The Maybeck Studio

The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts is a small performance space located in a private home in the Berkeley hills, built in 1914 by Bernard Maybeck. The studio has a rich tradition of musical performances dating back over 100 years.

The Studio hosts occasional public events. Subscribe to our mailing list to be invited.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Pianist Larry Vuckovich

Larry Vuckovich returns to Maybeck once again and will do a program of surprises –selections that are seldom heard, including the ones he hasn’t played in a while. As always, it’ll be a diverse/wide ranging program of rare standards, classic jazz, bebop, Latin/Brazilian, world music including Balkan Ethnic selections, funky/boogaloo, jazz tango, etc.

He came to San Francisco in 1951 as a teenager from Montenegro – former Yugoslavia. He was fortunate to experience the heyday of jazz of which the ‘50s decade had some of the richest and most diverse developments happening. He heard such great big bands as Harry James, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman as well as small groups as Miles Davis, MJQ, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Sonny Rollins, just to name a few. He brings to the solo piano format all the impressions he absorbed from that period and more which developed later throughout his performances with the masters Mel Tormé, Jon Hendricks, Dexter Gordon, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Charlie Haden, Charles McPherson, Tom Harrell & more. He was fortunate to study classical piano at SF State with the noted Russian classical master pianist Vladimir Brenner.

Larry Vuckovich is recognized for his piano touch where he incorporates some European classical themes fused with jazz. Larry is also recognized as a pioneer in the U.S. for combining the Balkan Folk influences with Jazz which is found on his landmark recording “Blue Balkan” featuring Bobby Hutcherson. We hope you will join us for a unique solo piano presentation.

Larry Vuckovich at the Maybeck
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Michèle Walther and Georgianna Krieger – A Journey of Innovative and Soulful Music

Join violinist Michèle Walther, saxophonist Georgianna Krieger and percussionist Renaye Brown for an adventure of innovative, soulful, and “truly magnificent” original music. Their compositions and improvisations navigate the inner spaces between jazz, classical, world and minimal music; together they create a performance that is melodic, joyful, and deeply emotional.

Michèle Walther: violin, composition, live looping, electronics, voice
Georgianna Krieger: saxophones, composition

Michele Walther and Georgianna Krieger at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students, Seniors & Artists 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Monica Scott, Audrey Vardanega, and Hannah Tarley: An Afternoon of Piano Trios

An Afternoon of Piano Trios

Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 70 No. 2
Schumann Fantasiestucke for Piano, Cello, and Violin Opus 88

Monica Scott has performed throughout the United States, in almost every European country, Argentina, Canada and South Korea, engaging audiences with her energetic, eloquent playing.  An avid chamber musician and soloist, 23-year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega has performed widely across the United States, China, and Europe. American violinist Hannah Tarley began playing the violin at age two. She is a winner of Astral’s 2018 National Auditions, as well as the 3rd Prize winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition.

An Afternoon of Piano Trios at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Seating is limited.  Purchase advance tickets here.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Monica da Silva & Chad Alger's Complicated Animals

Monica da Silva is a multilingual singer and songwriter. She grew up living back and forth between the Midwest, United States, and the Amazon Rainforest area of Brazil. Her music combines her cultures and experiences to form her signature sound, which incorporates Bossa Nova, and International influences. She and her fiancé and guitarist Chad Alger perform together. da Silva sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French, and adds accents of flute and melodica throughout their arrangements. Acontece Magazine called their sound "the future of bossa nova with the face of youth today".

da Silva's song 'Soldado de Amor' was nominated for a 2018 International Brazilian Press Award, and was featured in the Paramount Network series 'American Woman'. Her songs are also featured in the Golden Globe winning movie 'Lady Bird', on the Putumayo World Music compilation 'Brazilian Beat', in The World Cup, and in the BBC One series 'The Replacement.’

Monica da Silva & Chad Alger's at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Melford / Formanek / Goldberg / Atwal

Pianist Myra Melford, bassist Michael Formanek, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and drummer Hamir Atwal present a concert of new compositions by all members of the group.

Melford, Formanek, Goldberg, and Atwal are well-known to listeners of forward-thinking improvised music. They have played in each others' groups over the years, and recently formed this quartet to launch further exploration. The group will record its first album just after this concert at the Maybeck.

Melford/Formanek/Goldberg/Atwal at the Maybeck
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Dan Zemelman Trio - SOLD OUT

For the first time in over a year, The Dan Zemelman Trio hits the stage again; this time welcoming special guest, dreamy vocalist Tammi Brown!

The trio consists of bassist Owen Clapp, veteran drummer Alan Hall and of course, pianist Dan Zemelman. Together, the group explores the vast terrain of jazz music that includes lyricism, melodicism, rhythmic intricacy and emotional depth.

Guest vocalist Tammi is affiliated with the likes of Stanley Jordan, Quincy Jones, Maya Angelou, Linda Tillery, Taj Mahal and so many more.... Tammi and the band will be performing songs from their latest collaboration project - The Lost American Jazzbook.
Be prepared to go on a journey with the Trio as they surprise themselves all the time with new music and new choices.

Dan Zemelman Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Duo Violão + 1 : Historia do Choro

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.”
 – Fredric Chopin

Duo Violão Brasil is the result of guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber's reverence for Brazilian guitar, the “violão”, and their desire to explore and expand the musical possibilities of putting two “violões" together. With repertoire from composers like Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Tom Jobim, the duo navigates effortlessly through the many styles of 20th century Brazilian popular music while showcasing original works and inventive arrangements. Duo Violão joins Bay Area based, percussionist Ami Molinelli in some very special shows throughout the Bay Area and New Mexico in exploration of their new project “Historia de Choro or A History of Choro music.”

This concert will feature the release of a new album that chronicles over 160 years of Brazil’s first national music, “choro.” Musical styles recorded include the Lundu, European Valsa, polca, tango habanera, maxixe styles that created the genre of Choro music and paralleled America’s Jazz music with Indigenous, European and African influences. Composers profiled range from Villa-Lobos, Chicquinha Gonzaga and Pixinguinha. This album was recorded in October, 2018 and be released in March of 2019.

Duo Vi0lão + 1 at the Maybeck
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tessa Seymour & Friends - 6 Reservations Left!

London-based cellist Tessa Seymour returns to her hometown of Berkeley to give a special recital of chamber music. Tessa’s program will include duo works with pianist Miles Graber, and a special guest appearance by guitarist JIJI, performing Brahms, Falla, and more.

Tessa made her televised Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 and has since been performing in Europe, Asia and the US, both as soloist and a chamber musician. Committed to a repertoire that cuts across genres and brings to life contemporary and established works alike, she has collaborated with and premiered the works of Matthias Pintscher, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Adams, David Ludwig, and Richard Danielpour. 

Her performances have been heard on WHYY-TV, PBS, as well as NPR, WQXR, and WRTI radio, TEDTalks, VICE, and most recently appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune as a “BBC Introducing” artist.

Tessa Seymour & Friends at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
This concert is $25 General Admission  

Seating is limited.  Get your required online reservation here.

Wooden Fish Ensemble Concert - 'KOTO, VIOLIN'

The Wooden Fish Ensemble presents concerts of music and musicians from a variety of cultural and national backgrounds working together in a collaborative way. The Ensemble has presented concerts of traditional music from Asia and new music by a diverse group of composers that includes John Cage, Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, Morton Feldman, Hyo-shin Na, Boudewijn Buckinx and Walter Zimmermann. They have given numerous world premieres.

Shoko Hikage, Koto/Bass Koto
Terrie Baune, Violin
Thomas Schultz, Piano
with special guest Yuki Endo, Shinobue (Japanese Bamboo Flute)

Wooden Fish Ensemble at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ethan Ostrow: Solo

New York based, Berkeley-raised pianist Ethan Ostrow returns to California for a unique solo piano set of original music, fresh takes on jazz standards, and music that bends the confines of genres altogether.

Having led a double-life as an actor for many years, Ethan understands the power of storytelling, and brings it to his music in every performance. He strives for an intense, lush sound, and demonstrates deep personal expression. Ethan has had the opportunity to perform at some of the Bay Area’s finest venues, including Yoshi’s, The UC Theater, The Fox Theater, The Freight & Salvage and more.

Ethan is currently studying jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Stefon Harris and Alan Broadbent.

Ethan Ostrow at the Maybeck
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Jenny Maybee at the Maybeck

Jenny Maybee is a nationally-charting pianist, vocalist, and composer/arranger who “make(s) beautiful music expressing the sheer joy of being alive.” Her “eloquent and heart stopping” piano playing and vocals have been hailed as “expertly balanced,” with her voice described as “exquisite” and “in the same league” as Billie Holiday, and her piano stylings compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor.

Jenny’s playing has been featured on 9 albums, including the 2016 film soundtrack “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck.” Also in 2016, Jenny released HAIKU (with Nick Phillips), which she co-produced and arranged. HAIKU was lauded in the press as "a thrilling, intimate, very delicate dialogue...close to perfection," and Jenny’s composition “Winter Butterflies” was selected as one of the Top 10 New Songs of 2016.

Jenny will be presenting new piano and vocal compositions inspired by her recent Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, where she focused on composing for visual media and exploring the intersection between nature and creativity.

Jenny Maybee at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Nathan Bickart: Solo Piano - SOLD OUT

Join us for an afternoon of inspired compositions and thoughtful improvisations from Berkeley-based pianist Nathan Bickart. Bickart will debut new compositions informed by the kaleidoscopic influences embedded in his musical and non-musical life. His compositions navigate the inner spaces between jazz, soul, gospel, and folk music; these diverse influences are expertly sown together to create a performance that is welcoming, joyful, and deeply felt.

Nathan Bickart at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The NUVO Jazz Quartet: Re-imagining Faure, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff - SOLD OUT

The NUVO Jazz Quartet features expansive jazz re-interpretations of late-Romantic classics by Faure, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, Ladino folk music, plus original Brazilian and Turkish style compositions. Rounding out the repertoire is a vocal blues suite by Ornette Coleman, Thelonius
Monk, & McCoy Tyner.

Michael Smolens — arrangements/compositions, piano, melodica, alto flute, dumbek, voice
Justin Ouellet — violin, viola
Aaron Germain — acoustic/fretless electric basses, classical guitar, gimbri
Marlon Aldana — drum set, cajon, dumbek, percussion
NUVO Jazz Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Redwood Tango Ensemble - Contemporary Tango Composition - SOLD OUT

Redwood Tango Ensemble presents the music of tango legend Astor Piazzolla, as well as new works by contemporary tango composers Diego Schissi, Julian Peralta, Daniel Ruggiero, and original works from their recent album "Prizefighter".

Redwood Tango Ensemble is a leading North American sextet dedicated to contemporary tango music. Known for visceral and powerful stage performances and innovative original music, Redwood Tango Ensemble is a singular voice within the new generation of cutting edge tango composition and future-driven chamber music in North America.

Redwood Tango Ensemble at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Anne Rainwater: Dark Humor

This solo piano set is entitled "Dark Humor" and explores the contrast between superficial and grim musical comedy. It features works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, György Ligeti, Ann Cleare, J.S. Bach, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Oakland-based pianist Anne Rainwater is a dexterous musician known for her vibrant interpretations of works from J.S. Bach to John Zorn. Recognized for her “boldly assertive rhetoric” (San Francisco Examiner) and “bright golden honeycomb for a brain” (Roy Doughty, poet), she appears as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.

Anne Rainwater at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$20 Students & Seniors

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Bye Bye Bartok: Classic Chamber and Orchestral Themes Reimagined For Jazz Improvisers

The Bye Bye Bartok collective features a special and curious mix of musical personalities, some of which are most known for swinging straight-ahead lyricism, and others as free exploring alchemists. Their sound together is a unique balance of all the above, dynamically nuanced dialog set in a creative and swinging context.

Collectively, members have played with the Nice Guy Trio, Marcus Shelby, Stefon Harris, Michael Formanek, Ben Monder, Myra Melford, Meklit Hadero, Fred Frith and many others.

Bye Bye Bartok is...
Darren Johnston - trumpet
Matt Renzi - English Horn, Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Adam Shulman - piano
Eric Vogler - bass

Bye Bye Bartok at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 06, 2019 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 - 20 General Sliding Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, December 16, 2018

B3LLA Trio: An Afternoon of Beethoven Piano Trios - SOLD OUT

B3LLA is back to help celebrate all that happened in 2018 with you. The year's events and all of the emotions that went with it are timelessly captured in Beethoven's piano trios - tragedy, humor, melancholy and sheer joy. Experience them together with B3LLA in the intimate historic Maybeck this December.

B3LLA at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Mooncake Trio - three ladies from three continents

Compositions and improvisations by Biggi Vinkeloe, Motoko Honda, Emily Hay.

Hailing from varying backgrounds and 3 different continents, the female music trio "Mooncake" consists of Swedish-based saxophonist/flutist Biggi Vinkeloe, flutist/vocalist Emily Hay from Southern California and Japanese born pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda who now lives in Oakland. Hay and Honda have collaborated as a duo together since 2009 and the Mooncake trio developed when they invited Vinkeloe to join them for some concerts in San Francisco several years ago which led to new friendships and genre busting and unique musical explorations.

Mooncake Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 09, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students & Seniors 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ensemble San Francisco - SOLD OUT

Elizabeth Schumann, Piano
Rebecca Jackson, Violin
Matt Young, Viola
Jonah Kim, Cello

Schumann Piano Quartet and more...

"A hip, unstuffy, and malleable group of high-quality chamber musicians who are dedicated to fresh programming" raves the SF Classical Voice, "Ensemble San Francisco seems welcoming, warm, and well-positioned to expand not only its repertoire of high-quality performances, but also its circle of friendship."

Ensemble San Francisco was founded in early 2013 and draws its musicians from the SF Symphony, Ballet, and Opera orchestras and beyond.

In addition to its mainstage performances, ESF musicians generously donate their time to share their love of chamber music with children, youth, and elders through performances at schools, detention centers, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Ensemble San Francisco at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 02, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Audrey Vardanega in Recital - SOLD OUT

Beethoven Piano Sonata Opus 101
Bach Partita No. 2 in C Minor

Praised as a “[musically] eloquent” (San Francisco Classical Voice) player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” and a “bewitching musical presence” (The Piedmont Post), 21 year-old pianist and composer Audrey Vardanega was born and raised in Oakland, California and began her piano studies at the age of six with Araks Aghazarian. She began formal piano training with Robert Schwartz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2002 to 2013 as well as formal composition training with Arkadi Serper at the Berkeley Crowden School from 2004 to 2013. Her past instructors include Seymour Lipkin, Jeremy Siepmann, Christopher Elton and Victor Rosenbaum. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music at Mannes The New School under the tutelage of Richard Goode. Vardanega earned her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. Along with five other internationally selected pianists, Vardanega participated in the Carnegie Hall Workshops with Jonathan Biss in February 2017, exploring late piano works by Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert. She participated as a fellow in the Ravinia Stean's Music Institute in the Summer 2017.

Audrey Vardanega at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT