Chamber music for the people. Strings, winds and keys presenting a varied program.
Kitschy cabaret originals, bawdy blues, unexpected covers and forgotten gems of yesteryear.
Come dance to your favorite Cuban rhythms!
Come celebrate Sasha Jacobsen’s return and Classical Revolution sweet 16 anniversary with the MAQ!
WOMEN RISING is an exhibition that will take place at 780 Valencia Street in San Francisco, CA and will open to the public March 12, 2022. The INSIDE/OUTSIDE Project, a SF based collaboration between the Drawing Room and Curated State, invites SF Bay area based women artists to submit a piece or a body of work for consideration in this exhibition.
We are looking for works specifically created since 2020 and hope to represent how the impacts of the past 2 years have affected artists in what they create and how their work ties to our current state of the world. We are asking artists how COVID, the recent climate crisis and the many socio-political issues happening in these most modern and recent times are affecting women artists as makers, thinkers and activists.
Works in all media will be considered including multi-media/video/sound and site-specific installation works as well as 2D and 3D works. We will be filling a very large space and have potential to activate large walls, windows and small rooms so we can take series of work and larger pieces as well but are asking for 1 submission so if including more than 1 work, include an image of the proposed grouping. We want this to be an immersive experience as well as an opportunity for artists to gain exposure and sell their work.
This exhibition is for all ages and will be open and free to the public.
An evening of trio music,
experimenting with sounds beyond the twelve tone scale.
Robert Soper : guitar
George Long : saxophone
Mauro ff piano and piano liberated
tangos, avant-garde jazz, classical detours.
Sky Creature is a euphoric collision of post-punk, trance, and deconstructed opera. The resulting sound is a magical alchemy of opposites: weightless vocals set against a raging sea of manic guitars and driving beats. The band is the spiritual child, of singer Majel Connery and guitarist Matt Walsh (of The Forms), who first met in a recording studio in Brooklyn in 2001, bonding over My Bloody Valentine records. Sky tours nationally june 1-Aug 9 in support of their forthcoming Bear Mountain/childworld double EP. They're recording their first LP march 2022 with Steve Albini. Sky Creature is based at the edge of the ocean in Rockaway Beach, NY.
Celebrating Classical Music from North India, Europe and the Middle East.
With Kankana Banerjee, Classical Indian Singer Elektra Schmidt, piano Lewis Patzner, cello Mauro ff, piano & spoken word , Nakarat ensemble Mediterranean folk music and more!
Concert series featuring acclaimed women performers of the Bay Area at 780 Valencia during the Women Rising Exhibition begins with Sarah Cahill and her Project “The Future is Female” on March 24th.
Sarah Cahill has been hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times. Cahill’s latest project is The Future is Female, an investigation and reframing of the piano literature featuring more than seventy compositions by women around the globe, from the Baroque to the present day, including new commissioned works.
On March 4, 2022, Sarah Cahill released her latest recording, The Future is Female, Vol. 1, In Nature, on First Hand Records. The Future is Female is a three-volume series, which celebrates and highlights women composers from the 17th century to the present day. These albums encompass 30 compositions by women from around the globe and include many new commissioned works and world premiere recordings.
Cahill explains, “Like most pianists, I grew up with the classical canon, which has always excluded women composers as well as composers of colour. It is still standard practice to perform recitals consisting entirely of music written by men. The Future is Female, then, aims to be a corrective towards rebalancing the repertoire. It does not attempt to be exhaustive, in any way, and the three albums in this series represent only a small fraction of the music by women which is waiting to be performed and heard."
The Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra & Chorus is entering its third decade of presenting high quality musical performances and dynamic music education programs to communities in the San Francisco Bay area. These highly successful programs have earned the organization a national and international reputation. A key vision of Maestro Steiner is to increase audience development and provide access to classical music at the community level.
The Golden Gate Symphony achieves this through implementing live music programs through an innovative ensemble orchestra and choral group, providing works ranging from classical to contemporary compositions.
These programs have earned the organization a national and international reputation with programs in California, Central America, and Europe.
Maestro Steiner created the organization to provide access to classical music at the community level by encouraging amateur and professional singers, musicians and composers to collaborate closely and build community through performing live classical music.
Award winning pianist Elektra Schmidt performs as solo artist and in chamber groups in the United States, France, Greece, and the United Kingdom. As well as a flourishing performance career, Elektra curates for numerous festivals and art houses in Europe and San Francisco. She is the founder of Artist Migration, an organization dedicated to the integration and mobility of international artists.
She has collaborated with international festivals throughout the world including the San Francisco International Arts Festival, the Arundel Festival and Oxford Philomusica in the United Kingdom.
Program: Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Elektra Schmidt, soloist
Jason Gibbs: Sinfonietta (World Premiere!)
If difficult times call for extraordinary voices, Berkeley singer-songwriter and guitarist Diana Gameros is the woman for the hour. The Mexican-born songstress draws on her experience as an immigrant to explore the plight of border crossers of all stripes, bringing luminous humanity to a topic defined by searing heat rather than light. Her albums, Eterno Retorno, and Arrullo, are an artistic triumph for these times. Gameros has shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony, Taylor Mac, Bebel Gilberto, Natalia Lafourcade, Joan Baez, and her songs and story have been featured on Billboard, Mother Jones, NPR, and PBS, to name a few.
International touring artist and clarinet teacher based in San Francisco, California, Nilsen plays music in ensembles of global diverse genres: Klezmer, Balkan, Turkish, Colombian Cumbia, and Iranian classical music. With a degree from the Eastman School of Music for classical clarinet performance and a diploma in Ethnomusicology, Nilsen is a Backun Artist with a diverse and rewarding music career. She has performed in 49 states and plays wireless-clarinet at festivals across the nation.
On April 7th as part of Women Rising series Diana will be accompanied by Morgan Nielsen on several songs to perform a unique set of original music along with tunes by and for women from all over the world who have inspired Diana's musical journey.
"Her voice has a remarkable expressive range. She's at once strong and breathy - in an instant, wounded and boldly searching." - NPR
THE BEST BAD THINGS:
SONGS AND STORIES OF THE BRAVE, BAWDY and BEAUTIFUL WOMEN OF SAN FRANCISCO FROM 1840-1950
Premiering songs about Juana Briones, Alma Spreckels, Lola Montez, Madame Tess Wall, Sally Stanford, and more!!
With COMPOSITIONS by ALLISON LOVEJOY, CANDACE FOREST and VERONIKA KRAUSAS
Special guest Poet Agneta Falk Hirschman
Vocalist Melinda Martinez Becker https://www.melindabecker.com/
WITH a FABULOUS all-FEMALE CAST of PERFORMERS:
ANGELA LaFLAMME, Vocals https://megaflameband.com/
LUA HADAR, Vocals https://www.luahadar.com/
BETH WILMURT, Vocals http://www.bethwilmurt.com/
SARAH BERGES DANCE with NIKA ANTUANETTE https://www.sarahbergesdance.net/
Doors open 6:30 show at 7pm
Please join us at the iconic Piano Palace with the incredible duo Sarah Cahill and Regina Myers.
Cahill and Myers will perform Paul Dresher's This Same Temple from 1977, with the composer in attendance, as well as Meredith Monk's Ellis Island, Lou Harrison's Festival Dance, Eleanor Alberga's Three-Day Mix, and Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues.
Regina performs as a solo artist and with ensembles around the Bay Area. She received a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master's in Piano Performance and Literature from Mills College, where she focused on new and experimental music under the guidance of pianist Marc Shapiro, ensemble leader and composer Steed Cowart and percussion master William Winant.
Sarah Cahill, hailed as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, has commissioned and premiered over seventy compositions for solo piano. Keyboard Magazine writes, “Through her inspired interpretation of works across the 20th and 21st centuries, Cahill has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of many of our greatest living composers.” She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF).
Citizens Jazz is a collective of the Bay Area’s best veteran and up & coming jazz musicians led by bassist, producer & song writer Caroline Chung, who released her full length album of original music Sounds Of Haejin during the pandemic and can be found on all streaming platforms.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Oakland’s María José Montijo is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who knows that music is a potent force for full-spectrum healing. Steeped in the percussion-driven Afro-Puerto Rican tradition known as bomba, she presents her new musical project that blends Caribbean and Latin American electronic landscapes with bomba and folk harp, creating lush and propulsive settings for songs that are prayers to both our ancestors and our future selves.
Ms. Tory Teasley The most up-and-coming FUNK & SOUL vocalist in the Bay Area! An Oakland Native – with a power in her voice that vibrates the room, uplifting and resonating with an entire audience. Stop dancing? Yeah, right. Celebrate the night away with this spectacular performer who will leave a profound impression on your soul. Let’s do it with PRIDE!
Latin & Cuban Jamming
Eduardo Corzo is a pianist, guitarist and clarinetist from Havana, Cuba. He has composed and arranged music for Cuban and Mexican television, served as musical director of the Conjunto Nacional de Espectaculos, and toured throughout Latin America. Living in Mexico during the 90’s, he played with an incredible array of musicians including Lila Downs and Oriente Lopez to name a few. Corzo is an artist with a broad vision, interested in genres and styles different from his own, and whose background includes a mix of everything from Bach partitas to Brazilian and Afro Cuban sounds.
Local to the mission ditrict for years, this night is dedicated to bringing together the local musicians for a fun night of jamming. Be prepared to dance!
Nostalgia: Song of Home, Land and Longing from the operatic and folk traditions.
With Elektra Schmidt on piano.
Anna’s lifelong relationship and adoration of performance began with dance at the age of five. Anna’s insatiable thirst for performance of life was unquenched, leading her to the piano. Eventually learning to sing in choirs and joining community theaters gave her the final nudge to want to pursue this lifestyle full time.
Fernando Gameros sings original compositions as well as traditional songs from his home Mexico.
Lewis Patzner and Elektra Schmidt present favorite duos for cello and piano as well as Patzner original compositions.
Lewis Patzner is an Oakland-born cellist and composer, who plays a variety of styles including classical, jazz, folk, and pop/rock, and makes his living both as a freelance work for hire cellist, and as an independent artist, organizing and performing at his own concerts.
Award winning pianist Elektra Schmidt performs as solo artist and in chamber groups in the United States as well as France, Greece, and the United Kingdom. Elektra is the founder of Artist Migration, an organization dedicated to the integration and mobility of international artists.
LA GENTE SF was born in the eclectic San Francisco Bay Area and is led by Rafael Bustamante Sarria: singer-songwriter and voting member of the Recording Academy/Grammy's.
LA GENTE SF has just released "Lotus Hotel" their first single and music video from their 5th studio album "Entre 2 Mundos." The album and series of music videos were recorded
and filmed in San Francisco, Colombia, Spain, Mexico and Morocco. LA GENTE SF is currently on their 2022 world tour in support of this new international project. The group has
created their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Salsa, Hip-Hop and Reggaeton. Their music and live shows fuse together rhythms, dances and cultural
influences from all over Latino America and the Caribbean with a distinct San Francisco flavor, to create an infectious, high energy dance party.