Mirabai Ensemble, and also co-leads the John Thomas-Michael Smolens Duo. Both the Kriya Octet and earPlay Jazzquintet are soon to be releasing studio recordings of his works scheduled for late 2008.

Today, Michael is a senior-level teacher, and has been working with people from all backgrounds, skill levels, and interests for over three decades. He has published and lectured extensively on the art of practicing, and is adjunct faculty at Sonoma State University and JFK University. Over the last ten years, Michael has been creating the most comprehensive list of entertaining and obscure tune titles known to anyone on the Left Coast.

Alex Murzyn has been a major saxophone/flute/clarinet force in the Bay Area for well over a decade. His versatility and passion has lead him to play with leading artists in traditional and contemporary jazz, soul, rock, funk, and different flavors of Latin. His music was shaped in part through his private studies with jazz legends Dave Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi at the Berklee College of Music. Further studies included work with symphonic teachers on flute and clarinet. Alex has chosen to return this gift in the form of his private, workshop, and school teaching throughout the Bay Area.

Mr. Muryzn has performed with jazz greats Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Arturo Sandoval, Ben Vereen, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, and Sammy Davis Jr.; jazz-fusion artists Ray Obiedo, Russ Ferrante (of the Yellowjackets), and legendary bassist Stanley Clark; and pop favorites the Temptations, the O'Jays, and Huey Lewis and the News (with whom he toured).

Alex has released three CDs as a leader under the Kamei and Monarch labels. (His recent recording with the Machete Ensemble was nominated for a Grammy in 2003). He can also be heard on recordings with local luminaries Pete Escovedo, Rebecca Mauleon, Mark Little, Mike Vax Big Band and Benny Rietveld.

A refugee from Bowling Green, Ohio, Michael Hatfieldi entered Nirvana when he was picked up hitchhiking by premiere four-mallet vibraphonist Gary Burton. This began his involvement at the Berklee College of Jazz. Along with his work with flute and voice, Michael jammed and studied next to the likes of Pat Matheny, Mike Stern, Steve Vai, and Vinny Caliuta. It was an easy step from school onto the road, touring with Jay Azzolina and Steve Cantor, and eventually landing a job back at Berklee teaching vocal improvisation, small band, ear training and theory.

Since moving to California Michael has played in many interesting far-ranging groups, including Frank Macchia's 'cartoon fusion' band "Booga-Booga", donned a strap-on keyboard for his 80's 'hair band' "Runnerz", and doled out fusion with "The Ensemble." Yet his most enduring oufit remains "The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show." This group was created in 1988 as an offshot of Robert Vicker's alter ego, Bud E. Luv, a lounge singer who wrote every hit you can think of and taught Frank, Dino and Sammy their shticks. Starting as an alternate to the Dino's at San Francisco's Paradise Lounge, the quirky and hilarious show became a hit on its own right and soon gained national recognition, including appearances on MTV, VH-1 and the Today Show. (Ozzy Osborne even asked them to perform lounge versions of his songs at his re-nuptials). More than 15 years later, The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show is still going strong.

Alternating three or four instruments within one "earPlay" composition is not uncommon for him and reveals his complete versatility. He leads several bands that cover everything from rock and country to jazz and electronica. Michael is also well-known in the music community for his company Hatfield & Walker--a sound, lighting, and backline business. Yet he still finds time to cultivate a sweet life with his wife, Valerie, and three dogs, four cats, innumerable kittens, and three unidentified wild creatures that play guitar, bass and drums, all in sunny South San Francisco.

As a youngster in Honolulu, Fred Randolph's his main interest was surfing, but gradually he gravitated toward music. He has studied and performed on guitar, saxophone, clarinet, flute, and trumpet but decided to focus primarily on acoustic and electric bass. After spending two seasons with the Diablo Symphony, Fred pursued a Masters Degree in composition from Hayward State. He co-led the jazz quintet "The Zone" for several years, composing much of the music for that group's first CD "Grand Canyon Blue." Fred recently recorded his first solo CD entitled "Learning Curve."

As a composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist, Fred brings a unique perspective to the wide ranging material of "earPlay". He has performed with many of the Bay Area's finest jazz artists, including: Bruce Forman, Vince Wallace, Graham Connah, Akira Tana, Art Hirahara, Scott Amendola, and Jeff Massanari. Vocal luminaries such as Kenny Washington, Faye Carol, Frankye Kelly, Brenda Boykin, and Bobbe Norris have also experienced his sensitive and supportive playing. In addition he is busy on the Latin circuit, performing with: Sandy Cressman's "Homenagem Brasileira", Marcos Silva's "Intersection", Phil Hawkin's "Carribean Jazz Ensemble", Tito Garcia's "Oquestra la Internacional" and many others. As a faculty member with U.C. jazz ensembles, Fred performed in clinics with guitarist John Scofield and saxophonist Bob Shephard. Currently, Fred teaches privately and jazz combo/bass at Stanley Middle School, Lafayette, and at Diablo Valley College.

Brian Rice is a a freelance percussionist with a B.M. in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His extensive experience as a performer, educator, and recording artist perfectly complements the wide ranging vision of the "earPlay Jazzquintet": flowing from North Indian tabla to African shakere to drum set within one piece is simply not a problem for him.

Brian's style range goes from jazz, to Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and North Indian, to contemporary classical and experimental music. Some of the artists that he has performed with are The Paul Winter Consort, Donald Byrd, Sonando, Balafon Marimba Ensemble, and Wake The Dead, while his recording credits include Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Mike Marshall, and Jay Thomas. Brian has taught workshops throughout the country at Queens College, Oberlin College, Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University, and continues to coach privately in the East Bay.

Heather Rogers is a full-time professional magician and the winner of the 1999 "Women in Magic Award" in Las Vegas. Heather has performed her close-up and stage magic at over 2,000 public and private events throughout Northern California.

Heather has written and performed several unique solo shows, including "Real Magic" - a play about a fallen faery looking for redemption in the strangest places (premiered at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco), "Magic Now " - the world's first Slapstick-Dominatrix-Magician speaking out (performed at Venue 9's Women's Work Theater Festival), and "An Evening with Heather Rogers" - a stand-up comedy/magic show (performed at the "Wonder Dome" in Las Vegas). She is currently developing "The Spiritualism Show", a mulit-character spoof of Victorian channelers while dressed in a full Victorian gown.

Ms. Rogers has also performed at trade shows for corporations such as American Express, Price-Waterhouse-Coopers, and the Nurse Recruiters Association while other clients include Cisco, San Francisco 49'ers, and Fidelity National Title.

Despite her firm belief in aliens, she has never personally seen one. She does, however, regularly 'channel' evil pagan pixie trixters.



Stellamara
Original music from the Balkans, the Near East, and beyond...
Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present Stellamara in concert. Performing original music birthed from the sea foam of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas, steeped in the timelessness of love worn tales and fables old and new, this remarkable ensemble will move you. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

Rooted in Turkish, Arabic, Balkan, Medieval European and Persian musical traditions, Stellamarai carries a deep devotion to the music of these cultures and transmits it with a unique timeless expression. At Stellamara's core are Sonja Drakulich and multi-instrumentalist Gari Hegedus. Their ensemble includes an all-star cast of musicians from near and far: co-writer and cellist Rufus Cappodocia, clarinetist Peter Jaques (of Brass Menagerie), Arabic percussionist Faisal Zedan, and percussionist Evan Frasier. Together they create a bridge that transports the listener out of the ordinary world into the realm of the sublime. Stellamara is currently celebrating their third critically-acclaimed CD release, The Golden Thread, which was recorded with their mentors and collaborators, Ross Day and Kelly Thoma, on the island of Crete.

Stellamara are:

Sonja Drakulich - Vocals, hammered dulcimer, frame drums
Gari Hegedus - Oud, Saz, Tarhu, Madocello, Setar, Cümbüs
Peter Jaques - Clarinet, Ney, Trumpet
Faisal Zedan - Darbuka, Riqq, Frame Drums
Evan Frasier - Tapan, Frame drums, Jaw Harp, N'Goni

The Concert:

Stellamara will be performing two full sets of their original material, based in Eastern Model stystems, both for listening or dancing. They will also include folk songs that they have re-arranged and re-orchestrated from Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary and Greece. Both traditional and non-traditional instruments and approaches are explored, convention is abandoned and improvisation has the power to take over in a moments notice.

The Artists:

Stellamara's founder and Producer, Sonja Drakulich, was born of Serbian and Hungarian decent and raised in Los Angeles. She sought out the study of Eastern European singing on her own as a young girl, and its expression quickly became, for her, a homecoming. She began performing Balkan and Medieval European music as well as her own compositions at the age of 18. At that time she also began her studies in classical Hindustani and Persian singing, and later continued to expand her voice through Turkish, Greek and Arabic singing. She was adopted as protégé by the legendary Bulgarian vocalist Tatiana Sarbinska at the age of 20, and continued her studies with both Tatiana and the renowned Bulgarian vocalist Tsvetanka Varimezova. She has toured with the Mevlevi Dervishes as a singer and percussionist and has provided music for Sufi gatherings and devotional events around the country. She toured Indonesia in 2006 as part of the Gamelan theater group, Situbanda, where she performed a lead role in a contemporary rendition the Ramayana. Her voice and music can be heard in many independent films and she has been sought after by composers, producers re-mixers, as well as the extraordinary Cirque du Soloeil, for lead roles in their productions. Throughout her successes as performer and producer, and throughout her continued studies, Sonja has maintained a voice that is unique, reverent and exquisite. She is not confined by any one tradition, and uses her voice with the freedom of a soaring musical instrument. In her voice, one can hear her center residing in the devotional aspect of song, as she carries within her a signature passionate and rhythmic style, graced with the delicate ornamentations of Eastern melody.

Gari Hegedus began devoting his life to music with the study of Celtic and Bretagne music. From there he was led eastward into the intense practice and performance of Turkish classical and Mevlevi ceremonial music and he toured with the Mevlevi Dervish Order of America for several years. Gari is widely sought after as a highly accomplished and versatile recording and performing artist. His repertoire and playing styles reach outward from Turkey and Greece into the Arab lands, Iran and India. Gari began his musical career with fiddle and mandolin, and had devoted a decade of his life to the violin before learning of his ancestral Hungarian name, Hegedus, meaning "violinist." Gari's main instruments are the oud, violin, saz and mandocello, yet his talent is also proficiently expressed on many other instruments, including the yayli tanbur, sarod and setar. Being largely self taught, with an insatiable drive for the discovery of new depths and intricacies of playing, he asserts a distinctive talent for capturing the delicate essence of traditional music, offering a passionate, heartfelt uniqueness and freedom of expression. As a composer and performer, Gari has developed the art of taksim (improvisation) to a deeply soulful level for which he has become highly recognized. He is co-founder of the beautiful musical duo "Teslim" with violinist and composer, Kaila Flexer.

Stellamara's co-writer and instrumentalist is cellist, Rufus Cappadocia. Rufus was first introduced to the cello in Ontario at the age of three through the Suzuki method. By the age of six, he had begun his studies with the renowned Czech cellist, Zdenick Konicek. Throughout his training in classical music, Rufus was increasingly inspired to find a voice that would transcend cultural and stylistic boundaries. After years of experimentation, he now plays a self-designed five string electric cello in which he creates an entire world of sound completely transformative to the listener. He expresses a mastery of the cello with a passion and intensity that has led him to perform with some of the greatest contemporary musicians, including Ross Daly, Odetta, Vishal Vaid, Adoulai Diabate, Esma Redzepova, Theodossi Spassoff and Tamalalou, as well as The Black Rock Coalition, Vernon Reid, and the legendary Aretha Franklin. In the words of Ross Daly: "In Rufus's playing, one can clearly discern the influences deriving from as far a field as Jimi Hendrix, rhythmic and melodic patterns of west African music, the phraseology of Balkan work, Cretan lyra technique as well as innumerable other influences, all of which point to a deep extended relationship within a rich variety of musical traditions. Particularly noteworthy is his improvisational, original and individual way."

Stellamara's infamous clarinetist is Peter Jaques. Peter has been celebrated in the Bay Area Near Eastern music scene since 1995, for his innovative meld of traditional Balkan Rom, Greek, Turkish, & klezmer styles with his own deeply soulful approach. He performs principally on the Bb clarinet & Egyptian nay (reed flute), as well as rotary-valve flugelhorn, alto saxophone, & Turkish G clarinet. Peter directs the Brass Menažeri Balkan Brass Band, winner of the SF Weekly's Reader's Choice Award (2008). He also performs with several San Francisco world music ensembles: Black Olive Babes, Rumen Sali Shopov's Orkestar Sali, and Gamelan X. Peter is highly regarded for his thorough knowledge and skills in Turkish, Greek and Eastern European styles, as well as his exceptional musical sensitivity and passionate expression on his instrument.

On stage and in the studio, Stellamara incorporates the talents of the following extraordinary musicians: Arabic and Balkan percussionists Faisal Zedan and Tobias Roberson, along with their newest member, multi instrumentalist/ percussionist extraordinaire, Evan Fraser.



Presidio Quartet
Bending Time: a concert exploring the experience of time through music
Friday, June 19, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present the Presidio Quartet in concert. A perennial favorite in our Concert Series, this stellar ensemble is equally at home with traditional classical repertoire as well as challenging new music. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble

The Presidio Quartet is a musical collaborative comprised of four outstanding young musicians with a wide range of international performance experience. The group performs to critical acclaim throughout the bay area and offers programs of complex yet accessible repertoire, with a focus on new music.

The Presidio Quartet are:
David Ryther - violin
Deborah Katz - violin
Ilana Matfis - viola
Shain Carrasco - 'cello

The Program

Anton Webern: Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 (1911-13)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Quartet in F minor Op.95
Arvo Pärt: "Fratres" for string quartet
David Ryther: Six Etudes for Solo Violin

The pieces chosen for the concert all explore the experience of time in some unique way. Webern condensces time into powerful hyper-expressive bursts, Arvo Pärt creates a feeling of stopping time, Ryther's Etudes for violin involve a slow transformation over time, and Beethoven's op.95 juxtaposes conflicting emotions in quick succession to create a disjunct and multifaceted experience of time.

The Artists:

Violinist David Ryther has brought his interpretive powers as a soloist to such festivals as the Darmstadt Summer Festival of New Music, the Banff center, and the Green Umbrella Series at the Bing theater in Los Angeles. He has been featured playing new music with adventurous ensembles sf sound group, Earplay, San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Sonor, and Octagon. He is a founding member of the Presidio String Quartet, a group that specializes in contemporary music. A composer and improvisor in his own right, he is composer and core member with the modern dance troupe, Dandelion Dance Theater and was chosen to be resident composer for a Magge Allsee residency at the University of Florida, Tallahasee with the New York based dance troupe Kate Weare and Company. His string orchestra piece "Scenes from Costa Rica" was commissioned by the Villa Sinfonia and was performed on their recent tour of Scotland and England. David Ryther graduated with highest honors in music from UC Santa Cruz and recently received his doctorate in contemporary violin performance from UC San Diego. Important mentors of his have included Janos Negyesy, Roy Malan, Roy Oakley, Ravi Shankar, and George Lewis. David Ryther can also be found playing in the Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and teaching violin at the Crowden School for Music.

Deborah Katz celebrates her fourth year in the Bay Area playing violin with the Presidio String Quartet, teaching violin and viola lessons, and freelancing with local orchestras and chamber groups. Her active involvement in the music community has allowed her to draw on her affinity for contemporary as well as traditional classical music. Deborah received her bachelors of music from Indiana University where she studied with Henryk Kowalski, Nelli Shkolnikova, Yuval Yaron and Ilya Kaler. She received her Master's of Music from New England Conservatory where she studied with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Deborah performed contemporary music with the Boston Callithumpian Consort, directed by Steve Drury as well as on the Harvard Composers~R Series. While at NEC she participated in various chamber ensembles collaborating with James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Mai Motobuchi, and Eliot Fisk. She was concertmaster and Principal Second of the NEC Chamber and Symphony orchestras. She also performed as soloist such as at the Malden Church in Boston, student compositions, and in collaboration with organist Tom Handel, Dean of Students at NEC. In addition to her performances in the Bay Area, New England, Colorado, and the Midwest in the U.S., she has also frequently performed abroad in Europe and Israel. In 2004 and 2006 she was invited to perform as Principal Second violinist with the Festival Ensemble of Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling throughout Germany and Switzerland, and with the Jerusalem International Symphony in Israel. With the Presidio Quartet, she has been featured on new music concerts at Mills College, U.C. Berkeley and other San Francisco venues. Selections from the group~Rs Album, Five, have been broadcast on the San Louis Obispo classical radio station and on American Music Center's Counterstream radio online. Currently Deborah studies with Catherine Van Heusen of the San Francisco Symphony. Other teachers include Linda Cerone, Jenny Rudin and Chen Zhao. When not performing or working at Ifshin Violins, Deborah enjoys hiking amongst the redwoods, cooking, dancing, and rolling down grassy hills.

Violist Ilana Matfis grew up in the Boston area and began playing the violin at age 5. After switching to the viola seven years later, she joined the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and subsequently decided on a career as a musician. Ilana received her Bachelors degree in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she was principal violist of the Wesleyan Orchestra and winner of the 2003 concerto competition. Looking for a change of scenery, Ilana moved to California to attend at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Masters degree in viola performance as a student of both Don Ehrlich and Jodi Levitz. In past summers she has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and ENCORE school for strings. Ilana is the violist of the Berkeley Youth Orchestra's Artist in Residence String Quartet, where she coaches viola sectionals and chamber music. She is also a chamber music coach for the Villa Sinfonia Foundation's Zephyr Point Chamber Music Camp in Lake Tahoe, and the violist of the Presidio Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Ilana currently works as a freelance violist, frequently appearing with various orchestras and ensembles in the Bay Area. She also enjoys teaching, and maintains a private violin and viola studio.

Shain Carrasco began playing the cello 25 years ago. After completing High School and College at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Shain moved to San Francisco in 1999 for the Masters Degree program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since completion of school, Shain has become the Principal Cellist for the Oakland Opera, a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and frequently plays with the Monterey Symphony, California Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Napa Valley Symphony, San Francisco Sinfonietta, and others. Shain enjoys teaching Cello and playing chamber music. This is his first concert with the Presidio Quartet.



Bay Area Composers Big Band
In Concert
Friday, June 12, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present the Bay Area Composers Big Band in concert. This is the first public performance of this remarkable ensemble, consisting of some of the finest musicians and composers in the Bay Area. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Band:

The Bay Area Composers Big Band began as a reading band organized by Erik Jekabson and Jeannie Geiger, with the purpose of hearing new music written for big band. Drawing from the roster of world-class jazz musicians in the Bay Area who have formidable reading and improvising abilities, these monthly reading sessions featured new works by different members of the band, each showing different influences and different approaches to writing for an ensemble this size and instrumentation. The music ranges from avant-garde jazz to modern jazz to "third-stream" jazz and features many of the leading voices in the Bay Area's music scene. This concert marks the first public performance of this new big band, which is featuring music by Jekabson, Geiger, Johnston, Hung and others.

The Players:

Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Mike Olmos - trumpet
Henry Hung - trumpet
Neil Levonious - trumpet
Evan Francis - saxophone
Kasey Knudsen - saxophone
Mike Zilber - saxophone
Sheldon Brown - saxophone
Doug Rowan - saxophone
Jeannie Geiger - trombone
Dave Martell - trombone
Mara Fox - trombone
Rich Lee - trombone
Colin Hogan - piano
Jon Monahan - guitar
Tommy Folen - bass
Jeff Marrs - drums



Seventh Annual Matthew Sperry Memorial Festival,
featuring Gail Brand
Friday, June 5, 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased once again to host the annual Matthew Sperry Memorial Festival, this year featuring English composer and trombone virtuoso, Gail Brand. Brand will perform duo, trio and quintet improvisations with Morgan Guberman, Gino Robair, John Shiurba, Tim Perkis and Tom Djlla. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Festival:

This is an evening of music in honor of bassist Matthew Sperry, featuring English trombonist Gail Brand (www.gailbrand.com), with whom he frequently collaborated, in a series of duos, trios and quintets. Brand is one of the most active improvisers on the European free-improv scene and is known for her fiery style and exceptional use of extended techniques.

Together with Sperry, Brand formed the group 'Supermodel Supermodel,' which recorded a CD for the influential British label, Emanem. The group also included John Shiurbai (guitar), Gino Robair (percussion), and Tim Perkis (electronics), who will be performing with her tonight. Trumpeter Tom Djll will also take part in the quintet pieces.

The evening will also feature Brand in her ongoing duo with Bay Area vocalist Morgan Guberman. The duo recorded the CD 'Ballgames and Crazy' for Emanem and has played concerts and festivals around the US and Europe.

Proceeds from this benefit performance supports the Matthew Sperry Memorial Fund.

For more info: http://www.hillsideclub.org/concerts.htm#sperry_fest_09.

The Featured Artist:

English trombonist Gail Brand is a commissioned composer and has performed on the international jazz and improvising scene since the early 1990s. Her collaborations include Butch Morris, Billy Jenkins, Mark Sanders, Elton Dean, Phil Minton, Lol Coxhill, Veryan Weston, Oren Marshall, Maggie Nichols, and Luc Ex, among others. She works frequently with her group Lunge, which has recorded two CDs, and she has received critical accolades for her recorded work overall. London's Time Out magazine noted that she is "one of the most passionate and dynamic musicians alive."

Jazz Weekly called her "one of the most impressive brass soloists of her generation." Gail Brand also works as a qualified Music Therapist and is the professor of Group Improvisation skills at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London on the Music Therapy MA course.



The Invaders Trio

Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble

Double Jeopardy:
The Invaders Trio
and
Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble
In Concert
Friday, 29 May 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present another double-bill of superb music. Two virtuoso ensembles, The Invaders Trio and Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble will perform compelling original compositions with strong influences from both jazz and classical traditions. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensembles:

Bay Area-based ensemble leaders Mitch Marcus and Matt Small bring The Invaders Trio and Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble together on the same bill for the first time. This performance will be a tour-de-force for Marcus, as he performs on piano with The Invaders Trio, and then switches to the demanding sax repertoire of Small's music. Marking a new direction for Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble, Bay Area drummer Micah McClain will make his concert debut with the group as they perform recent works included on its upcoming third CD release (due winter 2009) along with compositions off the group's first two releases.

The Invaders Trio is a brand new project that performs Mitch Marcus' compositions, featuring Mitch on piano (not sax), George Ban-Weiss (upright bass), and Jeff Marrs (drums). The music brings together a number of elements, creating a new twist on the sound of the standard jazz piano trio. From arching melodies to mixed meter grooves, the band draws on a wealth of collective musical experience.

Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble has been heard in performance since 2002, including its 2005 Carnegie Hall debut. Born of the composer's desire to write complex material with a strong improvisatory concept, the quintet (bass, piano, saxophone, clarinet, violin) / sextet (with the addition of drums) blends elements of a modern classical ensemble with those of a flexible jazz/improvisatory group. The Ensemble's repertoire is comprised of Small's compositions, many of which can be heard on the group's two CD's, On the Verge of Sentiment (2005), and The Royal Collection of Exotic Beasts (2006). The group is also a member of Intersection for the Arts' Incubator Program.

The Players:

The Invaders Trio
Mitch Marcus - piano
George Ban-Weiss - bass
Jeff Marrs, - drums

Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble
Matt Small - bass
Kymry Esainko - piano
Paula Dreyer - piano
Mitch Marcus - saxophones
Sarah Zaharako - violin
Rachel Condry - clarinets
Micah McClain - drums

The Bios:

San Francisco bassist and composer Matt Small creates music that blurs the boundaries between divergent musical styles, producing a uniquely fresh sound. As a performer, composer, and producer, Small currently leads three distinct ensembles: Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble, The Crushing Spiral Ensemble, and The Bedlam Royals. Small has released five CD's with these groups showcasing a wide variety of his compositional work. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer in April 2005, when Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble participated in a workshop, led by renowned trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas, culminating in a concert in which Small premiered three, eight-minute works at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. In September 2004, Small's multi-faceted musical personality was honored when he made his Carnegie debut as a bassist with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, performing in four evening concerts and multiple daytime demonstrations with Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Compositional honors for Small include 2005 and 2007 Subito Awards, as well as a 2006 Northern California Composers Commissioning Program Award, all administered by the American Composers Forum.

www.mattsmall.org

Sarah Jo Zaharako is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where she completed degrees in music performance and arts education. Sarah spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival and has performed in Carnegie Hall on numerous occasions, including as part of Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble. Since moving to the Bay Area, Sarah has incorporated free improvisation, Klezmer, Balkan, jazz, and fiddle music into her performance and teaching repertoire. In 2002, she completed her M.F.A.at Mills College where she studied violin with David Abel and improvisation with Fred Frith. She is a cofounder of the band Gojogo and founder of the group Scrappy.

www.sarahjozaharako.com

Rachel Condry, clarinetist and composer, has been an advocate and promoter of new music for over a decade. She has premiered multiple works for solo clarinet, clarinet with tape, and clarinet with orchestra, as well as recently commissioning several chamber works. In addition to performing with Matt Small, Rachel is a performing member of the San Francisco Composer's Chamber Orchestra where she is often a featured soloist. Rachel is committed to innovating new music programs that feature local composers, such as "Clarinetist as Rockstar" and "Weapons Pointed Out, Weapons Pointed In." She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Kymry Esainko has been principal pianist for the Santa Rosa Symphony since 2002, making his solo concerto debut in December 2008. As a vocal and choral accompanist, Kymry has performed in concert halls around the globe. An active jazz musician, Kymry plays piano, celeste and pump organ in Iron & the Albatross, a chamber jazz group that made its SF Jazz Festival debut in March 2008. Kymry graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in piano performance and American history. He studied classical piano with Frank Wasko, Peter Takacs, and Sanford Margolis, and jazz piano with Neal Creque and Ed Kelly.

Pianist Paula Dreyer has played all over the world, including engagements with the Santa Rosa and Monterey Symphonies and at Carnegie Hall with Matt Small's Chamber Ensemble. In addition to working with Small, she is half of Duo Cantando with cellist Kelley Maulbetsch, and performs in the Latin group Potaje, led by Chus Alonso. Paula is a band member for Steve Silver's legendary show "Beach Blanket Babylon." Paula is on faculty at San Francisco's Community Music Center, she directs a private piano studio, and is the author of the instructional book For the Aspiring Pianist. M.A., SF State; B.A., McGill University.

www.pauladreyer.com

A student of drumming for over 20 years and a teacher for over 15, Micah McClain has performed with artists representing a rich cross-section of musical traditions - jazz luminaries Red Rodney, David Baker and James Moody, MTV favorites Oh My God, traditional Brazilian, Puerto Rican, Ugandan, Ghanaian, and Native American ensembles, the rockabilly circus music of The Kehoe Nation, and bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles. His current projects include the Terrence Brewer Quintet, Stanley, Project Pimento, Water Babies, and all of Matt Small's current ensemble projects. Micah attended Indiana University, where he studied with Kenny Aronoff and David Baker.

www.micahmcclain.com

Mitch Marcus is a performer, composer and arranger who has been an integral part of the Bay Area music scene since 1998. In 1999 he founded the Mitch Marcus Quintet (MMQ) and the MMQ + 13 (an 18 piece big band). These groups deliver a unique brand of original music from post-apocalyptic jazz to trance hypnotism, and feature many of Mitch's extended compositions. In 2004, he was awarded a Subito grant from the American Composer's Forum for his work with the MMQ + 13. As a composer, his commissions include chamber and orchestral scores for original ballets with Ballet Counterpointe Repertory.

www.mitchmarcusmusic.com

George Ban-Weiss is a member of several local bands such as The Mitch Marcus Quintet (voted "Best Bay Area Jazz Group," SF Weekly, 2006), Shotgun Wedding Hiphop Symphony, Telepathy, Low End Theory, The Yancie Taylor Quartet, The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (Jazz at Pearls Bigband), Realistic Orchestra (voted "Best Bay Area Jazz Group," SF Weekly, 2005), Ben Stolorow Trio, and Mitch Marcus Bigband, among others. He even had the opportunity to play a live show at the Palace of Fine Arts with legend Donovan. George has played at many high profile venues such as Yoshis, The Warfield Theatre, Great American Music Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts, Brunos, and Pearls on the west coast, as well as the 55 Bar in New York City.

www.myspace.com/georgebanweiss

Jeff Marrs has become one of the top call drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since moving back in 2001, Marrs works regularly with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra (MSJO), The Eaton-Barics Quintet, The Mel Martin Quartet, The Mitch Marcus Quintet, The "Dynamic" Ms. Faye Carol, Sista Kee and IOP, Natasha Miller, and The Collective West Jazz Orchestra. He has also worked with, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Don Friedman, Donnie McCaslin, Dayna Stephens, Ambrose Akinmuseri, Josh Nelson, Rodger Kellaway, and Jakie Ryan. Others that Jeff Has played with are, Stefon Harris, Marc Cary, Ledisi, Kim Nally, Jason Palmer, Bob Reynolds, Matt Small, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, John McNeil, Geroge Garzone and Danilo Perez. Marrs has also played at the Fillmore Jazz festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Montclaire Jazz Festival, the Sonoma Jazz Festival, the Belvedere Jazz Festival and the Concord Jazz Festival. Marrs performed with Marcus Shelby at the Montreal Jazz Festival in July (08).

www.myspace.com/jeffmarrs



Beyond All Limits
Honoring the Musical Legacy of the
Legendary Trumpeter/Composer Woody Shaw

Featuring Ian Dogole, Sheldon Brown,
Frank Martin, Harvey Wainapel,
and Sam Bevan

Friday, 8 May 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to collaborate in the presentation of a fabulous concert in tribute to the legendary Woody Shaw, featuring Ian Dogole, Sheldon Brown, Frank Martin, Harvey Wainapel and Sam Bevan. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

About Woody Shaw:

Despite his extraordinary contributions to the evolution of Jazz during hard bop and post-bop eras of the 1970s and '80s, Woody Shaw has never received his due recognition compared to other trumpet legends such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown, to name a few. During the 1960s, word of Woody Shaw's virtuosity and inventiveness as a trumpeter led him to perform and record with some of the most revered musicians of the era, including Horace Silver, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, McCoy Tyner and Andrew Hill. According to critic Ron Wynn, Shaw was, "on the verge of stardom" when he met with an untimely death from heart failure at age 44. The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide discussed Shaw's works as, "rewarding examples of the best postbop, analogous to the work of Dexter Gordon and McCoy Tyner during the same period..." He remained determined throughout his lifetime to never compromise his purist styles in return for commercialized adaptations of his music. During the course of his career, Shaw released over two dozen recordings as a leader and performed in venues around the world.

The Tribute Concert:

Multipercussionist/bandleader Ian Dogole was recently awarded a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) to present a concert that pays tribute to the prodigious musical legacy of the great trumpet master and brilliant composer Woody Shaw. Having seen Woody Shaw's bands numerous times in concert during the 70s and 80s, Dogole was smitten with the vision and passion of this under-acknowledged instrumentalist, bandleader and composer. After establishing a friendship with Shaw's son, Woody III, in 2001, a mission emerged to honor Woody's music both on record and in performance. With the upcoming Hemispheres release of Crossroads (Sunnyside Records) on which the group recorded Woody's piece Katrina Ballerina, and the tribute concert at The Hillside Club, both of these goals will be realized.

The Artists:

For over 25 years, Ian Dogole has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a multipercussionist, bandleader, composer, recording artist, producer and educator. He has released five records and a DVD as a leader - Along the Route, Dangerous Ground, Ionospheres, Night Harvest, Convergence and Ian Dogole & Hemispheres In Concert (DVD). A new Hemispheres recording, Crossroads, will be released on the Sunnyside Records label in the spring of 2009. Dogole has recorded and performed with artists such as the late Nubian oud/vocal master Hamza El Din, woodwind virtuoso Paul McCandless and Peruvian shaman/multi-instrumentalist Tito La Rosa. Dogole performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments, including udu, cajon, hang, talking drums, global drum set, mbiras and dumbek. He received a Jazz Performance Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1991, Marin Arts Council grants in 1994, 1995 and 1998 for his educational program, Adventures in Global Fusion Music, a Marin Arts Council Career Development grant in 2008 and a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) in 2009 to present Beyond All Limits, a musical tribute to the legendary trumpeter/composer Woody Shaw. Dogole has been a frequent participant in the San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music program, presenting assemblies to more than 20,000 elementary school students throughout the San Francisco Public School system. He is currently a faculty member of the Sierra Jazz Society's summer Jazz Camp and is a contributing writer for JazzTimes Magazine.

After growing up and attending college in Salt Lake City, bassist Sam Bevan now lives only a few miles from where he was born in Oakland, California. Sam's adoption of the bass followed periods playing classical and jazz piano, singing professionally (he still sings when he solos on bass) and getting a BA in French. Sam prefers the bass because, as he puts it, "The bass has the best job: I can interact with the drummer, I can make melodic comments and I can support soloists. It's the one instrument that can really play all the different roles in the band while having an interactive relationship with everyone." And Sam does have a professional relationship with many bands, among them Monk's Music Trio, the David Grisman Quintet, multi-instrumental wizard Joe Craven and the VNote Ensemble. He also works with other fine artists including Roswell Rudd, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, the Matt Flinner Trio, Marco Granados, Mamadou and Vanessa Sidibe, Rumbache, Bjorkestra, Mary Wilson, Hal Stein, Kenny Washington, Candela, Louie Romero & Mazacote, Scott Nygaard & Crow Molly, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Ellen Robinson, Mimi Fox, Adam Levy, Venezuelan Music Project, Michael O' Neill Quintet, Chelle & Friends, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and the New Pickle Family Circus.

Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown formed the Sheldon Brown Group in 1993, and in 1996 he released the jazz/fusion CD Shifting Currents. Brown has performed internationally (most recently with pianist Omar Sosa) at 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. He is featured on Omar Sosa's CDs Prietos, Bembon, Spirit of the Roots and Free Roots, on Ian Dogole's CDs Ionospheres and Night Harvest, and on the Hemispheres CDs Convergence and the band's upcoming release Crossroads. 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 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. Brown currently teaches composition at Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.

Keyboard virtuoso/arranger/producer/musical director Frank Martin has amassed a very impressive track record working with world-class performers in a diverse array of musical styles. In the pop arena, Martin has performed and/or recorded with stars that include Sting, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Steve Winwood, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Chris Isaak, Andrea Bocelli, Cheryl Crow, Philip Bailey, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Madonna and Ricki Martin. In the jazz world, his performance credits include Richard Bona, Jose Neto, Dori Caymmi, Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Dizzy Gilespie, Mel Torme, Bobby McFerrin, John Handy, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Farrell and the Slide Hampton Big Band. Orchestra performances have included concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the "Orchestra of St. Lukes" (New York Philharmonic Orchestra). As a producer, he has worked with high-profile artists such as Al Jarreau, Randy Brecker, Bobby McFerrin's "Voicestra," SoVoSo," Joey DeFrancesco, Hiram Bullock, Alex Acuña, Jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, vocalist Angela Bofill and the Turtle Island String Quartet. As musical director, he has toured with such artists as Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Narada Michael Walden, Mickey Thomas, Roy Ayres, and Clarence Clemens. Currently, Martin is on staff at the University of California in Berkeley as well as the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California. He is in demand as a clinician both in the United States and in Europe.

Originally from upstate New York, saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel (pronounced "wine-apple") studied at Berklee College of Music, during which time he recorded and performed with vibist Gary Burton. Following a two-month tour of Tunisia, Wainapel settled in Europe for five years, including one year with the German Radio Big Band in Frankfurt. Soon after returning to New York, Wainapel was hired by singer Ray Charles for a ten-month world tour, and then moved to San Francisco. He has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson and Johnny Coles. Wainapel has also 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 has released numerous CDs as a leader, including The Hang, Ambrosia: The Music of Kenny Barron, At Home/On the Road, New Choros of Brazil and his most recent recording, Amigos Brasileiros, A favorite of critics, musicians and fans, Wainapel was nominated for two BAMMY (Bay Area Music) Awards: Outstanding Reed Player and Outstanding Jazz Musician. Since the mid-1980s, Wainapel has been on the Jazz faculty at Sonoma State University and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and currently presents workshops around the world.



The pickPocket Ensemble

The Underscore Orkestra

Music At The Crossroads:
The pickPocket Ensemble
and
The Underscore Orkestra
In Concert
Friday, 1 May 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a double-bill of fabulous music. Local favorites, the pickPocket Ensemble, will be sharing the stage with the Underscore Orkestra from Portland, OR. Both ensembles offer an eclectic blend of Eastern European-inflected music with strong influences from klezmer, and jazz. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The pickPocket Ensemble makes Music at the Crossroads: inspired by many global folk and instrumental traditions, from Eastern European and Balkan, to Klezmer, to French Musette and Swing, even Contemporary Classical, the pickPocket Ensemble blend together these inspirations and more to create a beautiful music that is both hauntingly familiar and surprisingly fresh and new. 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." The pickpocket ensemble is: Alisa Rose- violin, Rick Corrigan accordion and composition, Tim Fox - guitar Greg Kehret - double bass, Michaelle Goerlitz - percussion, and Myra Joy - cello.

The Underscore Orkestra is a Portland OR based band, playing a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz and Swing, with a repertoire consisting of both original and traditional material. The Underscore Orkestra has been performing for the past 5 + years, touring all around the western U.S., Mexico and Guatemala and has been seen from intimate coffee shop setting all the way to huge outdoor festivals. We are also working with and interested in continuing to meet performance artists, jugglers, poets, storytellers, clowns, actors and tech folk alike. The current Underscore Orkestra players are Jorge - violin, flute, harmonica, and voice, Willo - accordion, and voice, Susanna - violin, Andrew - clarinet, Cliffton - double bass, Scott - guitar, Cody - guitar, and banjo, Peter - percussion, and Eric - accordion.



California Chamber Players Piano Trio
In Concert
Sunday, 5 April 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present The California Chamber Players Piano Trio in a concert of three rarely-performed 20th century Russian masterpieces. Don't miss this opportunity to hear these virtuoso artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The California Chamber Players Piano Trio, featuring Victor Romasevich - violin, Lawrence Granger - cello, and Marilyn Thompson - piano, will perform three masterpieces of the Piano Trio repertoire, written by Moscow-born composers Georgy Catoire, Sergei Taneyev and Iosif Andriasov in 1900, 1908 and 1957 respectively. All of these compositions are richly endowed by their authors with melodic and harmonic beauty and freshness, intricate counterpoint, great emotional power and positive energy.

The Program:

GEORGY L'VOVICH CATOIRE (1861-1926)
Piano Trio in F minor, Op.14 (1900)
Allegro moderato
Allegretto fantastico
Allegro molto agitato
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgy_Catoire

IOSIF ARSHAKOVICH ANDRIASOV (1933-2000)
Piano Trio in C minor, Op.7 (1957)
Allegro moderato con vigore
Andante con tenerezza
Allegro con brio
www.iosifandriasov.net © Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova

SERGEI IVANOVICH TANEYEV (1856-1915)
Piano Trio in D Major, Op.22 (1908)
Allegro
Allegro molto
Andante espressivo
Allegro con brio
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Taneyev

The Artists:


Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When 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 Juilliard 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 Orchestra as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist, and keyboard player.

Lawrence Granger has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1979 and performs regularly in the Chamber Music Sundaes programs which is a concert series in Berkeley organized and performed by musicians of the San Francisco Symphony. In the late 1970's he was Principal Cellist of the Oakland Symphony, and since then, has appeared as soloist with many orchestras throughout Northern California. Mr. Granger is active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician with many Bay Area groups, and has a special interest in promoting and performing contemporary works for cello. He has recorded for several movies at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, and for many radio and television commercials. He has recorded on the CRI label, Secret Thoughts, (a piece written for him by composer and CSUH Music professor, Frank La Rocca), and on the New Albion label, Cello Concerto by Peter Lewis.

Pianist Marilyn Thompson received her Bachelor's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Adolph Baller. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to the Vienna Academy of Music, and subsequently received her Master's Degree from Stanford University, where she studied under the Helen Evans Memorial Scholarship - a full-tuition grant. While at Stanford, she gave the West Coast Premier of Roger Sessions' Piano Concerto. She has given countless recitals in the United States and abroad, and has been the featured soloist in concerti of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Martinu, Hindemith, Barber and others. She has performed virtually the entire standard chamber music repertoire. Her recordings include performances of the Thomas Beversdorf Cello sonata, the Brahms Trio Op.87, and Ravel's Violin-Piano Sonate. Miss Thompson has performed in chamber music concerts in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the 92nd Street "Y" in New York City; the Philip's Gallery, Washington D.C.; Boston's Symphony Hall; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and most recently in the Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. In the 1980's she was the pianist member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and the San Francisco Trio. At the present time Miss Thompson is the pianist of the Navarro Trio, a group which performs frequently throughout the Bay Area. Marilyn Thompson has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the College of Holy Names, Oakland, California; at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and is presently on the faculty of Sonoma State University where she has taught since 1976.




A Valentine's Day Bouquet
Friday February 13th 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present A Valentine's Day Bouquet, a unique recital of love songs from the nineteenth century with four singers and two pianists (including four hands on one piano!). The German Lied (song) is a rich tradition of combining the romantic outpourings of love and longing in poetry with expressive musical settings. This program will focus on the music of one of the greatest 19th century composers, Johannes Brahms. The program will include both sets of Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes performed by the entire ensemble - love set to waltzes! Completing the program are the gorgeous Brahms vocal quartets of Op. 64 and four-hand piano music.

The Program:

Brahms.....Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52
        ...Rede, Mädchen
        ...Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
        ...O die Frauen
        ...Wie des Abends schöne Röte
        ...Die grüne Hopfenranke
        ...Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel
        ...Wohl schön bewandt
        ...Wenn so lind dein Auge mir
        ...Am Donaustrande
        ...O wie sanft die Quelle
        ...Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen mit den Leuten
        ...Schlosser auf
        ...Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft
        ...Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar
        ...Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
        ...Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe
        ...Nicht wandle, mein Licht
        ...Es bebet das Gesträuche

Brahms.....Drei Quartette, Op. 64
        ...An die Heimat
        ...Der Abend
        ...Fragen

Brahms.....Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65
        ...Verzicht, o Herz, auf Rettung
        ...Finstere Schatten der Nacht
        ...An jeder Hand die Finger
        ...Ihr schwarzen Augen
        ...Wahre, wahre deinen Sohn
        ...Rosen steckt mir an die Mutter
        ...Vom Gebirge Well auf Well
        ...Weiche Gräser im Revier
        ...Nagen am Herzen fühl ich ein Gift mir
        ...Ich kose süß mit der und der
        ...Alles, alles in den Wind
        ...Schwarzer Wald, dein Schatten ist so düster!
        ...Nein, Geliebter, setze dich mir so nahe nicht!
        ...Flammenauge, dunkles Haar,
        ...Nun, ihr Musen, genug!

The Artists:

Margaret Valeriano, lyric soprano, was most recently seen as Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen with Danville Lyric Opera. She is active in opera and music theater throughout the Bay Area - having performed with BareStage, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Berkeley Opera, East Bay Aria Club, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, Strawberry Shakes and Taneen Opera. Favorite roles she has performed include: Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti ed I Montecchi, Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, the Young Wife in Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello. In the summer of 2008 summer Margaret traveled to Europe where she was invited to study with Joan Patenaude -Yarnell (Manhattan) at the Centro Studi Lirica Summer Opera Program in Novafeltria, Italy. Ms. Valeriano received a bachelor's degree in theater from U.C. Berkeley.

Joyce Todd McBride, mezzo-contralto, performs music from the 12th to the 21st centuries. She has formed and directed two early music ensembles. One of these, HelioTrope, an ensemble that performed both medieval and new music, has recorded three discs for Koch International Classics. In addition, Ms. McBride performs music of the Baroque era, German Lieder and French art song, 20th century composers such as Ruth Crawford Seeger, and works by Eisler, Weill, and Dessau. She is alto soloist with the local group Baroque Etcetera and with St. Thomas Episcopal Church, in San Francisco. Performances include a recital of songs by Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht for the 2007 LaborFest in San Francisco, Berkeley Art Festival 2004, LaborFest 2004, Between Nature Festival in Lancaster England, 2000, plus many local concert series from HausMusik to Noe Chamber Concerts. Compositions include music for plays (Fire on Pier 32, 1934, A Tale of Symbiosis), as well as several pieces for chamber ensembles and songs for jazz quartet. Ms. McBride currently directs the women's choir, Conspiracy of Venus, for which she arranges works by singer-songwriters. Ms. McBride maintains an active voice and piano studio in the East Bay, and is an avid river rafter and gardener.

Keith Perry, tenor, since arriving in San Francisco in 1998, Keith has found a place in many of the Bay area's fine ensembles. Last year Keith appeared in his 21st production with the SF Opera Chorus, was a vocal soloist in SF Ballet's setting of Steve Reich's "Eden/Eden", and joined the SF Symphony Chorus in their live recordings of Mahler's 8th Symphony. He has appeared with Berkeley Opera, Baroque Et Cetera, Pacific Collegium, Pacific Boychoir, UC Berkeley Festival Chorus and Music Department, SF Boys Chorus and Festival Chorus, AVE (Artists' Vocal Ensemble), and on a video game soundtrack produced by Skywalker Sound. A liturgical musician of long standing, Keith sings in numerous regional churches, including St. Margaret Mary and St. Paul's in Oakland, and St. Mary the Virgin, St. Ignatius, and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. At Yuletide you may see Keith singing like the Dickens in caroling quartets. In 1990 Keith moved to the United Kingdom, and over the following seven years sang in the choirs of Wells Cathedral, St. John's College (Cambridge) and Winchester Cathedral, appearing in daily services, live radio and television broadcasts, recordings, and international concert tours. From 1988-90 he sang with the Washington Cathedral Choir. Keith studies voice with Kathy McKee.

Richard Stumpf, baritone, has performed locally as a soloist and choral member with the Baroque Choral Guild, Berkeley Bach Cantata Group, Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra, Skyflower Ensemble, with whom he appeared in Alessandro Stradella's opera La Circe and other community choirs and orchestras, as well made several appearances at the Berkeley Early Music Festival. He has also been as active recitalist in the 19th & 20th century art song repertoire, especially the lieder of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. His focus on the performance of baroque music led him to found and perform as bass soloist with Baroque Etcetera. Now in its 9th season, it is a vocal and instrumental ensemble specializing in the authentic performance of 17th and 18th century repertoire using original or replica instruments. Upcoming performances include solo cantatas of J.S. Bach (with Ms. McBride), and sacred works of Heinrich Schütz and his pupil Christoph Bernhard. Richard has a B.A. in Music from U.C. Riverside, and a M.M. from Northwestern University in Music History & Literature.

Dawn Kooyumjian, piano has performed extensively here and on the East Coast, where she has performed with The Washington Savoyards, Baltimore's KinderOpera Theater and at the William Billings Festival of American Music. Locally, she is most often heard playing harpsichord and organ, providing the foundation for many local baroque ensembles. Ms. Kooyumjian holds a bachelor's degree in music from UC Berkeley, where she studied with Laurette Goldberg, as well as a master's in harpsichord and piano accompanying from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. Additionally, she holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from UCB, where she explored the influence of seventeenth-century French architectural theory and music on the gardens of Andre le Notre. Her current musical activities include being the harpsichordist for Baroque Etcera and the organist at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley. She has an active career as an accompanist for dance studios, choral groups and recitals.

Andrew Canepa, piano, received a BM and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado in Boulder. His has studied piano with Sarah Beth Hinders, Frank Wiens, Alvin Chow, Angela Cheng, Larry Graham, Mack McCray, John Bloomfield, Edna Golandsky, and Marc Steiner. Andrew currently performs solo piano and chamber music around California. In addition to studying piano music, Andrew studied choral conducting with Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State and with Marika Kuzma at UC Berkeley. He currently conducts the choirs at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley where he is the music director.




Hidden Jewel
Art Lande - piano
Paul McCandless - reeds
Günter Wehinger - flute
In Concert
Sunday February 8th 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is honored to welcome back famed jazz artists, Art Lande and Paul McCandless, joined this time by virtuoso flute player, Günter Wehinger, performing as Hidden Jewel. The musical collaboration of this ensemble will take your breath away! Don't miss these fabulous players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

The Hidden Jewel is a group comprised of three musicians who are equally comfortable in the worlds of jazz and classical music. The compositions and improvisations reflect a thorough immersion in modern music.

The ensemble has an inherently beautiful sound, yet the music also seeks the mystery of uncharted sonorities and rhythms that wake up the ears. This innovative trio of musicians combines flexibility, precision, interactive nuance and raw energy.

The realms of classical, jazz, world music and pure improvisation blend together seamlessly to create concerts that are unique and inspiring. The feeling in the center of their music is a jewel worth searching for in the contemporary music landscape.

The Artisis:

Grammy-nominated Art Lande is considered one of the premiere improvisational jazz pianists today. He began piano at age 4, studied at Williams College & moved to San Francisco in 1969. He has mostly carved out his own singular path throughout his career, taking the innovations of Bill Evans several steps further. In 1973 he recorded with Jan Garbarek and Ted Curson and in the mid-1970's had started his own jazz school. In 1976 he formed the quartet Rubisa Patrol which recorded for ECM and lasted until 1983. After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande in 1987 moved to Boulder, Colorado. He appears in many of the "Who's Who in Jazz" encyclopedias available today for his role in the development of "Chamber Jazz."

Art Lande, an accomplished Pianist, drummer, composer and teacher, born Feb. 5, 1947 in New York City, and has been a bandleader since 1970 in San Francisco, Seattle, Switzerland and Colorado. Art has played with many jazz greats inluding Bobby Hutcherson, Gary Burton, Woody Shaw, Nat Adderley, Chet Baker, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie as weIl as vocalists Ernestine Anderson, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Witherspoon, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson and others.

Art's groups have included: the Quintet with Steve Swallow and Eliot Zigmund (70-72), Rubisa Patrol with Mark Isham and Bill Douglass (74-81), Trio with Gary Peacock (81-82), Ionia with Paul McCandless (85), Russian Dragon Band (89--). Art has performed all over the U.S., in Canada, and in most European countries. His feature performances include Jazz Festivals in San Diego, Berkeley, Bellevue(Seattle), Hamburg, Zurich, and Reims (France).

Art is a composer and arranger of well over 100 compositions including "Times and Places" for orchestra ('86), and has varied jazz experience with bebop, free improvisation, standards, and salsa played in different performance formats from solo piano to small group to big band. His creative efforts also includes work with dance (Tandy Beal & Co. '88--), poetry, theatre, puppet theatre, and children's stories.

Art is a noted teacher; devised innovative courses for improvisation and ear training., and has lead improvisation workshops in many parts of the U.S., Canada and Europe.

For more info on Art Lande, check out his website at www.artlande.com/home.html

Born in the small town of Indiana, Pennsylvania to a musical family, Paul McCandless inherited his artistic passion from his parents who were both music teachers. During a distinguished career spanning over three decades, McCandless brings a soaring lyricism to his playing and composing that has been integral to the ensemble sound of two seminal world music bands, the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. A student of Robert Bloom at the Manhattan School of Music, he was a finalist in the 1971 English horn auditions for the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon. In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless' fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. Most notably he wrote music for the video Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production with Graham Greene as narrator. Paul recorded three of his orchestral scores for a CD called "Oregon In Moscow" featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra. " Round Robin," the opening track received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, St Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Stuttgart symphony orchestras.

For more info on Paul McCandless, check out his website at www.paulmccandless.com/index2.html

Flutist, composer, and teacher Günter Wehinger born 1961 in Austria. His education included conservatory studies in Austria yielding a Masters Degree, Jazz School St. Gallen in Switzerland, and private studies with James Newton in Los Angeles

Günter has toured extensively, performing in both jazz and classical domains. His jazz performances include concert tours with The Hidden Jewel in Californiaand Switzerland, a concert tour with Trilogy in Poland, concerts with Art Lande at the Florida State University and at the Florida Flute Fair in Daytona Beach 2005, a concert with compositions for Jazz quartet and string-orchestra at the Philharmony in Bydgoszcz (Poland); conducter: Jose Maria Florencio, a performance with jazz-arrangements of the Martinu Sonata and Scherzo at the Martinu Festival in Basel, among many others.

Günter's classical performance work has included performances of Wehingers composition "Es" for flute, two percussionists and organ at Klangfest Moderne Musik in Liechtenstein, a concert at the Musikfestwochen Meiringen (CH) with the European Double-Quartet, a performance of his composition Es for flute, two percussionists and organ at the Hohenemser Chor- und Orgeltage, concerts with the Double Quartet (with Wilanow Quartet) at the Phiharmony in Olsztyn and at the 2nd String Quartet Festival in Radom, as well as concert tours in California with pianist Eileen Huang, and performances of flute and piano compositions by Poulenc, Messiaen, Muczynski, Schubert, Bartok, Nielsen, Fauré, among others.

Günter is also a talented composer; his compositions include numerous jazz compositions, most of them recorded on the CDs As Promised and Cry Flute, crossover compositions for the European Double-Quartet: Frozen Time, Summer Rain, Double Entendre, Billy, So Nice, Prelude #1 and Dolphy Collage, four compositions for the New Age album Medicin Buddha commissioned by the Taiwanese record company Friendly Dogs, re-arrangement of Double Entendre: Part I, Part II, Part III for jazz quartet and string orchestra, Flobor for flute, oboe and organ, Water Mysteries for piano solo, Waiting ... for nine instruments; crossover composition commissioned by the Musikakademie Schloss Waldegg, Es for flute, percussion and organ; commissioned by Hohenemser Chor- und Orgeltage, Duet #1 for flute & marimba, and Trio #1 for flute, bass-clarinet & marimba commissioned by the Duo Facilone.

Günter is a teacher of jazz flute, jazz history and band-workshops at the Musikhochschule in Zürich, Bern and Basel, Switzerland. He has also given many master classes

For more info on Günter Wehinger, check out his website at www.gunterwehinger.com/




Deborah Katz - violin
Hillary Nordwell - piano
In Recital
Saturday January 31st 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a recital of music for violin and piano spanning three centuries performed by violinist Deborah Katz and pianist Hillary Nordwell. This performance will include works by Mozart, Sibelius, and Franck. In addition, Debora Katz will be joined by David Ryther - violin, Ilana Matfis - viola, and Carol Rice - cello, in a performance of a string quartet by Philip Glass. Don't miss these virtuoso players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Program:

Sonata in D KV 301......Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto in D minor......Jean Sibelius
Sonata in A Major.........Cesar Franck
String Quartet No. 5.....Philip Glass

The Artists:

Deborah Katz celebrates her fourth year in the Bay Area playing violin with the Presidio String Quartet, teaching violin and viola lessons, and freelancing with local orchestras and chamber groups. Her active involvement in the music community has allowed her to draw on her affinity for contemporary as well as traditional classical music. Deborah received her bachelors of music from Indiana University where she studied with Henryk Kowalski, Nelli Shkolnikova, Yuval Yaron and Ilya Kaler. She received her Master's of Music from New England Conservatory where she studied with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Deborah performed contemporary music with the Boston Callithumpian Consort, directed by Steve Drury as well as on the Harvard Composers' Series. While at NEC she participated in various chamber ensembles collaborating with James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Mai Motobuchi, and Eliot Fisk. She was concertmaster and Principal Second of the NEC Chamber and Symphony orchestras. She also performed as soloist such as at the Malden Church in Boston, student compositions, and in collaboration with organist Tom Handel, Dean of Students at NEC. In addition to her performances in the Bay Area, New England, Colorado, and the Midwest in the U.S., she has also frequently performed abroad in Europe and Israel. In 2004 and 2006 she was invited to perform as Principal Second violinist with the Festival Ensemble of Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling throughout Germany and Switzerland, and with the Jerusalem International Symphony in Israel. With the Presidio Quartet, she has been featured on new music concerts at Mills College, U.C. Berkeley and other San Francisco venues. Selections from the group's Album, Five, have been broadcast on the San Louis Obispo classical radio station and on American Music Center's Counterstream radio online. Currently Deborah studies with Catherine Van Heusen of the San Francisco Symphony. Other teachers include Linda Cerone, Jenny Rudin and Chen Zhao. When not performing or working at Ifshin Violins, Deborah enjoys hiking amongst the redwoods, cooking, dancing, and rolling down grassy hills.

Hillary Nordwell, an active performer on both piano and viola, has performed chamber music throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Sweden. In 2006, she was invited as the pianist of the Eusebius Duo to perform in Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall, New York), following the duo's success as first prize winners of the CMFONE International Chamber Music Competition. She earned her masters degree in Chamber Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory in 2005, where she studied with Paul Hersh, and participated in master classes with renowned artists Menahem Pressler and Paul Katz. Her undergraduate degree came from Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she studied with Catherine Kautsky and was honored for three consecutive years with the Marjory Irvin Prize for "excellence in solo piano and chamber music." As a soloist, she has made concerto appearances with orchestras including the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, Port Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Port Townsend Community Orchestra. She has worked with master pianists and teachers Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, and Gilbert Kalish, and performed with Ian Swensen and Paul Hersh of the San Francisco Conservatory. She has been featured on many Bay Area concert series including Noontime Concerts, Trinity Chamber Concerts, Old First Concerts, and the Bing Concert Series at Stanford University Hospital. Alongside her performing career, she enjoys coaching young musicians in programs such as San Francisco Conservatory's Summer Music West and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra's summer camp. She also maintains a private teaching studio and is a member of the piano faculty at St. Brigid School in San Francisco.




Awkward Encounter
In Concert
Friday January 23rd 2009

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present Awkward Encounter, a quartet of virtuosic improvisors from the Bay Area. Don't miss this remarkable ensemble performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Awkward Encounter is a four-headed beast that roars its joy-filled celebratory cry through the voices of percussionist Shayna Dunkelman, electronic musician Preshish Moments (Michael Carter), trombonist Andy Strain and cellist Theresa Wong. To hear this quartet is to witness the many moods and habits of this creature, which will bicker, wrestle, explode, hypnotize and cheer with it's selves in an evening of free improvisations.

The Artists:

Preshish Moments is the slap-happy moniker of Michael Carter. He makes electronic music and builds unique instruments for live performance. In 2007 he used one of these instruments to win the San Francisco Laptop & Machine Music Battle, competing against over fifty contestants. His debut album "Let's be Friends" is out on Daly City Records and he can often be heard performing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area at a wide variety of venues playing an even wider variety of styles. Raised in a suburb of Los Angeles (and former home of the Carpenters), he played clarinet as a child and became obsessed with spinning records and the art of sampling as a teen. He learned how to spin hip-hop and jungle by closely studying flourishing local hip-hop and rave scenes. He moved to Chicago in 2000 to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for painting, but quickly changed his focus to sound design. He learned more about electronics and audio engineering and became interested in creating new ways to play electronic music. This was also where he discovered the music of Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares, Squarepusher, and countless other electronic musicians who pushed the boundaries of dance music. In 2005 he moved to Oakland to pursue a Masters Degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College and it was here that he finally built and began to perform with the instrument of his dreams. He uses it to play house, noise, hip-hop, dubstep, jungle, hardcore, breakcore, drone, free improv, cyber-boogie, metal, pop, wedding music, chant-rock, and pre-preshcore. He also likes to bake.

Shayna Dunkelman is an active percussionist in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in Tokyo, Japan to an Indonesian mother and an American father and at age 15, she started performing percussion/drum set/gamelan with her mother, who is also a musician/composer in Tokyo, Japan. She has performed with her mother at the National Panasonic Gobel's 30th Anniversary in Jakarta, Indonesia, and many concerts at the Tokyo FM concert hall in Japan. She recently graduated from Mills College in Oakland CA, with a BA in music with honors and a BA in mathematics with honors. At Mills she studied percussion with Willie Winant and received the Maurthea Friedberger Cup Award for the most outstanding senior music student for the class of 2007. During her time at Mills, she played pieces by Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Jose Maceda, John Bischoff, and Chris Brown. She performs a wide variety of music, playing classical, contemporary, avant-garde, rock, and pop-music. She is currently a member of Mute Socialite (rock band with Moe! Staiano, Alee Karim, Ava Mendoza, and Liz Allbee), which has shared bills with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, XBXRX, and many other bands. She also performs regularly with the Willie Winant Percussion Group. Many percussion pieces have been written specifically for her, by composers such as, Steini Gunnarsson, Quentin Sirjacq, the Norman Conquest, Preshish Moments, and Fei Wu. She has performed with Dominique Leone, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Ikue Mori, Fe-mail, John Zorn, Wei Wang, and Les Stuck.

Trombonist Andy Strain moved to the Bay Area two and a half years ago to work on an MFA at Mills College in Oakland. There, he focused on combining his studies with Fred Frith in free improvisation and modern dance with Shelley Senter to create his own brand of performance. In addition to his work as a solo trombonist, he collaborates regularly with Bay Area dancers, recording artists, and bands. His recent project, "Resonant Migration," involves work with infrared tracking and can be seen on www.resonantmigration.com. Until his move to the west coast, Andy lived for five years in southwest Germany. There he studied classical trombone and played in various orchestras and chamber ensembles such as the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie in Konstanz. In 2004, Andy served as principal Trombonist in la Orquesta Sinfonica de la UANL in Monterrey Mexico. Currently, Andy resides in Oakland teaching young trombonists throughout the Bay Area.

Theresa Wong is an improviser and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her current work spans the areas of improvisation, composition, video, performance art and large scale performance pieces. After studying design, she became interested in an art form which would unite the visual arts with sound and performance. Current and recent projects include solo songs for cello, voice and piano, Call It Culture, a cello duo written for and performed with Joan Jeanrenaud and collaborations with Ellen Fullman and Kanoko Nishi. She also performs on cello, voice and piano in Necessary Monsters, a theater set song cycle led by violinist Carla Kihlstedt. In 2006 she wrote, directed and performed an improvised opera, L( )VE, which was presented at Mills College in Oakland California. Her performances have been included in the Unlimited 21 Festival in Wels, Austria, the Other Minds Brink series in San Francisco, Fondation Cartier in Paris, the Radio France broadcast A L'improviste, the Seattle Improvised Music Festival and at The Stone in New York City. She has collaborated and performed with such artists as Tatsuya Nakatani, Joelle Leandre, Gianni Gebbia, Luciano Chessa, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, MaryClare Brzytwa and June Watanabe. Theresa completed an MFA in performance at Mills College in 2006 where she studied with Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, Annie Gosfield and cello with Gianna Abondolo and Joan Jeanrenaud. For more information, check out www.theresawong.org.


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