HSC Concert Series Past Programs

The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series has been proud to host some of the finest artists performing today. Click on the following links to view some of the past programs in our series:


2017-Current Concerts

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2013-2014 Concerts

2011-2012 Concerts

2009-2010 Concerts

2007-2008 Concerts

2005-2006 Concerts





The Jupiter Chamber Players
In Celebration of Beethoven's Birthday
plus Miniatures for String Quartet from Five Centuries
Sunday 16 December 2012 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to welcome back to our stage the Jupiter Chamber Players. One of our favorite chamber music ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Players will be performing a brilliant, diverse program spanning five centuries and featuring Beethoven's "Harp" quartet in celebration of the composer's birthday..  Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

The Jupiter Chamber Players are:

Victor Romasevich and Michael Jones, violins
Stephen Levintow, viola
Paul Rhodes, cello


 The Program:


Chacony in G minor (c. 1683)                           Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Piece for String Quartet, Op. 7 (2005)       
       Arshak Andriasov (b. 1980)

Spring, Op. 32, for String Quartet (1994)          
Iosif Andriasov (1933-2000)

Two Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 36 (1931)   
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    Elegy (from Katerina Izmailova)
    Polka (from The Golden Age)

Crisantemi, Elegy for String Quartet (1890)     
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Lullaby for String Quartet (1920)                     
George Gershwin (1898-1937)

El Último Suspiro (2011)                                  
Stephanie Webster (b. 1988)

Quartett-Satz in C minor, D. 703 (1820)            
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Intermission

Quartet #10 in E Flat, Op. 74 (1809)                   
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Poco Adagio – Allegro
    Adagio ma non troppo
    Presto – Più presto quasi prestissimo
    Allegretto con Variazioni

For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov,
his wife, musicologist Marta Andriasova,
and his son, composer Arshak Andriasov,
please visit www.andriasovstore.com
and www.iosifandriasov.net
© Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova


The Artists:

In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Chamber Players. The group had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Jupiter's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola) - all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through the Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers,  while continuing also to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.






Tyler Blanton Quartet
In Concert
Friday 19 October 2012 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to welcome back the phenomenal jazz vibraphonist, Tyler Blanton. Tyler last appeared on our stage over 4 years ago with the Randy Vincent group. In the interim, he has been tearing up the NYC jazz scene, and is returning to his old stomping grounds with a hot new quartet, including Ken Cook, Doug Miller, and Alex Aspinall. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

About Tyler Blanton:

A native of California, Jazz vibraphonist and composer Tyler Blanton has been welcomed in the New York Jazz scene as a major new musical voice of his generation. Blanton's original modern jazz compositions imbue a deep sense of swing and melodicism furthered by his improvisational prowess which is rooted in the tradition, but always stretching in the moment. His debut album, Botanic, released in fall of 2010 featured a cast of brilliant young musicians; Saxophonist Joel Frahm (Nora Jones, Kurt Rosenwinkle) and drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding) among them. Upon its release, Botanic garnered considerable notice from fans and critics, being nominated for Best Debut of 2010 by Village Voice Critics Poll, and added to the top 10 albums of the year by Hot House magazine. Blanton's colleagues and band mates consist of some brightest musical voices of his generation. He has shared the stage with Matt Wilson, Seamus Blake, John Ellis, and Donny McCaslin, to name a few.  His music was described by Jazz journalist Mark Keresman of Jazz Inside NY as "something of a semi-rarity these days-engaging, unpredictable, easy on the ear, relaxing music of considerable substance." For this rare west coast appearance at the Berkeley Hillside Club, Blanton has formed a new quartet featuring pianist Ken Cook, bassist Doug Miller, and drummer Alex Aspinall.

For more info please check Tyler's website.

Artist Bio's:

A product of a Northern California upbringing and a long dose of Bostonian asceticism, pianist Ken Cook was raised in a family milieu of asymmetric appreciation for the arts and industry. Struggling to find a path of artistic and aesthetic solitude Ken made his way from San Francisco to Boston in the mid 80's to study at the Berklee College of Music on a Chick Corea scholarship followed by a Masters in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory. Afterwards he embarked upon an eclectic and varied career that included a lot of time in blues clubs, wedding halls, jazz clubs, dank session basements and lone recording studios. Travels throughout New England and the southern states playing music with blues-belter Michelle Willson and a few tours through Brazil, Western Europe and the Caribbean with Jazz and Blues icon Johnny Adams brought him closer to a connection with the roots of fundamental expression. He has shared the stage and /or recording studio with Bob Moses, George Marsh, James Montgomery, Luciana Souza, and Jimmy Giuffre among numerous others.

Doug Miller
is a bassist, composer and teacher. He has appeared in concerts, clubs, clinics and on recordings with many of the
world's leading jazz musicians including James Moody, Mark Murphy, Ernie Watts, Ken Peplowski, George Cables, Ray Vega, and Dick Hyman, and he has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Ellington Orchestra (under the direction of Mercer Ellington), and Ernestine Anderson. He is a founding member of the critically acclaimed trio New Stories, several-time winner of the Earshot Award for Best Acoustic Jazz Group. He is also a founding member of the Ziggurat Quartet, an ensemble that utilized rhythmic complexity in the arenas of composition and improvisation. Doug's compositions have been featured on many recordings. These recordings include his CD Regeneration, as well as several CD's by New Stories, Don Lanphere, Big Neighborhood, the Ziggurat Quartet and other artists. Doug also served as the Jazz Bass Instructor at the University of Washington for nearly a decade. He continues to be an active performer, private teacher and clinician in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alex Aspinall
has been playing drums for over twenty years. He graduated with a BA in Music from Sonoma State University in 2002 with distinction in the field of jazz. While at Sonoma State, Alex studied intensively with jazz drummer George Marsh.Since 2002, Alex has worked full time as a musician, both as a performer and educator. Alex has performed and recorded with many great musicians including: Mel Graves, Randy Vincent, Dave Macnab, Brian Pardo, Chris Amberger, Ken Cook, Doug Miller, Noam Lemish, Cliff Hugo, The One World Band, Andrew Emer, Edo Castro, Kathleen Grace, Mimi Fox, Mel Martin, John Stowell, and Smith Dobson.

What the Critics Say:

"A Young Vibraphonist with strong lyrical footing"

    -Nate Chinen (New York Times)


"As said in the old western movies -There's a new Sheri in Town" - Mark Keresman, Jazz Inside NY

 "Affable and swinging debut". - Time Out New York

 "Best debut of 2010"  - Village Voice Critics Poll

 "...added to the best recordings of 2011" -  Paul Blair, Hot House magazine





Paul McCandless & Antonio Calogero
In Concert
Friday 5 October 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to welcome these two superb musicians to our Concert Series stage. Reed-man Paul McCandless is no stranger to Hillside Club audiences and this time he will be joined by Italian guitarist, Antonio Calogero. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

About the Concert:

This innovative world music/jazz duo features original works performed by two of the most gifted contemporary instrumentalists.  Italian guitar master Antonio Calogero, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as an “evocative sound painter” teams up with Grammy Winner Paul McCandless, a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the legendary group Oregon. This exceptional duo performs music that embodies the spirit of the Mediterranean, yet transcends all music boundaries.

About the Artists:


Paul McCandless, a pioneer of modern instrumental music, has brought a soaring lyricism to playing and composing that has been integral to the sound of two seminal world music bands; the original Paul Winter Consort, and the relentlessly innovative quartet, Oregon.  A gifted multi-instrumentalist, McCandless specializes in an unusually broad palette of both single and double reed instruments, performing and composing in a style that reflects his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines.  His array of woodwinds includes oboe and english horn,  bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones, penny whistles, various ethnic flutes, and the electronic wind controller.  He has also worked as a solo artist, and is credited with more than 150 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Art Lande, Eberhard Weber, as well as with Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bela Fleck and Andy Summers.

Italy’s Antonio Calogero is a bright light in the new generation of acoustic guitarist/composers.  Drawing on folk, jazz, classical and world music influences, his passionate original style combines highly articulate melodies with unique chord changes.  Although he composes for both nylon and steel-string guitar, Antonio’s rigorous classical guitar training imbues his performances with insight and precision.  After performing for 15 years in Europe, he has been winning recognition and praise in the US since 1995 as a solo artist, regularly featured guitarist on the International Guitar Night tours and leader of the Antonio Calogero Ensemble featuring Grammy Nominee Paul McCandless (multi-instrumentalist and composer from the legendary group Oregon), fretless bassist extraordinaire Michael Manring and the eclectic percussionist Brian Rice. Antonio has two solo guitar cds to his credit (Caleidoscopio on DDD records and La Rosa del Deserto on Acoustic Music Records), and his new recording for guitar & ensemble Danza Multietnica, co-produced by Alex de Grassi, was released on Suono Records in June 2009.

What the Critics Say:

“World music that you don’t expect. For many years, world music has been a sound area abused and often reduced to a heavy soup of useless exoticisms distorting the original motivations. Sometimes it retains the charm of its origins (real integration of different and distant cultures and the breaking through stylistic barriers) thanks to the artistic sensibility of  musicians who are able to respect the roots and propose with clarity new and original perspectives. One of the most notable among these is, without a doubt, acoustic guitar virtuoso Antonio Calogero.”
--Gigi Razete, La Repubblica

“High-quality music performed with grace and sophistication, without clatter or disproportionate gimmicks but exclusively with the innate art that only a few musicians possess, and if supported by years of study and commitment, produces really remarkable results. Antonio Calogero is a wise musician who is able to capture every stimulus coming from different music areas, and above all knows how to synthesize and propose them through his original artistic sensibility. A musician who deserves to be known and appreciated for his great skills as an instrumentalist as well as a composer.”
--Giuseppe Mavilla, Jazzitalia

“…an evocative sound painter.  He can make the guitar dance as well a sing, though, with strong intimations of new tango and world music.  He plays with liquid grace whether in moody introversion or energized riffing.”
--Jim Henken, Los Angeles Times

What their Colleagues Say:

“Antonio has an original style which is very special and most important to have, as that is a natural thing not always evident in musicians.”
-- Ralph Towner  (ECM Recording Artist)

“Antonio plays with clarity and passion... the subtle intricacy of his music will make you want to listen again.”
--Alex de Grassi (Tropo Recording Artist)





Timothy Fox
Classical Guitar Recital
Friday 28 September 2012 at 9:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present an old friend in a new context. Tim Fox has graced our stage in past as part of the eclectic, gypsy-jazz-inflected group, Pickpocket Ensemble, and in his own swing ensemble, Dangerous Rhythm. But his first love as a guitarist remains the classical repertoire, at which he is a master, Don't miss this remarkable artist performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

About the Concert:

Classical guitar. Not for sissies. Bette Davis said that, although she amended the remark later in life. Someone else called it a "postage stamp orchestra". It may have been Ben Franklin who also supported the wild turkey as America's national bird. Six strings, a score of frets and a trillion ways to play them, it is an infinitely subtle, and supremely intimate instrument,demanding and exquisite.

Timothy Fox has pursed this muse of wood and wire for longer than he cares to remember. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has received guidance in this pursuit from Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, Bill Connors, Michael Lorimer, Pepe Romero, Philip Rosheger, and George Sakellariou. He learned from every single man jack of them, though, ultimately, are we not all self-taught?

The music to be presented at this recital has at least one thing in common: it is all music written for the guitar. There are no arrangements, no transcriptions. Among the composers, some are guitarists, some not, but all intended these musical thoughts for this particular instrument. Purity, complexity, simplicity. Mr. Fox promises his very best effort.

The Program:

I.    Bachianinha #1 - Paulinho Nogiera (1929-2003)
II.   Variations on an Anatolian Folk Song - Carlo Domeniconi (b. 1947)
III.  Un Dia de Noviembre - Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)
IV.  Quatre Pièces Brèves - Frank Martin  (1890-1974)
V.   In Christ There is No East or West - tradional, arr. John Fahey (1939-2001)
VI.  Toccata for Guitar  - Akira Ifukube (1914-2006)

Intermission

VII.  Variations on Folia de España and Fugue - Manuel Ponce (1882-1948)
VIII. Introduction and Caprice, Opus 23 - Giulio Regondi (1822-1872)

Mr. Fox's guitar made by John and William Gilbert - 1991





Jeff Denson
"Secret World"
Friday 7 September 2012 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to welcome this superb jazz ensemble to our Concert Series stage. Jeff Denson and his quartet (Jeff Denson - bass & vocals; Ralph Alessi - trumpet; Florian Weber - piano; Gerald Cleaver - drums) will be performing original compositions from their new release, "Secret World." Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

About the Music:

Colors, structures and pictures that touch him emotionally: these are the initial sparks that inspire Jeff Denson when he composes new pieces. They form groups around him and consolidate into an imaginary "Secret World". Sound for sound and harmony for harmony, his pieces are created from this imaginary point. At the end, there is a work that entices the listener to enter into Denson's world. The listener encounters the inspirations there, which once triggered the compositions: a waterfall here, a sunset with all of its bright, shimmering colors, autumn leaves there, and forests covered in mist. Of necessity, an unadorned groove or a simple melody line does not suffice to go along with that, and the restriction to one style or genre is doomed to failure. As a result, the mosaic of the "Secret World" is composed of the colorful pieces that jazz and contemporary classical music, R&B and Blues, pop music and old chamber music supply. This is touching, powerful music, which develops a magnetic attraction.

About the Artists:

Jeff Denson is nothing less than a complete musician. His degrees from Berklee College of Music, Florida State University and University of California San Diego – each time with distinction – as well as his numerous prizes have made him into one of the bassists in the current scene most in demand over the past decade. However, his qualities as composer in various styles have also resulted in composition jobs, from pieces for solo bass all the way to chamber opera. But above all his concerts and recordings have made him known internationally: as bassist and co-leader in "Minsarah" as well as in the "Lee Konitz New Quartet", with whom he is currently on a world tour. His solo performances or duos with the Swiss Claudio Puntin also call attention to him. His debut as leader at "Between the Lines" contains yet another surprise: Jeff Denson has a variable and expressive voice!

There is another joyful reunion at "Between the Lines´" with Ralph Alessi, who also had his international debut there.  His lyrical playing with a powerful sound has been noticed by many in the meantime, and his is one of the most important trumpet players in jazz today. He fi ts into Jeff Denson's world like a piece in a puzzle – a really perfectly matched musician for this project!

On the other hand, the man on the piano is not surprising. Florian Weber is almost Denson's twin in music, since Jeff Denson has shared leadership of the Minsarah ensemble with him for more than 10 years. They also play alongside each other in the Lee Konitz New Quartet.  The bubbly, always attentive and extremely sensitive playing of the pianist trained at Berklee also provides a solid foundation for the daring music structures in Jeff Denson's new band.

Although jazz drummer Gerald Cleaver has been known in the Detroit area as a great musician and educator since the early '90s, he was not so well-known to listeners outside of the Midwest until an explosion of recordings released starting in 1999 brought his powerful and tasteful drumming to the attention of jazz listeners everywhere. Born and raised in Detroit, Cleaver became deeply involved with the jazz scene there, working with respected area musicians including bassist Ali Muhammad Jackson, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, tenor saxophonist Donald Walden, bassist Rodney Whitaker (on Hidden Kingdom), guitarist A. Spencer Barefield, reedsman Wendell Harrison, and many others.

For more information, please check out:  Jeff Denson: "Secret World"





Dahveed Behroozi Trio
In Concert
Saturday 4 August 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is intrigued to present this trio of talented Bay Area ex-pat jazz musicians, Currently living and performing in New York City, the Dahveed Behroozi Trio (Dahveed Behroozi - piano, Thomas Morgan - bass, Tim Bulkley - drums) will be returning to their old stomping grounds to play at the Hillside Club,  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


About the Concert:

Dahveed Behroozi, Thomas Morgan & Tim Bulkley share something symbiotic which comes from years of playing together, time apart and coming together again.  Separately they do a wide range of music, which they bring to the whole of the trio.  This evening’s performance will consist of a few opera transcriptions from segments of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Berg’s Lulu, as well as original compositions and jazz classics from The American Songbook. 


About the Artists:

Pianist and composer Dahveed Behroozi is a Brooklyn-based musician primarily devoted to the independent jazz, classical and rock scenes.  Dahveed’s playing has been described as highly expressive, lyrical and colorful by numerous publications nationwide.  Dahveed recently recorded his first record entitled "Games" with the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Tim Bulkley.  The record is comprised of all original material and will be released this upcoming fall, 2012.  In addition to performing and recording as a leader and soloist, Dahveed has regularly performed and recorded with groups led by Thomas Morgan, Billy Mintz, Dayna Stephens, Ed Neumeister, Todd Neufeld and Aaron Lington. Originally from San Jose, CA, Dahveed received his BA in Jazz Piano from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002 where he studied under Fred Hersch.  He then received his Master’s from The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College where he studied classical and contemporary piano literature under Ursula Oppens.  Dahveed is currently on the faculty at Mercy College where he teaches music appreciation and music theory classes.  He also accompanies singers in a wide array of idioms ranging from art songs to The American Songbook, as well as singer/songwriter material.  Dahveed plans to continuously perform and record, and also has hopes to pair his original music with film, another strong interest of his.

Bassist Thomas Morgan grew up in Hayward, California where he began studying cello at 7 years old.  He continued his studies until 14, where he found the double bass.  He received a Bachelors at Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Harvie S and Gary Dial.  He also studied with Ray Brown and Peter Hebert.  He has played in several of Paul Motian’s bands before he passed and plays in New York and abroad with such artists as David Binney, Steve Coleman, Joey Baron, Masabumi Kikuchi, Dan Weiss, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Donny McCaslin, Brad Shepik, Steve Cardenas, Kenny Wollesen, Gerald Cleaver, Adam Rogers, and Kenny Werner. 

Drummer Tim Bulkley grew up in San Jose, California where his mother Anneliese exposed him to music and art at an early age, and his father George, who taught music to elementary school children in the Evergreen School District for 24 years. Tim showed an early interest in violin and piano, and began studying privately at the age of 5.  He continued to practice and study piano until age 12 when he took a strong interest in learning drums.   In high school Tim continued piano and drums, and added voice, singing in choirs at school and church.  After high school he went to study with Phil Mattson at the School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa, where he sang in choirs, played in several jazz and classical ensembles and studied music harmony and theory.  After college, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where he quickly became a core part of the Bay Area music community, performing with and learning from Smith Dobson Sr. and Jr., Roger Letson's Downbeat award-winning ensembles, Dayna Stephens, Art Lande, Boz Scaggs, Anton Schwartz, Lisle Ellis, The Invisible Cities, Telepathy, Michelle Amador, and Goh Nakamura.  In 2006, Tim moved to Brooklyn NY, a move that expanded his musicality and technique and reignited his passion for drawing and visual arts.  Tim continues to make art and perform both with West Coast and East Coast artists such as Mercury Falls, Dahveed Behroozi, Michelle Amador, Sunroom, Totem, Kat Gang and Goh Nakamura. Sights and sounds at
www.timbulkley.com.



                                   Paul Dresher                                                                        Pamela Z
                         Amy X Neuburg                                                                        Amanda Moody

A Benefit Concert by Paul Dresher, Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, and guests
Sunday 29 July 2012 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club Concert Series is proud to collaborate with the Paul Dresher Ensemble and Amy X Neuburg to present this special benefit event: an evening of avant-garde, classical music by Paul Dresher, Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, Joel Davel, Jay Cloidt and Amanda Moody. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


About the Concert:

Proceeds from this benefit concert will support a new creative collaboration by Amy X Neuburg and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. Entitled They will have been so beautiful and generously supported by the East Bay Community Foundation, this project is inspired by Diane Arbus’s belief that through photography, “the everyday people, places and routines of contemporary society ... will be legendary.” Together, Ms. Neuburg and Mr. Dresher have commissioned seven diverse composers – Fred Frith, Pamela Z, Conrad Cummings, Guillermo Galindo, Lisa Bielawa, Carla Kihlstedt, and Jay Cloidt – to join them in writing new songs about the world in which we live.  Inspired by a photo of his or her own choosing, each composer will be creating a new song for Amy X Neuburg and the Paul Dresher Ensemble to perform on an evening-length concert in 2014.

The Program:

Paul Dresher, Glimpsed from Afar for two invented instruments. Dresher on the Quadrachord and Joel Davel on Buchla’s Marimba Lumina.

Glimpsed From Afar
was commissioned for the 2006 San Francisco Jewish Music Festival.  Created, developed and performed with percussionist Joel Davel, this duo uses composed, germinal materials (including live looping/layering and technically manipulated sounds) and a predetermined sequence of distinct sections, each displaying substantial improvisational development.  Perhaps this reflects my musical roots, which are in many improvised musical forms, from blues, through free(ish) jazz and into North Indian Classical music.  While not resembling any of these idioms, Glimpsed From Afar share with them a philosophical desire and emotional imperative to combine freedom with structure, the rational (and expected) with the intuitive (and unexpected). [PD]

Pamela Z, Three short works for voice, live processing, and interactive video. All will explore techniques she will use to composer her commission for the Paul Dresher Ensemble’s project They will have been so beautiful.

Amy X Neuburg, Humorous songs and stories in her unique ‘avant-cabaret’ style, for voice, electronic percussion pads and live looping technology.

Jay Cloidt & Amanda Moody, Three songs from D’Arc, woman on fire, a music/theater work with music and sound design by Cloidt and a libretto by Moody.

D’Arc offers a surreal inquiry into the costs of dreams, lived and unlived. Weaving the threads of the Dark Ages with our own dark times, D’Arc depicts a present-day intercession by Saint Joan of Arc. We meet Joanne. Home alone, she fixates on letters from her daughter who vanished while working abroad in a war-torn region. Raging against loss, Joanne begins to receive bizarre visions through the cold flame of her television set. It is Saint Joan, burning through the TV twilight to answer her grief. Relating tales of her own battles and trials, Joan teases and admonishes Joanne, disrupts her obsessions and challenges her to listen anew to the call of her own life.

Jay Cloidt’s haunting music drives this D’Arc night of the soul. Integrating Moody’s mercurial vocalizations with acoustic and processed cello, the composition features original songs, underscoring, and sound design. His composition spans 14th century hymns, post-Romanticism, aggressive electronic music and heart-thumping gospel to evoke the strange dream of Joanne and Joan’s collision-course. [www.michaelcaulkin.com, 10/11/2007]

About the Artists:

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installation works and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/JUSFC Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency. www.pamelaz.com

Amy X Neuburg has been developing her own brand of irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, live electronics and chamber ensembles for over 25 years. Known for her innovative use of live looping technology with electronic percussion, her 4-octave vocal range and her colorful lyrics, she has performed at Other Minds, Bang on a Can, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), the Warsaw Philharmonic, clubs, concert halls and electronic music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her “Secret Language of Subways” song cycle for voice and cellos has been presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Symphony After Hours and the LA Philharmonic Left Coast Festival. Commissions include works for Del Sol String Quartet, Pacific Mozart Ensemble chorus, Robin Cox Ensemble, Present Music, Solstice vocal ensemble, Sqwonk, and numerous dancers and media artists. As a vocalist she toured Europe and Japan with three Robert Ashley operas and has premiered many contemporary voice works. Amy studied at Oberlin College & Conservatory and the Mills College CCM. Among her many grants and honors she is a recent recipient of the Alpert/Ucross residency prize.

Jay Cloidt is a composer and sound designer based in the SF Bay Area.  He has collaborated with many groups, beginning with the late Ed Mock’s group and including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Joe Goode Performance Group, ODC/San Francisco, California EAR Unit and Kronos Quartet. His works have been performed extensively by these groups and others in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  A CD of the music from the theater work D’Arc: Woman on Fire, with vocalist Amanda Moody, is available on MinMax Records (MM016).  A CD of two of his string quartets, eleven windows and Spectral Evidence, performed by the Cypress String Quartet, is also available on MinMax (MM015).  A CD of electronic music, Dark Matter is available on Phthalo (PH42), and a recording of his chamber music and electronic works, Kole Kat Krush, is available on Starkland Records (ST-208).  The American Record Guide called Kole Kat Krush “… creative and attention-grabbing … haunting and original”; and the AMG All Music Guide described it as  “a wonderful, accessible, and yet challenging album from one of new music's brightest lights.”

Amanda Moody is known as a triple-threat writer/actor/singer with a wide range of comedic and dramatic skills. Her critically acclaimed work, Serial Murderess, was developed with director Melissa Weaver, with music by Clark Suprynowicz, and won the 2001 Dean Goodman’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, and the Bay Guardian's BEST OF 2000 for great solo performance. Back Stage West said, “Moody’s virtuosity – as writer, singer and actor – is awesome.”  Following this, she wrote the libretto for the oratorio, Bitter Harvest, also directed by Weaver, composed by Kurt Rohde, performed by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano. The Contra Costa Times declared it, “splendid…boldly contemporary and undeniably moving." Moody's next solo performance work, D’Arc; woman on fire, with composer Jay Cloidt, was described by the SF Bay Guardian as “a dark, voluptuous, and grimly funny piece of musical theater that spans centuries with grace and scorching intelligence..." She wrote the original story and libretto for the opera, Caliban Dreams, composed by Clark Suprynowicz, featuring tenor John Duykers, and premiered by the Berkeley West Edge Opera.  The SF Chronicle called Caliban  "delightful ... a brisk, virtuosic libretto ... a beguiling, feverish fantasy of rage and reconciliation."  She is currently developing Gone, a song cycle for The Springhouse, a band devoted to testing the boundaries of American roots music.

Paul Dresher creates experimental opera and music theater, chamber and orchestral composition, live instrumental electro-acoustic music performances, musical instrument invention, and scores for theater, dance, and film. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-07, he has received commissions from the Library of Congress, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony, California EAR Unit, Zeitgeist, San Francisco Ballet, Meet the Composer, Seattle Chamber Players, Present Music and Chamber Music America.  He has performed or had his works performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe at venues including New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Lincoln Center, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Arts Summit Indonesia ’95 and Festival Interlink in Japan.

Recently completed projects include Low, Close, Vast (2011), a joint commission from the Music and Architecture Departments at the University of Texas; the evening-length score for Light Moves (2011), a collaboration with choreographer Margaret Jenkins, painter/video artist Naomie Kremer and poet Michael Palmer; and Two Entwined (2011), for pianist Sarah Cahill that premiered at the Spoleto Festival. Dresher is currently completing a commission from conductor Joana Carneiro and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra to compose a concerto for invented instruments.



                                Bobbe Norris                                                                            Kenny Washington
                Larry Dunlap                                                      Dan Feizli                                                Leon Joyce

Bobbe Norris and Kenny Washington
with The Larry Dunlap Trio
Two Views of The American Song

Friday 29 June 2012 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present celebrated jazz vocalists Bobbe Norris and Kenny Washington, accompanied by the Larry Dunlap Trio (Larry Dunlap -piano, Dan Feizli - bass, Leon Joyce - drums) in an evening of superb music, explornig Two Views of the American Song. Don't miss these talented artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


About the Concert:

Bobbe and Kenny are two of the top vocal interpreters singing today. Their stylistic contrasts make for a magical match of voices; Bobbe deep in the traditions of Nat ‘King’ Cole and Ella Fitzgerald and Kenny coming from a background that includes Ella, Stevie Wonder and his own soulful New Orleans roots. The evening will be full of surprises, with songs familiar and new. Standards and American popular songs will blend with sultry Brazilian ballads with some of Kenny’s amazing scat work. Bobbe’s carefully crafted stylings will contrast with Kenny’s amazing vocal flights, making for an evening of musical magic not to be missed. This is a rare opportunity to catch these two exciting vocal masters on the same stage.


About the Artists:

Bobbe Norris is recognized worldwide as a brilliant vocal interpreter who applies her dusky contralto to carefully chosen songs, some quite obscure. Longtime fan Rex Reed has written that “she reaches into a lyric like she’s pulling taffy and brings out the sweetness and rich flavor of each song, discarding anything superfluous or sticky”. On a recent British tour, The Times (London) wrote: “Norris has no time for artifice. Her lush contralto is direct and unfussy. She is a natural storyteller; as in the music of Chris Connor or Johnny Hartman, every syllable of every lyric is made to count.”

Kenny Washington is a jazz vocalist virtuoso. With a range over four octaves, his playful, free approach to any tune is truly awe inspiring. His tone on ballads is liquid, his scat is so rapid-fire, passionate, melodious and inventive that subsequent saxophone solos often pale, and his intonation is so precise that it becomes noticeable if the piano wasn’t tuned that day. His range seems limitless. With a childhood background singing in gospel, Kenny is at home with the Blues as well as Jazz. The San Francisco Chronicle has called Kenny “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz scene, a vocalist with an exuberantly supple tenor that glides effortlessly into the stratosphere.”

Larry Dunlap is one of the most widely respected pianists and arrangers in the country. Beside his many years performing with Bobbe (they are married) and frequent dates with Kenny, Larry has been accompanist to some of the best known vocalists in jazz and cabaret, including Dame Cleo Laine (over 30 years), Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Maureen McGovern and Nancy King. He is currently touring with Mary Wilson (formerly of The Supremes) and author James Gavin in a tribute to Lena Horn. The San Francisco Examiner has described him as “a remarkable and versatile accompanist” and “one of the best jazz pianists around - anywhere”.

Rounding out the trio will be two of the top Bay Area musicians, Dan Feizli (longtime partner with Bobbe and Larry) on bass and Leon Joyce (formerly with Ramsey Lewis) on drums; a truly world-class group.



 
Machine Shop
In Concert

Friday 22 June 2012 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present Machine Shop, a collaboration between renowned percussionist Karen Stackpole and engineer and electronic music artist Die Elektrischen. Known in the experimental music community as "Gong Woman," Stackpole coaxes the most amazing sonic textures from a half ton of beaten brass, bronze, and other metal percussion instruments. These sounds are then further bent, beaten and burnished electronically by Die Elecktrischen. Don't miss these talented artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


About the Ensemble:
Machine Shop is a live amplified gong duo that was formed in 2003 when Die Elektrischen recorded an album of Karen Stackpole playing improvised gongs and percussion. While mixing the record, he took one small piece of the performance and created a song from it by subtly processing, editing and arranging it.

That song became the inspiration for a live amplified gong/electronics duo that took shape, quite literally, in a machine shop. At once visceral, muscular, musical, droning, soothing and surprising, Machine Shop takes the amazing sounds of vibrating metal that Karen conjures and then amplifies them through vintage tube amplifiers and cabinets. The songs are composed, not improvisational, though they have the flexibility to vary a bit from gig to gig. Some of the gong sounds are live-processed and subtly tweaked via effects to be blended in against the sound of the unprocessed gongs.

The results are truly unique, both sonically and visually. Not only is Karen a gongist-extraordinaire, but the live setup with Machine Shop ensures the audience is fully immersed in even the quietest of her gestures, revealing the amazing sonic spectrum of gongs and vibrating metals that she can conjure. Not heavy metal in any sense you've heard it before, but not for the faint of heart either.



 
The Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio
In Concert

Saturday 16 June 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present Icelandic jazz pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs, performing in her trio (Thorgrimur Jónsson - bass, Scott McLemore - drums), in an evening of sublime original music. Don't miss these talented artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


About the Artists:

The Washington Post described her music as possessing “such timeless virtues as lyricism and grace... elegantly bridges soul-searching passages with uncluttered swing.” Sunna Gunnlaugs reaffirms that assessment on her latest CD, “Long Pair Bond” which features fellow Icelander bassist Thorgrimur Jónsson and long-time cohort Scott McLemore on drums. It’s her first trio album since her debut in 1997, and now a more mature, more experienced Gunnlaugs presents this music in an unhurried, contemplative fashion. Ironically, it is the spaces she leaves that creates a sense of urgency throughout the recording. 

Equally influenced by such American pianists as Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, and Scandinavians like Bobo Stenson and Jon Balke, Sunna has found a way to make music to which people on both sides of the Atlantic can relate.  Her own charming brand of romantic lyricism riding upon a driving American rhythm section appeals to jazzers and non-jazzers alike. As a child growing up on a small peninsula called Seltjarnarnes not far from Reykjavik she began taking lessons on the organ at the urging of her mother.  “The idea of playing the piano didn’t appeal to me as a kid. I associated it with classical pianists who seemed to have no fun. But on the organ you could play anything, the Beatles, polkas, Strauss and that seemed like more fun.” By her teens, having realized that you could in fact play a variety of music on the piano, it was the gift of a Bill Evans trio record (appropriately named “You’re Gonna Hear From Me”) that sold her on modern jazz. 

In 1993 she made her way to the US as a student at William Paterson College and began to hone her own distinct musical voice both as an improviser and a composer while immersing herself in the standards and studying the masters. Just a 15 minute drive from Manhattan, inspiration was not hard to find. “Suddenly being able to go to the Village Vanguard or Bradley’s any night of the week and hear amazing pianists was an incredible experience. It was such a stimulating environment,” and one that Gunnlaugs had no intention of leaving after graduating in 1996. She moved to Brooklyn and made her debut recording “Far Far Away” with her trio: bassist Dan Fabricatore and drummer (and future husband), Scott McLemore.  In New York her focus shifted decidedly to performing her own music.  She began appearing at listening rooms such as Cornelia Street Cafe and the Knitting Factory, and rave reviews followed. Gunnlaugswas proclaimed an “impressive newcomer” by the Village Voice.



 
The Beth Custer Ensemble
performs Custer's live score accompanying the
the silent-era Soviet film "My Grandmother" (65 min.)

Friday 1 June 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present this wonderful evening of live music and film, featuring the Beth Custer Ensemble. Don't miss this rarely-seen film accompanied by brand new score performed by a live orchestra in our acoustically-excellent hall.

About the Program:


The Pacific Film Archive commissioned Beth Custer to compose a live score to one of their archival treasures MY GRANDMOTHER (1929), a silent film by Soviet Georgian director Kote Mikaberidze. My Grandmother was banned upon release for over 40 years and the director was banished to Siberia by the Soviet regime. The Beth Custer Ensemble has performed internationally with the film at festivals around the world including Cork International Film Festival, Moscow's Long Arms Festival, and Tbilisi International Film Festival.

Forgotten for a half-century, Kote Mikaberidze's My Grandmother is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as well as an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Noted for its anarchic styles -which include stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles, animation and constructivist sets- the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modeled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job.

Beth Custer created a quick-paced pastiche of American jazz and blues, contemporary classical, and world folk music with her stellar Bay Area ensemble: guitarist David James (The Coup, Spearhead), drummer Jan Jackson on drums, (Will Bernard, Motherbug), bassist Vicky Grossi (Graham Connah, Connie Champagne) trumpeter Chris Grady (Tom Waits, Jewel), Jessica Ivry on cello (Real Vocal String Quartet), and Dina Maccabee on violin (Vienna Teng, Ramon & Jessica). Freddi Price (Rube Waddell, Extra Action Marching Band) narrates the film's intertitles.

The score was awarded an Aaron Copland Recording Fund grant and Custer released a DVD of the film with her score. International touring has been funded by Trust for Mutual Understanding awards and a Mid Atlantic Arts grant.


About the Composer:

Beth Custer is a San Francisco based composer, performer, bandleader, and the proprietor of BC Records who composes for theatre, film, dance, television, installations and the concert stage. Beth has created scores for the contemporary chamber ensembles Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Earplay, City Winds, and Turtle Island and Kronos String Quartets; for the theatre productions of Campo Santo Theatre, Berkeley and San Diego Repertory Theatres, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare, Overtone Industries, and Cornerstone Theatre; for the dance troupes Joe Goode Goode Performance Group, Roco Dance, Flyaway Productions, Ledoh, Harupin Ha, and Osseus Labyrinth; for the films of Cathy Lee Crane, Melinda Stone, Betsy Bayha, KQED, CBS/Film Roman, and Koohan Paik. Beth has created four musicals with award winning writer Octavio Solis. Her collaborative scores with inventor and MacArthur Fellow Trimpin lead her to compose Vinculum Symphony, a site-specific, large-scale work that unites chamber musicians with experimental instrument builders. She has over twenty-five recordings out with her ensembles Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing, Trance Mission, The Beth Custer Ensemble and Club Foot Orchestra. Her numerous awards include a six week artist residency in an Italian castle at Civitella Ranieri.



         W.A.Mozart                                 Iosif Andriasov                          Arshak Andriasov                       Alexander Glazunov

The Jupiter Chamber Players
In Concert

Sunday 27 May 2012 at 7:30pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome back to our stage the Jupiter Chamber Players. One of our favorite chamber music ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Players will be performing a brilliant program including some rarely-heard pieces by Russian master composers Iosif Andriasov and his son Arshak Andriasov. Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


The Ensemble:

The Jupiter Chamber Players are:

Victor Romasevich and Michael Jones, violins
Stephen Levintow, viola
Paul Rhodes, cello


The Program:


String Quartet in C Major, K.465 (1785)              W.A.MOZART   (1756-1791)  

"Spring" for String Quartet, Op.32 (1994)          
IOSIF ANDRIASOV   (1933-2000)

Piece for String Quartet, Op.7 (2005)                
ARSHAK ANDRIASOV   (b.1980)

String Quartet in D Major, Op.1 (1954)              
IOSIF ANDRIASOV

"Ballet", Op.8 (2008)                                          
ARSHAK ANDRIASOV         
world premiere of the version for String Quintet

String Quartet No.5 in D minor, Op.70 (1899)      ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV  
(1865-1936)

For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov,
his wife, musicologist Marta Andriasova,
and his son, composer Arshak Andriasov,
please visit www.andriasovstore.com
and www.iosifandriasov.net


The Artists:


In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Chamber Players. The group had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Jupiter's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola) - all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through the Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers,  while continuing also to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.



                               Dan Smiley                                                               Jonathan Shames

Smiley-Shames Duo
In Concert

Friday 18 May 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to present this wonderful evening of chamber music featuring violinist Dan Smiley and pianist Jonathan Shames. These two virtuoso players (one of whom is a principal in a well-known symphony orchestra, the other is director of orchestra and opera programs at a major university) have assembled a program of brilliant pieces spanning three centuries. Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Program:


Sonata in A for Violin and Keyboard, K. 526                         Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1787)
    1. Molto allegro
    2. Andante
    3. Presto

Fantasia in C for Violin and Piano, D.934, Op.posth.159
        Franz Peter Schubert (1828)
    1. Andante moderato
    2. Allegretto
    3. Theme: Andantino; 4 Variations
    4. Allegro vivace. Allegretto. Presto

Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82                                             Sir Edward Elgar (1918)
    1. Allegro: Risoluto
    2. Romance: Andante
    3. Allegro non troppo

About the Program:

In the course of programming our Concert Series, we at the Hillside Club we are always curious about what leads our artists to their repertoire. When asked this question, violinist Dan Smiley said, "I would say we looked for repertoire that we each always wanted to do but that we hadn't had a chance to do together before. We both had been looking for a long time for the opportunity to do the Schubert Fantasy; I've played the Mozart sonata but it's been on Jonathan's list as great Mozart and a great pianistic challenge as well. And the Elgar was unusual; we were looking for something a bit different from the standards, it's a beautiful piece. Interestingly, these are all late works, although we didn't plan it that way. Perhaps they have some kind of affinity in that regard."

About the Artists:

Dan Nobuhiko Smiley is  Principal Second Violin of the San Francisco Symphony, which he joined in 1990, and has appeared as soloist with them in the Sinfonia Concertante of Mozart as well as in works of Haydn and Schnittke. After studies with his father David Smiley and Stuart Canin, he studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at The Juilliard School where he earned both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. Among his other solo performances are concertos with the Oakland Symphony, where he served as Concertmaster, the Berkeley Symphony, Marin Symphony, Wyoming Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Redwoods and ARTEA, with whom he gave the world premiere of Manly Romero's Concertino for Violin and Orchestra. He has appeared in the Cabrillo Festival, Chamber Music West, Telluride Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival and the Mendocino Music Festival, where he was Concertmaster for five seasons. As a chamber musician, he was a member of the Arch String Quartet, toured Asia with the Yale Trio and in 2010 performed the complete Beethoven violin sonatas at the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Jonathan Shames. Since 2008 he has served as Principal Second Violin of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, a world orchestra led by Myung-Whun Chung, with performances in Korea, Japan and China.
 
Mr. Smiley belongs to a musical family. Besides his father, who was a violist with the San Francisco Symphony, his mother was a pianist, and both his wife Suzanne Leon, and his sister Mariko are also violinists with the SF Symphony. He plays on a violin made by Petrus Guarnerius, Venice, 1732.

Since winning a finalist-diploma in the 1982 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Jonathan Shames has performed in France, Finland, South Korea, and Russia as well as across the U.S. He has recorded with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, toured with the Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgrade, and appeared as soloist with the Seoul Sinfonietta and the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, as well as the Boston Pops. As a chamber musician, Jonathan Shames has performed with Charles Neidich, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Dale Clevenger, Glenn Dicterow, Martin Chalifour, Eric Shumsky, Michaela Martin, Karine Georgian, Dan Nobuhiko Smiley, and theColorado, Moscow, Audubon and Vega String Quartets, among others. Together with his wife, pianist Stephanie Leon Shames, he founded and served as artistic director of The Boston Players, a chamber music ensemble that performed from 1992 to 1997.

Jonathan Shames is currently Artistic Director of Opera and Director of Orchestras at the University of Oklahoma. An enthusiastic exponent of the music of our time, Jonathan Shames has led the Contemporary Directions Ensemble at the University of Michigan and premiered works of Betsy Jolas, Stephen Hartke, Daniel Asia and Joël-François Durand, among others; at OU he has introduced works of George Crumb, Louis Andriessen, Luigi Nono, Claude Vivier and Bernd-Alois Zimmermann. (He shares the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Recording for the University of Michigan CD of William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.)

Recent activities have included the release of Mr. Shames’ recording of Anthony Brandt’s opera “The Birth of Something” (Albany Records), a European conducting debut with the Chabrier Conservatoire Orchestra in Clermont-Ferrand, France, concerts with pianist Stephanie Leon Shames at the Pine Mountain Festival and performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at OU. Later this year, Mr. Shames will present the premiere of Joël-François Durand’s Le Tombeau de Rameau for piano solo, written for him in 2012.


             Sarn Oliver                              Mariko Smiley                                David Kim                            Peter Wyrick

COLORS WASHED
A Concert of String Quartets and Demi String Quartets

Friday 4 May 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present an evening of superb chamber music featuring a quartet of virtuoso string players. Violinists Sarn Oliver and Mariko Smiley, violist David Kim, and cellist Peter Wyrick are all star members of a well-known symphony orchestra (we're not permitted to name it, but check the bio's), and they have formed this ensemble to perform a great program for us. Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Program:

Mozart Haus Haydn                        Sarn Oliver
(This work is an homage to the creative energy emanating from Mozart’s former digs in Vienna.
It was composed in situ after visiting the apartment.)
Mariko Smiley Violin, Sarn Oliver Violin, David Kim Viola, Peter Wyrick Cello

Duo for Violin and Cello                   Zoltan Kodaly

     Allegro serioso
     Adagio
     Maestoso e largamente
Sarn Oliver Violin, Peter Wyrick Cello

Movement and Variations                Robert Pollock
Sarn Oliver Violin, Mariko Smiley Violin, David Kim Viola, Peter Wyrick Cello

String Quartet in F Major                   Maurice Ravel
    1. Allegro moderato. Très doux
    2. Assez vif. Très rythmé
    3. Très lent
    4. Vif et agité
Sarn Oliver Violin, Mariko Smiley Violin, David Kim Viola, Peter Wyrick Cello

The Artists:

Sarn Oliver has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.   Mr. Oliver has appeared in solo performances with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony.  A featured artist on the PBS television program  “State of the Arts” his concerts have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the country. Mr. Oliver’s violin playing has been described by San Francisco Classical Voice as “simply phenomenal.” His recordings include a 1991 recording of the Benda and Stamitz Violin Concertos with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra, France and chamber music recordings like 2002 Fish Creek Music recording of Eric Ewazen’s Quintet for English horn and String Quartet.

Mr. Oliver performs in chamber music festivals and concert series throughout the United States.   He is currently a founding member of the Tilden Trio which performs throughout the country.  He was the creator of the jazz group, the Continuum. Also a recording engineer and producer, Sarn Oliver founded SarnWorks LLC. Recording Studio in 2007 and remains active recording, producing and engineering classical, contemporary CD’s and Film projects. Additionally Mr. Oliver is the President /Artistic Director of the Marin Chamber Music Festival, A non profit organization created to further chamber music performance and education in the SF Bay Area.

Sarn Oliver began composing in 2004 and his compositions have received numerous performances and growing recognition.  In 2005 a performance of “Trio One” his 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 as:”an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer.” He has also received several commissions including a commission from Ebe and Flow Arts, Hawai’i 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  In May 2010, Performances of his works in Tokyo, Japan included his new violin duo piece “Interwoven” written for his newly formed Violin Duo “Tangled Duo” established with his with and fellow San Francisco Symphony violinist Mariko Smiley. Upcoming performances of the work “Interwoven” in conjunction with RawDance who have created a dance work to it , can be seen in  San Francisco this October.

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. He 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.

 
Mariko Smiley
has performed in chamber music concerts in Europe,  throughout  the United States and Japan and at music festivals throughout the U.S. As a soloist she has performed with Music in the Mountain on numerous occasions, the Prometheus Symphony and others. She served as Concertmaster of the Music in the Mountain  festival for 15 years as well as performing with The California Symphony as Concertmaster.

Mariko  began her violin studies with her father, David Smiley , who was a violist with the San  Francisco Symphony from 1962-1973. She went on to study with Leonard Austria, Stuart Canin, and Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music.

As a member of the Aurora String Quartet, she recorded the entire string quartet repertoire of Prokofiev and Mendelssohn on the Naxos label.  Mariko was also a member of the Porter String Quartet at UC Santa Cruz. She currently performs in “Tangled Duo”, a violin duo with her husband, violinist/composer Sarn Oliver.

Mariko is currently a member of the San Francisco Symphony first violin section where she holds the John and Paula Gambs Chair and has performed for 25 years. She is also an instructor of Violin at the University of California, Berkeley.  Mariko Smiley performs on a 1734 Petrius Guarnari of Venice.

 
Hailed for his "rich, freely sweeping expression" and "keen sense of storytelling" by The Strad magazine, Korean-American violist David Kim has been recognized as one of the most compelling musicians of his generation. As first-prize laureate in the Ninth Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man, he made his UK recital debut at Wigmore Hall, where he premiered Darkness Draws In by British composer David Matthews. He has garnered additional top prizes at the William Primrose and Irving M. Klein competitions as well as distinctions at the Geneva and Walter W. Naumburg Competitions. Mr. Kim made his New York concerto debut at Avery Fisher Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton and has also appeared with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.

As a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's prestigious Chamber Music Society Two from 2006-09, Mr. Kim championed important new works, resulting in the New York premiere of Tigran Mansurian's Duet for Viola and Percussion and the world premiere of Mario Davidovsky?s Piano Septet. He also performed in a Live from Lincoln Center PBS broadcast of Schoenbergs Verklärte Nacht and Brahms' G Major String Sextet, which aired in January 2008. He has collaborated with such artists as Midori, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Mihaela Martin, Nancy Allen, Marina Piccinini, Edgar Meyer, Pascal Rogé, David Finckel, Gilbert Kalish, and members of the Borromeo and Guarneri String Quartets. Other chamber music engagements have taken him to the Mus?e du Louvre, Ravinia?s Rising Stars Series, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and his numerous festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute for Young Artists, Verbier Academy, Music@Menlo, Takefu International Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and Music Academy of the West. In addition he has toured the United States and Europe with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the IRIS Orchestra.

Mr. Kim was a recipient of the 2007-08 Fulbright/Swiss Government Arts Grant and studied with Nobuko Imai at the Geneva Conservatory. He has also attended the Juilliard and Eastman Schools and the New England Conservatory where his teachers were Kim Kashkashian, Carol Rodland, Samuel Rhodes, and Zvi Zeitlin. He joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2009.
 

Peter Wyrick
, Cello is the Associate Principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony.  He has performed as chamber musician and soloist with renowned chamber groups and orchestras throughout the world.  Before joining the Tilden Trio, Peter was a member of the acclaimed Ridge String Quartet whose recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label won the French Diapason d'Or and was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for best chamber music.  He has participated in 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.


         Michael Zilber                                    Dann Zinn                                Akira Tana
        
Larry DelaCruz                            Aaron Lington                          Marcus Stephens

Group Sax
In Concert

Friday 13 April 2012 at 8:00pm

Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen, as the Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to host some of the finest horn-men in the known universe along with unmatched percussion accompaniment in an evening of smokin' jazz. Saxophonists Michael Zilber, Larry DelaCruz, Aaron Lington, Marcus Stephens, and Dann Zinn, and percussionist Akira Tana are Group Sax.  Don't miss these wonderful artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Concert:
Group Sax is a brand new project from the fevered mind of leading Bay Area jazz saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber.

In his latest endeavor, Zilber, has invited some of his favorite saxophone compatriots to join him in a project consisting of 3 to 7 saxophones and drums. The reason for the flexible size? Different instrumental combinations, depending on the show and musical demands at hand. The players joining Zilber in Group Sax are widely considered among the best players in the area, and include, for this show, Dann Zinn on tenor, alto and soprano, Larry DelaCruz on alto and tenor, Marcus Stephens on tenor and alto and bari and Aaron Lington, easily the best bari player in town. Zilber will be playing soprano and tenor for the show, and may even join in on bari at times.  Rocking the drum chair will be drumming great Akira Tana

The sideman and leader resume for these 6 musicians would easily fill the rest of this page and then some, but suffice to say that from Dave Liebman to Rufus Reid to the Jazz Mafia to you pretty much name it, the collective performing and recording credits of these musicians are truly extensive and impressive.  For this group, the members are all writing original material, drawing from funk, jazz, blues, collective improv and modern classical. As Zilber says "sax players, so long as we check our egos at the proverbial door, are absolutely the best match for each other, because we speak so much of the same language. In this case, I have asked players whose playing I have always greatly admired, and all with wonderful and cool personalities. (none of that kill or be killed attitude that some sax players bring.) We don't debate or compete in this group, we cooperate and converse, all in the goal of creating some beautiful music."



                              
Hyunyoung Choi                                                                                                         Shoko Hikage

           Hyo-Shin Na

Strings Across Cultures
Koto and Kayageum Concert
with commentary by composer Hyo-Shin Na

Friday 6 April 2012 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is once again honored to present music from internationally renowned artists performing on traditional Japanese and Korean stringed instruments, koto and kayageum. Don't miss these wonderful artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Concert:
As our Concert Series regulars know, we recently hosted a wonderful koto performance by the Koto Ensemble Lantana, so when the opportunity of having Korean kayaguem virtuoso Hyunyoung Choi perform with Lantana koto star Shoko Hikage presented itself we jumped at it. This concert will feature these two talented artists playing contemporary compositions by Korean composer Hyo-shin Na, German composer Walter Zimmermann, and others. The program will also include traditional music for these instruments. Hyo-shin Na will give a short lecture about Korean classical music and the instruments used this concert.

The Artists:

Hyunyoung Choi began playing kayageum at Gukak National Middle School, Seoul, Korea, and received her B.M. degree from the Department of Korean Traditional Music, Seoul National University and the M.M. degree from Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea. She worked as a head performer of the Sookmyung Kayageum Orchestra, the recipient of the Grand Prize of the Korean Traditional Music and the first orchestra in Korea that consists of instruments of one kind. She also taught kayageum at Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies.  Hyunyoung performed at Musee du Qual Branly in Paris, France in 2008 and at Tiangiao Theater, Beiging, China, where Wen Jiabao attended, in 2007.  Hyunyoung has also been playing in music festivals in various countries around the world including Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, and Japan.

Shoko Hikage
began studying the koto at the age of three with Chizuga Kimura, a grand master of the Ikuta School "Sokyoku Seigen Kai" in Akita Prefecture, Japan. Beginning in 1985 she received special training from Grand Masters Seiga Adachi II and III. She received her bachelor's degree in koto music from Takasaki College in 1988 and became a uchideshi (a high disciple) of Tadao and Kazue Sawai, completing a one-year intensive seminar at the Sawai Koto Institute. In 1992, she began teaching at the Sawai Koto Institute Hawaii, as well as the University of Hawaii. In 1997 she moved to San Francisco where she has augmented her concert and teaching activities with improvisational dance. Hikage premiered Hyo-shin Na's "Crazy Horse" for Korean traditional orchestra and koto solo with the National Orchestra of Traditional Instruments in Seoul, Korea in November, 2011. Recently, she has presented the first performances of several works of Hyo-shin Na including " Night Procession of the Hundred Demons", "Koto Music" and "Koto Ninano" and, in the spring of 2012, will premiere Walter Zimmermann's "Irrgarten".


After studying piano and composition in her native Korea, Hyo-shin Na came to the U.S. in 1983 to do graduate work at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Colorado, where she received her doctorate. After moving to San Francisco in 1988, she met Cage, Rzewski, Wolff and Takahashi, and encountered the music of Nancarrow. At the same time, she made return trips to Korea to hear and study traditional Korean music while also taking a broad interest in the music of other regions of Asia.

Hyo-shin Na has written for western instruments, for traditional Korean instruments and has written music that combines western and Asian (Korean and Japanese) instruments and ways of playing. Her music for traditional Korean instruments is recognized by both composers and performers in Korea (particularly by the younger generation) as being uniquely innovative. Her writing for combinations of western and eastern instruments is unusual in its refusal to compromise the integrity of differing sounds and ideas; she prefers to let them interact, coexist and conflict in the music.

In Korea, she has twice been awarded the Korean National Composers Prize, and in the west she has been commissioned by the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations among many others. Her music has been played worldwide by ensembles as varied as the Barton Workshop, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Kronos Quartet, and the Korean Traditional Orchestra of the National Theatre. Portrait concerts, consisting solely of her music, have been presented in Amsterdam by the Barton Workshop (2006), in Seoul by JeonGaAkHoe (2009) and Buam Arts (2009), and at Texas A&M University (2007). New Music Works of Santa Cruz will present a portrait concert of Hyo-shin Na on April 28 in Santa Cruz and April 29 in San Francisco, 2012. Koto Ensemble Lantana will also present a portrait concert of her music on February 10, 2012. She is currently working on a piece for Southwest Chamber Music in Los Angeles.

She is the author of the bilingual book Conversations with Kayageum Master Byung-ki Hwang (Pulbit Press, 2001). Her music has been recorded on the Fontec (Japan), Top Arts (Korea),Seoul (Korea) and New World Records (US) labels and has been published in Korea and Australia. Since 2006 her music has been published exclusively by Lantro Music (Belgium).


             
Ricardo Peixoto                                                    Sarah Cabral                                          Carlos Oliveira

40 Years of Brazilian Masterpieces featuring
Sarah Cabral, Carlos Oliveira , Ricardo Peixoto

Friday 9 March 2012

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present an evening of exquisite Brazilian music performed by three virtuosos of the genre. Don't miss these wonderful artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Concert:

This concert will feature a collection of great songs by Brazilian master composers of the past four decades, including works by more contemporary artists. Vocalist Sarah Cabral will be accompanied by Carlos Oliveira and Ricardo Peixoto, two brilliant instrumentalists  who will play stringed instruments ranging from the 7 string classical guitar to the viola caipira - a 10 string folk guitar originated from the Northeast of Brazil. The variety of rhythms and melodies will showcase music less focused on Brazilian dance than to a more sophisticated balance of harmonic intensity highlighted by the romantic Portuguese language.

The Ensemble:

A personal note about this ensemble: I have known Carlos and Ricardo for a number of years and have always admired their playing, both  solo and in ensembles. Indeed, Carlos has appeared several times on Hillside Club Concert Series stage in recent years. It was through a happy accident last Fall that I met Sarah when she attended a benefit at which Carlos was performing. As it turned out, the two Brazilian natives were old friends, and when he told me what a wonderful vocalist she was, I encouraged them in an impromptu duet. After hearing them perform a couple of beautiful songs (and an encore at the insistence of the audience) I resolved to find a way to bring their music into the Hillside Club; this ensemble is the result. I'm really looking forward to this evening of musical delights.
        -Bruce Koball, Music Director, Hillside Club.

The Artists:

Sarah Cabral is a Brazilian vocalist who has been living in the Bay Area for the past eight years, where she studies and  performs with her mentor Pianist/ composer  Marcos Silva . She is inspired by the lyricism and poetry of her native music and challenged to integrate its musical ideas with those of her own creative space. She is currently working on several projects with local musicians, and performing in the bay area.

Guitarist, composer, arranger, and teacher Carlos Oliveira, originally from the state of Pernambuco (Northeast region of Brazil), started playing the guitar in his teens but has been living in the US since 1980 teaching and performing his native music in which he showcases a variety of Brazilian music styles. His CD Brazilian Origins was released in 2000, and his group Brazilian Origins has appeared as main and introductory acts for great Brazilian artists such as Sergio Mendes, Gilberto Gil, Jaques Morelenbaum Quartet, Rosa Passos, and has appeared at many important venues like Yoshis, Kuumbwa Jazz, San Francisco, San Jose and Monterey Jazz Festivals. As a composer, guitarist, and arranger, Carlos has contributed for the albums Ambrosia from Bay-Area’s saxophonist Harvey Wainapel and pianist Kenny Barron, on New Choros of Brazil by Wainapel and Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinatti, with mandolin legend Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso . In  2010 Carlos was featured on Acoustic Guitar Magazine under private lesson.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro and based in the Bay Area, guitarist/composer Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US today. His fluid melodic style and keen compositional sense explore Brazil?s rich and diverse traditions, both in his original work as well as in arrangements of Brazilian classics. He has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, saxophonist Bud Shank, percussionist Dom Um Rom?o, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, guitarist Carlos Oliveira, Harvey Wainapel, Marcos Silva and Terra Sul. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.






Erik Jekabson- Art Lande Quartet
featuring Peter Barshay and Alan Hall

Friday 2 March 2012

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to host the return performance of some of our favorite jazz stars in a new ensemble. Don't miss these wonderful artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

In the San Francisco Bay Area we are fortunate to have a significant number of the finest jazz musicians on the planet, as well as regular visits from out-of-town stars. This concert uses the fortuitous propinquity of such talented artists to field a truly remarkable ensemble. The Erik Jekabson- Art Lande Quartet consists of trumpeter Erik Jekabson and pianist Art Lande, as well as bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Alan Hall. All these superb players have worked with one another in various groups, but this is the first appearance of all of them together on one stage. The concert will feature original compositions and arrangements from Art and Eric.

The Artists:

Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students.  Erik has two CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album "Crescent Boulevard", released in 2010 on his own Jekab's Music label, and "Intersection", which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label.  Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings: "Vista: the Arrival" and "New World Funk Ensemble" which are widely available, and published his own book of Jazz Duets for trumpet.  He has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks, and has spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet.  While on the road, he was able to perform at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has performed with them at the DeYoung Museum, SFJazz's Summer Series, Jazz at Pearl's, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Jazzschool, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company.  He has also appeared as a sideman with other groups at the San Jose Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, and the Gualala Jazz Festival.  Erik maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician and often performs with local Bay Area musicians such as the Jazz Mafia, Terry Disley, Mario Guarneri, Marcus Shelby, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, and the Happy Hour Jazz Quintet. Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently teaching at the Jazzschool Institute, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, and Los Medanos College. He has also given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College in New Orleans, and is a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute.


Grammy-nominated artist Art Lande is an internationally known pianist, composer, improviser, drummer and educator who has performed with a long list of the Who's Who in jazz, including Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson, Steve Swallow, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Sheila Jordan, Mark Isham, Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek and many others. His band, Rubisa Patrol, was formed in the mid 70's and worked through 1983, traveling to Europe often and recording with ECM Records. After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he played a weekly performance for 15 years! Each week had different music and drew from a large list of different bands, members and seasonal special guests from nearly everywhere. Live performances are not to be missed, an occasion full of musical adventure and inspiration, spontaneity, warmth and soul. Art is also well known for his innovative approaches to teaching piano, improvisation and ear training. He currently has many regular students in Boulder and often travels internationally for workshops, camps and performances.


A veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes, Peter Barshay has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin and Bobby McFerrin. Born in Washington D.C. in 1950, Barshay began cello lessons at age nine. In 1965, his family moved to Berkeley, California, where he continued his classical studies but his interest was piqued by other musics as well. "I listened to rock 'n'roll and blues and spent many weekends at the Fillmore Auditorium during the heyday of the '60s," he recalls. "But then I started listening to jazz and found myself being pulled into it." In 1969, Barshay moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School Of Music with renowned cellist Bernard Greenhouse, a member of the famed Beaux Arts Trio. But his commitment to classical music was waning by that time. "I ended up spending all my time at the Village Vanguard and whatever jazz clubs I could go to," he says. "That's kind of when I lost my desire to be a classical player." It was around that time that Barshay switched from cello to double bass and he hasn't looked back since. "I just picked up the bass, I never took a lesson," he explains. After returning to the West Coast in 1970, he began working as a freelancer at such clubs as El Matador, Basin Street West and the Keystone Korner, where gained invaluable on-the-job training with key players on the Bay Area and New York jazz scenes. Moving back to to New York in 1978 he became immersed in the jazz and Latin jazz scenes there over the course of the next 15 years. During this time he also formed a trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Joey Baron. "We played a lot together and actually did a recording," he says. "I hope to put it out one day." There were memorable nights at the revered Greenwich Village piano duo haven Bradley's with the likes of pianists Jimmy Rowles and Tommy Flanagan and occasional appearances at Time Cafe with the Mingus Big Band. His other activities during this lengthy period included subbing for renowned bassists Bob Cranshaw and the late Walter Booker, playing duo gigs at West Boondock with pianists Armen Donelian and Jim McNeely and gigging with saxophonist Sonny Fortune while also appearing regularly at 55 Grand in a trio with drummer Victor Lewis and guitarist Hiram Bullock. It was at 55 Grand that he first met and played with former Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern, who makes an appearance on his pit of fashion CD. During these years, Barshay would gain invaluable experience alongside a host of jazz's elite, including international tours with such venerable jazzmen as Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin and Joe Chambers. Barshay's numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals have taken him around the world, helping to establish his reputation as a solid, reliable bassist. Having soaked up a lifetime of sounds on both coasts -- everything from salsa and straight ahead to funk-fusion, avant garde and music derived from the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian traditions -- he brings a wealth of experience to the musical table.


Drummer Alan Hall has performed and/or recorded with: saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bobby Mintzer, Bruce Williamson, John Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Tom Coster and Kit Walker; bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff, Kai Eckhardt and Gary Brown; guitarists Mick Goodrick, Joyce Cooling; vocalists Kenny Washington, Mark Murphy, Betty Buckley, Rebecca Parris: Cirque Du Soleil?s WINTUK: and The San Francisco Production of WICKED. He is currently a member of several groups including The Art Lande, Paul McCandless Group; Ray Brown?s Great Big Band; Dave Eshelman?s Jazz Garden Big Band; Michael Smolens? Kriya; The Sheldon Brown Group: The Fred Randolph Quintet: The Dan Zemelman Quartet. He is currently percussion department chairman at The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA. where he teaches classes, ensembles and workshops, including workshops to visiting students of The MUSE Academy of Tokyo, Japan, Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at: U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. and Cal State University East Bay, Hayward, CA. (HIRED 2008) He was assistant professor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993 Where he taught private lessons, classes and ensembles, in addition to helping develop curriculum for the department

 
            Shoko Hikage                                        Noriko Tsuboi                                     Kanoko Nishi

             Hyo-shin Na

Koto Ensemble Lantana
"Portrait Concert"
Music by Hyo-shin Na

Friday 10 February 2012

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present the world-renowned Koto Ensemble Lantana in a concert of new music for Japanese Koto by contemporary composer,  Hyo-shin Na. The performance will include commentary by the composer. Don't miss these wonderful artists performing this rarely-heard repertoire in our acoustically-excellent hall.

Koto Ensemble Lantana
are:
Shoko Hikage, Noriko Tsuboi
& Kanoko Nishi - koto and bass koto

The Program:

    Koto Ninano for 3 Kotos (2010)

    Koto Music for 3 Kotos (2009)

    Night Procession of the Hundred Demons, version for 3 bass kotos (2008)

    Night Procession of the Hundred Demons,
version for 3 kotos (2009)

    Crazy Horse for Solo Koto (2012)
- premiere of the solo version

The Ensemble:

Koto ensemble Lantana
is an exciting new performance group with a fresh approach to the Japanese koto and sangen. All of the members are associated with the Sawai Koto Institute in Tokyo. Founded in 1979 by Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai, this organization is recognized for its unique artistry and emphasis placed on contemporary music for the koto. Each member has strong training in traditional koto methods, unique experiences in the US, Japan and Thailand performing solo, with ensembles and in collaborations with various musicians and artists.

"Lantana is a flower that, as it blooms changes colors. It can range from purple to orange to white and so on, often changing a rainbow of times before the blossoms wilt. I like to think of our music as being this limitless. Just like the lantana can change colors, so can we change our styles and sounds. We play music with no boundaries, drawing from all kinds of music; including but not limited to jazz, classical, and traditional Japanese." - Shoko Hikage

The Artists:

Shoko Hikage began playing koto at the age of three. Hikage studied koto under Chizuga Kimura, the 2nd and 3rd IEMOTO Seiga Adachi (hereditary head master of the Ikuta-ryu Sokyoku Seigen Kai). In 1988, Hikage graduated from Takasaki College with a major in koto music, and she was accepted as a special research student in Sawai Sokyoku-In (Sawai Koto Academy) under Tadao and Kazue Sawai where she subsequently received her master's certificate. In 1992, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to teach koto at the Sawai Kotot Kai Hawai and the University of Hawaii koto class. In 1997, she moved to San Francisco, where she continues her pursuits in improvisational dance and music. In 2010 she was a featured soloist for the performance of "Voice of Phoenix" by Neil Mckay with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and also performed the world premiere of "Song of One Lost in the Fog" by Hyo-shni Na with Earplay new chamber music.

Kanoko Nishi
is a performer currently based in SF Bay Area, CA. Although her primary training is in classical piano performance, her interest since attending Mills College in Oakland from 2002-2006 for BA in musical performance program has widened from avant-garde music, free-improvisation, to traditional Japanese music on her second instrument, koto. She has been exploring, both on the piano and koto, various extended techniques, in addition to more traditional techniques, in order to widen the range of vocabularies on each instrument for freer expressions in more varieties of musical genres. She has studied with and has been inspired primarily by improvisers Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre and koto master, Kazue Sawai.

Noriko Tsuboi began studying koto at age eight, concentrating on traditional Japanese music. She was awarded with the Lecturer's certificate by the Sawai Academy of Music in 1987, and entered this academy as a Special Research Student. She also completed NHK (The National Television Broadcasting Network) Traditional Music Program and Two-year Intensive Seminar in Sawai Academy of Music while performing in many concerts, recordings, and participating in tours abroad. In 1992, Noriko was invited to the University of California, San Diego as a koto instructor and went to the United States. She also directed the student koto ensemble and held concerts in California area. In addition to teaching music classes, Noriko has held solo recitals and concerts and collaborated with various fields of musicians. Since 2001, Noriko has resided in Bangkok, pursuing possibilities of unlimited musical activities in Japan, the United States, and Asian countries.

The Composer:


After studying piano and composition in her native Korea, Hyo-shin Na came to the U.S. in 1983 to do graduate work at the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Colorado, where she received her doctorate. After moving to San Francisco in 1988, she met Cage, Rzewski, Wolff and Takahashi, and encountered the music of Nancarrow. At the same time, she made return trips to Korea to hear and study traditional Korean music while also taking a broad interest in the music of other regions of Asia.
 
Hyo-shin Na has written for western instruments, for traditional Korean instruments and has written music that combines western and Asian (Korean and Japanese) instruments and ways of playing. Her music for traditional Korean instruments is recognized by both composers and performers in Korea (particularly by the younger generation) as being uniquely innovative. Her writing for combinations of western and eastern instruments is unusual in its refusal to compromise the integrity of differing sounds and ideas; she prefers to let them interact, coexist and conflict in the music.
 
In Korea, she has twice been awarded the Korean National Composers Prize, and in the west she has been commissioned by the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations among many others. Her music has been played worldwide by ensembles as varied as the Barton Workshop, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Kronos Quartet, and the Korean Traditional Orchestra of the National Theatre. Portrait concerts, consisting solely of her music, have been presented in Amsterdam by the Barton Workshop (2006), in Seoul by JeonGaAkHoe (2009) and Buam Arts (2009), and at Texas A&M University (2007).New Music Works of Santa Cruz will present a portrait concert of Hyo-shin Na on April 28 in Santa Cruz and April 29 in San Francisco, 2012. She is currently working on a piece for Southwest Chamber Music in Los Angeles.
 
She is the author of the bilingual book Conversations with Kayageum Master Byung-ki Hwang (Pulbit Press, 2001). Her music has been recorded on the Fontec (Japan), Top Arts (Korea),Seoul (Korea) and New World Records (US) labels and has been published in Korea and Australia. Since 2006 her music has been published exclusively by Lantro Music (Belgium).
 



The ROVA Saxophone Quartet
"New Compositions"

Friday 27 January 2012


The Berkeley Hillside Club is tickled to welcome back our favorite genre-bending saxophone stars, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, in a concert of New Compositions for the New Year.  Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

ROVA is:

Jon Raskin
- baritone and alto
Larry Ochs
- tenor and sopranino
Steve Adams
- alto
Bruce Ackley
- tenor and soprano

The Program:

Rova, now entering its 34th season of adventurous music making in the Bay Area and beyond, will present a concert of original works. The Berkeley Hillside Club offers a marvelous listening environment, especially well-suited to Rova's compositions that explore the acoustic properties of resonant spaces. The concert will provide the audience with an enhanced listening experience, in part due to different instrumental setups for each piece, and Rova's movement in the room. 
 
Pieces will include Larry Ochs' Certain Space, with a section dedicated to American maverick composer, Morton Feldman, and featured on Rova's soon-to-be released CD, A Short History; excerpts from Alvin Curran's Electric Rags II, commissioned by Rova more than 20 years ago, but rarely performed in the Bay Area; The Blue Wall, written by Jon Raskin during his recent residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts; and Steve Adams' Grace, composed for a performance at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. The concert will serve as a retrospective of Rova's environmental works.
 
The Hillside Club performance will be a prelude to Rova's 11 city European tour in February, and features the band in a particularly engaged creative period.

The Ensemble:

Rova Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.

Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music, and draws inspiration from the visual arts and from the traditional and popular music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.

In noting Rova's innovative role in developing the all-saxophone ensemble as "a regular and conceptually wide-ranging unit," The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls its music "a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds" created by "deliberately eschewing conventional notions about swing [and] prodding at the boundaries of sound and space..." Likewise Jazz: The Rough Guide notes, "Highly inventive, eclectic and willing to experiment, Rova [is] arguably the most exciting of the saxophone quartets to emerge in the format's late '70s boom."

Inspired by a broad spectrum of musical influences -from Charles Ives, Edgard Varese, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis and Morton Feldman to The Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Coltrane, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman- Rova began, in 1978, writing new material, touring, and recording, including early collaborations with such like-minded colleagues as guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith, and saxophonist John Zorn. In its early years, Rova also shared the stage in collaborations with fellow San Francisco based trailblazers Kronos Quartet and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. A 1983 tour of the USSR and accompanying PBS documentary highlighted the first five years of Rova's existence.

In 1985, the Rova Saxophone Quartet incorporated as the not-for-profit organization Rova:Arts. Founding member Andrew Voigt left Rova in August 1988 and was replaced by Steve Adams. Otherwise, the personnel - Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin and Bruce Ackley - has remained the same throughout these 30-plus years, giving the group a consistency and sensitivity that has enabled its ever-evolving and highly nuanced
explorations into new musical territory.




The Presidio String Quartet
"20th and 21st Century Innovators"

Friday 13 January 2012


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present The Presidio String Quartet in a concert of 20th and 21st Century string quartets, including pieces by Béla Bartók, Anton Webern, and Richard Carrick  Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

The Presidio String Quartet
are:
David Ryther and Nastasha Makhijani
- violins
Ilana Matfis
- viola
Shain Carrasco
- 'cello

The Program:

Presidio String Quartet presents "20th and 21st Century Innovators" a concert of String Quartets by Béla Bartók, Anton Webern and Richard Carrick. This concert follows the development of the string quartet from early twentieth century romanticism to the present day focus on the string quartet as a rich sound resource. Central to this development was Béla Bartók who was an early innovator in this regard taking as his model the varied and un-standardized sounds which figured prominently in the folk traditions he studied. We will feature the lush and chromatic Langsamersatz (1905) by Anton Webern, the ever exciting and enigmatic 2nd String Quartet (1915-1917) of Béla Bartók and Adagios for String Quartet (2007) a transcendent and elegiacal piece by New York based composer Richard Carrick. A surprise visit to the stage by longtime member Deborah Katz, now based in Mexico, rounds out the evening.

Anton Webern (1883-1945)
Langsamer Satz in E Flat Major for String Quartet (1905)

Béla Bartók
(1881-1945)
String Quartet No. 2 Op. 17 Sz. 67 (1915-1917)
  1. Moderato
  2. Allegro molto capriccioso
  3. Lento
Richard Carrick
Adagios for String Quartet (2009-2010)

    1.
Elegy (to the memory of my father)
    2. Suspended Adagio
    3. Solo





                    Bach                                          Haydn                                    Andriasov                                  Zemlinsky

The Jupiter Chamber Players
In Concert

Sunday 8 January 2012

The Berkeley Hillside Club is honored to present The Jupiter Chamber Players in a concert of music spanning three centuries, including rarely heard masterpieces by Andriasov and Zemlinsky. Don't miss these superb artists performing wonderful music in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Ensemble:

The Jupiter Chamber Players are:

Victor Romasevich and Michael Jones, violins
Stephen Levintow, viola
Paul Rhodes, cello

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The Program:

JOHANN  SEBASTIAN  BACH  (1685-1750)
Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor for Organ  BWV 537 (ca.1723)
    Transcribed for String Quartet by David P. Cheng


FRANZ  JOSEF  HAYDN  (1732-1809)
String Quartet in A Major, Op.20 No.6 (1772)
    1.  Allegro di molto e scherzando
    2.  Adagio
    3.  MENUETTO. Allegretto
    4.  FINALE. Fuga a 3 Soggetti. Allegro

IOSIF  ANDRIASOV  (1933-2000)
String Quartet in D Major, Op.1 (1954)

    1. Allegro
    2. Lento
    3. Presto

For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov,
please visit :  http://www.andriasovstore.com   and
http://www.iosifandriasov.net © Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova).
Recordings and videos of Iosif Andriasov's music may also be
found on YouTube.

        Intermission

ALEXANDER  ZEMLINSKY  (1871-1942)
String Quartet in A Major No.1, Op.4 (1896)
    1. Allegro con fuoco
    2. Allegretto
    3. Breit und Kraftig
    4. Vivace  con fuoco

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The Artists:


In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Chamber Players. The group had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center's previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Jupiter's "home" venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola) - all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through the Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers,  while continuing also to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.






Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, and Robert Pollock
"Tangled Flow Duos And Trios"

Thursday 1 December 2011

The Berkeley Hillside Club, in collaboration with Ebb & Flow Arts, is excited to preset "Tangled Flow Duos And Trios" featuring Sarn Oliver, Mariko Smiley, and Robert Pollock. This concert of music spanning the 20th century, and venturing into the 21st, will include the world premiers of several original compositions by Oliver and Pollock. Don't miss these superb artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Ensemble:

Sarn Oliver
- violin
Mariko Smiley - violin
Robert Pollock - piano

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The Program:

Sonate pour deux violons et piano (1914)    Darius Milhaud
    I. Anime
    II. Modere
    II. Tres Vif
Sarn Oliver and Mariko Smiley violins,  Robert Pollock piano

Elegy (1959)                            Edward T. Cone
Mariko Smiley violin, Robert Pollock piano
                                               
Duo No. 5  (2011)                    Robert Pollock
Sarn Oliver violin,  Robert Pollock piano
        world premiere

        Intermission

Rocking Mirror Daybreak (1983)    Toru Takemitsu
    I.   Autumn
    II.  Passing Bird
    III. In the Shadow
    V. Rocking Mirror
Mariko Smiley and Sarn Oliver violins

Plum Blossoms Floating (2011)        Sarn Oliver      
Sarn Oliver, violin,  Robert Pollock, piano,
        world premiere

Kazanka Iceberg  (2011)        Sarn Oliver    
Sarn Oliver and Mariko Smiley violins, Robert Pollock, piano
        world premiere

This concert features the world premieres of composer / pianist Robert Pollock’s new “Duo No. 5” for violin and piano and composer / violinist Sarn Oliver’s new duo “Plum Blossoms Floating” for violin and Piano.  Other programmed works include former Oakland resident Darius  Milhaud ‘s "Sonate pour deux Violons et Piano," Toru Takemitsu’s violin duo “Rocking Mirror Daybreak “  and  “Elegy” for violin and piano by Edward T. Cones. Additionally, “Kazanka Iceberg “, a work for two violins and piano written by  Sarn Oliver  for the 2011 European -Asian  Festival of Contemporary Music in  Kazan, Russia will be presented. 

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The Artists:

    Violinist Sarn Oliver has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.   Mr. Oliver has appeared in solo performances with orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and the Shreveport Symphony.  A featured artist on the PBS television program  “State of the Arts” his concerts have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the country. Mr. Oliver’s violin playing has been described by San Francisco Classical Voice as “simply phenomenal.” His recordings include a 1991 recording of the Benda and Stamitz Violin Concertos with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra, France and chamber music recordings like 2002 Fish Creek Music recording of Eric Ewazen’s Quintet for English horn and String Quartet.

Mr. Oliver performs in chamber music festivals and concert series throughout the United States.   He is currently a founding member of the Tilden Trio which performs throughout the country.  He was the creator of the jazz group, the Continuum. Also a recording engineer and producer, Sarn Oliver founded SarnWorks LLC. Recording Studio in 2007 and remains active recording, producing and engineering classical, contemporary CD’s and Film projects. Additionally Mr. Oliver is the President /Artistic Director of the Marin Chamber Music Festival, A non profit organization created to further chamber music performance and education in the SF Bay Area.

Sarn Oliver began composing in 2004 and his compositions have received numerous performances and growing recognition.  In 2005 a performance of “Trio One” his 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 as:”an unusually thoughtful and eclectically-minded composer.” He has also received several commissions including a commission from Ebe and Flow Arts, Hawai’i 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 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  In May 2010. Performances of his works in Tokyo, Japan included his new violin duo piece “Interwoven” written for his newly formed violin duo “Tangled Duo” established with his with and fellow San Francisco Symphony violinist Mariko Smiley. Upcoming performances of the work “Interwoven” in conjunction with RawDance who have created a dance work to it , can be seen in  San Francisco this October.

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. He 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.
 

    Violinist Mariko Smiley has performed in chamber music concerts in Europe,  throughout  the United States and Japan and at music festivals throughout the U.S. As a soloist she has performed with Music in the Mountain on numerous occasions, the Prometheus Symphony and others. She served as Concertmaster of the Music in the Mountain  festival for 15 years as well as performing with The California Symphony as Concertmaster.

Mariko Smiley began her violin studies with her father, David Smiley , who was a violist with the San  Francisco Symphony from 1962-1973. She went on to study with Leonard Austria, Stuart Canin, and Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School where she received her Bachelor and Master of Music.

As a member of the Aurora String Quartet, she recorded the entire string quartet repertoire of Prokofiev and Mendelssohn on the Naxos label.  Mariko was also a member of the Porter String Quartet at UC Santa Cruz. She currently performs in “Tangled Duo”, a violin duo with her husband, violinist/composer Sarn Oliver.

Mariko is currently a member of the San Francisco Symphony first violin section where she holds the John and Paula Gambs Chair and has performed for 25 years. She is also an instructor of Violin at the University of California, Berkeley.  Mariko Smiley performs on a 1734 Petrius Guarnari of Venice.


    Composer and pianist Robert Pollock received a B. A. in Music from Swarthmore College, and M.F.A. in Musical Composition from Princeton University. He is co-founder of  the New York Guild of Composers (1975), and founder/director emeritus of the Composers Guild of New Jersey (1980-1998).  Since 1999, Pollock has directed a  contemporary music and arts presenting organization, Ebb & Flow Arts, Inc., in
Hawai'i. He has organized over five hundred new music concerts. As pianist he has premiered over one hundred compositions by composers from around the world. He recently performed solo piano recitals in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Seoul,  Korea (twice), and Tokyo, Japan (twice). He participated as composer-in-residence in Composer in Residence Day, William Paterson University, and the Festival for New American Music, Sacramento State University.

Some of his over one hundred compositions received recent performances in Israel, Moscow, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Honolulu, Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Russia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, New Jersey, California and NYC. Several of his works are recorded for Furious Artisan, CRI, CGNJ and Union of Composers, Tartarstan, Russia, labels. Several works are published by Mobart, E.C. Schirmer, Veritas Musicae and Rosalime Productions.




The Symphony Players
In Concert

Sunday 27 November 2011


The Berkeley Hillside Club is positively giddy at the thought of presenting this wonderful concert performed by some of the finest classical musicians on the planet. The five artists constituting The Symphony Players are all members of celebrated local orchestras and we are honored to have them appear in our Concert Series. Don't miss these stellar players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Ensemble

The
Symphony Players are:

Dan Carlson
- violin
Amy Hiraga
- violin
Joy Fellows
- viola
Jonathan Vinocour
- viola
Peter Wyrick
- cello

The Symphony Players are truly a world-class ensemble who are joining forces for the first time under this banner to interpret two master works of the string quintet repertoire. They are all members of prominent local orchestras, and though we are contractually precluded from mentioned these estimable organizations by name here, that information is close at hand (hint: check the artists' bio's).

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The Program


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Violoncello No. 4 in G Minor, K 516
    I.  Allegro
    II. Menuetto. Allegretto-Trio
    III. Adagio ma non troppo
    IV. Adagio-Allegro

Felix Mendelssohn
Quintet for Strings No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op.87
    I. Allegro vivace
    II. Andante scherzando
    III. Adagio e lento
    IV. Allegro molto vivace

These two works are in many ways complementary. The Mozart quintet, written in 1787, is for the most part a dark and passionate piece, infused with a restless emotion. The key of G Minor seems to have had special meaning for Mozart in terms of the expression of deep feelings, and this piece, along with his Symphony #40, are prime examples. The curious exception comes at the very end of the Quintet with an almost cheerful Allegro, which tempers the pathos of the preceding music with negating it.

For the purposes of this program, the Allegro also provides a felicitous segue into the Mendelssohn work. In contrast to the Mozart, the Mendelssohn quintet, written in 1845, is on the whole an uplifting and exuberant piece of music, though it does explore a full range of emotions, especially with wonderful lyrical interlude of the Adagio.

These two works add up to an extremely enjoyable evening of music.

(And a personal note regarding the selection of the pieces on this program and the formation of The Symphony Players: string quintets generally come in two flavors depending one which instrument (viola or cello) is added to the traditional string quartet format of two violins, viola, and cello. This ensemble actually includes two husband-and-wife teams, Amy Hiraga and Peter Wrick, and Dan Carlson and Joy Fellows (Jonathan Vinocour is equally loved but unaccompanied in this venture). The Hillside Club Concert Series has learned that this repertoire was the explicitly selected by the "oldsters" to coax the "youngsters" into this collaboration. We leave it to the reader to determine who's who in this regard... )

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The Artists

    Dan Carlson
, who joined the SFS in 2006, is Associate Principal Second Violin and occupant of the Audrey Avis Aasen-Hull Chair. He previously served as rotating concertmaster for the New World Symphony during the 2004-05 season.

Mr. Carlson has performed and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, been a member of the first violin section of the Phoenix Symphony, and participated in the Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood, and Marlboro festivals, as well as the Marlboro Music Tours. He has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and worked on chamber music compositions with Bright Sheng, George Pearl, Hans Werner Henze, and Thomas Adès.

Mr. Carlson holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff and Dorothy Delay.

    Joy Fellows
joined the San Francisco Opera in 2008, and was recently appointed Assistant Principal of the San Francisco Ballet. Previously, she was Associate Principal Viola of the Indianapolis Symphony, and has also been a member of both the St. Louis Symphony, and the New World Symphony in Miami. While growing up in Oklahoma, she began her orchestral career at the age of 14 with the Oklahoma Sinfonia, and later the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Joy has been a resident chamber musician at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy, and was also selected to participate in the Juilliard String Quartet seminar. She has also participated in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Central City Opera (Colorado), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and has participated and taught at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Joy has performed as chamber musician and as a soloist across the US, Europe and Asia.

Ms. Fellows holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters degree from The Juilliard School. Joy studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Earl Carlyss, Joel Smirnoff, and Sam Rhodes. Her principal teachers included Wayne Crouse, Matthew Dane, and Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet.

    Violinist Amy Hiraga is currently a member of the San Francisco Symphony.  She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1991 to 1999.  A student of Emanuel Zetlin in Seattle, Washington and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York, she has performed and recorded with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Amy has performed as soloist with the Aspen Philharmonia, Solisti of New York, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the St Luke's Chamber Ensemble. In addition she has performed chamber at the Caramoor, Bard, Olympic, Chamber Music West, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, as well as with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Chelsea Ensemble,and the Partita Ensemble.

    Jonathan Vinocour joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal Violist in 2009, having previously served as principal violist of the Saint Louis Symphony and guest principal of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. A native of Rochester, New York, Mr. Vinocour graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in chemistry and was awarded the university?s Sudler Prize in the Arts. He completed his master's degree in 2003 at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian. Mr. Vinocour received First Prize in the Holland America Music Society Competition, and his first solo album, featuring works of Britten and Shostakovich, was recorded with the support of the Holland America Music Society.  He has appeared as soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under maestros Hans Graf and Nicholas McGegan.  He recently made his solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas in Berlioz's Harold in Italy and also performed Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel with the orchestra this past season to critical acclaim.  Mr. Vinocour has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro in past seasons; he has also participated in numerous other festivals, including the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Vinocour has been a guest of the Boston Chamber Music Society and International Sejong Soloists and collaborated with artists such as Paula Robison, Gilbert Kalish, Miriam Fried, Yo Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, and members of the Amadeus, Arditti, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Jupiter, Mendelssohn, and Orion string quartets.  He is a founding member and regular performer with ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), a conductor-less chamber ensemble based in New York.  Mr. Vinocour plays on a viola made by Lorenzo Storioni in 1784 on kind loan from the San Francisco Symphony.

Peter Wyrick served as San Francisco Symphony Assistant Principal Cellist from 1986 to 1990, returned to the Orchestra in 2000, and is now Associate Principal Cellist. He has also served as principal cellist of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and associate principal cellist of the New York City Opera Orchestra. As a member of the Ridge String Quartet, he performed throughout the world and recorded the Dvořák piano quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny, an RCA recording that won France's Diapason d'Or and a Grammy nomination. He has also recorded the Fauré cello sonatas with pianist Earl Wild for dell'Arte records. Mr. Wyrick has participated in Finland's Helsinki Festival, the Spoleto Festival (both in this country and in Italy), and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, among many others, and he appears regularly in the San Francisco Symphony's Chamber Music Series. He has been soloist with the Orchestra in music from Tan Dun?s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse.


The Sheldon Brown Quintet
plays the music of
Herbie Nichols

Saturday 19 November 2011


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present this special concert in tribute to long-neglected jazz artist and composer, Herbie Nichols. This concert features some of the finest jazz artists playing anywhere today including Sheldon Brown, Darren Johnston, Matt Clark, John Schifflett, and Jason Lewis. Don't miss these stellar players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Program

 
Though the late, great jazz pianist and composer, Herbie Nichols, labored in obscurity throughout most of his life, his music is now held in high regard by musicians and critics alike. He is best known today for his highly original compositions, which combine bop, Dixieland, and West Indian music with harmonies derived from classical composers like Erik Satie and Béla Bartók

Band leader, Sheldon Brown, says, "The music of Herbie Nichols has been one of my favorite areas of study over the years. Herbie was an amazing pianist and composer, a contemporary of Thelonious Monk and the Be-boppers. He left a substantial body of work that, until recently, has gone largely unnoticed. I have long admired his unique compositional voice - at once profoundly elegant and seriously humorous - and now and then I have persuaded several groups in which I perform to play his pieces. I am pleased to perform this concert dedicated to his work. In addition to tunes by Nichols, we will perform my own short introductions and interludes.

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The Artists

Sheldon Brown - horns
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Matt Clark - piano
John Schifflett -
bass
Jason Lewis -
drums

    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.

    Since settling in San Francisco in 1997, Canada-born trumpeter Darren Johnston has built a web of alliances, from avant-garde excursions with the likes of the ROVA saxophone quartet and Myra Melford, to straight-ahead jazz outings with artists such as bassist/composer Marcus Shelby.  As a bandleader he first made his mark with the United Brassworkers Front, an infamous ensemble with a truly unique take on brass music that released two albums.   In '07 Johnston released "Reasons for Moving," which featured
Fred Frith and Larry Ochs, and was released on the Not Two label.  A new live recording by this ensemble is slated for 2010.  In 2008 Johnston was labeled as one of twenty-five "trumpeters of the future" by Downbeat magazine.  His critically acclaimed quintet CD on the Clean Feed label recently won four stars by four different critics in that same magazine, which helped to place him in this years "Downbeat Critic's Poll" for his trumpet playing.  This same recording, "The Edge of the Forest", was listed as a "top ten of
'09" recording by multiple critics, and given an honorable mention in the Village Voice's listing of the same name, coming in at number 13.

Currently, Darren's focus is on his award winning "Nice Guy Trio", with a new CD out on Porto Franco Records, which features Rob Reich on accordion, and Daniel Fabricant on bass, with an eclectic cast of guest musicians who blend together miraculously on seemingly disparate instruments such as pedal steel, strings, and Indian tablas.  He is also an active member of Cylinder, a collective avant-jazz quartet co-led with alto saxophonist Aram Shelton, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and Swedish drummer/vibraphonist Kjell Nordessen, the 15 member large composers collective The Oakland Active Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Bay Area Jazz Composers Big Band, and the Brass Menazeri Balkan brass band.

    Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, pianist Matt Clark holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. After two years free-lancing as an accompanist and instructor in Cleveland, Matthew relocated to San Francisco. Highly regarded as a pianist and arranger, he has performed and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, Eddie Marshall, John Faddis, David "Fathead" Newman, Gene Bertoncini, Joshua Redman, and the late tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards. Clark has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, including appearances at the Monterey, San Francisco, Vienne, Big Sur, Stanford, and Rochester jazz festivals, in addition to televised performances for CNN Showbiz Today and multiple PBS specials. Recognized primarily for his tasteful soloing and supportive accompaniment, Matthew is also a respected clinician whose positions have included lecturer in jazz history and ensemble instructor at the Stanford, Oaktown and Cazadero Jazz workshops.

    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").




The Erik Jekabson Quartet
In Concert
with special guest John Santos on percussion
Friday October 21st, 2011


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present an ensemble of virtuoso jazz artists in a concert of original music. Don't miss these stellar players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.
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The Program


This concert features some of the finest jazz virtuosos playing today; expect an evening of groove, lyrical improvisation, subtlety and sonic exploration. The quartet will be performing some of Jekabson's new original compositions written specifically for this ensemble. The music will be very open-ended, with lots of room for interesting cross-rhythms and vamps, and, in particular, to employ the unique talents of world-renowned percussionist, John Santos. Imagine a cross between Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew," New Orleans Swamp Funk, and Brazilian bossas and sambas.
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The Artists

Erik Jekabson - trumpet
Grant Levin -
piano
John Wiitala -
bass
Smith Dobson -
drums
John Santos -
percussion

    Trumpet player Erik Jekabson is composer and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is equally busy playing and composing for different bands, leading his own groups and teaching a wide variety of students.  Erik has two CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Crescent Boulevard”, released in 2010 on his own Jekab’s Music label, and “Intersection”, which was recorded in New York in 2002 and released on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label.  Erik also co-produced and played on two other recordings: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble” which are widely available, and published his own book of Jazz Duets for trumpet.  He has recorded as a sideman on over 25 other jazz recordings, as well as doing session work in many other genres of music and on movie and video game soundtracks, and has spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet.  While on the road, he was able to perform at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.
    Erik currently leads his own ensembles in the Bay Area, and has performed with them at the DeYoung Museum, SFJazz’s Summer Series, Jazz at Pearl’s, Pacifica Performances, the Downtown Berkeley Jazz Festival, the Jazzschool, the Red Poppy Art House and the Piedmont Piano Company.  He has also appeared as a sideman with other groups at the San Jose Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, and the Gualala Jazz Festival.  Erik maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician and often performs with local Bay Area musicians such as the Jazz Mafia, Terry Disley, Mario Guarneri, Marcus Shelby, Larry Vuckovich, Lavay Smith, and the Happy Hour Jazz Quintet. Erik has a Bachelors Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently teaching at the Jazzschool Institute, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay, and Los Medanos College. He has also given clinics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Loyola College in New Orleans, and is a regular instructor at Jazzcamp West, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop and at the Brubeck Institute.


    Five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist and US Artists Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, November l, l955, he was raised in the Puerto Rican and Cape Verdean traditions of his family, surrounded by music. The fertile musical environment of the San Francisco Bay Area shaped his career in a unique way. His studies of Afro-Latin music have included several trips to New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil and Colombia.He is known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned much respect and recognition as an educator, composer, and record and event producer. He’s been a prolific performer, composer, teacher, writer, radio programmer, and record/event producer whose career has spanned over 35 years. John has worked with acknowledged, multi-generational masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés, Lázaro Ros, Bobby Hutcherson, Chucho Valdes, Chocolate Armenteros, John Handy, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, George Cables, Rene Lopez, Generoso Jimenez, Joe Henderson, Francisco Aguabella, John Faddis, Ed Thigpen, Giovanni Hidalgo, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Batacumbele, Poncho Sanchez, Omar Sosa, Mel Martin, Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Los Pleneros de la 21, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Armando Peraza, Pancho Quinto, Tootie Heath, Jacqueline Castellanos, Malonga Casquelord, CK Ladzekpo, Pancho Terry, Yosvany Terry, Dafnis Prieto, Oscar Castro Neves, Mark Murphy, Larry Coryell, Lázaro Galarraga, Regino Jimenez, Luis Daniel “Chichito” Cepeda, Pedrito Martinez, Jerry Medina, Orestes Vilató, Larry Vukovich, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Anthony Carrillo, Paoli Mejías, Raul Rekow, Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Jovino Santos Neto, Lalo Schifrin, Pete Escovedo, Claudia Gómez, Maria Márquez, Jon Jang, Ray Vega, Chembo Corniel, Wayne Wallace, John Calloway, Mark Levine, Elio Villafranca, Bruce Forman, Linda Tillery, Charlie Hunter, Joyce Cooling, Bobby Matos, Mark Weinstein, Jackeline Rago, Roberto Borrell, Sandy Perez, Jesus Diaz, Roman Diaz, Pablo Menendez, Yma Sumac, and Carlos Santana.

    Pianist Grant Levin is a dynamic and dedicated jazz artist based in Northern California. No style of jazz left untouched, “the list” always a length in progress, and improvisation at its most vibrant, his style is well appreciated both by listener and musician alike. He has performed with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Greg Gisbert, Michael Marcus, Madeline Eastman, Chris Amberger, Bishop Norman Williams, Akio Sasajima, Vince Wallace, Lori Bell, Larry Hancock, Josh Jones, Paula Chase, Clint Strong, Sheherezade Stone, Darrell Green, Mike Olmos, Tekanawa "Rufus" Haereiti, and many other great musicians. Levin received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the music department at California State University, Chico where he teaches jazz piano and jazz improvisation. He is also pursuing a masters degree in piano performance at the university. Grant Levin has been a recording artist with Beezwax Records since 2003 and has released 3 albums, his most recent being Riego, released in 2008.

    Bassist John Wiitala has performed with Joe Henderson, James Moody, Benny Golson,and Pete Jolly.He has performed and recorded with Mark Levine, Scott Hamilton, Jessica Williams, Bruce Forman. and Wesla Whitfield. John is currently teaching at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Jazz Camp West, and the Stanford Jazz Camp.


    Drummer/Vibraphonist/Saxophonist Smith Dobson V has been performing in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years. Originally from Santa Cruz, Ca., Dobson is a member of an important Jazz family. Dobson has been performing with his various groups at many Bay Area venues, such as the San Jose and San Francisco Jazz Festivals, and clubs like The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi's, Kimball's, Pearls, Bacar, Bruno's, The Make-Out Room, Great American Music Hall, Bottom Of The Hill, Amnesia, The Jazz School, The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and The Intersection of the Arts. Smith has had the honor of working with some of the great Jazz artists, locally and internationally, such as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Red Holloway, Pete and Conte Condoli, Phillip Harper, Hal Stein, Noel Jewkes, Ben Goldberg, Graham Connahs' Sour Note Seven, Darren Johnstone, Will Bernard, and Kenny Brooks.  He currently plays bass and sings in his own rock band Grand Lodge.




"Shorter Moments"
A Tribute to Wayne Shorter
Friday July 8th 2011


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a concert in tribute to one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers of the last half-century, saxophonist Wayne Shorter. This concert will feature bandleader, Ian Dogole, and an ensemble of virtuoso artists performing classic Shorter compositions. Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Program

 
For more than 50 years, saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter has stood at the pinnacle of jazz, as a performer, composer and bandleader. This concert will include pieces from each phase of Wayne’s illustrious career, including:
    Early to mid-‘60s – from his early recordings as a leader such
    Mid- to late ‘60s – from his tenure with the Miles Davis Quintet
    Early ‘70s to mid-‘80s – from his time with Weather Report
    1975 – from his collaboration with Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento on Native Dancer
    Late ‘80s to the present – from his more recent recordings as a leader

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The Artists

    Ian Dogole – Global Percussion
    Dave Tidball – Woodwinds
    Frank Martin – Piano
    Mike Zilber – Woodwinds
    Fred Randolph – Bass 

For nearly 30 years, Ian Dogole (www.iandogole.com) has articulated his vision of Global Fusion Music as a multipercussionist, bandleader, educator, recording artist, composer and producer. He has released six records and a DVD as a leader – Along the Route, Dangerous Ground, Ionospheres, Night Harvest, Convergence, Crossroads, and Ian Dogole & Hemispheres In Concert (DVD). Ian has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza el Din, Tito La Rosa, Richie Cole, Paul McCandless and Alex DeGrassi. He performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments, including udu, cajon, hang, African talking drum, kalimbas, cymbals and dumbek. Ian has received numerous grants, including a Jazz Performance Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, two recent grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music (SFFCM) to present musical tribute concerts in honor of jazz legends Woody Shaw and Wayne Shorter, and multiple grants from the Marin Arts Council. Ian is very active as a music educator – having presented assemblies to more than 60,000 elementary school students in his four seasons with the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music program. He has also offered his music education programs through numerous nonprofit organizations, including Bread & Roses, Young Imaginations, Youth in Arts and Young Audiences of the Bay Area. Ian is currently presenting music education programs in K-12 schools throughout Marin County, California.

Woodwind master Dave Tidball was born and raised in Wales, and became active in the London jazz scene in the 1970s, recording two albums and touring with British jazz fusion pioneers, Turning Point. Since moving to the U.S., some of Dave’s performing and recording collaborations have included the improvisational jazz trio, Threedom, the sextet Triceratops and singer Paula West's quintet. He is also featured soloist on recordings by Vivian Sayles, Tony Adamo, Benny Watson and Peter Zak. Tidball teaches instrumental music for the Oakland Unified School District, directing band programs in three different elementary schools. Regarding jazz performance, he says, “Playing improvised music is like playing an interactive game of infinite variables in a real-time spiritual dimension driven by communal expression. In this context, players learn to overcome difficulties, build supportive and trusting relationships, take chances and experience the wonder of simultaneous collective expression. You can't get more inside the moment than when playing improvised music.”

Keyboard virtuoso/arranger/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 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, Bobby McFerrin’s “Voicestra,” SoVoSo,” Joey DeFrancesco and 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.

SF-based Saxophonist and Composer Michael Zilber is described by jazz legend David Liebman as “one of the best players and composers around anywhere. Period!” The Canadian-born, ex-New Yorker has seven CDs to his name as a leader and has been a  sideman on numerous recordings, co-led a band with drumming great Steve Smith for eight years and has performed/toured and/or recorded with everyone from Liebman to Miroslav Vitous to Bob Berg to Dizzy Gillespie. His newest recordings are Shot Through With Beauty on independent jazz label of the year Origin Records, co-led with guitar great John Stowell, and On Turning Ten: The Billy Collins Project, settings of the American Poet Laureate's songs, also on Origin Records. Current groups include the Billy Collins Project, co-leading a quartet with Stowell, leading Weather Wayne, the electric jazz homage to Wayne Shorter, and being a member of the all-star collective quintet Happy Hour. Michael directs the Los Medanos College Jazz Studies program and leads the multiple Downbeat-award-winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshop at the Berkeley Jazzschool, as well as the top ensemble at the Jazzschool Institute. He has a Ph.D from NYU, an M.A. from Tufts and a BM cum laude from NEC, all in composition.

Bassist, composer and arranger Fred Randolph was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he started taking ukulele lessons as a young child and then switched to the guitar. In high school, he became fascinated with the unique harmonies of jazz and began to seriously study and play jazz at UC Berkeley. After receiving his M.A. in Composition from CSU Hayward, he co-founded a jazz quintet, The Zone, composing most of the music for the group’s first CD Grand Canyon Blue. He performed on the soundtrack for the film Lifeline, and spent two years as a member of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra. Fred also spent time leading numerous ensembles while teaching jazz history at Berkeley City College and jazz band/improvisation at UC Berkeley and the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp. Fred’s first solo CD Learning Curve was released in 2003 and he recently released his second solo CD New Day. He currently leads The Fred Randolph Quintet and performs with The Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem Brasileira, Michael Smolens’s Kriya, Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Kenny Washington, Marcos Silva and Frank Martin, to name a few. Fred has performed at the World Music Festival in Shanghai, Vallejo Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. He is very active as a music educator, serving as music director of Bishop O’Dowd High School’s jazz program, teaching a course in music notation at the Berkeley Jazzschool, as well as teaching privately.



The Presidio String Quartet
"Totally Awesome Music from the 1980s and 90's."
Saturday June 18th 2011

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to welcome back one of our favorite classical/new music ensembles, the Presidio String Quartet, in a remarkable program of late 20th Century music, "Totally Awesome Music from the 1980s and 90's.". Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Program
 
Take a trip with us down memory lane through the last decades of the Twentieth Century with the Presidio String Quartet. This concert will feature Alfred Schnittke's strange and hallucinogenic "String Quartet No. 3" (1983), Paul Dresher's sweet toned, post-minimalist "Casa Vecchia" (1982), and the world premiere of the David Ryther's re-imagining of Nirvana's iconic grunge rock anthem, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991).

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The Presidio String Quartet

The Presidio String Quartet is dedicated to performing thought provoking new music. The ensemble has always sought out new, exciting, and often rarely performed chamber works in order to present programs that are both current and innovative. Their mission includes presenting chamber music as a powerful living art which sheds light on all aspects of modern life, be it emotional, intellectual, cultural, or political. They believe that because of its intimacy and emotional immediacy, chamber music is the perfect forum for the exchange of new ideas. Therefore, working with living composers is and has always been an important part of their work.

Presidio String Quartet
is:
Deborah Katz
and David Ryther, violins
Ilana Matfis,
viola
Shain Carrasco,
'cello

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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.




Art Lande Quartet
Sunday May 15th 2011

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present  jazz legend, Art Lande, along with saxophonist Peter Sommer, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Allen Hall, in a concert of original music. Don't miss this fabulous collaboration performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

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The Art Lande Quartet
 
The quartet, playing original music, and comprised of veteran jazz musicians who are creative and interactive, is looking forward to an exciting series of music in the Bay Area. Audiences in the Denver Front Range area are familiar with Art Lande and Peter Sommer. Their special chemistry and powerful musical connection are apparent on their CD Sioux County and numerous live performances over the years. This May, they will be joined by San Francisco's premier bass and drum connection, Peter Barshay and Allen Hall.

They have played with a who's who of Jazz greats for decades and have a remarkable subtlety and spacing, and a fluid time feeling that can be tight, but is always flexible. They have done numerous projects in California with Art and are featured on Shape Shifter with Paul McCandless, and a new CD Standard Transmission with Bruce Williamson.

This will be their second time playing with Peter Sommer. Last October was their first meeting and it was a weekend of burnin' music and sold-out venues. This West Coast-Rocky Mountain blend will be an event not to be missed, with new compositions by Art and Pete, reworked standards, and free improvisations all weaved together.

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The Artists

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."
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Peter Sommer, saxophonist and composer, is in demand as a performer, clinician and recording artist throughout the state of Colorado and across the nation. Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter has contributed his muscular tenor playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond.

Sommer has released two albums as a leader – Sioux County (2006) on Tapestry Records, featuring his original compositions in duo with jazz piano legend Art lande, and Crossroads (2008) on Capri Records, featuring a two-tenor frontline with the great NYC saxophonist Rich Perry. From a May 2009 Saxophone Journal review of Crossroads, “(Sommer) is the possessor of a dark, gritty sound, clean, fast technique, melodic ideas and a true understanding of the post-bebop style. In addition, he is fearless, thus the inclusion of one of the most original voices of the tenor saxophone in jazz as a guest artist, Rich Perry. . . . Together the two tenor players compliment each other perfectly. . . . After hearing this CD, the name Peter Sommer will certainly jump out at you in a big way; this guy delivers.”

Sommer is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. At CSU, he directs Jazz Ensemble I and the CSU Jazz Combo program, in addition to teaching courses in Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Pedagogy.
Peter received both his Bachelors’ degree in Music and his Masters in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his time at CU, Peter was awarded first place in the Jazz Improvisation Competition at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, was the recipient of a Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance by a Soloist in both the Jazz and Blues/Pop/Rock categories, was a member of three jazz combos that received Downbeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance by a small jazz group, and was featured with University of Colorado Jazz Ensemble I which also received an Outstanding Performance award.
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A veteran bassist has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes, Peter Barshay has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin and Bobby McFerrin. Born in Washington D.C. in 1950, Barshay began cello lessons at age nine. In 1965, his family moved to Berkeley, California, where he continued his classical studies but his interest was piqued by other musics as well. “I listened to rock ‘n’ roll and blues and spent many weekends at the Fillmore Auditorium during the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll in the ‘60s,” he recalls. “But then I started listening to jazz and found myself being pulled into it.” In 1969, Barshay moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School Of Music with renowned cellist Bernard Greenhouse, a member of the famed Beaux Arts Trio. But his commitment to classical music was waning by that time. “I ended up spending all my time at the Village Vanguard and whatever jazz clubs I could go to,” he says. “That’s kind of when I lost my desire to be a classical player.”

It was around that time that Barshay switched from cello to double bass and he hasn’t looked back since. “I just picked up the bass, I never took a lesson,” he explains. After returning to the West Coast in 1970, he began working as a freelancer at such clubs as El Matador, Basin Street West and the Keystone Korner, where gained invaluable on-the-job training with key players on the Bay Area and New York jazz scenes. Moving back to to New York in 1978 he became immersed in the jazz and Latin jazz scenes there over the course of the next 15 years. During this time he also formed a trio with saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Joey Baron. “We played a lot together and actually did a recording,” he says. “I hope to put it out one day.” There were memorable nights at the revered Greenwich Village piano duo haven Bradley’s with the likes of pianists Jimmy Rowles and Tommy Flanagan and occasional appearances at Time Cafe with the Mingus Big Band. His other activities during this lengthy period included subbing for renowned bassists Bob Cranshaw and the late Walter Booker, playing duo gigs at West Boondock with pianists Armen Donelian and Jim McNeely and gigging with saxophonist Sonny Fortune while also appearing regularly at 55 Grand in a trio with drummer Victor Lewis and guitarist Hiram Bullock. It was at 55 Grand that he first met and played with former Miles Davis guitarist Mike Stern, who makes anappearance on his pit of fashion CD. During these years, Barshay would gain invaluable experience alongside a host of jazz’s elite, including international tours with such venerable jazzmen as Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Lew Tabackin and Joe Chambers.
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Alan Hall
has performed and/or recorded with saxophonists Ernie Watts, Paul McCandless, Bobby Mintzer, Bruce Williamson, John
Handy, Jerry Bergonzi and Eddie Harris; trumpeter Bobby Shew; pianists Art Lande, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Tom Coster and Kit Walker; bassists Stuart Hamm, Brian Torff, Kai Eckhardt and Gary Brown; guitarists Mick Goodrick, Joyce Cooling; vocalists
Kenny Washington, Mark Murphy, Betty Buckley, Rebecca Parris: Cirque Du Soleil’s WINTUK: and The San Francisco Production of WICKED.

Hall is currently a member of several groups including The Art Lande, Paul McCandless Group; Ray Brown’s Great Big Band; Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band; Michael Smolens’ Kriya; The Sheldon Brown Group: The Fred Randolph Quintet: The Dan Zemelman Hall is currently percussion department chairman at The Jazzschool, Berkeley, CA. where he teaches classes, ensembles and workshops, including workshops to visiting students of The MUSE Academy of Tokyo, Japan. Hall is Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. and Cal State University East Bay, Hayward, CA.

He was assistant professor in the percussion department at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-1993 where he taught private lessons, classes and ensembles, in addition to helping develop curriculum for the department.




Dan Cantrell Ensemble/Orchestar Sali
With Elizabeth Strong, Zoe Jakes, and Samantha Emanuel dance,
and Christine Marie shadow puppetry
Friday January 21th 2011

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present this special night of new music, dance and shadow arts. This concert will feature new choreography from world-renowned dancers   Elizabeth Strong, Samantha Emanuel, and Zoe Jakes immersed in shadow puppetry and projection from integrated media artist Christine Marie, set to original work from Emmy award winning composer Dan Cantrell. Don't miss this stunning collaboration in our visually elegant and acoustically-excellent hall.

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Dan Cantrell Ensemble
 
Dan Cantrell's music is often described as cinematic and hauntingly beautiful. His recent works include the score for 3 seasons of the cartoon television series Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Gerbode Grant sponsored composition of the Rootabaga Opera (a Fire Arts infused multimedia shadow play and lyrical ballet based on the children's stories of Carl Sandberg) collaborations with ODC, Ballet Afzaneh, Bellydance Superstars, and Bellydance Evolutions dance companies. As a pianist, accordionist and musical saw player his artistry can be heard on albums and in performances with Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Danny Elfman, Frank London, and the San Francisco Symphony. The ensemble features Lila Sklar (violin), Jessica Ivry (Cello), Evan Stuart (Bass), Peter Jaques (Clarinet) and
other special guests.

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Orchestar Sali Chalgia Ensemble

Led by Master Romani musician Rumen Sali Shopov, Orchestar Sali brings the exciting rhythms and melodies of Bulgarian/Turkish Romani music into a modern acoustic setting. This high energy ensemble features Dan Cantrell (accordion/voice), Peter Jaques (Clarinet), Rumen Shopov (Percussion/Voice) and Evan Stuart (Bass).

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Samantha Emanuel, Zoe Jakes and Elizabeth Strong create original dance pieces fashioned after belly dance. They are all former members of Bellydance Superstars and currently tour world-wide with their own projects, including Beats Antique and Bellydance Evolution.

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Christine Marie is an integrated media artist and director. She has been creating original work for over a decade, specializing in experimental shadow theater.  Her original work, Ground To Cloud, premiered at the Los Angeles REDCAT NOW Festival and NYC International Fringe Festival last summer. Currently she is creating a new immersive 3D shadow production, Signalling Arcana with composer Dan Cantrell.