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Elaine Kreston & Friends
Bach, Brahms, & More
Sunday 14 December 2014 at 7:30pm
Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members *
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350

* please note the new pricing for these concerts; tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the performance only.

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present brilliant Berkeley cellist Elaine Kreston in an evening of music ranging from classic solo performance to modern collaborations. The program will also feature a reunion of the celebrated Maybeck Trio as well as performances by vocalist Amanda Moody and spoken-word collaboration RumiCello. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall


The Artists:
    Elaine Kreston
- solo cello
    The Maybeck Trio:
            Jerome Kuderna -
piano
            Roy Zajak -
clarinet
            Elaine Kreston -
cello
    Amanda Moody -
vocals
  
RumiCello:
            
Eric Schneider -
spoken word
            Elaine Kreston - solo cello


The Program:

Having recently completed a recording of the first three Bach Solo Cello Suites, Elaine will celebrate its release by playing selections from that opus. In addition to Elaine’s performances of Bach, the evening will include a variety of enticing collaborations:

The Maybeck Trio (Kreston with Roy Zajac and Jerome Kuderna) will perform Brahms’ beloved Clarinet trio. The Maybeck Trio, which has given acclaimed performances throughout the Bay Area, is reuniting for this special event.

Vocalist Amanda Moody will join Elaine in song as well. Together, the two are best known for their performances of the music/theatre work D’Arc: woman on fire, written by Moody and Jay Cloidt, which debuted in San Francisco.

RumiCello will round out the evening, with Eric Schneider joyously spouting the sacred poems of the mystics Rumi and Hafiz, interwoven with Elaine’s soulful cello playing.


The Artists:


Cellist Elaine Kreston has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Her talents are diverse: an inspired classical cellist most often featured in chamber music settings, she has also performed with such stars as Rod Stewart, Idina Menzel, and Peter Gabriel, and as a soloist on Broadway.

Blending her background of classical music with improvisation, Elaine has performed as soloist at the events of Krishna Das, Adyashanti, and Eckhart Tolle. She is co-creator of RumiCello: a collaboration that beautifully mingles the poetry of Rumi with the sounds of the cello.
Elaine is a founding member of “Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet,” a boundary-crossing quartet which has performed to sold-out audiences on the East and West coasts and has been presented by the San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a recording artist, Ms. Kreston adds her mellow tones to the albums of singer-songwriters, movie scores, and others. A sampling of her CDs would include the Cello ChiXtet, “D’Arc, woman on fire,” Translucent, and hot off the presses: Elaine’s performance of the first three Bach Solo Cello Suites, recorded at Skywalker Sound.

Elaine has enjoyed the opportunity to study with many of the finest teachers and artists of our time, including William Pleeth (teacher of the incomparable Jacqueline DuPre), Steven Isserlis and Yo-Yo Ma. Her formal studies were with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree, and with Paul Olefsky at UT-Austin for her Master’s Degree.  With a spirited desire to share the wonders of music with future generations, she leads a teaching studio in Berkeley, California, and frequently visits schools, public and private, to perform, teach, and inspire. To learn more about her latest adventures, please visit www.elainekreston.com .

Roy Zajac, principal clarinetist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, was a featured soloist with the symphony last season, performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto to delighted audiences. The San Francisco Classical Voice has praised Zajac : “He gave easily the warmest reading of the line I have ever heard. It’s possible he stole the show.” Principal clarinetist with Santa Rosa Symphony since 1998, Zajac performs chamber music with members of the SRS and is a frequent performer at Sonoma State University’s faculty concerts. He also plays with orchestras in Marin, Monterey, and Sacramento. In addition to Sonoma State, he teaches at the Marin Arts Academy and the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp. He also teaches privately and coaches clarinet, woodwinds and wind ensembles for the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles.

Jerome Kuderna, pianist, received his initial training in piano and conducting in Denver with Antonia Brico. While studying the music of Webern and Schoenberg with Rudolf Kolisch he performed works by the 2nd Viennese school with soprano Bethany Beardslee. He has premiered works by American composers including Milton Babbitt, Richard Swift, Alden Jenks, Robert Helps, Richard Swift and Herb Bielawa, whose concerto Discorso he performed with Sounds New in 2005. In January 2006 he gave the west coast premiere of Elliott Carter’s Piano Concerto with the Berkeley Symphony under the baton of George Thomson. Kuderna plays at the Berkeley Arts Festival every Friday afternoon.

Amanda Moody is recognized as a triple-threat writer/actor/singer with wide-ranging comedic and dramatic skills. She is an accomplished poet and song-writer, and has penned libretti for the operatic stage. Her material has been performed by voices as diverse as tenor John Duykers, soprano Laura Bohn and The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, however Miss Moody is best known for writing and performing her own new-music/solo-theater works. Her awards include Dean Goodman’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian's BEST OF Upstage/Downstage Award for great solo performance.

“The talent is beyond impressive; it's formidable. Cellist Elaine Kreston's richly deep chocolate brown tones provide vivid contrast for the fierce, gleaming silver of Amanda Moody's vocals, fully showcasing her four-octave range. Moody's voice can be insanely shrill, whisperingly soft, operatically sublime; the roar of a lioness, the shriek of a child ... she is superb, as gifted an artist and performer as could be hoped for on any stage, from here to New York to the West End. D'Arc, woman on fire burns fiercely bright, a gift to those who appreciate original musical performance and unconventional storytelling."

Eric Schneider
is known for the inspired recitations of the sacred poems of the mystics Rumi and Hafiz, kindling the silent flame of awakeness in every heart. Eric has memorized over a hundred of these sacred poems that spring to life through his beautiful spirit, voice and warm presence. Eric is a founding member of the Santa Cruz improv troupe "Loose Cannon Theater" and co-editor of "My Secret Is Silence", a collection of poems and sayings of his teacher Adyashanti.





                    Sheldon Brown      Adam Shulman     Fred Randolph               Ian carey         Casey Knudsen          John Arkin

The Ian Carey Quintet+1
"Interview Music" Jazz Suite & More
Friday 14 November 2014 at 8:00pm
Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $10 Hillside Club members *
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street
Berkeley 94709
Info: 510-845-1350

* please note the new pricing for these concerts; tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the performance only.

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present the Ian Carey Quintet+1 performing Carey's criticall
y-acclaimed new composition,  "Interview Music," a jazz suite in four movements.  They also will be performing selections from the ensemble's repertoire of jazz standards and other original pieces.  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Ian Carey Quintet+1 are:
            Jon Arkin - drums
            Sheldon Brown -
bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute
            Ian Carey
- trumpet
            Kasey Knudsen -
alto saxophone
            Fred Randolph
- bass
            Adam Shulman
- piano


The program:

Interview Music: A Suite for Quintet+1 (2014)    Ian Carey
                I.    One
                II.    Two
                III.    Three
                IV.    Four


         Intermission

Selections from the Ian Carey Quintet+1's repertoire


About "Interview Music":

“The first thing you need to know about ‘Interview Music,’” says Ian Carey about his new jazz suite, “is that it’s not about trying to get more interviews.” (Though he’s not averse to the idea, he adds.)

The title of the piece refers to a recent discussion in the jazz world over the increasing percentage of new music being funded through nonprofit commissions and grants, and whether that system favors what the late pianist Mulgrew Miller called “interview music”—high-concept, programmatic works, often with subject matter like visual artists, literary figures, or social movements. “Everyone started to get the feeling,” says Carey, “that they’d never get a second look if their music wasn’t about Pablo Neruda or the grape boycott or the Fibonacci sequence or whatever.”

Carey has turned the tables on the argument by writing a new extended piece for his ensemble which specifically rejects that approach. Somewhat ironically, “Interview Music” is being funded by just such a grant (from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music’s Musical Grant Program), but Carey noted when applying that he specifically did not want to go into the project with such a pre-existing concept. “Classical composers have created amazing works for centuries with no topics at all, other than the music itself—Symphony or String Quartet number whatever, ‘Octet for Winds,’ and so on,” he says. “I feel like jazz composers think they need to use catchy concepts and topics to stand out, but shouldn’t the catchiest part be the music?”

Carey adds that he never felt comfortable trying to decide what a piece should be about before writing it—paraphrasing Miles Davis’s famous “I’ll play it and tell you what it is later” quip, he says, “I just don’t work that way. I write first and figure out what it’s about after I hear it. If it’s about anything!” Happily, the grant committee agreed.

Interview Music” is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.


The ensemble:

The Ian Carey Quintet+1 (with Adam Shulman, piano; Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Sheldon Brown, woodwinds; Fred Randolph, bass; Jon Arkin, drums; and Carey on trumpet) has been bringing its blend of original creative jazz to venues across the Bay Area for over 12 years. Begun in a two-year biweekly run at San Francisco's House of Shields in 2002 (during which they developed a deep chemistry in over 60 performances), the group expanded its repertoire from standards and jazz tunes, eventually becoming a vehicle for Carey's adventurous compositions and arrangements. The group has released three albums on Kabocha Records: 2006's Sink/Swim ("An exciting set of music with a heavy-hitting lineup of musicians" —Greg Bridges, KCSM Jazz 91), 2010's Contextualizin'  ("I can’t stop playing this CD”  —Marc Myers, Jazzwax.com) and 2013's Roads & Codes, which received 4 ½ stars from Down Beat Magazine, and was featured on many critics’ “Best of 2013” lists. In 2014, "Interview Music: A Suite for Quintet+1," a new work for the group by Carey, was commissioned by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music in conjunction with the California Jazz Conservatory.




                    Victor Romasevich    Michael Jones                                                   Stephen Levintow     Paul Rhodes

The Jupiter Chamber Players
play Mozart, Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky

Sunday 9 November 2014 at 7:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome one of our favorite string ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Players, back to our Concert Series They will be performing quartets by Mozart, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are:
            Victor Romasevich & Michael Jones - violins
            Stephen Levintow - viola
            Paul Rhodes - cello

The program:

String Quartet No.14 in G major, K.387 (1782) -  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   (1756-1791)
            Allegro vivace assai
            Menuetto
            Andante cantabile
            Molto allegro

String Quartet No.1 in B minor, Op.50 (1930) - Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
            Allegro
            Andante molto - Vivace
            Andante

         Intermission

String Quartet No.1 in D major, Op.11 (1871) - Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
            Moderato e semplice
            Andante cantabile
            Scherzo. Allegro non tanto e con fuoco
            Finale. Allegro giusto


The artists:

n 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 repertoir



                                                                                                                                                                                                                            photo: Federico Cusigch
                                                             Beth Custer            Ben Goldberg          Harvey Wainapel        Sheldon Brown

Clarinet Thing


Friday 17 October 2014 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to host the return of Clarinet Thing to our stage. Led by the brilliant Beth Custer
this remarkable jazz quartet also features three other  virtuoso wind players, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, and Harvey Wainapel, each of whom front their own ensembles. Together they play their own unique brand of jazz. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


Clarinet Thing:

Beth Custer - A, Bb, alto, bass clarinets
Sheldon Brown - Eb, Bb, bass clarinets
Ben Goldberg - Bb, contralto clarinets
Harvey Wainapel -  Bb, alto, bass clarinets


The Ensemble:

CLARINET THING performs original pieces by band members and arrangements of unusual jazz tunes on most of the entire clarinet family. Founded by Custer in 1989, Clarinet Thing has amassed a large repertoire in it’s twenty four years of performing including tunes by Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Eubie Blake,  Abdullah Ibrahim, Alexandre Stellio, Duke Ellington, and many others.


The Artists:

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been involved in the Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. Since 1994 he has led his own band, Sheldon Brown Group, which performs his own compositions, and in 2010 formed Sheldon Brown Quintet, which performs the music of Herbie Nichols. He also leads Distant Intervals, a band that performs original compositions based on Brown's transcriptions of speech melodies of modern poets, such as Andrew Joron, Clark Coolidge and Ivan Arguelles. Distant Intervals just received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to perform a new composition by Brown based on the poetry and poetic speech melodies of noted Bay Area Surrealist poet, Philip Lamantia. Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosa's albums. While with Sosa he performed at The North Sea Jazz Festival in den Haag, New Morning in Paris, Tribute to the Love Generation in Tokyo and many others. Brown is a prolific composer who has written music for his own group and many other groups he performs with. For Club Foot Orchestra he composed music for the silent films, Metropolis, Pandora's Box, The Hands of Orlac and Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. He also wrote music for Club Foot's scores for the cartoon series The Twisted tales of Felix the Cat, which aired on CBS.

Beth Custer
is an original member of the ensembles Club Foot Orchestra (CFO), purveyors of live, original, collaboratively created scores for classic silent films; of the trance-dance band Trance Mission with didgeridu master Stephen Kent, of the trip-hop duo Eighty Mile Beach with DJ Christian Jones, of the improvising monsters Dream On: Frith/Custer/Fajt; and the founder of the quartet of esteemed jazz clarinetists Clarinet Thing and of The Beth Custer Ensemble. Beth has appeared on numerous recordings and produced 15 on her own label, BC Records and toured extensively at an international level both solo and with her ensembles. Recent commissions include: What If, Would You for AXIS Dance Company's 25th Anniversary season, (Oakland, 2013), Peter for 200 teens with ROCO Dance (Marin, 2013), Prokofiev for BCE premiered at Davies Symphony Hall's After Hours Series (SF, 2012), a score for the documentary film Strong! (Julie Wyman, dir., Roxie Theatre, SF 2012), Youth, Fully for Left Coast Chamber Ensemble's (LCCE) woodwind sextet (War Memorial Green Room, SF, 2011), Bear in Shamanic Transformation for Intersection for the Arts Jazz Series with Will Bernard (DeYoung Museum, 2010), Private Life of a Cat, At Prague Castle, Aimless Walk live silent film scores for SF Cinematheque (Alexander Hammid, dir., SF MOMA, 2010); Buckminsterfullerene for Clarinet Thing (Capp Street Community Music Center, SF, 2010).

Ben Goldberg, whose group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (San Francisco Chronicle), lives in Berkeley. He recently released two records on his BAG Production label: Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues ("Traces the evolution of an artist whO now seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path." - Andrew Gilbert, NPR), and Unfold Ordinary Mind ("A feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising." - Ben Ratliff, New York Times). The Downbeat Critics' Poll has named Ben the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist, with Peter Margasak commenting that "Ben Goldberg has few rivals as one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music." In addition to Clarinet Thing and Unfold Ordinary Mind, Ben's projects include DIALOGUE, a duo with pianist Myra Melford; and the Ben Goldberg Trio, with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen. This fall Ben will record his large project Orphic Machine, funded by a recent Shifting Foundation grant.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel (pronounced "wine-apple") has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, and Joe Henderson. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders, Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 22 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with top-level musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, and Jovino Santos Neto. Saxophone master Joe Lovano says, "Wainapel plays with the performance attitude which for me is what jazz and improvisation is all about. It's a pleasure to listen to Harvey's soulful interpretations." A favorite of critics, musicians and fans, Wainapel was nominated for two BAMMY (Bay Area Music) Awards: Outstanding Reed Player and Outstanding Jazz Musician. (The short list of fellow nominees included Joe Henderson, Peter Apfelbaum and Charlie Hunter.) The 2009 Downbeat Critic's Poll lists Harvey as a "rising star" on clarinet.




 
                 Victor Romasevich                                      Arkadi Serper                                               Lawrence London


Serper, London & Romasevich
play
Mozart, Bruch, Bartók & more

Sunday 5 October 2014 at 7:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled  to present a trio of virtuoso players in an interestingly diverse program of pieces for clarinet, viola/violin, and piano by Mozart, Bruch, Bartok, Stravinsky, and Schumann. Our old friend, S.F. Symphony violinist Victor Romasevich will be joined by clarinetist Larry London, and pianist Arkadi Serper. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.



The Ensemble:

Lawrence London - clarinet
Victor Romasevich - viola and violin
Arkadi Serper -  piano


The Program:

Selection from " Fairy Tales" for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op.132 (1853)Robert Schumann
        1.Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell

Selections from "8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano," Op.83 (1910) - Max Bruch
       II - Allegro con moto
       V - Rumänische Melodie: Andante
       VI - Nachtgesang: Andante con moto
      VII - Allegro vivace, ma non troppo

Trio in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Viola and Piano "Kegelstatt", K. 498 (1786) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
        Andante
        Menuetto
        Allegretto

Selections from "L'Histoire du Soldat"  Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1918) - Igor Stravinsky   
        1 - Marche du Soldat
        2 - Le Violon du Soldat


"Contrasts" for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Sz.111 (1938) - Béla Bartók
        Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
        Pihenö (Relaxation)
        Sebes (Fast Dance)


The Artists:

Violinist Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina. Following Romasevich’s emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov.

Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player.

Clarinetist Larry London did his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned a Master's degree in composition at Mills College. He studied with Darius Milhaud, Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. He has played clarinet in all of the Bay Area's professional orchestras. He teaches music at Ohlone and Merritt Colleges. His compositions have been performed at the Aspen and Cabrillo Music Festivals, by the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony chamber series.

Larry London has contributed as a composer, arranger or performer to over fifty films. He composed the music for Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an American Masters documentary film, recognized as Best Portrait at the Montreal International Festival of Films in 1998. He wrote music for Poumy, A Bridge of Books, and Four Films About Love in 2002 for New Jewish Film Projects. He wrote music for Drawing From Memory: Joann Sfar, a documentary film for French Public Television.

Arkadi Serper is a prominent pianist and composer. He had an outstanding career as Musical Director of the Musical Theater Department at the Gnesin Conservatory prior to his move to the Bay Area in 1992. Mr. Serper has performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia. His compositions have been performed by the Stockton Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Kairos Youth Choir, The Crowden School, and the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus. He has been a member of the Crowden faculty since 1992, coaching chamber music and teaching music theory and composition. Mr. Serper teaches piano at CCMC.




New Esterházy Quartet
Masonic Brotherhood: Mozart, Haydn, and Pleyel


Friday 26 September 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased  to welcome the New Esterházy Quartet back to our concert series with the first concert of their 2013-2014 season. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco Bay Area string ensemble are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. This concert will feature quartets by Mozart, Haydn, and Pleyel. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.



The Artists:

Kati Kyme
& Lisa Weiss - violins
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello


The Concert:

Frederick William II was King of Prussia from 1786 until his death in 1797. Unlike his predecessor, Fredrick the Great, he was was not a statesman nor a military leader, and his religious inclinations rejected the Enlightenment in favor of traditional Protestantism, but he was a talented amateur cellist and a noted patron of the arts. Thus, his accession to the throne brought a flood of composers, eager for his attention. Among the most notable were the three composers featured in this evening's concert, Mozart, Haydn, and Pleyel who each dedicated the pieces on tonight's program to the King.



The Program:   

Quartet in D minor, Op. 8, No. 3 (1786) - Ignace Joseph Pleyel
        Allegro agitato
        Adagio ma non troppo
        Rondo Allegretto

Quartet No. 41 in D major ("The Frog"), Op. 50, No. 6 (1787) - Joseph Haydn
        Allegro
        Poco Adagio
        Menuetto. Allegretto
        Finale. Allegro con spirito

Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K. 589 (1790) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
        Allegro
        Larghetto
        Menuetto: Moderato
        Allegro assai


The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006 and currently in its eighth year of subscription concerts in San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet continues to present masterworks of the classical period alongside intriguing works from less-familiar composers. With Haydn's 68 quartets as its core repertoire, NEQ is increasingly recognized as one of the world's top period-instrument string quartets. The ensemble has been presented by the San Francisco Early Music Society, Arizona Early Music Society, Carmel Chamber Music Society, has performed in New York and Los Angeles, and appeared as a Main Stage event for the 2012 Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. NEQ was also selected for Early Music America's Touring Artists Roster and has received two grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. Recent seasons have featured works by pupils and admirers of Haydn, late quartets of Schubert and Beethoven, and novel explorations of early Bartók and Schoenberg. January 2014 saw the world premiere of Esterházy, book II, written for the ensemble by noted New York composer Paul Brantley. NEQ's 2014 summer project was the complete Mozart "Haydn" Quartets, performed at Berkeley's historic Hillside Club in a three-concert Amadè-Athon. The coming season will include an appearance on Pittsburgh's prestigious "Renaissance and Baroque" series in January and a summer cycle of the late Beethoven quartets. Four Haydn recordings are currently available, and a world premiere recording of a mid-19th century string quartet by Hungarian composer Imre Székely is near release.

The members of NEQ are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists: Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen. As individuals, the players have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles worldwide. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble voice. In addition to concert appearances, NEQ enjoys performing in private homes and other intimate settings where the traditional experience of true chamber music is renewed and shared by players and listeners together.





Ryan Francesconi and Mirabai Peart
Featuring: Tobias Roberson, Paul Brown and Dan Cantrell

"Balkan Echoes"

Friday 19 September 2014 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted host the return of some old musical friends to our Concert Series. Back in 2006 Ryan Francesconi brought his group, The Toids, to the Club, playing a wonderful blend of the folk musics of Eastern Europe together with new music, jazz, songwriting, and improvisation. The result was a rich tapestry of idioms with a finger on the pulse of traditional Balkan folk music and yet forward-looking, modern, and amazingly creative. So, when Ryan offered to bring some of the original Toids ensemble to the Club to share his latest work with us we jumped at the opportunity. This will be a great evening of music. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.



The Artists:

Ryan Francesconi - tambura and bouzouki
Mirabai Peart -
violin
Paul Brown -
bass
Tobias Roberson -
percussion
 
with special guest:
Dan Cantrell -
accordion



The Ensemble:

In late 2012 Ryan Francesconi and Australian violinist Mirabai Peart released an album of Ryan's compositions entitled "Road to Palios" on the UK label Bella Union. After extensive touring the next year as a duo, they got married, scored a green card, settled in Portland, and decided the next record should be with a full band. They enlisted two of their all-time favorite musicians, percussionist Tobias Roberson and bassist Paul Brown, to be the foundation for this new collection of Ryan's music.

As they're gearing up to record the new record, they're doing a few informal concerts to break the new compositions in. Also joining them is old friend Dan Cantrell on accordion. This is one part Toids reunion and another part something yet undiscovered... We'll find out after the concert!



The Artists:

Portland based composer and guitarist Ryan Francesconi became obsessed with Balkan folk music via dissecting Bela Bartok scores in college. While own music has been colored by unusual rhythms and harmonies since he was a teenager, his work with his bands The Toids (with Dan Cantrell and Tobias Roberson) and Trio Mopmu brought his somewhat skewed perspective to the attention of the larger community. Often referred to as a multi-instrumentalist, he is a specialist on the Bulgarian Tambura as well various other stringed things. As a member of Joanna Newsom's Band, he's brought a bit more attention to the tambura and kaval, perhaps being one of the few people to play them at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Red Rocks, Austin City Limits, among other fancy places. He has studied formally and informally, obtaining a MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts and an ass kicking in Tambura studies from Lyubo Vladimirov in Sofia. http://are-f.com

Mirabai Peart studied at the Australian Institute of Music and the Sydney Conservatorium with Alice Waten and Christopher Kimber. Her further studies have taken her to India, Greece, Turkey and the USA, where she has recently settled in Portland, Oregon. Mirabai has performed improvised and classical music with a range of artists and groups including Monsieur Camembert, Judy Bailey, Lucky Oceans, William Barton, Anna MacDonald, 'Taikoz' and the Sydney Dance Company. Mirabai has also been a member of the free-improvising Splinter Orchestra, Joanna Argall’s jazz quartet rosemary Jam, gypsy jazz group Doc Jones and the Lechery Orchestra, the world music collective Tapestries of Sound and female folk band De Khupe Heybners (now Chaika).
In 2010 and 2011 Mirabai toured internationally with harp-player singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. When in Sydney, she continues to perform with the string quartet 'The NOISE' and also regularly performs as a member of Stringspace. At present, her main project is the duo with guitarist and composer Ryan Francesconi. Their album 'Road to Palios' has recently been released on Bella Union. http://mirabaipeart.com

Tobias Roberson is known for his innovative style and improvisational ability on the Middle Eastern Doumbek and Flamenco Cajon. Performing and teaching for 15 years, he has collaborated with many artists including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, eastern European vocal Kitka, body percussionist Keith Terry and top belly dance stars including Rachel Brice & The Indigo and Fat Chance Belly Dance. He is a featured artist on more than 20 CDs and DVDs spanning many genres. Tobias’ love of music has taken him to many corners of the earth including Egypt, Turkey, Greece and 4 1/2 years in Mysore, India. There, he studied classical Carnatic music on violin, veena and voice with local musicians and yogic lifestyle, philosophy and Sanskrit under Dr. K.L.S. Shankaranarayana Jois. http://riqq.com

Paul Brown has been playing music for over 30 years. He studied bass and composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and oud with Haig Manoukian and Necati Celik in Mendocino, California. While comfortable in many different styles, he has found the intricate rhythms and improvisational aspects of Balkan music challenging and exciting. Paul performs with Edessa, Souren Baronian's Taksim and Orkestra Keyif, and has been house bassist for the Eastern European Folklife Center's Balkan Music and Dance Camp for nine years.

Accordionist/pianist/saw player Dan Cantrell is an Emmy winning composer known for his innovative and energetic approach to documentary film and television scoring. He can be heard on albums from Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, the Toids, Beats Antique, as well as numerous self-produced albums. He was recently a featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, and has performed with the Oakland Symphony, Mike Marshall, members of the Klezmatics, Brave Old World, and Fishbone. Dan composed music for three seasons of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on Cartoon Network and received an Emmy Award for his scoring work on the PBS documentary Home Front. Influenced by the music of Eastern Europe, Early American Jazz and modern alternative rock, His extensive scoring catalogue for film and television is described as “hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” (SF Bay Guardian). Dan’s music spans a wide range of emotion and style, rich with virtuosic performance, lush acoustic orchestrations, sonic textures resonant with sound design, and strikingly innovative melodic themes. http://bellowhead.com



           John Stowell                                                       Mike Zilber                                                     Dan Feizli

John Stowell & Michael Zilber
with Dan Feizli
"Chamber Jazz"


Friday 22 August 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present two of our favorite jazz artists, John Stowell and Michael Zilber, in a program of exquisite original music and creative re-imaginings of jazz standards. Both of these artists have impressive "books" and are masters of their respective instruments. Joining Mike and John will be the talented double-bassist, Dan Feizli.  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Trio:

John Stowell -
guitars
Michael Zilber-
saxophones
Dan Feizli -
bass

The Concert:

Internationally acclaimed duo, saxophonist Mike Zilber and guitarist John Stowell have been performing and recording together for close to a decade and have developed a chemistry and rapport that is conversational and dynamic. Their critically acclaimed "Shot Through With Beauty" on Origin Records of Seattle was named one of the 10 best Jazz CDS of 2011 by NPR's Andrew Gilbert. They have performed in numerous venues in California, and in top clubs/festivals in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Their repertoire is varied, drawing from the jazz standards, modern jazz composers such as Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler, and original compositions. Both musicians have developed distinctive identities on their instruments and the synergy that results from their interaction is compelling. For this Hillside Club concert, Mike and John will be joined by first-call bassist Dan Feizli for an intimate evening of modern chamber jazz. The trio's explorations of the Zilber/Stowell repertoire should make for a night of beautiful music.

The Artists:


John Stowell
began his successful career in the early 1970’s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The duo continues to perform thirty years after their first meeting.

In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul’s son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, and 1998 John returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.

John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including “Downbeat”, “Guitar Player”, Canadian Musician”, “Soundcheck” (Germany), and “Guitar Club” (Italy).


SF-based saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber is described by jazz legend NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as "one of the best players and composers around anywhere.  Period!"  The Canadian-born ex-New Yorker has 7 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 8 years and, over the years, has performed/toured and/or recorded with numerous leading jazz artists, including Liebman, Miroslav Vitous, Mike Clark among many others.

His newest recordings are "Shot Through With Beauty" on independent jazz label of the year Origin Records, co-led with guitar great John Stowell (named top 10 Jazz CD of the year by NPR’s Andrew Gilbert) and "On Turning Ten: The Billy Collins Project", settings of the American Poet Laureate's songs, also on Origin Records, a recording hailed by noted Jazz Times Critic Bill Milkowski as “art music of the highest order performed with passion, wit and verve."

Current groups include co-leading a quartet with Stowell, leading Weather Wayne, the electric jazz homage to Wayne Shorter .as well as a singer-songwriter project Mikey Z and the Mid-life Crisis. He is featured on Bay Area drumming great Jeff Marrs' upcoming debut CD, and is part of Erik Jekabson's acclaimed Stringtet as well as being a part of numerous other projects as a sideman and leader in New York and the Bay Area.  He oversees the Los Medanos College Jazz Studies program and leads the multiple Downbeat-award winning Advanced High School Jazz Workshop at the California Jazz Conservatory as well as top ensembles, composition and chromatic harmony in its college degree program  . He has a doctorate from NYU, an MA from Tufts, and  a BM cum laude from NEC, all in composition.


Dan Feiszli is a bassist and recording engineer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Experienced on both upright and electric basses, Dan is a versatile performer in styles of music ranging from jazz and latin to pop and rock. He has performed in concert with such notable artists as James Moody, Raul Midon, and Mickey Hart, and toured nationally and internationally with artists including Julio Iglesias, Nicole Yarling and Raul DiBlasio. In addition to his career as a performer, Dan is featured on hundreds of recordings as both a bassist and recording engineer, and has recorded and mixed albums reaching as high as #4 on the US Top 40 Jazz Radio Charts. In between performances and recording sessions, Dan can be found working as a freelance recording engineer and producer at his studio in El Cerrito, California.




New Esterházy Quartet
Summer Strings Festival
"Amadè-Athon"
The Complete "Haydn Quartets" of Mozart

Wednesday 30 July 2014 at 8:00pm

Friday 1 August 2014 at 8:00pm
Sunday 3 August 2014 at 4:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present a very special series of concerts featuring the New Esterházy Quartet performing all six of Mozart's famous "Haydn Quartets." The artists of this celebrated San Francisco Bay Area string ensemble are internationally-known period instrument and chamber music specialists, and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:

Kati Kyme & Lisa Weiss - violins
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello


The Concerts:

Today, many music scholars consider Joseph Haydn to be the creator of the modern string quartet. Indeed, in 1781 a 49-year old Haydn completed a series of string quartets (his Op. 33) that were masterpieces of musical  sophistication. As fate would have it, that was the same year in which the 25-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrived in Vienna. Mozart's reputation preceded him, riding high on his opera compositions, and there is some evidence that the old master and the young prodigy highly regarded each others' work and became friends. Mozart took a keen interest in Haydn's Op. 33 quartets, studying them carefully and, between 1782 and 1785, composed six string quartets of his own, dedicating them to Haydn. These "Haydn Quartets" now are widely regarded as the apex of string quartet composition in the Classical period and we are delighted to have them performed by such distinguished interpreters.

The Programs:   

Wednesday 30 July 2014 at 8:00pm
     Quartet No. 18 in A major, K. 464
     Quartet No. 17 in Bb major, K. 458


Friday 1 August 2014 at 8:00pm
     Quartet No. 14 in G major, K. 387
     Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465


Sunday 3 August 2014 at 4:00pm

     Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
     Quartet No. 16 in E flat major, K. 428


The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.

The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.

In addition to their season of concerts in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have played for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Barefoot Chamber Concerts, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. In the spring of 2009 he Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York, and those pieces have been released as a CD. Their four recordings of music of Haydn can be purchased through their website, www.newesterhazy.org.

The members of the New Esterházy Quartet - violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen -  have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble



          Jeremy Constant                       Paul Brancato                           Adam Smyla                                   Amos Yang

Sun Valley Quartet

Beethoven and more...

Sunday 20 July 2014 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to welcome to our stage the Sun Valley Quartet, an ensemble of virtuoso players performing one of the finest pieces in the string quartet repertoire, along with some special pieces for cello and piano  (...and there's a secret ... this super-group are performing in maschera  - in real life they are all mild-mannered members of the San Francisco Symphony!) Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Sun Valley Quartet are:
     Jeremy Constant
- violin
     Paul Brancato - violin
     Adam Smyla - viola
     Amos Yang - cello


also appearing:
     Esther Chan
- piano


The Concert:

In the last several years of his life, Beethoven created a series of six string quartets (including the Große Fuge) of surpassing beauty, subtlety, and sophistication. These pieces have become known as the "Late Quartets." At the time of their composition, however, Beethoven's contemporaries didn't know what to make of them; one commented that "we know there is something there, but we do not know what it is." Composer and conductor Louis Spohr called them "indecipherable, uncorrected horrors." Since that time, however, these works have become revered by generations musicians, scholars, and listeners alike.

Of all six, Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Opus 131, is perhaps the greatest, and certainly one of the most exquisite pieces of music ever written for string quartet. Although not reflected in its opus numbering, it was the last of the famed "Late Quartets" that Beethoven wrote and was reportedly regarded by the composer as his greatest achievement in the repertoire. This evening's reading, by four such talented artists, is sure to be a special experience.

Rounding out this program are two delightful short pieces, arranged for cello and piano.

The Program:

Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 - Rachmaninoff
   (arranged for cello and piano)

Air for Cello and Piano
- Aaron Jay Kernis


String Quartet No. 14 in C♯ minor, Op. 131 - 
Ludwig van Beethoven
    1. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo
    2. Allegro molto vivace
    3. Allegro moderato – Adagio
    4. Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile – Più mosso – Andante moderato e lusinghiero – Adagio – Allegretto –
            Adagio, ma non troppo e semplice – Allegretto
     5. Presto
     6. Adagio quasi un poco andante
     7. Allegro



The Artists:

Violinist Paul Brancato has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1980 and serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin. Prior to his San Francisco tenure, Paul played with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and performed improvisational music for the Berkeley Repertory Theater. He is a regular participant in the San Francisco Symphony’s chamber music series and is featured on the San Francisco Symphony’s award winning Keeping Score DVD series, both as solo fiddle in Ives’ Holidays Symphony, and on film as a performer at the 2008 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. This summer marks Paul’s 24th season with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

After winning the Grand Prize in the 1979 Du Maurier competition in Canada, violinist Jeremy Constant studied in New York with Ivan Galamian and then with the great violinist Itzhak Perlman before making the San Francisco Bay Area his home. He became a member of the San Francisco Symphony in 1984, with whom he continues to perform as Assistant Concertmaster. He has been Concertmaster of the Marin Symphony since 1994 and in 2000 was named Concertmaster of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He is a frequent soloist with the orchestra and participant in the Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Series. As an active soloist and chamber musician both here and abroad, Jeremy has performed on radio and television around the world. He was violinist in the San Francisco Piano Trio, and a founding member of the Navarro Trio and Navarro Quartet. He can be heard as Assistant Concertmaster on Grammy Award winning releases such as the continuing Mahler cycle by the San Francisco Symphony and can been seen on their ongoing television project Keeping Score. Jeremy plays the ex-Heberlein Stradivarius from the year 1700, which was donated to the San Francisco Symphony for his exclusive use. Residing in Oakland with his wife Sharon, Jeremy is a pilot who took over 7 years to build a plane which he currently enjoys flying.

At age 17, violist Adam Smyla won the first prize at the National Viola Competition in his native Poland. Within six months, he became the youngest member of the Polish National Radio and Television Orchestra and was invited to join the Penderecki String Quartet with whom he toured throughout the world for nearly a decade. Adam was Assistant Principal Violist of the Chicago Lyric Opera and Principal Violist of the Concertanti di Chicago before becoming a member of the San Francisco Symphony in 2000. Adam appears frequently in chamber music concerts throughout the Bay Area, often in collaboration with his wife, pianist Edna Koren.

Amos Yang is the Assistant Principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., the Far East and Europe. He has also collaborated in chamber music with the Ying Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, pianists Ann Schein and Melvin Chen, violinist Earl Carlyss and composer Bright Sheng. Yang’s awards include the Performer’s Certificate at Eastman School of Music and first prizes in the American String Teacher’s Association and Grace Vamos competitions. He was finalist in the Pierre Fournier International Cello Competition and was awarded the CD Jackson Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival for outstanding musical contribution. As cellist of the Maia String Quartet from 1996-2002, Yang was involved in many educational programs, performing throughout the country for schools under the auspices of such organizations as Arts Excel, Young Audiences Inc. and the Midori Foundation. During this time he also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Iowa, Grinnell College and the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Institute. Yang holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Yang was a member of the Seattle Symphony, maintaining a private teaching studio as well as cultivating an active solo and chamber music life. Born and raised in San Francisco, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and San Francisco Boys Choir.

Pianist Esther Chan has performed in several San Francisco Bay Area series and venues including Noontime Concerts, First Congregational Church, Star Classics, and Sequoia Concerts.  She has been a guest performer at the Community Music Center Keyboard Marathons since their inception.  Ms. Chan is permanently certified by the Music Teachers National Association and is an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California as well as the Berkeley Piano Club.  She is a dedicated teacher who is also an active adjudicator, and has presented workshops on “Contemporary Piano Teaching Repertoire” and “Preparing Students for Certificate of Merit.”  Last year she taught masterclasses sponsored by the MTAC and CAPMT.  Her article “Discovering the Musical Image” appeared in the Keyboard Companion Magazine.



                                                    Michael Jones                                                                               John Burke            photo: Grace Sager

Michael Jones & John Burke
Violin - Piano Recital

Sunday 13 July 2014 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to host a brilliant duo performing three gems from the classical violin/piano repertoire, including pieces by Brahms, Mozart and Bach .  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Duo:

Michael Jones - violin
John Burke - piano


The Concert:

Michael Jones and John Burke have been playing the violin-piano repertoire for over 20 years; the Bach C minor is the first piece we prepared, Astor Piazzolla's "Milonga del Angel" is the most recent. The Mozart B flat major Sonata is probably the most brilliant of his works for this combination of instruments. The Brahms D minor, the last of his three violin-piano Sonatas, is remarkable for the insistent "drumbeat" passage in the first movement and the tender, songlike slow movement that follows it.



The Program:

Violin-Piano Sonata #3 in D minor, Op. 108 - Johannes Brahms   
     i.  Allegro (Moderato)
     ii. Adagio
     iii. Un poco presto e con sentimento
     iv.  Presto agitato

Violin-Piano Sonata in B flat major, KV 378 - W.A. Mozart
     i.  Allegro Moderato
     ii. Andante sostenuto e cantabile
     iii. Rondo: Allegro

Violin-Keyboard Sonata #4 in C minor BWV 1017 - J.S. Bach
     i.  Largo
     ii. Allegro
     iii. Adagio
     iv. Allegro

Milonga del Angel - Astor Piazolla


The Artists:

Micheal Jones studied with Jorja Fleezanis and Andor Toth. With John Burke and cellist Gwyneth Davis, he was a longtime member of the piano trio I Gatti Freschi. He is second violinist of the Jupiter String Quartet, of which he was a founder.

John Burke studied with Irwin Freundlich in New York and took part in the Bay Area bebop scene between 1958 and 1963. He was the pianist in I Gatti Freschi and has accompanied local mezzo-sopranos Elliott (Elspeth) Franks and Sonia Gariaeff. He's currently a student of Belle Bulwinkle.






Jeff Denson’s "Secret World"

Saturday 5 July 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present  one of our favorite artists in an ensemble featuring some stellar players. We hosted bassist Jeff Denson's  "Secret World" project two years ago when he moved to the Bay Area from New York City to join the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory. Since then he has established himself as one of the leading exponents of the jazz bass, most recently receiving top honors from Downbeat Magazine for several new recordings. For this appearance he brings an excellent group of players, including celebrated NYC trumpeter Cuong Vu.  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Ensemble:

Jeff Denson - double bass, vocals and compositions
Cuong Vu - trumpet
Dahveed Behroozi - piano
Jon Arkin - drums


The Concert:

The music of Jeff Denson’s Secret World pushes through the boundaries of conventions in music. By inventively mixing the world of composed and improvised music, Jeff Denson creates a unique language of his own, where intoxicating melodies and rhythms transport the listener away to unknown lands where vivid hues of tone paints the aural canvas of the inner ear. The music is steeped in the jazz tradition, where the propulsive rhythms are the heartbeat of the music and the musicians are master improvisers of harmonic structures, song forms, and melodic invention. Where the music diverges from the jazz tradition and creates its unique fingerprint in the handling of the juxtaposition of the composed and improvised material, the roles and uses of the instruments within the compositions, its musical forms and the unmistakably memorable melodic language of Jeff Denson. The strength of the melodies transcend genre or idiomatic leanings and plants themselves in the ears of the listeners, leaving them singing them long after the music has stopped.


About the Artists:

Jeff Denson is a world renowned double bassist and composer who has performed in many of the worlds top jazz festivals such as the Berlin Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival Paris and the Montreal Jazz Festival to name a few. Jeff, a native of the Washington, D.C. Area,
has actively performed in a myriad of genres. He has done extensive freelance work throughout the US, Europe, and Canada and has performed and/or recorded with distinguished musicians such as Charlie Byrd, Bob Moses, Joe Lovano, Carl Allen, Kenny Werner, Anthony Davis, Geoffrey Keeser, Claudio Puntin, Lionel Loueke, Ted Poor, Dan Weiss, Ralph Alessi, Charles McPherson and Lee Konitz. Jeff has received rave reviews in such periodicals as the Washington Post, NY Times, DownBeat Magazine, and has received such prizes as the German Cultural Award in 2006.


Born in Vietnam and emigrating with his family in 1975, Cuong Vu began to play the trumpet at the age of 11, upon receiving the instrument as a gift from his mother. After graduating NEC with honors, Vu moved to New York City, and quickly established himself as one of the most innovative and versatile young trumpeters in the jazz scene with his first co-led group, Ragged Jack (with Jamie Saft, Andrew D'Angelo and Jim Black) and his sideman work with many of the "Downtown Creative Music" artists whose music scene revolved around clubs such as the Knitting Factory and Tonic. Although often labeled as an avant-garde player, he does not limit himself to this type of playing, preferring to use influences from many forms of contemporary jazz, as well as rock, electronica, groove and ambient musics.

Vu has worked with visionaries including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Gerry Hemingway, and Mitchell Froom. He has recorded and toured with Pat Metheny as trumpeter and vocalist. Cuong has also led various groups, most notably his CV Trio with bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Ted Poor, and Vu-Tet (featuring Chris Speed). His recordings display elements from seemingly disparate musical styles, yet blur the boundaries of these genres while showcasing his innovative approach to sound, texture and group improvisation. In 2003 and again in 2006 Cuong received Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, for his work on the Pat Metheny Group's 2002 album Speaking of Now and 2005 album "The Way Up".


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.


Originally from the Boston area, Jon Arkin began his studies of music and percussion at an early age. His experiences playing in local groups led him to the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied drum set performance and composition, and won several awards for his participation in the school's top jazz combos. After earning his degree in 1998, he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to leading his own groups, he has been busy as an in-demand freelance musician with many notable local, national and international artists. Spanning three decades, his list of recording credits includes dozens of albums and guest appearances in a wide variety of genres, as he maintains an active recording schedule as a studio musician. He has also established himself as a noted educator, teaching unique classes, workshops, clinics and lessons to students in the Bay Area and elsewhere, and is a frequent faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Jazzschool in Berkeley.

His drumming style has been sought out as much for his versatility as for his uniqueness. A believer in the power of listening, grooving, dynamic balance, and attunement, his collaborators attest to his ability to suit the music of the moment.


What People Are Saying:

Jeff is an exceptional musician who is a creative force on the double bass and has an original approach and voice on the instrument.
-Lee Konitz

"Never satisfied to merely accept the role of a session player and with a forward thinking vision to expand his horizons as a leader, Jeff Denson is quickly moving up the improvisational food chain as one of the preeminent bassists in world."
-Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com

"...master of the jazz bass.."
-Lee Hilldebrand - SF Chronicle June 1st

"...Denson's masterly bow work. Denson's singing bass...tour de force..."
-Andrew Gilbert - California Report KQED Radio

"Double bassist Jeff Denson capitalizes on his considerable gifts as an improviser, interpreter and sonic trailblazer..."
-Ken Micaleff - Downbeat Magazine July 2014




                                                                                                                                                              photo: Alma Muñoz

Music of Brazil
for Guitar and String Quartet
Mauro Correa and the Berkeley String Quartet

Saturday 28 June 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome an old friend back to our stage. Brazilian guitar virtuoso, Mauro Correa, will be joined by the Berkeley String Quartet for an evening of classics from the Brazilian repertoire. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Mauro Correa - 7-string guitar
The Berkeley String Quartet:
    Tom Foor - violin
    Yvonne Bernklau - violin
    James Shallenberger - viola
    Carol Reitan - cello


The Concert:

This program will present new arrangements for string quartet and guitar of the music of Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim, Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, Jacob do Bandolim, and others.


About the Artists:

Mauro Correa is a Brazilian guitar player who lived in the Bay Area for many years and now is located on the East Coast. Mauro has become an acknowledged specialist in arranging and performing music of Latin America. He was the founder and director of the Latin American Chamber Music Society, a organization dedicated to performing and recording the music of Latin America. He has performed with some of the best Brazilian players in the Bay Area such as Carlos Oliveira, Harvey Wainapel, Claudio Bebianno to name a few.





                         Paul Hanson                                            Jeff Denson                                 Alan Hall

Electreo

Friday 13 June 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to mix it up a bit with a remarkable trio of jazz artists performing in a unique, electronically-enhanced ensemble.  This trio, consisting of bassoon, bass and drums, use the full range of sonorities of this unusual array of instruments to produce some amazing music. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


Electreo is:
Paul Hanson - bassoon
Jeff Denson - bass
Alan Hall - drums


About Electreo:


Coming together in 2013, Electreo was formed by bassist Jeff Denson, jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson and drummer Alan Hall. With numerous credits in the jazz, fusion and classical world, Electreo presents a contemporary musical interpretation of a myriad collection of jazz styles in a presentation that is more robust and full sounding than most would expect from a trio. The unique presentation of electric bassoon with bass and drums lends itself to music that is both open and full, harmonically developed but always rhythmically engaging.


About the Artists:


Jeff Denson is a world renowned double bassist and composer who has performed in many of the worlds top jazz festivals such as the Berlin Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival Paris and the Montreal Jazz Festival to name a few. Jeff, a native of the Washington, D.C. Area, has actively performed in a myriad of genres. He has done extensive freelance work throughout the US, Europe, and Canada and has performed and/or recorded with distinguished musicians such as Charlie Byrd, Bob Moses, Joe Lovano, Carl Allen, Kenny Werner, Anthony Davis, Geoffrey Keeser, Claudio Puntin, Lionel Loueke, Ted Poor, Dan Weiss, Ralph Alessi, Charles McPherson and Lee Konitz. Jeff has received rave reviews in such periodicals as the Washington Post, NY Times, DownBeat Magazine, and has received such prizes as the German Cultural Award in 2006.

Paul Hanson
is a celebrated jazz bassoonist. Over the last 20 years, Paul has rewritten the rulebook and set new standards for what is possible on this most classical instrument. As a jazz/fusion bassoonist: Paul has recorded and/or performed with Bela Fleck and the
Flecktones, Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Billy Childs, Gregorie Maret, Billy Higgins, David Binney, Ray Charles, Charlie Hunter, Patrice Rushen, Dennis Chambers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jonas Hellborg, OoN, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, Kai Eckhardt, Peter Apfelbaum, The Paul Dresher Ensemble, DAVKA, jazz soloist with the Oakland Eastbay Symphony Orchestra, as classical soloist with the Napa Symphony. In 2008-2012, Paul was invited to create his own role as electric improvising bassoonist in Cirque Du Soleilʼs ZED-in Tokyo. As a sax player-Paul has worked with Eddie Money (tenor sax soloist on the 1985 hit song “Take Me Home Tonight”), Boz Scaggs, The Temptations, Steve Smith, Tom Coster.

Alan Hall has performed/toured/recorded with a polygot of musical artists. Alan has worked with Taylor Eigsti, Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Kenny Werner, Art Lande, Christian Jacob, Kit Walker, Tom Coster, Eddie Harris, Bob Sheppard, Paul McCandless, John Handy, Jimmy Haslip, Ratzo Harris, Stuart Hamm, Kai Eckhardt, John Clayton, Rebecca Parris, Kenny Washington, Joyce Cooling, Victor Mendoza, Cirque du Soleil, Teatro Zinzanni San Francisco and many others. He has performed at: WAMU Theatre @ Madison Square Garden; The Monterey Jazz Festival with Billy Childs and Bob Sheppard; Teatro Zinzanni In San Francisco; Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Mike Zilber; Barbados International Jazz Festival with Wild Mango; JVC Jazz Festival with Rebecca Parris; BumberShoot Festival with Kai Eckhardt and Kit Walker; Yoshiʼs with Kenny Werner.






           Lawrence London                   Victor Romasevich                    Paul Rhodes                            Philip Santos                     Stephen Levintow


"Clarinet Masterpieces"
Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
with Lawrence London
Sunday 25 May 2014 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is once again delighted to welcome back to our stage the virtuoso Jupiter Chamber Ensemble with special guest artist, clarinetist Lawrence London in a marvelous program of clarinet masterpieces . Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

The Jupiter Chamber Ensemble
    Victor Romasevich - violin, piano
    Philip Santos - violin *
    Stephen Levintow - viola
    Paul Rhodes - cello
with
    Lawrence London - clarinet


*substituting for Michael Jones


The Program:


  W.A. Mozart                Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581 (1789)

  Iosif Andriasov          Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 27  (1973) **
                                            (Author's transcription for Clarinet and Piano)

  Johannes Brahms    Clarinet Quintet, Op.115 (1891)


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



About the Artists:

Larry London
did his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned a Master's degree in composition at Mills College. He studied with Darius Milhaud, Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. He has played clarinet in all of the Bay Area's professional orchestras. He teaches music at Ohlone and Merritt Colleges. His compositions have been performed at the Aspen and Cabrillo Music Festivals, by the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony chamber series.

Larry London has contributed as a composer, arranger or performer to over fifty films. He composed the music for Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an American Masters documentary film, recognized as Best Portrait at the Montreal International Festival of Films in 1998. He wrote music for Poumy, A Bridge of Books, and Four Films About Love in 2002 for New Jewish Film Projects. He wrote music for Drawing From Memory: Joann Sfar, a documentary film for French Public Television.

Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina.

Following Romasevich’s emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Sympohony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player.

Philip Santos discovered the violin in the Oakland public schools. He has performed extensively in many capacities throughout the Bay Area and across the country, and is a frequent performer on numerous chamber series, including the San Francisco Symphony's chamber music series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Old First Church Concerts, Composers Inc, Music on the Hill, as well as Carnegie Recital Hall in new York with the California Chamber Players. He has been a member of the Berkeley Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also played with the Chicago Symphony. As a member of the Skywalker Symphony, he has recorded soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures and video games.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of Philharmonia Healdsburg, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony, and principal second violin of California Symphony. Mr. Santos served as concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony from 2002 to 2012. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Santos teaches violin and viola and conducts the string ensemble at California State University East Bay. He also teaches at Patten Academy and University, as well as many private students.


Stephen Levintow studied viola at Juilliard with the late Paul Doktor and chamber music with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet. For many years he has been a free lance musician in the Bay area, with an emphasis on chamber music. He and Michael Jones co-founded the Jupiter Chamber Players in 1997.

Cellist Paul Rhodes received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Dominican College, where he studied with Margaret Rowell, and the Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin after studies with Paul Olefsky. Paul is a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and,in the summer, the Carmel Bach Festival. Locally, he has worked with the symphonies of Berkeley, Marin, California, Sacramento and San Jose as well as with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and Earplay.  Outside the area he has appeared with the San Antonio Symphony,  Brandywine Baroque, Orchestra of Santa Fe, Reinische Philharmonie, and the Jugend im Musik festival in Vienna.



               Michael Zilber                                           Grant Levin                                                             Matt Clark     


Music for Sax and Piano Orchestra
Michael Zilber, Grant Levin, Matt Clark
Sunday 13 April 2014 at 7:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present three virtuoso jazz artists in an unique instrumental arrangement.  Michael Zilber, Grant Levin, and Matt Clark will take advantage of our two vintage Steinway grand pianos to make some excellent music for us. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

Michael Zilber - saxes
Grant Levin - piano
Matt Clark - piano


The Concert:

Internationally-Acclaimed saxophonist/composer Michael Zilber has played all over with groups ranging from organ trios to big bands to string groups to rock bands, and has been blessed to  play and record with some of the best artists anywhere, from Dave Liebman to Mike Wolff to Dizzy Gillespie, among many, but the “piano orchestra” is unique in his playing experience. 
Violinist He is joined by two of the Bay’s truly best jazz pianists in this Sax and Piano Orchestra. Says Zilber, “I’ve always loved deep harmony and intricate counterlines, as well as the transcendent experience of hearing two master pianists such as Grant Levin  and Matt Clark play together. I also have a long-standing dream of playing some pieces with an orchestra, and with the four hands available from these two great pianists, this sounds like an amazing hybrid of an orchestra and a 2 piano and sax trio to me. For a harmony junkie like me, it is simply a wonderful and unique experience. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever put together a jazz-based group made up of Sax and two Pianos before, and I think it is a pretty compelling sound.”




New Esterházy Quartet
Vienna in the 19th Century
Friday 21 March 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is happy to welcome the New Esterházy Quartet back to our concert series with their final concert of the season at the Club. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco Bay Area string ensemble are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. This concert will feature quartets by Haydn, Schoenberg, and Schubert. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

Kati Kyme - violin
Lisa Weiss - violin
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello


The Concert:

This program offers a panorama of Viennese chamber music from Haydn’s and Schubert’s last quartets to Schoenberg’s first. Haydn’s Op. 103 is the torso of a quartet left unfinished when overwork and old age caught up with the master as he lived his last days during Napoleon’s occupation of Vienna. Schubert’s monumental G major Quartet explores cosmic realms undreamed of even in Beethoven’s late quartets. Whereas the name Schoenberg has come to be associated with a kind of music that is more admired than loved, he was at heart deeply attached to Austrian musical tradition. This shows especially in the first quartet that survives from his pen, written in a straightforward D major in 1897, while Brahms and Dvorak were still alive. And their influence can clearly be heard, Dvorak in the two outer movements, Brahms in the middle two. Two years later Schoenberg wrote his sextet Verklärte Nacht and brought the nineteenth century to a close.



The Program:   

Unfinished Quartet in D minor, Op. 103 (1803)    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Andante grazioso
    Menuet ma non troppo presto


Quartet in D (1897)    Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)       
    Allegro molto
    Intermezzo
    Andante con moto
    Allegro

Quartet in G, D. 887 (1826)    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Allegro molto moderato
    Andante un poco mosso
    Scherzo: Allegro vivace
    Allegro assai



The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.

The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.

In addition to their season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at the San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. The Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York in the spring of 2009, and those pieces will be released as a CD later this year. Their two CD recordings recorded live in concert can be purchased here.

The members of the New Esterházy Quartet - violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen -  have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble





The Erik Jekabson Quartet
In Concert
with special guest John Santos
Saturday 15 March 2014 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present an ensemble of virtuoso jazz artists familiar to our audiences. Trumpeter Erik Jekabson performed with this group at the Club in November of 2011, and we recorded the concert. The performance and the recording turned out so well that Erik decided to release it commercially; this concert will be it's formal debut. Don't miss these stellar players performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.


The Program


Erik Jekabson and his quartet re-join John Santos to celebrate the release of their new CD: "Live at the Hillside Club", at the place where it all started.  The band plays Erik's original music and arrangements, which include music influenced by Latin Jazz, Funk, New Orleans music, and Classical music.  Expect an evening that goes from deep grooves to gentle bosses, all with subtle sonic explorations, anchored by John Santos' amazing array of sounds and uncanny ability to fit them into the perfect spots.


The Artists

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

   
     Erik Jekabson is a  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 three CDs out under his own name: his most recent solo album “Anti-Mass”, released in 2012 on his own Jekab’s Music label, “Crescent Boulevard” (also on Jekab’s Music) 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 which are widely available: “Vista: the Arrival” and “New World Funk Ensemble”, and 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. He’s spent time on the road with Illinois Jacquet, John Mayer, Galactic, and the Howard Fishman Quartet, and has performed at such notable venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Algonquin Room, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman.

    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.





The Jupiter Chamber Players
play Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
Sunday 9 March 2014 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome one of our favorite string ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Players, back to our Concert Series They will be performing three wonderful quartets by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are:
            Victor Romasevich & Michael Jones - violins
            Stephen Levintow - viola
            Paul Rhodes - cello

The program:

String Quartet Op.127 in E flat Major (1825)     -     Ludwig Van Beethoven  (1770-1827)
                Maestoso. Allegro
                Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
                Scherzando vivace
                Finale

         Intermission

String Quartet K.421 in D minor (1783)     -     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   (1756-1791)
                Allegro moderato
                Andante
                Menuetto. Allegretto
                Allegretto ma non troppo

String Quartet Op.50  No.6 in D Major (1787)     -    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
                Allegro
                Poco Adagio
                Menuetto. Allegretto
                Finale. Allegro con spirito


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.



                                                             David Jacobson                                                                                                   Arman Hashemizadeh

David Jacobson and Arman Hashemizadeh
Violin/Piano Recital
Saturday 22 February 2014 at 8:00pm



The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to present two virtuoso classical artists, David Jacobson and Arman Hashemizadeh in a remarkable concert of 19th and 20th century masterpieces. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

David Jacobson - violin
Arman Hashemizadeh - piano



The Program:

Sonata, Opus 47, No. 9  “Kreutzer”  (1802-04)                                        Ludwig van Beethoven     

        Adagio sostenuto - Presto

        Andante con variazioni

        Presto


Fantasia on Themes from Gounod's 'Faust', Op.20  (1865)                  Henri Wieniawski              



Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (excerpts) (1926)         Manuel De Falla
(arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski)

        Cancion

        Asturiana

        Jota


Sonata in A Major (1886)                                                                                Cesar Franck                      

        Allegro ben moderato

        Allegro
        Recitative - Fantasia: Ben moderato
        Alegretto poco mosso



The Artists:

David Jacobson
studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Ivan Galamian. He continued his musical education at Boston University where he earned a Masters degree. He has performed in the master classes of Nathan Milstein and Leonid Kogan as well as studying with Jacob Krachmalnick, Eudice Shapiro, Jaime Laredo, Paul Mackanowitsky and Raphael Druian. He has studied chamber music with Arnold Steinhart, Felix Galamir, Mischa Schneider, Isidore Cohen, Leonard Schure, Eugene Lehner, and Louis Krasner. Mr. Jacobson has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and many other orchestras throughout the United States and has appeared in recital in the major capitals of Europe. He is a former member of the Ives Trio. Mr. Jacobson is currently the director of the San Francisco Institute of Music and serves on the board of the Pacific Musical Society. He is the author of Paradigms Lost, an analysis of the methodologies of great performers of the past and a description of the SFIM Method.

Arman Hashemizadeh  is part of a remarkable generation of young pianists that have emerged over the past decade as a force on the classical music scene, revitalizing the genre for a new generation. His directed and powerful-yet lyrical-approach to the piano brings to mind and captures the spirit of the masters of the past and shows the true passion of the music. Arman's playing embodies the spirit of the Romantic era of the 19th century in contemporary form.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                            photo: Federico Cusigch
                                                             Beth Custer            Ben Goldberg          Harvey Wainapel        Sheldon Brown

Clarinet Thing
Saturday 15 February 2014 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to host the return of Clarinet Thing to our stage. Led by the brilliant Beth Custerthis remarkable jazz quartet also features three other  virtuoso wind players, Sheldon Brown, Ben Goldberg, and Harvey Wainapel, each of whom front their own ensembles. Together they play their own unique brand of jazz. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


Clarinet Thing:

Beth Custer - A, Bb, alto, bass clarinets
Sheldon Brown -
Eb, Bb, bass clarinets
Ben Goldberg -
Bb, contralto clarinets
Harvey Wainapel - 
Bb, alto, bass clarinets


The Ensemble:

CLARINET THING performs original pieces by band members and arrangements of unusual jazz tunes on most of the entire clarinet family. Founded by Custer in 1989, Clarinet Thing has amassed a large repertoire in it’s twenty four years of performing including tunes by Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Eubie Blake,  Abdullah Ibrahim, Alexandre Stellio, Duke Ellington, and many others.


The Artists:

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been involved in the Bay Area creative music scene for over 20 years. Since 1994 he has led his own band, Sheldon Brown Group, which performs his own compositions, and in 2010 formed Sheldon Brown Quintet, which performs the music of Herbie Nichols. He also leads Distant Intervals, a band that performs original compositions based on Brown's transcriptions of speech melodies of modern poets, such as Andrew Joron, Clark Coolidge and Ivan Arguelles. Distant Intervals just received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to perform a new composition by Brown based on the poetry and poetic speech melodies of noted Bay Area Surrealist poet, Philip Lamantia. Brown has performed internationally as a featured soloist with Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, and recorded on 5 of Sosa's albums. While with Sosa he performed at The North Sea Jazz Festival in den Haag, New Morning in Paris, Tribute to the Love Generation  in Tokyo and many others. Brown is a prolific composer who has written music for his own group and many other groups he performs with. For Club Foot Orchestra he composed music for the silent films, Metropolis, Pandora's Box, The Hands of Orlac and Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jr. He also wrote music for Club Foot's scores for the cartoon series The Twisted tales of Felix the Cat, which aired on CBS.

Beth Custer
is an original member of the ensembles Club Foot Orchestra (CFO), purveyors of live, original, collaboratively created scores for classic silent films; of the trance-dance band Trance Mission with didgeridu master Stephen Kent, of the trip-hop duo Eighty Mile Beach with DJ Christian Jones, of the improvising monsters Dream On: Frith/Custer/Fajt; and the founder of the quartet of esteemed jazz clarinetists Clarinet Thing and of The Beth Custer Ensemble. Beth has appeared on numerous recordings and produced 15 on her own label, BC Records and toured extensively at an international level both solo and with her ensembles. Recent commissions include: What If, Would You for AXIS Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary season, (Oakland, 2013), Peter for 200 teens with ROCO Dance (Marin, 2013), Prokofiev for BCE premiered at Davies Symphony Hall’s After Hours Series (SF, 2012), a score for the documentary film Strong! (Julie Wyman, dir., Roxie Theatre, SF 2012), Youth, Fully for Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s (LCCE) woodwind sextet (War Memorial Green Room, SF, 2011), Bear in Shamanic Transformation for Intersection for the Arts Jazz Series with Will Bernard (DeYoung Museum, 2010), Private Life of a Cat, At Prague Castle, Aimless Walk live silent film scores for SF Cinematheque (Alexander Hammid, dir., SF MOMA, 2010); Buckminsterfullerene for Clarinet Thing (Capp Street Community Music Center, SF, 2010).

Ben Goldberg, whose group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (San Francisco Chronicle), lives in Berkeley. He recently released two records on his BAG Production label: Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues ("Traces the evolution of an artist whO now seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path." - Andrew Gilbert, NPR), and Unfold Ordinary Mind ("A feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising." - Ben Ratliff, New York Times). The Downbeat Critics' Poll has named Ben the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist, with Peter Margasak commenting that "Ben Goldberg has few rivals as one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music." In addition to Clarinet Thing and Unfold Ordinary Mind, Ben's projects include DIALOGUE, a duo with pianist Myra Melford; and the Ben Goldberg Trio, with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen. This fall Ben will record his large project Orphic Machine, funded by a recent Shifting Foundation grant.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel (pronounced “wine-apple”) has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Dave Brubeck, and Joe Henderson. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders, Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 22 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with top-level musicians such as Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, and Jovino Santos Neto. Saxophone master Joe Lovano says, “Wainapel plays with the performance attitude which for me is what jazz and improvisation is all about. It’s a pleasure to listen to Harvey’s soulful interpretations.” A favorite of critics, musicians and fans, Wainapel was nominated for two BAMMY (Bay Area Music) Awards: Outstanding Reed Player and Outstanding Jazz Musician. (The short list of fellow nominees included Joe Henderson, Peter Apfelbaum and Charlie Hunter.) The 2009 Downbeat Critic’s Poll lists Harvey as a “rising star” on clarinet.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  photo: Carl Yamada
                           Wayne De La Cruz                                                                  Leon Joyce, Jr.                                                          Roger Glenn

The Roger Glenn Jazz Organ Trio

Saturday 8 February 2014 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to welcome master multi-instrumentalist and composer, Roger Glenn, to our stage. From an early age, Roger performed along side his famous father, Tyree Glenn, with many of the giants of jazz. Accompanying Roger in his trio are two superb jazz players, organist Wayne De La Cruz, and percussionist Leon Joyce, Jr. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Trio:

Roger Glenn - vibes, flute, sax
Leon Joyce, Jr.
- drums
Wayne De La Cruz
- Hammond B3 organ


The Concert:

Formed in the tradition of the great jazz organ trios such as Stanley Turentine & Shirley Scott, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Jimmy Smith; performing jazz standards that lend themselves to the organ trio groove. We bring an eclectic sound of music where we play not only standard jazz, but also encompass music of Brazil to popular music and summon the genius of some of the greats we have worked with in the past from Ramsey Lewis to Cal Tjader, with surprises around every measure.

The Artists:

Roger Glenn, master multi-instrumentalist, composer and entertainer on the flute, sax and vibraphone, is the son of the late Tyree Glenn who was one of the 57 notable jazz musicians pictured in the historic photo “A Great Day in Harlem.” THE ROGER GLENN JAZZ ORGAN TRIO perform music from some of the classic jazz organ trios. Roger has performed, toured and recorded to enthusiastic, sold out audiences with jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie (Bahiana), Mongo Santamaria (Mongo ’70), Rosemary Clooney (Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin), Herbie Mann and Pete Escovedo (Solo Two). Roger’s flute playing is featured on the Grammy-award winning album “La Onda Va Bien” with Cal Tjader, as well as many notable recordings by Donald Byrd (Black Byrd), Peaches and Herb (Reunited), ConFunkShun (Chase Me), Bobby Hutcherson (Ambos Mundos) and Mongo Santamaria (Mongo at Montreux).

Leon Joyce, Jr. whose musical career began in high school, but was really shaped and nurtured when he joined the Marine Corps in 1976. As a drummer Leon has worked for a wide variety of top artists. A short list would include Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Howard Hewitt, Norman Connors, Tom Browne, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Yve Evans, Monty Alexander, Barry Harris, James Carter, Clark Terry, Conte Condoli, Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Pete Fountain, Barbara Morrison, Sista Monica, Jamie Davis, Patti LaBelle & Mary Wilson.

Wayne De La Cruz performing sideman, leader, composer, arranger began his musical endeavors at the age of 9 with a set of drums and playing along with records and the radio. While in Jr. High his father bought him a used vibraphone that he began playing in the school jazz band. While in High school at the age of 14 he made the move to the keyboard and began playing organ and piano. He settled on keyboards as his main instrument and got his first Hammond organ when he was 16. Because of his passion for the Hammond organ, after many years of compromising the Hammond sound using a variety of keyboards, in 2003 he decided to bring the Hammond B-3 back to the forefront. As a result he is now performing on it more than ever in the classic and modern organ trio style.






New Esterházy Quartet
Paris Symphonies:
Symphonies written in or for La Ville-Lumière
by Haydn, Mozart, and Cherubini

Friday 3 January 2014 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome the New Esterházy Quartet back to our concert series with their third concert of the season. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco string ensemble are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. This concert will feature symphonies written by Haydn, Mozart, and Cherubini, in or for La Ville-Lumière, arranged for string quartet. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

Kati Kyme - violin
Lisa Weiss - violin
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello


The Concert:

Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies” were written for an orchestra of Freemasons of the Parisian Olympic Lodge, at the instigation of a Count d’Ogny. No. 85 in Bb from 1785 was supposedly a favorite of Marie Antoinette, and so is known as “The Queen of France” or La Reine. The six works were published in Paris in 1788 and nearly simultaneously an arrangement of three of them for string quartet appeared in Vienna. There is good reason to believe that Haydn himself made the arrangement. We don’t have an arrangement from Mozart of his “Paris” Symphony, No. 31 in D, written in 1778 for the Concert Spirituel, so our cellist William Skeen has provided one. Cherubini’s sole symphony was originally written for London in 1815, but he issued it in his own arrangement for string quartet in Paris over a dozen years later, introducing many changes great and small. In the case of all three symphonies we can compare a quartet arrangement to an mp3 version of an audiophile recording. The latter requires thousands of dollars worth of equipment to appreciate its full range of sound, the former offers the flexibility of portability and access in a greater variety of settings.


The Program:

Symphony No. 85 in Bb (1785)   "La Reine"    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    Adagio—Vivace
    Romance: Allegretto
    Menuetto: Allegretto
    Finale: Presto

Symphony No. 31 in D, K297 (1788)  "Paris"    Wolfgang Mozart (1756–1791)
    Allegro assai
    Andante
    Allegro


Quartet No. 2 in C (1829)
     after the Symphony in D (1815)    Luigi Cherubini (1760–1842)   
    Lento—Allegro
    Lento
    Scherzo: Allegro assai
    Finale: Allegro assai



The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.

The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.

In addition to their season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at the San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. The Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York in the spring of 2009, and those pieces will be released as a CD later this year. Their two CD recordings recorded live in concert can be purchased here.

The members of the New Esterházy Quartet - violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen -  have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble



                                         Almir Côrtes                                                               Ricardo Peixoto                                                          Brian Rice

                                                        Sereias do Pife                                                                           Zack Pitt-Smith                                                                    

Almir Côrtes and Friends
Música do Brasil

featuring Ricardo Peixoto & Brian Rice
with special guests Sereias do Pife
and Zack Pitt-Smith

Friday 13 December 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to host the brilliant Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, Almir Côrtes in a concert celebrating the release of his new CD "LIMIAR". A native of Brazil, Côrtes is currently an artist-in-residence in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University. For this date he will be joined by several virtuoso players including guitarist Ricardo Peixoto and percussionist Brian Rice, as well as special guests Sereias do Pife and Zack Pitt-Smith. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Almir Côrtes
- mandolin, guitars (classical & electric)
Ricardo Peixoto - guitar
Brian Rice - percussion


Special Guests:

Sereias do Pife - flutes
Rebecca Kleinmann, Chloe Scott & Sonia Caltvedt

Zack Pitt-Smith - saxophone




The Concert:

About his music and his new CD, Côrtes says, "In Brazil we call the kind of music that I make 'Brazilian instrumental music'. It is based in Brazilian musical genres that are considered traditional, such as choro, samba, frevo, baião, but employs a contemporary approach that includes experimentation and improvisation. The main influences would be Luiz Gonzaga, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Armandinho, Paulinho da Viola, Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti and Guinga. "

"I see this CD as a photo album that portrays some of my history. The compositions and arrangements presented here aim at the border lines between ideas and sounds, idiomatic and experimental, traditional and modern, popular and classical, some of the bearings that orient my path within Brazilian instrumental music."

Critics say, "Almir's playing is beautiful, creative, rooted in choro music, always grooving, and such a pleasure to hear."



The Artists:

Almir Côrtes is a musician and scholar from Bahia/São Paulo, Brazil specializing in Brazilian instrumental music.  A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Côrtes is a master of the mandolin, guitar (electric and classical) and also plays cavaquinho and viola caipira. Mr. Côrtes holds a B.A. in classical guitar from the Federal University of Bahia, and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in popular music performance from the University of Campinas-São Paulo.  He was on the faculty of the 2012 Mandolin Symposium, was a visiting scholar at the Jazz Studies Department at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and has played professionally and held workshops all over Brazil, in the United States and in Europe. Among his most important performances are the Latin Music and Culture Celebration (Berklee College of Music), Club du Choro de Paris, The Mandolin Symposium 2011/2012 and Lotus World Music & Arts Festival. Mr. Côrtes has performed with musicians such as Mike Marshall, Armandinho Macêdo, David Grisman, Jovino Santos Neto and Izaías Bueno. Presently, he is a visiting artist/scholar at the College of Liberal & Creative Arts at San Francisco State University, and he is releasing his third CD, the album LIMIAR.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro and currently 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 Brazils’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 Romao, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, guitarist Carlos Oliveira, Marcos Silva and Terra Sul.  He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.

Brian Rice  received his B.M. in Percussion and Ethnomusicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is an acclaimed performer, educator and recording artist adept at numerous musical styles.  Brian is known as one of the “go to” players of the Brazilian pandeiro.  His obsession with the pandeiro has led him to study with Luis Guello, Marcos Suzano, and Airto and his prowess on the instrument has led him to perform with numerous Brazilian artists, including Danilo Brito, Dudu Maia, Jovino Santos Neto, Paulo Sergio Santos, and Jorge Alabe.  Brian has expanded his use of the pandeiro outside the Brazilian music world and it to Balkan, Celtic, Middle Eastern and Cuban music to great effect.  He currently teaches percussion at Musically Minded Acadamy and freelances as percussionist in an array of local bands.

Zack Pitt-Smith
began studying saxophone technique and music theory at Eastman School of Music and later at Berklee College of Music. He has a degree in Ethnomusicology from Brown University. He currently primarily works in Brazilian genres. He has shared the stage with Jovino Santos, Harvey Wainapel, Marcos Silva, Gene Harris, Slide Hampton, Howard Johnson, James Williams, Henry Kaiser, and Denise Perrier. Currently, Zack performs most frequently with his Brazilian instrumental choroensemble Grupo Falso Baiano. He was recently named Teacher of the Year by Oakland Unified School District where he teaches music at Edna Brewer Middle School.



Sereias do Pife:


Rebecca Kleinmann
is an acclaimed flutist, singer, composer and teacher with a career marked by diversity and improvisation. A musical chameleon, Rebecca has toured world-wide performing a mix of Jazz, Brazilian music, Tango and Flamenco, among other styles. Rebecca produced her own first album "Raio de Sol" in 2005 with Grammy awarded artists. Now living in Oakland, CA, Rebecca leads and supports several groups: including Sereias do Pife Forro Band, Kata-Vento Brazilian Ensemble, La Ruya Flamenco-Turkish Fusion, and various Flamenco, Brazilian, Indie and Jazz projects. She also currently hosts a weekly Sunday series “Brazil and Beyond” in San Francisco at Bissap Baobab and teaches music to children.

San Francisco native Chloe Scott is a true product of the Bay Area’s music scene. Growing up, she studied jazz, latin jazz and classical music with Joe Henderson, Rebeca Mauleon, Wayne Wallace, Tootie Heath, Julian Priester, Eddie Marshall, James Galway and Linda Lukas (SF Symphony), eventually obtaining her Bachelor Degree in Classical Flute Performance. She has recorded and performed with John Tchicai, Yosvanny Terry, Thomas Dyani, Harry Beckett, Peter Apfelbaum, Omar Sosa, Cachaito Lopez, and Pierre Dorge. Chloe plays locally with the Josh Jones Latin Ensemble as well as her own projects ranging in styles from jazz & latin jazz to Brazilian & South African.

Sonia Caltvedt is a classically trained flutist who fell in love with Latin music in 2003. Since then, she has performed in flamenco-latin ensemble Potingue, bossa nova quintet Bossa Five-0, Brazilian pop band Brazilvox, original tango ensemble Scala Tympani, and Carlos Oliveira’s Northeast Brazilian ensemble, Kata-vento. She earned her B.A. from McGill University and works as Marketing Director for Community Music Center in San Francisco, a non-profit music school and performance space.






New Esterházy Quartet
Haydn and his Students
Quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, & Eybler

Friday 29 November 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to welcome the New Esterházy Quartet returning  to our concert series with their second concert of the  season. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco string ensemble are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. This concert  will feature string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Eybler. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

Kati Kyme - violin
Lisa Weiss - violin
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello


The Concert:

Throughout his creative life, and thus throughout his 16 string quartets, Beethoven was a student of Haydn, reluctant as he was to acknowledge it. His oeuvre is arbitrarily divided into Early (six quartets), Middle (five quartets), and Late (five quartets) and we will play the earliest of the late quartets, Op. 127 in Eb. One of Beethoven’s chief concerns was to find ways to create unity from diversity—the individual and society, the humorous and the exalted, the natural and the civilized, man and God—and in this quartet he finds a musical expression of this effort. We contrast his work with one of Haydn’s, Op. 64, No. 4 in G, and also one in C minor by another of Haydn’s pupils, Joseph Leopold Eybler. This is the second of Eybler’s set of three, Op. 1, dedicated to Haydn. Though largely forgotten today, he was valued enough of in Vienna to be named Hofkapellmeister to succeed Antonio Salieri in 1824.


The Program:

Quartet in C minor, Op. 1, No. 2 (1794) - Joseph Eybler (1765–1846)
            Allegro
            Adagio non molto
            Menuetto: Allegretto
            Finale: Allegro


Quartet in G, Op. 64, No. 4 (1790)    -    Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
            Allegro con brio
            Menuet: Allegretto
            Adagio: Cantabile e sostenuto
            Finale: Presto


    intermission

Quartet in E♭, Op. 127    -    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
            Maestoso- Allegro
            Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
            Scherzo: Vivace
            Allegro


The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.

The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.

In addition to their season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at the San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. The Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York in the spring of 2009, and those pieces will be released as a CD later this year. Their two CD recordings recorded live in concert can be purchased here.

The members of the New Esterházy Quartet - violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen -  have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble





                                                                                                                                                                                                photo: Jim Block
Del Sol String Quartet
play the complete quartets
of Robert Erickson.
Sunday 17 November 2013 at 7:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to welcome this celebrated ensemble to our concert series. The Del Sol String Quartet will be performing the complete string quartets of 20th century composer, Robert Erikson. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Del Sol String Quartet are:

Kate Stenberg & Rick Shinozaki - violins
Charlton Lee - viola
Kathryn Bates Williams - cello

The Program:

Complete String Quartets of Robert Erickson (1917-1997)

Corfu (1986)

Quartet for Strings [No. 2] (1956)

    intermission

String Quartet [No. 1] (1950)*

        I. 
        II. 
        III.  Fast

Solstice (1985)

(*note that the String Quartet No. 1 has three movements, but only the last movement has a title.)


The Composer:

Although not a native Californian, Robert Erickson was a formidable guiding spirit as composer and teacher, nurturing the distinctiveness of West Coast music and acting as a mentor for a whole generation of California-trained composers. Erickson was born in Michigan in 1917 and studied composition with Ernst Krenek, after which he taught in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the early 1950s he moved to the San Francisco area, teaching at San Francisco State University, the University of California at Berkeley and the San Francisco Conservatory, as well as working as Music Director of the innovative KPFA-FM radio station in Berkeley.

In 1967 he accepted a professorship at the recently-formed music department of the University of California at San Diego and helped to develop its leadership in composition and new music performance. Students from his various teaching positions include Pauline Oliveros, Bun-Ching Lam, Terry Riley, Morton Subotnick, Paul Dresher and Loren Rush. Erickson composed works for string quartet, orchestra, chorus, voice, tape, and solo instruments and was commissioned by a number of cities, the NEA (1976), Kronos and other ensembles. He received many honors and awards, including Yaddo and Guggenheim Fellowships and the 1985 Friedham Award for Chamber Music for his string quartet, "Solstice."

In the 1980s, thanks to increased performances and recordings by leading ensembles, his national reputation began to grow, but many of his works are still seldom heard. Unfortunately, for many years Erickson battled chronic health problems, the seriousness of which made his continuing activities as a composer almost miraculous. He died in 1997.

(Bio adapted from AMG AllMusic Guide to Classical Music and Wikipedia articles online at: http://www.answers.com/topic/robert-erickson#ixzz2ecxn9wOo.)


The Artists:

The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse.

This critically acclaimed group of high energy master musicians explores new ways to interact with audiences, composers and artists across cultures and art forms. As musical innovators "steeped in bravery and imagination" Del Sol:

-Commissions and performs accessible new music from the brightest living voices around the world--Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Chinary Ung, Mohammed Fairouz, Tania León, Peter Sculthorpe, Per Nørgård and many others;

-Creates intriguing programs with electronica and instruments from other cultures--Asian, Latin American and indigenous Australian;

-Astounds audiences with one-of-a-kind multimedia dance, video and opera productions, including its hit music/dance collaboration with celebrated choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton—STRINGWRECK.

Del Sol’s members are violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee and cellist Kathryn Bates Williams. Since its inception in 1992 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Quartet has worked its magic performing on prominent concert series worldwide, including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Symphony Space in New York City; Other Minds Festival of New Music in San Francisco; Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Santa Cruz, CA; Davos and Hirzenberg Music Festivals in Switzerland; Chengdu Festival of Contemporary Music in China; Santa Fe Opera in NM; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY; Candlelight Concerts, Columbia, MD; University of Vermont Lane Series in Burlington, VT; and the bi-coastal Pacific Rim Festival co-presented by the University of California, Santa Cruz and Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

Del Sol’s five commercial CD releases have been universally praised by critics, including Gramophone, which hailed the quartet as “masters of all musical things,” and The Strad, which lauded the ensemble’s “gloriously opulent, full-throated tone.”

With its deep commitment to education, Del Sol has reached thousands of K-12 students through inventive school performances, workshops, coaching and residencies. The Quartet members also have worked closely with student composers, musicians and faculty artists at universities across the country, including Dartmouth, MIT, Brandeis, Northeastern, University of New Mexico, University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, the Manhattan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, among others.






The Jupiter Chamber Players
with special guest artist, Nancy Ellis
play Viola Quintets by Mozart and Brahms
Sunday 27 October 2013 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to host the return of one of our most requested string ensembles, the Jupiter Chamber Players, along with special guest violist, Nancy Ellis.  They will be performing two large, sumptuous viola quintets by Mozart and Brahms. These are exquisite work composed by masters of the form. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Jupiter Chamber Players are:
            Victor Romasevich & Michael Jones - violins
            Stephen Levintow - viola
            Paul Rhodes - cello
        with special guest artist:
            Nancy Ellis - viola

The program:

String Quintet in D Major, K.593 (1790)    -    W.A. Mozart  (1756 - 1791)
            Larghetto - Allegro - Larghetto
            Adagio
            Menuetto: Allegretto
            Finale: Allegro

   intermission

String Quintet in G Major, Op.111 (1890)    -    J. Brahms
(1833 - 1897)
 
           Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
            Adagio
            Un poco Allegretto
            Vivace, ma non troppo presto


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.

Violist Nancy Ellis has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1975. She is a graduate of Mills College, where she studied viola with Nathan Rubin. Always an avid chamber musician, she is a veteran of many festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival and the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. In 1973 and again in 2009 she enjoyed a brief stint touring and recording with Van Morrison. An original member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, she performed on that series for over 30 years. She plays on an instrument made in 1914 by the Italian maker Varagnolo.






The Steve Heckman Quartet
in a concert dedicated to
saxophone giant, John Coltrane

Friday 18 October 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is happy to welcome to our stage the talented saxophonist, Steve Heckman. For this gig, Heckman brings an excellent rhythm section of first-call players, including Grant Levin, Eric Markowitz, and Smith Dobson V. The concert will feature the music of saxophone legend, John Coltrane, as well as original compositions inspired by and written in honor of that seminal figure in the history of jazz. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Ensemble:

Steve Heckman- tenor and soprano saxophones
Grant Levin -
piano
Eric Markowitz -
bass   
Smith Dobson V -
drums


The Concert:

Leader Steve Heckman on the profound effect of John Coltrane on his musical outlook:

"Prior to hearing Coltrane for the first time, music was just "entertainment." After hearing him--and the first thing I heard was "A Love Supreme"-- I realized that music can be so much more... His music still sounds fresh to me over 40 years later, and still stands out far above any other jazz artist's music that I have ever heard. It was conceived and transmitted on an entirely different level than anything that proceeded it, or anything that has come since, in my opinion. "

"In terms of saxophone playing, Coltrane was a pioneer who explored the harmonic universe of what is possible in constructing a "solo", and in many ways he really redefined what a solo is, perhaps even transcending the concept so that in his later music it wasn't about a soloist being backed up by accompanists, but really about the entire group interaction. So in a way, one might say that he deconstructed the entire idea of soloing."

"...from my own rudimentary dabbling in Indian music I do hear the harmonic influences of some of the Indian ragas in his later playing... Coltrane used some of the same scale elements ... these scales really open things up for improvisation, in that in analyzing the scale elements, one can see the presence of 2, 3 or even more chords superimposed upon each other simultaneously--which if adapted successfully can open an entire universe of possibilities..."

The Artists:

Saxophonist Steve Heckman has played/performed with trumpeters Chet Baker, Eddie Henderson, Tom Harrell, and Howard McGhee; guitarists Howard Alden, Cal Collins, Bruce Foreman, Mimi Fox and Terrence Brewer; pianists Benny Green, Jim McNeely, George Cables, Andrew Hill, Jessica Williams, Larry Vuckovich and Weber Iago; drummers Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Moore, Donald Bailey, Billy Higgins, and Pete Escovedo; and vocalists Madeline Eastman, Kellye Gray, Buddy Connor, and Frankye Kelley. His debut CD "With John in Mind", is dedicated to his mentor, John Coltrane, and contains 7 of Steve's original compositions. His 2nd CD, “Live at Yoshi’s” was chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 10 best CDs by a Bay Area jazz musician in 2005. His most recent album “Born to be Blue” hit #19 on the Jazz Week charts.  His playing has been praised by saxophonists as diverse as Stan Getz, Charles Lloyd, and Pharoah Sanders.

Pianist Grant Levin has performed with Madeline Eastman, Vince Wallace, Bishop Norman Williams, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Josh Jones, Greg Gisbert, Michael Marcus, and many other great musicians. 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 has been a recording artist with Beezwax Records since 2003 and has released 3 albums. 

Bassist Eric Markowitz spent time in the hub of the St. Louis jazz scene before relocating to the Bay Area in 2004, performing with drum legend Joe Charles and saxophonist Jimmy Sherrod. Eric was a regular member of the David Stone Trio, which was voted as the best jazz group in St. Louis for 4 consecutive years. Eric can be heard regularly at the Rose Pistola, the Club Deluxe, and many other venues in and around San Francisco.

Drummer Smith Dobson V is the son of the late Smith Dobson IV, a world renowned pianist who accompanied Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Chet Baker, Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, Lee Konitz, and Wallace Roney, to name a few. Smith V has worked with such greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Red Rodney, John Handy, Sheila Jordan, Pete and Conte Condoli, and Red Holloway.






Michael Smolens Quintet - "New American Songbook Project"
Friday 4 October 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased  to host the return of one of our favorite composer /arranger/ multi-instrumentalists, Michael Smolens. This time Michael is bringing in his critically-acclaimed "New American Songbook Project", featuring an quintet of superb jazz musicians playing creative re-imaginings of vocal tunes from the jazz and popular canons (Cy Coleman's classic "Witchcraft" as a funk ballad! Mick Jagger's rocker "Satisfaction" moving from a jazz waltz, to double-time swing, to a funk groove!). This promises to be a fabulous evening of music. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Ensemble:

Michael Smolens - piano/keyboards/arrangements
Rocio Guitard - vocals
Kristen Strom - saxes
Fred Randolph - electric and acoustic bass
Greg Wyser-Pratte - drums



The Concert:

The band has developed near telepathic communication between players, allowing for unpredictable excursions and vivid storytelling by their vocalist. Each tune drawing its own color as the sax (soprano/alto/tenor), bass (acoustic/fretless & fretted electric), and keyboard (piano/electric piano) are heard in a myriad of different combinations. Rarely do audiences experience the bass, drums, and voice as equally featured soloists. And still rarer to hear a vocalist improvise lyrics on-the-spot, doubling blistering saxophone lines, and singing floating bi-tonal melodies. The band's few original songs appear fully disguised as impostors from another era...

In Michael's own words, "The idea behind this group is to see how far I can take well-known jazz, pop, and traditional folk songs from their original source while keeping them vibrant and emotionally relevant to listeners. It's my only group that doesn't feature my writing exclusively, but each song becomes in a sense a 'song within a song'. By the time they've heard "Girl With The Whole Step" (a complete re-telling of 'Girl From Ipanema' clothed as a study in whole-steps) or Mick Jagger's "Satisfaction" (skating along in three different grooves), they've taken quite a ride. When people hear what we do to songs that they are very familiar with, they are universally excited and really trust us..."

More information and samples of this remarkable ensemble may be found on Michael's wepage: New American Songbook Project


The Artists:

Michael Smolens
has been accompanying and arranging for many leading Bay Area vocalists, including: Raz Kennedy, David Worm, Bryan Dyer, Ernie Shelton, Rhiannon, Shea Breaux-Wells, Katy Stephan, Biaja Solomon, Karen Blixt, along with Pragmavision recording and touring icon, Claudia Schmidt. His original works have been recorded by Stefon Harris (vibes), Paul McCandless & Gene Burkert (reeds/flutes), Zakir Hussain (tabla), and has been commissioned by Meet The Composer, Bernard Osher Foundation, the Occidental Choir, Unity Church, and numerous artists in the Bay Area and New York. Michael leads five other ensembles that feature his compositions—the vocal Mirabai Ensemble, KRIYA Octet, earPlay Jazzquintet, Nuvo Chamber Trio, and the West-African Bal du Kor trio. He has been teaching a wide variety of instruments and voice since 1974 and coaching other teachers since 2000.


Born in Germany, and raised in Madrid, Rocio Guitard has been sharing her infectious spirit through music since she could barely walk. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1998, Guitard has released three CDs of her own and contributed to countless others. Equally comfortable singing jazz as she is with rock, pop, latin, soul or world music, Guitard has been called "a powerhouse, one who has a wide range, a beautiful voice, and the intuitive ability to be a major jazz singer." (Scott Yanow, author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Swing, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76)

Kristen Strom is "among the finest contemporary sax players" (Palo Alto Daily News) and very in demand throughout the Bay Area. Trombonist/composer Wayne Wallace calls her playing "thoughtful and deeply soulful". Strom leads her own band and has also performed with many well-known artists, including Manhattan Transfer, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Heath, Steve Turre, Kevin Mahogany, Michel LeGrand, the San Jose Symphony, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, The Four Tops, and the San Francisco Production Beach Blanket Babylon. She is an avid educator, working at Santa Clara University, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the San Jose Jazz Society. Kristen is also a member of Michael's KRIYA Octet.

Fred Randolph
is one of the busiest bassists and teachers on the Bay Area scene with a versatile skill set that has brought him work with leading vocalists such as Claudia Villela, Kim Nalley, Melanie O'Reilly, Deborah Winters, Stephanie Bruce, Tony Lindsay, Kenny Washington, Nicholas Bearde, Scotty Wright, and countless others. As a leader he has released two CDs—"Learning Curve" and "New Day"—and performs frequently with his own group, "The Fred Randolph Quintet." Fred also is an integral part of Michael's KRIYA and earPlay ensembles.

Greg Wyser-Pratte found his true voice as a drummer only after he was enrolled in college as a trumpet performance major. But he has quickly taken root as a go-to drummer on the live scene as well as making big waves with film and television credits with Dan Cray Trio. With over 20 full-length album credits, and appearances at Jazz Festivals throughout the world, his playing has been heard with vocalists Marc Courtney, Charenee Wade, Judy Roberts, and Paula West along with instrumentalists Von Freeman, Eric Reed, John Campbell, Ira Sullivan, and Christian Tanburr. His experience as composer and arranger comes through all of his beautifully sculpted drum solos.



                                          
Iosif Andriasov                                                                           Arshak Andriasov

The Andriasov Festival
featuring the music of
Father and Son Composers
Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov

Sunday 29 September 2013 at 7:30pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted once again to host our good friend, the superb S.F. Symphony violinist Victor Romasevich. Since his first appearance in our Concert Series in 2008, Victor has been one of our our most-requested artists. For this concert Victor has put together a very special program celebrating the music of the renowned Russian composer, Iosif Andriasov and his son Arshak Andriasov. The artists will include virtuoso musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, including Arshak Andriasov (piano), Scott Macomber (trumpet), John Engelkes (trombone), Victor Romasevich (violin & viola), Philip Santos (violin), Yun Jie Liu (viola), Paul Rhodes (cello), and Andrei Gorbatenko (double bass). The program will also feature an Opening Presentation by Iosif Andriasov's widow, the brilliant musicologist, Marta Andriasova. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Program:


    Opening Presentation by Marta Andriasova

    Arshak Andriasov  -  "Torch, No. 1" op. 6 for trumpet, trombone, piano, and strings
    Iosif Andriasov - Viola Sketch, op. 4A
    Iosif Andriasov - Trumpet Concertino, op. 14
    Iosif Andriasov - String Quartet, op. 1

    Intermission

    Arshak Andriasov - Ballet, op. 8B for string quintet
    Iosif Andriasov - 1st Symphony, op. 12 (piano version)


The Artists:


Musicians from New York and SF Bay Area;
members of SF Symphony, California Chamber Players, Jupiter Chamber Players

Arshak Andriasov - piano
Scott Macomber - trumpet
John Engelkes - trombone
Victor Romasevich - violin/viola
Philip Santos - violin
Yun Jie Liu
- viola
Paul Rhodes - cello
Andrei Gorbatenko - double bass


About the Composers:

Iosif Andriasov
was a composer-symphonist who was internationally recognized as one of the most important figures in contemporary world culture. After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory, Iosif Andriasov became a member of the Union of Soviet Composers on the recommendation of Dmitry Shostakovich. The Head of the Armenian-Gregorian Church, Vazgen I, Catolikos of All Armenians, awarded Iosif Andriasov the Special Charter with Recognition and Blessing for his contributions to music and ethics. In 1974, for his Second Symphony, I.Andriasov won the Soviet Composers' Competition to present Soviet music at the USSR National Celebration. From 1979, Iosif Andriasov lived in New York City with his family. International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK selected Iosif Andriasov, among two thousand of the world?s most prominent people, as the "International Man of the Year" for the Year 2000?2001 in recognition of his contributions to music and ethics.

Continuing in his father's footsteps, commissioned composer/pianist Arshak Andriasov (b. 1980 in New York City) has performed in numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition.

Dmitry Shostakovich said of Iosif Andriasov: "When the entire world lost a sense of harmony, composer Iosif Andriasov has not only not lost this sense, but added to harmony a new quality."

For more information, please visit www.andriasovstore.com


About the Artists:

Composer, pianist, and founder & owner of IMMA Records, Arshak Andriasov represents the new wave of classical composers. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition. "There is no point to write classical music without having beauty in it" is his motto.

Born and raised in New York City, A. Andriasov was blessed to be surrounded by classical music from an early age. His father, Iosif Andriasov, was a world-renowned composer of Armenian heritage, and his mother, Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova), is a musicologist of Russian heritage.

Playing the piano since the age of three, Arshak Andriasov was accepted to the Lucy Moses School of Music, studying with Boris Slutzky. During that period, Andriasov performed in numerous school recitals and was invited to appear outside the school in special concerts for seniors and service organizations. He has performed concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Lang Recital Hall, Paul Hall, and many other venues throughout the United States.

Arshak Andriasov started to compose at the age of fourteen, studying with Iosif Andriasov, Daniel Thompson (Lucy Moses School of Music), and Shafer Mahoney (Hunter College). Andriasov’s works have been performed in numerous countries throughout the world, including Austria, Russia, United States, and Japan. His chamber works are regularly premiered by the members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Arshak is continuing the Moscow Conservatory Composers tradition, stemming from P.I. Tchaikovsky - S.I. Taneev - N.Y. Miaskovsky - E.K. Golubev - I. Andriasov.


Scott Macomber
is a San Francisco Bay Area freelance orchestral trumpet player, chamber musician and soloist. Scott appears frequently as a substitute and extra with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet and serves in permanent positions with the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic.  Scott also serves as Co-Principal Trumpet of the Arizona MusicFest All-Star Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Mendocino Music Festival and Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra (Grass Valley, CA.)

 Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine.  At age fifteen Scott’s pianist Mom introduced him to some Chicago Symphony recordings and he was hooked.  After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at Northwestern University in 1995 Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his Master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Scott lives in Walnut Creek with his kids, Anya, Nick and Sasha and his wife, Karen.



Trombonist John Engelkes joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1981. A native of Iowa, he was previously a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Florida Symphony. He studied with John Hansen at the University of Northern Iowa, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and later pursued a master's degree at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, he studied with Frank Crisafulli and Edward Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago, Mr. Engelkes performed in the Northwestern Wind Ensemble, Northwestern Symphony, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Chicago Pops. A founding member of the Bay Brass, he also serves on the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.






Violinist Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina.

Following Romasevich’s emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov.

Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Sympohony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player.




Violinist Philip Santos discovered the violin in the Oakland public schools. He has performed extensively in many capacities throughout the Bay Area and across the country, and is a frequent performer on numerous chamber series, including the San Francisco Symphony¹s chamber music series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Old First Church Concerts, Composers Inc, Music on the Hill, as well as Carnegie Recital Hall in new York with the

He has been a member of the Berkeley Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.  He has also played with the Chicago Symphony. As a member of the Skywalker Symphony, he has recorded soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures and video games.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of Philharmonia Healdsburg, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony, and principal second violin of California Symphony. Mr. Santos served as concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony from 2002 to 2012.

In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Santos teaches violin and viola and conducts the string ensemble at California State University East Bay. He also teaches at Patten Academy and University, as well as many private students


A native of Shanghai, Yun-Jie Liu is Associate Principal Violist of San Francisco Symphony and Principal Violist of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra and World-wide Chinese Festival Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Violist of the San Diego Symphony and earlier in his career was invited by Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich to join the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C.

As a soloist, Mr. Liu has appeared with numerous orchestras in the US and China. He regularly gives chamber music concerts and solo recitals in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego Washington DC, China and Japan, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Julia Fischer, Yefim Bronfman and Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1994, he organized a chamber orchestra that brought together 35 Chinese musicians from around the world for a historic concert tour to Shanghai and Beijing.

Mr. Liu began violin studies with his father. At the age of 16 he entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Shen Xi-Di and Wu Fei. He was named Assistant Professor of viola upon graduation in 1985. A year later he went to the United States to study with Donald McInnes and Alan DeVertich at the USC.


Cellist Paul Rhodes holds degrees from Dominican College (BA) and the University of Texas at Austin (MM) and has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Orchestra of Santa Fe, Brandywine Baroque, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Sacramento Symphony, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, San Jose Symphony, Earplay, Berkeley Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera and the Monterey Symphony. Paul is presently a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, assistant principal of Sacramento Philharmonic and served as principal cellist of the Austin Symphony during their tour of France and Germany in 1995.









Andrei Gorbatenko
is currently in his 13th season as Music Director of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and enjoys a balanced schedule of conducting, teaching, recording, and performing as a contrabassist in both orchestral and chamber music capacities. He has appeared in the productions of the Jupiter Quartet, The California Chamber Players, The Albany Consort, The Broderick Ensemble, and in recordings at the Fantasy Studios and the George Lucas Skywalker Ranch where he has recorded as both bassist and conductor.

Gorbatenko spent his formative years taking advantage of the valuable opportunities given to him by the San Francisco Symphony's education department. There he met former Associate Conductor, Alasdair Neale with whom he began his conducting studies. He has also participated in the programs of The American Orchestral League, The Conductors Institute at Bard, and has performed in the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra, at the Aspen Music Festival where he also studied bass with Eugene Levinson, principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic.

Gorbatenko holds arts degrees from the San Francisco School of the Arts, Skyline College, and The University of California. He enjoys performing new music but feels that, "whether through architecture, literature, or music, the responsibility of bringing to life the imaginations of the dead is the greatest privilege of all."



Marta Andriasova
(Marina Kudryashova) is a musicologist (member of the American Musicological Society), teacher, music producer, founder and owner of the IMMA Publishing Co. She was born in Moscow, USSR, to a family of scientists.

Until 1978, Marta taught at the Moscow Conservatory (music history at department of Russian and Soviet Music and at department of Music Theory at the Military Conductors division). Her researches were published by the Muzyka Press and Moscow Conservatory publications. She was not re-elected to teach at the Conservatory for publicly refusing to attribute Iosif Andriasov's philosophical ideas to Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the U.S.S.R..    

Until recently, Marta worked at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Inc., New York City. Since leaving Lincoln Center, she has written and published a book called: Essays on the Music of Iosif Andriasov.









The New Esterházy Quartet
The Cellist King:
Quartets Dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia
Friday 13 September 2013 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to welcome the New Esterházy Quartet to our concert series, and to announce that  we will be hosting most of their 2013-2014 season. The artists of this celebrated San Francisco string ensemble are internationally-known period-instrument and chamber music specialists and have gained a well-deserved reputation for virtuoso playing and interesting programs. Their Hillside Club debut concert  will feature the music by Haydn, Boccherini, and Mozart, all dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Artists:

Kati Kyme - violin
Lisa Weiss - violin
Anthony Martin - viola
William Skeen - 'cello

The Concert:

Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia was an ardent cellist and lover of music. Boccherini was his appointed composer of chamber music and Haydn dedicated a set of 6 Quartets to him. This concert includes Haydn’s Op. 50, No. 1 in Bb,  Boccherini’s Op. 41, No. 1 in Eb, and Mozart’s Quartet in F, K. 590. It has long been assumed that Mozart wrote his last three string quartets for the King, but in fact there is no firm evidence that he ever met Friedrich Wilhelm or had a commission from him. Those three quartets were published without any dedication until after Mozart’s death. Nevertheless, they have been known as the “Prussian Quartets” for over a hundred years and like his last three symphonies occupy a special place in his life’s work, summing up what he had learned from Haydn and from Bach, the only other musicians he recognized as his equals.


The Program:

The Cellist King : Quartets Dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia

    Quartet in B♭, Op. 50, No. 1 (1787)  - 
Franz Joseph Haydn
    Quartet in C minor, Op. 41, No. 1 (1788)  - 
Luigi Boccherini
    Quartet in F, K. 590  -
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


The Ensemble:

Founded in 2006, the New Esterházy Quartet have taken their name from the Hungarian estate where Joseph Haydn lived and worked for nearly three decades, and from the noble family who were his employers and patrons. The name also honors Quartetto Esterhazy, the pioneering historical string quartet from the 1970s, with the blessing of that ensemble’s eminent founder and leader, Jaap Schroeder.

The New Esterházy Quartet’s first three seasons included all 68 string quartets of Joseph Haydn. Composed over a span of a half-century, Haydn’s quartets contain some of the most imaginative, sophisticated and expressive composition in all of music, providing great joy to players and listeners alike. This cycle of performances, the first in North America on period-instruments, provides a panoramic vantage point from which the Quartet can survey the compositions of Haydn’s friends, contemporaries and students. Since their third season the New Esterházy Quartet have been performing quartets dedicated to Haydn by Mozart and by some of the dozen other composers whose dedications acknowledged Haydn’s mastery of the genre. They also are playing quartets written by many, including Beethoven, who sought out Haydn for instruction.

In addition to their season of concerts in San Francisco and Palo Alto, the New Esterházy Quartet are frequently invited to perform elsewhere. They have performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music, the Haydn Society of North America, at the San Francisco’s De Young Museum, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco’s Dolphin and California Clubs, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Cal Performances, University of Southern California, Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeeshop, Music at Kohl Mansion and Noe Valley Chamber Music. The Quartet played a program of Haydn from American Moravian sources in New York in the spring of 2009, and those pieces will be released as a CD later this year. Their two CD recordings recorded live in concert can be purchased here.

The members of the New Esterházy Quartet - violinists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen -  have performed and recorded in the top echelon of early music ensembles, including Orchestra of the 18th Century, Wiener Akademie, Bach Ensemble, Artaria Quartet, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Arcadian Academy, Göttingen Festival Orchestra, and Musica Angelica. In addition to many years of musical collaboration in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and a long list of renowned chamber ensembles, these four Bay Area musicians have enjoyed decades of friendship and shared experience. Their history as both colleagues and friends endows the quartet with an unusual commonality of musical language and gesture, and provides a strong foundation for a unique and original ensemble





The Dan Zemelman - Mads Tolling - Ian Dogole Trio
Friday 6 September 2013 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to welcome back to our stage the talented jazz pianist, Dan Zemelman. Last appearing in our series in 2008, Zemelman will be performing in a unique trio format with violinist Mads Tolling and world percussionist Ian Dogole, Their music defies categorization, drawing on influences from all over the globe. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Ensemble:

Dan Zemelman
- piano
Mads Tolling - violin
Ian Dogole - percussion


The Concert:


Dan Zemelman, Mads Tolling and Ian Dogole bring to the table three profoundly studied and diverse musical backgrounds. The music they play demonstrates that very clearly. From a sweet folk song from Mads’ Danish background to a fierce Turkish groove played on the dumbek by Ian to an intricate arrangement by Dan of a gorgeous jazz standard, they explore vast realms of music; not exactly jazz, not exactly classical, not exactly folk or world music, but ALL of the above and more with a heavy emphasis on the improvisational aspect of all of these genres.

You can expect a lot of passion, a lot of thoughtful expression, and a lot of delicious and intricate melodies along with spaciousness and deep creative spirit.  These three gentlemen have all spent many decades performing and honing their craft.  In concert they come together in a brilliant and spontaneous way, all the time bringing the audience directly into the intimacy of the music.


The A
rtists:

Dan Zemelman is a leader and innovator of jazz music in the San Francisco bay area scene. In 1998 Dan participated in the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Jazz Ambassadors program and toured India and Sri Lanka courtesy of the US State Department, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances. After moving from Chicago to the San Francisco area in 2001, Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker’s final studio album Face to Face and toured with daughter and blues artist Zakiya Hooker. He studied at the University of Wisconsin and performed with legendary jazz bassist Richard Davis along with winning awards there as 'Best Jazz Artist'.

Recently Dan has performed with grammy-award winning violinist Mads Tolling (of Turtle Island Quartet) at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, performed with former Cirque De Soleil Music Director and vibraphonist, Christian Tamburr at the San Jose Jazz Festival, and played for a highly successful Eva Cassidy tribute concert at the well known Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, MD to a sold-out crowd. Dan also plays regularly for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra for their more jazz oriented performances.

Dan's CD One Way or Another featuring Erik Jekabson (formerly of John Mayer) has received rave reviews from well-known jazz critic Andy Gilbert as well as bay area publications like the East Bay Express and the SF Weekly.

Dan is currently a highly successful band leader, having performed at the acclaimed Yoshi's Jazz Club three times as a leader as well as at festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival and many more. As an in-demand jazz pianist in the SF bay area, he plays regularly with top bay area jazz icons like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis as well as his own trio featuring Mike Bordelon on bass and Greg Wyser-Pratte on drums. In 2011 Dan's group received a position as an alternate band for Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2010 Rhythm Road music abroad program. In addition, Dan has been on the faculty at several major jazz institutions in the SF area, including Jazzcamp West, The Berkeley Jazzschool and Lafayette Jazz Camp as a teacher, master class technician and accompanist.


Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist, violist, and composer, is a former eight year member of the two-time Grammy Award-Winning Turtle Island Quartet and acclaimed bassist Stanley Clarke's touring band. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. His recording, "The Playmaker" released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. Mads' latest album with his quartet, "Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty - Live at Yoshi's" came out in 2012. Mads has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D'Rivera.

As violist with Turtle Island Quartet, 2003-2007 and as violinist, 2007-2012, Mads maintains an active touring and recording schedule as well as composing and giving master classes. In '06 and '08 as part of Turtle Island Quartet Mads won two Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover album with the recordings "4+Four" and "A Love Supreme - The Legacy of John Coltrane." Tolling has received Denmark's Sankt Annae's Award for Musical Excellence as well as grants from Queen Margaret, the Sonning Foundation and the Berklee Elvin Jones Award.

In 2007 Mads Tolling started his own trio and immediately recorded the album "Speed of Light." The following year the trio expanded to a quartet. In it are some of the top Bay Area musicians, including Mike Abraham on guitar, George Ban-Weiss on bass and Eric Garland on drums.

Mads Tolling Quartet has performed all over the U.S including Yoshi's San Francisco & Oakland, Herbst Theatre, Russian River Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Grass Valley Performance Arts Center, Summerlin Library, Las Vegas & Blues Alley, Washington DC. MTQ will tour internationally in '12-'13 in support of their latest release: "Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty - Live at Yoshi's."

Mads has been a thriving force in the educational aspects of jazz and improvisation. He has been active as a Yamaha clinician and has been involved in workshops, coachings and master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Recently Mads has been involved with pro bono work for the "Music Rocks Foundation" in San Leandro bringing his musical & educational skills to high schools where the music budget has been cut dramatically in recent years.


Born outside Philadelphia, PA, Ian Dogole began his musical journey at age four, studying piano and then switching to guitar at age seven. After growing up on soul and rock music, Ian discovered Jazz, especially Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef and Sun Ra (among many), and their influences remain strong to this date. In high school, Ian was exposed to Chinese and Indian classical music by his instructor, Roman Pawlowski. This was the point in which Ian’s passion for Jazz and his newfound love of “World” music intersected.

As a major in Ethnomusicology (and Classics) at Brown University, Ian delved more deeply into the indigenous music cultures of the planet, while maintaining his fascination with the evolution of Jazz. Back in the Philadelphia area to finish his M.A. in Classics from Villanova University, Ian began to focus more on percussion and in 1977 he made frequent appearances with alto saxophonist Richie Cole in Trenton, NJ. After moving to Palo Alto, CA in 1978 to pursue further graduate study in Classics at Stanford University, Ian began to crystallize his vision of Global Fusion Music, blending the forms and instruments of Jazz with those of the non-Western world.

Ian has released six audio recordings as a leader – Along the Route, Dangerous Ground, Ionospheres, Night Harvest, Convergence and Crossroads. He also released a DVD entitled Ian Dogole & Hemispheres in Concert. He has recorded and performed with artists such as Hamza El Din, Tito La Rosa, Paul McCandless, David Friesen and Alex Degrassi, to name a few. In addition to his own releases, Ian’s compositions can be found on recordings by the world/fusion group Ancient Future, and have been used by the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies, Brown University and the Indonesian Park Service.

Ian's arsenal of global percussion instruments includes: udu, cajon, hang, talking drums, kalimbas, dumbek, balafon, dholak, cymbals and many more.




Brazilian Fusion
featuring Sarah Cabral
Saturday 24 August 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is pleased to present the brilliant Brazilian vocalist, Sarah Cabral in concert. Accompanying Sarah will be two virtuoso musicians, mandolinist Eva Scow and guitarist Mike Taylor, along with special guest artists Patrick Olvera on bass and Nathan Guzman on drums.  The concert will feature the music of such great Brazilian composers as Edu Lôbo, João Bosco, Maria João, and others. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Concert:

There is much fascinating material to be found at the intersection of jazz and the wildly influential popular music of Brazil in the 1960's and 1970's. The latter, from such artists as Edu Lôbo and João Bosco had a huge influence on the former, and the former returned the favor. Combine this fertile confluence with some of the exciting avant-garde sounds from artists like Maria João and Mário Laginha and you have an idea what delights this evening of music will offer.

The Ensemble:

Sarah Cabral
- vocals
Eva Scow - mandolin
Mike Taylor - guitar

with special guest artists:

Nathan Guzman - drums.  
Patrick Olvera - bass


The Players:

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. Born in the South of Brazil, Sarah's songbook is a reflection of a an interest in the intersection of music, poetry and theater.  She counts among her influences, the artists such as Mario De Andrade, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal and Guinga. She is currently working on several projects with local musicians, and performing in the bay area.

Eva Scow is an American mandolinist and violinist. She began playing music at a young age, starting on the piano at age 4. She began playing in orchestras and various groups, exploring different kinds of music, embracing the disparate neighborhoods of modern jazz, intelligent pop, Brazilian and bluegrass, and creating an irresistibly uplifting and funky fusion that transcends genre description. In 2008 she released her debut CD as a co-leader with guitarist Dusty Brough “Sharon By the Sea.” Eva is also a member of the contemporary jazz quartet Espacio. Eva has recorded for mandolinist David Grisman on his album “Tone Poets”, and also with the Anthony Wilson Nonet on their CD “Power of Nine”. In 2006 Eva was selected as one of sixteen musicians to participate in a week-long workshop of the bassist Edgar Meyer, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall. She is equally at home in the classical, folk and jazz idioms.


Mike Taylor plays a range of music from classical to pop, jazz and Brazilian music.  He is also a talented composer and song-writer.
 



Matt Renzi Cello Quartet
Friday 28 June 2013 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome back to our stage an old friend with a new project. Matt Renzi last appeared in our Concert Series in trio format way back in 2006. This time Matt is bringing a classical cello player, Misha Khalikulov, as well as a great rhythm section, consisting of John Wiitala on bass and Smith Dobson V on drums, to interpret his unique style of original jazz. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Matt Renzi
- saxophone, oboe
Misha Khalikulov- cello
John Wiitala- bass    
Smith Dobson V- drums

The Concert:

Matt Renzi Cello Quartet is a project consisting of woodwinds, cello, bass and drums, playing a repertoire of all original compositions.  The music explores textures and colors as well as the various sonorities of the strings, woodwinds and drums combined together in a unique way.  Although many parts are written out, there is also plenty of room for improvisation and the group makes use of free-form as well as traditional song forms to use as the basis of collective soloing.   The addition of the cello to the standard Jazz saxophone trio adds a contemporary classical flavor to the mix.

The Artists:

Multi-reedist Matt Renzi has been performing professionally for the past 20 years at international jazz festivals and music venues worldwide.    For the past decade, he has been recognized multiple times by jazz organizations in Italy, Spain, Belgium, India and Israel as well as in the United States for his advanced concepts in spontaneous group composition and collective improvisation with The Matt Renzi Trio.  He holds a B.A. in Music (Performance) from Berklee College of Music and an M.A. (Classical Composition) from San Francisco State University.

Matt can be heard on a variety of recordings including the award winning “Lines and Ballads” (Fresh Sound Records) as well as his latest release entitled “Happy Hour” (Three P’s Records) which features his trio. Matt has been leading his NY based trio for over 15 years now and continues to use this formation to push the limits of group improvisation and composition.  Apart from his trio, Matt also leads two projects which combine contemporary classical composition techniques and spontaneous improvisation.   As a sideman, Matt has performed and recorded with Marc Johnson, Tony Scott, Michael Formanek, Eddie Marshall, David Kikoski, Herbie Lewis, Ben Monder, Eberhard Weber, Bobo Stenson and the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet.


Misha Khalikulov
is a cellist from San Francisco, CA. He was born in the former U.S.S.R. republic of Uzbekistan and immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 3. In the course of his classical music studies, he had the opportunity to learn from acclaimed cellists Peter Wyrick of the San Francisco Symphony and Antonio Lysy, professor of cello at UCLA. Moving back to San Francisco, he began to pursue a career that was no longer moving in an exclusively classical direction. He joined the band Rupa and the April Fishes, which has taken him on tour to 24 countries in the last four years. With them, he has performed on many international festival stages around the world and recorded on their new album, Build, released in Fall 2012. He also joined the bands Blind Willies, StringQuake, and The Congress, with whom he has recorded three albums and toured around the Western United States, with a Mexico tour and European tour scheduled for Fall 2013. Aside from performing, Misha's passion is education, and his goal is to fuse the methods of classical and improvisatory music education.


Originally from Santa Cruz, Smith Dobson V, a member of an important jazz family, has been performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. His father, the late Smith Dobson IV, was a world renown pianist and director of the jazz series at the Garden City in San Jose for over twenty years, where he accompanied the likes of Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Chet Baker, Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, and Lee Konitz, and Wallace Roney, to name a few.  Also in the family, Grandfather Smith III is a jazz accordionist; Grandmother Norma, Mother Gail, and Sister Sasha are all jazz vocalists. The family often performed as a group at the Garden City, and other venues, as well as many local schools and workshops.

Dobson 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 Jewekes, Ben Goldberg, Graham Connah’s Sour Note Seven, Darren Johnstone, Charlie Shoemake, Will Bernard, and Kenny Brooks. In 2000, Smith was asked by percussionist William Winant to join him and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players to perform works by composers Charles Mingus and Anthony Davis, (who performed with the group on his own compositions), for a concert at the Yerba Buena Theater.


John Wiitala is a native of Oakland, CA. Started bass in high school with Robert Morrow and later studied harmony with legendary teacher Elvo D’Mante. John started playing on the San Francisco Jazz scene in 1980 with Hal Stein, Jessica Williams. Also short stints with the Joe Henderson Big Band , the Joe Henderson/Warren Gale Quintet ,and John Handy. John’s also backed countless visiting artists, among them Charles McPherson, Benny Golson, Roger Kellaway, Lou Levy, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Cecil Payne, Junior Cook, James Moody, Enrico Pieranunzi, Red Holloway, Jack Walrath, Joe Locke, Scott Hamilton, Arthur Blythe, Stacy Rowles, Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, Delfeayo Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Taylor Eigsti, Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm and Rebecca Parris. There were also tours of Europe with Jessica Williams and Kenny Wollesen, as well as with Bruce Forman, andtrips to  Japan with Richie Cole and Arturo Sandoval, and Sao Paolo, Brazil with accordion legend Art Van Damme.

Currently John plays with Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, vocalists Wesla Whitfield and Paula West, as well as with banks led by Erik Jekabson, Patrick Wolff, Randy Porter and Smith Dobson V. He has also appeared on over 60 recordings.





Harvey Wainapel Quintet
Friday 21 June 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to host the Harvey Wainapel Quintet playing a mix of Harvey's originals, some rarely-played works by master composers such as Wayne Shorter and Oliver Nelson, as well as brilliant Brazilian-flavored jazz. (A frequent visitor to the land that gave us samba and bossa nova, Harvey is steeped in its musical traditions and interpretation.) For this gig Harvey brings a stellar ensemble including Mike Olmos, Adam Shulman, Peter Barshay, and Jason Lewis. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Harvey Wainapel - saxophone, clarinet
Mike Olmos - trumpet
Adam Shulman - piano
Peter Barshay - bass
Jason Lewis - drums

The Artists:

The 1998 All Music Guide to Jazz calls saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel “one of the most promising and versatile players of his generation.” The 2009 Downbeat Critic’s Poll lists Harvey as a “rising star” on clarinet. Saxophonist Joe Lovano says, “It’s a pleasure to listen to Harvey’s soulful interpretations!” Wainapel has performed with jazz and Brazilian master musicians such as McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Ray Charles, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Dave Brubeck, Jovino Santos Neto, and Guinga. He has performed in 22 countries. Wainapel’s five CDs feature such company as: pianists Kenny Barron and Mark Levine; bassist Larry Grenadier; Brazilian guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati; drummers Kenny Wollesen and Mike Clark; and the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.

http:www//myspace.com/harvjazz


Trumpeter Mike Olmos is one of the most in-demand players on the San Francisco jazz scene. He has performed at jazz festivals around the country and the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Stuttgart Jazz Open and Día de San Juan. His performing & recording credits span a huge gamut, including: Etta James, Rosemary Clooney, Beck, Roy Ayers, Seal, Pete Escovedo, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, Marcus Shelby, Lavay Smith, Cachao, Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Jazz Mafia, Meshelle Ndegeocello, Taj Mahal, Michael Feinstein and Michael Brecker.


Pianist Adam Shulman has been a staple of the San Francisco Jazz scene since he moved to the city in 2002. Adam performs with Bay Area musicians such as Marcus Shelby, Anton Schwartz, John Wiitala, Vince Lateano, Kitty Margolis, Andrew Speight, Dayna Stephens, Erik Jekabson, Gary Brown, Patrick Wolff, Faye Carrol, Ian Cary, and Mike Zilber.  Adam has played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Bobby Hutcherson and the Glen Miller Orchestra.


Peter Barshay is 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 has performed with such jazz luminaries as Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Bobby McFerrin, Jimmy Rowles, Tommy Flanagan, the Mingus Big Band, Victor Lewis, Lou Donaldson, Lew Tabackin, and Joe Chambers. Born in Washington D.C., Barshay began cello lessons at age nine. During his year at the San Francisco Conservatory Peter was able to add one particularly impressive name to his resume. “I actually got to play under Igor Stravinksy,” he explains. “It was for the official opening of Zellerbach Auditorium in 1968 and they commissioned Stravinsky to come here and conduct four concerts.”


Drummer Jason Lewis has played with a variety of talented musicians including: Joshua Breakstone, John Stowell, Gary Burton, James Moody, Mark Murphy, Norma Winstone, Larry Coryell, Darol Anger, Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, Ann Dyer, James Carter, Taylor Eigsti, John Handy, Anton Schwartz, Mark Levine, Peter Apfelbaum, Cornelius Bumpus, and Kurt Elling.  For much of the past several years he has been touring with Boz Scaggs, and appears on the latter’s recording of standards, “But Beautiful”.




The Four Amigos
Victor Romasevich & Friends
Sunday 16 June 2013 at 7:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is honored to host the return of virtuoso violinist, Victor Romasevich, to our stage. A first violinist in the San Francisco Symphony, Victor has regularly been delighting our audiences over the past few years with his brilliant chamber performances; indeed he has become one of our most requested artists. He will be joined by several other superb players, including Lena Lubotsky, Lawrence London, and Philip Santos, in a marvelous program spanning three centuries.  Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.


The Artists:

Victor Romasevich - violin
Lena Lubotsky - piano
Lawrence London - clarinet
Philip Santos - violin


The Program:

  Robert Schumann            Soiréestücke  (Phantasiestücke), Op. 73  (1849)

  Ludwig van Beethoven    Sonata for Piano and Violin #10 in G Major, Op. 96. (1812)

  Iosif Andriasov                  Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 27  (1973)
                                            (Author's transcription for Clarinet and Piano)

  Maurice Moszkowski        Suite for Two Violins and Piano in G Minor, Op. 71  (1903)

  W.A. Mozart                      Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola, K. 498  (1786)

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



About the Artists:

Lena Lubotsky was born in Moscow, USSR, where she studied piano with professor Konstantin Igumnov and Tamara Bobovich at the Central Musical School, and later graduated from the department of musicology of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. She has taught piano, music theory, music history and ear training at various music schools in Russia and USA where she has lived since 1977. Ms. Lubotsky has also performed as choral accompanist and chamber music partner with many vocalists and instrumentalists, including her son, Victor Romasevich.


Larry London did his undergraduate work at Harvard and earned a Master's degree in composition at Mills College. He studied with Darius Milhaud, Terry Riley and Lou Harrison. He has played clarinet in all of the Bay Area's professional orchestras. He teaches music at Ohlone and Merritt Colleges. His compositions have been performed at the Aspen and Cabrillo Music Festivals, by the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony chamber series.

Larry London has contributed as a composer, arranger or performer to over fifty films. He composed the music for Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an American Masters documentary film, recognized as Best Portrait at the Montreal International Festival of Films in 1998. He wrote music for Poumy, A Bridge of Books, and Four Films About Love in 2002 for New Jewish Film Projects. He wrote music for Drawing From Memory: Joann Sfar, a documentary film for French Public Television.


Philip Santos discovered the violin in the Oakland public schools. He has performed extensively in many capacities throughout the Bay Area and across the country, and is a frequent performer on numerous chamber series, including the San Francisco Symphony's chamber music series, Chamber Music Sundaes, Old First Church Concerts, Composers Inc, Music on the Hill, as well as Carnegie Recital Hall in new York with the California Chamber Players. He has been a member of the Berkeley Symphony, Oakland Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.  He has also played with the Chicago Symphony. As a member of the Skywalker Symphony, he has recorded soundtracks for numerous major motion pictures and video games.

Currently, Mr. Santos is concertmaster of Philharmonia Healdsburg, assistant concertmaster of Marin Symphony, and principal second violin of California Symphony. Mr. Santos served as concertmaster of the Fremont Symphony from 2002 to 2012. In addition to his performance schedule, Mr. Santos teaches violin and viola and conducts the string ensemble at California State University East Bay. He also teaches at Patten Academy and University, as well as many private students. 


Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina.

Following Romasevich’s emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Romasevich joined the San Francisco Sympohony as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist and keyboard player.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo © Susan Rosner 2012

Gwendolyn Mok
"Brahms and Poetry"
featuring Robert Hass
Saturday 27 April 2013 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club excited to host the celebrated pianist, Gwendolyn Mok, performing a program of Brahms piano music with readings by famed poet, Robert Hass, all for the benefit of the Historic Keyboard Collection in the School of Music at San Jose State University. Mok will be bringing a historic piano made in time of Brahms to the Club especially for this concert.Don't miss this remarkable program set in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall.

About the Event:

Pianist Gwendolyn Mok will perform selections from her new CD Brahms; Late Piano Works, Opp 116-119 on an 1868 Erard, a historic piano from the composer's time, at the intimate Hillside Club. Joining her will be former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Robert Hass, who will read selected poems about music. The evening is a benefit for the Historic Keyboard Collection in the School of Music at San Jose State University where Mok is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies. Her earlier solo CD Ravel Revealed, the complete solo works of Maurice Ravel recorded on the 1868 Erard, is frequently broadcast on radio stations locally and around the world. Both the Brahms and the Ravel are on the Musicians Showcase Recording label.

About the Artists:

Born in New York City, pianist Gwendolyn Mok has appeared in many of the world’s leading concert halls, including The Barbican, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and The Hong Kong Performing Arts Center. She is also frequently invited to play and  record with major international orchestras, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia,  the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residency Orchestra of  The Hague. Well known for her interpretations of Ravel, Gwendolyn Mok is a popular chamber musician and appears regularly with members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in Davies Symphony Hall, as well as prominent groups such as the Ives Quartet, Prazak Quartet. She also appears in solo recital and as soloist with the Symphony Silicon Valley, San Jose Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

Gwendolyn Mok's newest recording Brahms; Late Piano Works will be available for purchase at the concert.

Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, California, where he teaches at the University of California. He
served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995-1997. A MacArthur Fellow and two time winner of the National Book Critics
Circle Award, he has published poems, literary essays and translations. 
He shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection "Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005."






The One Art Ensemble
in Concert
"I Will Possess the Field"
Sunday 14 April 2013 at 7:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is proud to present the renowned One Art Ensemble in their remarkable, critically-acclaimed program of art song and chamber music. "I Will Possess the Field" features works from the classical repertoire as well as new works commissioned by and for the Ensemble. Soprano Ann Moss, violist Alexa Beattie, and pianist Hillary Nordwell have been thrilling Bay Area audiences for years with their exciting and adventuresome programs; don't miss these talented artists performing in our historic, acoustically-excellent hall.


The Players:

Ann Moss - soprano
Alexa Beattie - viola
Hillary Nordwell - piano


The Program:

Two Songs for Soprano, Viola and Piano (2010)                        Vartan Aghababian

At The Statue of Venus
(scene for soprano and piano, 2005)         Jake Heggie

Adagio and Allegro Op. 70
(1849)                                               Robert Schumann

Lachrymae Op. 48a
(1948)                                                          Benjamin Britten

Three Sonnets for Voice, Viola and Piano
(1959)                       John Woods Duke

Experience what the SF Examiner declares “the best thing that can happen to unfamiliar new works of music.” With "I Shall Possess the Field," One Art Ensemble blends the new and unusual with classic favorites from the chamber music literature. Repertoire for trio displays a merging of art song and chamber music genres. In settings of poetry by Elizabeth Bishop and Edna St. Vincent Millay, Massachusetts composers Vartan Aghababian and John Woods Duke employ soprano, viola, and piano as equal partners to fuse text, melody, and emotion. Aghababian’s songs were commissioned by One Art in 2009, while Duke’s Millay settings were discovered posthumously and have enjoyed only one performance since their 1959 premiere. The Ensemble offsets trio repertoire with daring and delightful works for duo instrumentation. In Jake Heggie’s dramatic 2005 scene for soprano and piano, with libretto by Terrence McNally, we take a whirlwind ride through the frantic, comical, and ultimately self-accepting inner monologue of a woman on a blind date. Benjamin Britten’s 1948 Lachrymae for viola and piano explores a different sort of inner turmoil, drawing on the courtly lamentations of Renaissance lutenist John Dowland. And Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro, composed a full century earlier, uplifts and inspires with childlike wonder and joyfulness. Come allow the “captivating sound” (SF Classical Voice) of One Art Ensemble to draw you into this rich and multi-dimensional concert program.

The Ensemble:

Hailed as “beautiful feminine giants of chamber music,” One Art Ensemble has quickly gained recognition for its inspiring juxtaposition of historic chamber music and art song with new works by living composers. OAE has created innovative concert sets for Noe Valley Chamber Music, Old First Concerts, CMASH New American Chamber Music Series, the Bing Concert Series at Stanford University Hospital, and San Francisco’s Noontime Concerts. OAE has made two concert tours to northern Washington state, appearing on the KONP Radio show Artbeat, and a concert tour to Boston.

In 2009, One Art Ensemble commissioned Boston area composer Vartan Aghababian to set two poems by Elizabeth Bishop, which received their premiere on April 11, 2010 at Noe Valley Chamber Music. Their second commission was for Bay Area composer Liam Wade to set a collection of fantastical poems by Boston area poet Lisa DeSiro, which were premiered in February, 2010. In April, 2010, OAE premiered Candlelight Cafe, a work by LA based composer Weslie Brown arranged specifically for the trio by Liam Wade.  Mame Loshn, a cycle of 5 songs in Yiddish composed for OAE by Miriam Miller with poetry by Sarah Traister Moskovitz, received its premiere performance in Fall of 2010 in Port Townsend, WA.

OAE is part of the core membership of CMASH, a new music repertory group committed to establishing and nurturing long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. OAE served as the 2010 Ensemble in Residence for the PhD candidates in Composition at UC Davis, a residency which culminated in two public performances of six new chamber works composed for the Ensemble. Through ongoing collaborations with living composers, One Art Ensemble contributes to an expanding repertoire that is carefully crafted to highlight the full range and expressive power of this unique chamber ensemble.

Artists bio's:

Soprano ANN MOSS is an ardent and acclaimed champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of American composers. Her high, silvery, flexible voice has been singled out by Opera News for its “beautifully pure floated high notes” and by San Francisco Classical Voice for its “powerful expression.” In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Wayne Peterson and Eric Sawyer, Ann seeks out and performs works by new and emerging voices at forums, festivals and concert series across the USA. A native of Boston and a graduate of the Longy School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory, Ann Moss is the co-founder and artistic director of New Music repertory group CMASH. She has been a featured performer with Earplay, Other Minds Festival, Eco Ensemble, New Music Works, FENAM, Sanford Dole Ensemble, SF Lyric Opera, Oakland Symphony Chorus, California Bach Society, the Ives String Quartet and the Alexander String Quartet, among others. This season, she records her debut album CURRENTS at Skywalker Sound with producer Leslie Ann Jones. Ann Moss has served on the faculty of CSU Summer Arts’ Composer/Performer Collaboration Workshop and has lectured on vocal composition at MIT, UC Berkeley, UT Pan America, Sacramento State, CSU Los Angeles and Cosumnes River College.

Scottish violist ALEXA BEATTIE holds the prestigious Artist’s Certificate in Chamber Music from San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with Paul Hersh and Jodi Levitz. She is currently based in Munich where she is a guest player with Munich Chamber and Rundfunk Orchestras and a guest Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Philharmonic. Recent festival appearances include the Oleg Kagan and Rheingau Festivals in Germany, and the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea. She is also co-founder and director of the Chamber Music Festival Viana in Portugal where she performs and teaches. Alexa is a recipient of a Dewar Arts Award: Scotland's national award for exceptional artists from any art form. She also holds a St Andrew's Society Award (Washington D.C.) for her commitment to contemporary Scottish music.

HILLARY NORDWELL, an active performer on both piano and viola, has played chamber music throughout the United States and Europe. In 2006, she was invited as pianist of the Eusebius Duo to perform in Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall, New York), following the duo's success as first prize winners of the CMFONE International Chamber Music Competition. She earned her masters degree in Chamber Music Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2005 as a student of Paul Hersh, and her bachelors degree in Piano Performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory under Catherine Kautsky in 2003. As pianist of The Eusebius Duo and One Art Ensemble, she appears regularly in many of the Bay Area's distinguished chamber music venues. Alongside her performing career, Hillary enjoys working with young musicians as a certified teacher of the Suzuki Method in piano and is the mother of a lively two-year-old daughter.





Dan Cantrell – "Orphaned Anthems" Release Concert
featuring dance performances by:
Elizabeth Strong, Rose Harden, Rose Nisker, and Elana Brutman

Friday 12 April 2013 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled, awed, and a little frightened, to present composer and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Cantrell, performing selections from his new recording, "Orphaned Anthems."  World-renowned musicians Lila Sklar, Eric Perney, and Tobias Roberson, as well as numerous guest instrumentalists, will join Dan to create a lush and intriguing pan-continental orchestration. The evening will also include dances choreographed and performed to Dan’s compositions by Elizabeth Strong, Rose Harden, Rose Nisker, and Elana Brutman. In 2011, Dan premiered Waxing Cinematic at the Hillside Club, and audiences have been hungering for a similar event ever since. This event promises even more exciting and transporting music in symphony with an amazing spectacle of innovative and inspiring dance. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic, visually-wonderful, and acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble*:

Dan Cantrell – piano, accordion, celeste, things with keys
Lila Sklar - violin
Eric Perney - bass
Tobias Roberson – Percussion

*Joined also by a selection of guest soloists and performers to be announced.

The Dance Company:

Elizabeth Strong
Rose Harden
Rose Nisker
Elana Brutman

The Concert:


Dan Cantrell has composed for a wide range of collaborations including network television cartoons, modern dance, live theatre, documentary film, Orchestra, and Gospel Choir.    For the last 2 years, Dan has turned his attention inward, recording and developing his piano based album "Orphaned Anthems."  The mad scientist composer has been dumping test tubes of Balinese Gamelon into solutions of Boogie Woogie, and energizing beakers of Turkish Romani pop with electrodes of DubStep and Film Noir soundscapes. And now…
The creature emerges at the Hillside Club!!! 

A breakdancing, bellydancing Frankenstein, grooving to Ragtime ditties and swaying to dream-like soundtracks from distant Lands.  The zombie hordes of addled top ten radio hit junkies are growing, and there is one hope for humanity left on April 12th 2013.   Don’t miss original and innovative music and dance, live in the sonorously splendid stronghold of the Hillside Club.  It will be a truly intriguing and lovely show.

The Artists:

Accordionist/pianist/saw player Dan Cantrell is an Emmy winning composer known for his innovative and energetic approach to documentary film and television scoring. He can be heard on albums from Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, the Toids, Beats Antique, as well as numerous self-produced albums. He was recently a featured soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, and has performed with the Oakland Symphony, Mike Marshall, members of the Klezmatics, Brave Old World, and Fishbone.

Dan composed music for three seasons of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on Cartoon Network and received an Emmy Award for his scoring work on the PBS documentary Home Front. 

Influenced by the music of Eastern Europe, Early American Jazz and modern alternative rock, His extensive scoring catalogue for film and television is described as “hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” (SF Bay Guardian). Dan’s music spans a wide range of emotion and style, rich with virtuosic performance, lush acoustic orchestrations, sonic textures resonant with sound design, and strikingly innovative melodic themes. 

Elizabeth Strong is a life long dancer, raised in the folk communities of California, where she was exposed to music and dance of the Balkans and Middle East from a young age. In addition to over a decade of study in the Bay Area, She has traveled and studied dance ethnology in Turkey and Egypt, the first student of Reyhan Tuzsuz in Istanbul, and student of Sahra Saeeda in Egyptian dance and culture.

Elizabeth is former primary member of Aywah! Ethnic Dance Company, a troupe devoted to regional dances and music of North Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. She was a collaborative member of “The Pogonometric Revue” with the Toids, Rachel Brice and Mardi Love, and a choreographer and collaborator for the last Undulation performed by Ultra Gypsy. Elizabeth performed with the Bellydance Superstars in 2008 and 2009, and was a founding member of Jillina Carlano’s Belly Dance Evolution, and also played a formative role in Zoe Jakes’ dance company for Beats Antique.

Find Elizabeth Strong's performances on Evolution and Tales of Desire 1& 2 released by Hollywood Music, and on Tribal Fusions 2, and TribalLA released by Bellydance Superstars. Her self-produced instructional DVD is available on this website and through Fat Chance Belly Dance.





Thomas Pandolfi
In Recital
Saturday 6 April 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to welcome back to our stage, piano virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi playing an impressive program including music of Scarlatti, Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt.  In his first appearance in our Concert Series, in 2008, Thomas Pandolphi impressed our audience with lyrical character of his playing as well as his technical brilliance. Don't miss this stellar artist performing in our historic, acoustically-excellent hall.

The Recital:

Thomas Pandolfi's recital will begin with charming music from the Baroque period, featuring two of Domenico Scarlatti's 550 sonatas for the keyboard, and then continue to the Classical Period to highlight one of Mozart's greatest and most beloved Piano Sonatas, the F Major, K. 332, published in Vienna in 1784 when the composer was 28 years old. This, together with the Sonatas, K. 330 and K. 331, represent some of Mozart's most fantastically creative output for the piano. The first half of the concert will conclude with Robert Schumann's impassioned song, "Widmung", which he wrote as a wedding gift for his beloved Clara, in the gorgeous solo piano transcription by Franz Liszt, and the last of Franz Schubert's Impromptus for piano, Op. 90, No. 4 in A-Flat Major.

After intermission, Thomas will focus on music from the Romantic period, with three works by Johannes Brahms (two intermezzi and a waltz), three works by Frederic Chopin (a waltz, nocturne and polonaise), and two of Franz Liszt's most pianistically brilliant works, the Grande Etude No. 2 based on Paganini's 17th Violin Caprice, and the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12.


The Program:

Two Sonatas                                                            Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
    1) D Minor, L. 413
    2) E Major, L. 23

Sonata in F Major, K. 332                                        Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    1) Allegro
    2) Adagio
    3) Allegro assai

Widmung ("Dedication")                                          R. Schumann (1810-1856) / F. Liszt (1811-1886)

Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4                 Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

INTERMISSION

Intermezzo in B-Flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2               Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15
Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2

Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2                            Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 ("Military")

Grande Etude No. 2 in E-Flat Major                          N. Paganini (1782-1840) / F. Liszt

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-Sharp Minor         Franz Liszt


The Artist:

The young American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally in the "Pops" genre, Thomas is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.

The 2008-09 season marked Thomas' debut recitals in Canada, Germany and China. A favorite in a number of Eastern European countries, Thomas continues to have extended and expanded tours in that part of the world annually. During the 2009-10 season, Thomas was guest soloist in the world premiere of British composer, Simon Proctor's, dazzling and unique "James Bond" Piano Concerto in London, and during the 2010-11 season he released his 6th CD album.

Thomas returned to China in August of 2011 for his second tour of that country, and last season, he made his recital debut in Toronto, as well as stepped in on 48 hour notice to perform the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto for The Alexandria Symphony's closing concert of the season. Audiences during the 2012-13 season will enjoy his artistry in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, New York, Delaware, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, California, Tennessee, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees as a scholarship student.

To keep informed of the latest updates, please visit www.ThomasPandolfi.com





The Ricardo Peixoto Group
featuring Marcos Silva
Saturday 2 February 2013 at 8:00pm


The Berkeley Hillside Club is thrilled to present the The Ricardo Peixoto Group featuring Marcos Silva. A Brazilian native and brilliant guitarist Ricardo Peixoto has delighted our audiences in past, appearing with Carlos Oliveira and Sarah Cabral. This time he brings a larger ensemble of equally brilliant collaborators. Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Ricardo Peixoto -
guitars
Marcos Silva -
piano
Bob Afifi -
flute
Aaron Germain -
bass

The Concert:

Ricardo Peixoto’s
long standing collaborations with Marcos Silva span more than two decades, including various recordings and countless gigs. Their common background in Brazilian music and improvisation creates an easy rapport and is the foundation for the group. This performance will feature Ricardo’s original music, including recent compositions as well as material from his recordings. The music is grounded both in the jazz and Brazilian music traditions, but always ventures well beyond their borders, combining rich melodies, sophisticated harmonies, and the unmistakable rhythms of Brazil.

The Artists:

Originally from Rio de Janeiro and based in the Bay Area, guitarist/composer Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US, with a fluid melodic style and a keen compositional sense. With a background in classical and jazz guitar, his music explores Brazil’s rich and diverse traditions, both in his original work as well as in arrangements of Brazilian classics.
Ricardo has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, long-time partner Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, saxophonist Bud Shank, percussionist Dom Um Romão, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga, guitarist Carlos Oliveira, Harvey Wainapel, Terra Sul and the One World Band. He has performed throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Japan and Brazil.

National and international performing and recording artist, composer,
arranger, producer, and educator, Marcos Silva has performed with Leny Andrade, Emilio Santiago, Marcio Montarroyos, Jon
Lucien, Claudio Roditi, Viva Brasil, and many other greats. He has served as Music Director, arranger, and keyboardist for Flora Purim, Airto, Toninho Horta,
Paquito D’Rivera, Bud Shank, Ricardo Silveira, Dori Caymmi, Nana Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, Edu Lobo, and Joyce. Marcos leads his own band, Marcos Silva and Intersection, and performs regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere. He is the senior advisor of the Brazilian Program at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, and has introduced hundreds of students to Brazilian jazz.

Equally at home in the jazz and classical worlds, with degrees in Jazz Studies from Sonoma State University, and in Classical Flute from San Francisco State University, flutist Bob Afifi is an accomplished instrumentalist and educator. He’s participated in several recordings with bassist Mel Graves, including the critically acclaimed "Day of Love" as well as "Ear Shot - The Music of Mel Graves" and "Indian Parrot and Other Stories - Music of W.A. Mathieu". He is the author of "Solos for Jazz Flute," analysis and note-for-note transcriptions of flute solos by such artists as Eric Dolphy, James Newton, Dave Valentin, and Hubert Laws published by Carl Fischer. He has directed of the Sonoma State University Latin Jazz Band, and regularly plays, along with Ricardo, in Chuck Sher’s One World Band.

Bassist Aaron Germain, grew up in Massachusetts, but has lived in the San Francisco bay area since 2000. Playing both upright and electric basses, he is adept at diverse genres of music. Aaron can be seem playing, straight-ahead jazz, cabaret, modern jazz, r&b, funk, salsa, brazilian, west african, indian, odd-meter, country, pop, ect. His philosophy has always been, to be picky about quality, but not genre. He is also a composer, and his debut album, "Before You Go" can be found on his website www.aarongermain.com. Aaron has performed with artists such as Yusef Lateef,  Stanley Jordan,  Andy Narell, Bonnie Raitt, Nguyen Le and Paul McCandless. 






The Erik Jekabson Sextet
with special guest John Santos
Friday 18 January 2013 at 8:00pm

The Berkeley Hillside Club is excited to present the Erik Jekabson Sextet with special guest, John Santos. One of our favorite trumpet masters, Erik has appeared on our stage several times with dfferent ensembles, and this one promises to be especially hot!  Don't miss these stellar artists performing in our acoustically-excellent hall.

The Ensemble:

Erik Jekabson
- trumpet
Melecio Magdaluyo
- tenor saxophone and flute
Joel Behrman
- trombone
Matt Clark -
piano
John Wiitala
- bass
Smith Dobson
- drums

Special Guest:

John Santos -
percussion

The Concert:

Join the Erik Jekabson Sextet with special guest John Santos as they play Erik's original compositions and arrangements.  The
music will go all over the map, with influences of New Orleans funk, latin jazz, bossa nova  and modern jazz. 



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