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 nearly 100 years.

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series


The acclaimed Cypress String Quartet explores three pairings of early and middle Beethoven String Quartets in a series of performances at the Maybeck Studio.

The final Salon Series concert in May concludes with Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 6 and his Op. 59, No. 3, and Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 Metamorphoses nocturnes. These two Beethoven quartets look forward, in many ways, to the composer’s late style, while Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 is from the period before he left Hungary, his self-described “prehistoric” phase. Heavily influenced by Bartók’s middle quartets, there are wisps of jazz and gypsy music in Ligeti’s Quartet, giving the feeling of the ever-changing “music of the night.”

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series at the Maybeck
Friday, May 15, 2014, 8:00pm
Tickets: $50. 
Seating is extremely limited. Purchase your tickets online here.
The same program was performed on May 8.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series


The acclaimed Cypress String Quartet explores three pairings of early and middle Beethoven String Quartets in a series of performances at the Maybeck Studio.

The final Salon Series concert in May concludes with Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 6 and his Op. 59, No. 3, and Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 Metamorphoses nocturnes. These two Beethoven quartets look forward, in many ways, to the composer’s late style, while Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 is from the period before he left Hungary, his self-described “prehistoric” phase. Heavily influenced by Bartók’s middle quartets, there are wisps of jazz and gypsy music in Ligeti’s Quartet, giving the feeling of the ever-changing “music of the night.”

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series at the Maybeck
Friday, May 8, 2014, 8:00pm
This performance is sold out. The same program will be performed on May 15.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Koto and Shamisen Concert


Join us for a program of Japanese music for koto, bass koto and shamisen.

Program (subject to change):

1) traditional
Manzai
traditional koto and shamisen music 
It was composed by Jonoshiga between 1781~ 1789.

2) 2 kotos and bass koto
Shojoji no Scherzo (2002) 
The scherzo of a Shojo-temple
children's song of Japan, arranged by Shingo Edo.

3) 2 kotos and bass koto
Kagome no Shudai ni yoru koto shijusokyoku (1988) 
the theme of a Kagome song for Kotos
folk song of Japan, arranged by Katsuhiko Yoshizawa

4) Shoko Hikage's solo koto  
Koto Music (2011)
composed by Hyo-shin Na

5) Kayo Toki's solo bass koto 
Uminari 
Rumbling of the sea 
composed by Yukiko Ishii

6) one more solo koto

Performers:

Shoko Hikage
Tomohiro Tanaka
Kayo Toki

Koto and Shamisen Concert at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series


The acclaimed Cypress String Quartet explores three pairings of early and middle Beethoven String Quartets in a series of performances at the Maybeck Studio.

In February, the Cypress revisits a CSQ commission by Jeffery Cotton entitled Serenade. Cotton, who died in 2013, wrote this evening-inspired work about a fantasy world for the Cypress in 2011 as part of its ongoing Call & Response program. Paired with the Cotton Serenade are Beethoven’s dark and brooding Op. 18, No. 4 and his wonderfully optimistic Op. 59, No. 1.

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series at the Maybeck
Friday, February 13, 2014, 8:00pm
Tickets: $50.
Seating is extremely limited. Purchase tickets online here
The same program was performed on February 6.

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series


The acclaimed Cypress String Quartet explores three pairings of early and middle Beethoven String Quartets in a series of performances at the Maybeck Studio.

In February, the Cypress revisits a CSQ commission by Jeffery Cotton entitled Serenade. Cotton, who died in 2013, wrote this evening-inspired work about a fantasy world for the Cypress in 2011 as part of its ongoing Call & Response program. Paired with the Cotton Serenade are Beethoven’s dark and brooding Op. 18, No. 4 and his wonderfully optimistic Op. 59, No. 1.

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series at the Maybeck
Friday, February 6, 2014, 8:00pm
This performance is sold out. The same program will be performed on February 13.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Paul Hanson and Greg Johnson of Glass Brick Boulevard


Join us for a jazz duo performance by Paul Hanson and Greg Johnson.

Paul Hanson is a Bay Area-bred, world-renowned jazz bassoonist and saxophonist known for his diverse career with artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Cirque Du Soleil, DAVKA, St Josephs Ballet, Zenith Patrol, The Klezmorim, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Jonas Hellborg, Dennis Chambers, Eddie Money (sax soloist on "Take Me Home Tonight") and Boz Scaggs.

Composer and pianist Greg Johnson grew up in the Midwest listening to Gospel, Motown and Beethoven. In the early seventies, bands like Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd began shaping the road that with the inclusion of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Weather Report and others led to a compositional exploration that eventually began combining all of the influences and produced Glass Brick Boulevard.

In 2013 after a hiatus, Glass Brick Boulevard reformed with founder, composer Greg Johnson-piano, Rob Fordyce-bass, Paul Hanson-bassoon, and Celso Alberti-drums to create a one of a kind original contemporary jazz power quartet with a delicate touch that will make you dance and make you cry all in the same night.

"If Beethoven came back as Seal, we'd be back up band"

Paul Hanson and Greg Johnson of Glass Brick Boulevard
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Travis Callison & Morgan Bolender

Join us for a double bill featuring singer-songwriters Travis Callison and Morgan Bolender.




Travis Callison is a Berkeley based producer, singer/songwriter, guitarist and EDM DJ. Drawing on a wide spectrum of musical stylings from blues to hip-hop to drum and bass to folk, he is a unique talent. "Unplugging" for this performance — with only acoustic guitar — his inquiring, heartfelt and infectious songs thrive under the austerity, and move in transcendent directions with a joy and urgency.

Morgan Bolender feels most honest when she's singing. Listening to her songs is like being carried down a gentle river whose depth and clarity leave you refreshed and inspired. Her voice and lyrics come from deep within the heart, evoking a fully embodied love that artfully captures the vulnerability of the human experience. A self-taught artist, she draws influence from her years of worldwide travel as well as the nuances of everyday life and relationships. She currently lives and loves in Oakland, California but music is her home wherever she goes.

Travis Callison and Morgan Bolender at the Maybeck Studio

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Charity Cellos for Mindful Peacebuilding


Join us for a program featuring various show pieces for cello quartet, including a Telemann Concerto and arrangements of popular American folk tunes.

Charity Cellos
The Charity Cellos met while playing together in the Oakland Civic Orchestra, a volunteer community orchestra funded by Oakland Parks and Recs. We cellists really love our instrument, and it is our opinion (and we hope you agree) that out of the four instruments in the violin family, the cello has the most dynamic and emotive range -- with the depth and power of our lower strings up to the singing, voice-like tones of the upper registers.  It is this wonderful range that allows each cello to cover the range of parts that make up a quartet.  We hope to share our love of the cello through public performance while also inspiring support for community and charity organizations.

Charity Cellos is:  

Beth Kim
Deborah Thurtle
Paula Hollowell
Diane Louie

Mindful Peacebuilding


"Peace In Ourselves...Peace In Our Communities...Peace On Our Planet"

Bringing  together mindfulness practice, peacebuilding leadership skills, the art of mindful living in daily life, community service, and public action, Mindful Peacebuilding promotes a mindfulness-based approach to building a culture of peace on our planet and is open to all who wish to engage with societal challenges in a mindful context.  We are a diverse, inclusive networking organization which offers mindfulness-based listening circles, meditation and study groups, holiday gatherings, retreats, community service, and encouragement for public action, as well as coaching in mindfulness-based peacebuilding practice. Current areas of focus include:  working with elders and young people to transform and heal historical harm; cultivating mindfulness in prisons and schools; offering meals at a shelter for young adults who are homeless; supporting awareness and action related to climate change, access to clean water, and plant-sourced food; and communicating wisely and compassionately in the midst of strong emotion. Mindful Peacebuilding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Charity Cellos for Mindful Peacebuilding at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested Donation: $10-$20 at the door. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Lois Brandwynne, Piano


The Maybeck Studio presents Lois Brandwynne in an afternoon of Romantic Classical Piano.

The program will include Beethoven's "Tempest" sonata, short pieces of Chopin and feature the great C major Fantasy by Robert Schumann. Of this work, he wrote to his then fiancee Clara Weick: "The first movement may well be the most passionate I have ever composed---a deep lament for you."

Lois Brandwynne at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation at the door: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Lois Brandwynne studied piano at Mills College with revered Russian pedagogue Alexander Libermann and the legendary Dutch pianist Egon Petri.  She also studied composition with composers Darius Milhaud and Leon Kirchner. Awarded two successive traveling music fellowships from UC Berkeley, she then coached with Leonard Shure in New York and Alfred Brendel in Vienna.
She has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and has concertized in the United States and Europe to critical acclaim.

Her work as a chamber musician is equally extensive. In California she has performed at Music at the Vineyards, the Claremont and Cabrillo Music Festivals, and collaborated with eminent concert artists such as violist Walter Trampler, flutist Doriot Anthony Dwyer, cellists Bonnie Hampton and Emil Miland, and violinist Alexander Barantschik in the popular San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Sundaes.

She has long been an enthusiast of contemporary music, and will participate in composer Elinor Armer's Jubilee Year in new works written for her and other Bay Area musicians this spring.
She on the music faculty at UC Davis  and also teaches in Berkeley at her private piano studio.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg


THE PROJECT:
We have been performing duets since 2008. Each concert is a chapter in an evolving musical conversation -- two musicians speaking the same language with slightly different points of view, and, like any good conversation, finding something new. So we titled the project DIALOGUE.

THE MUSICIANS:
Over the course of two decades and more than 30 recordings, Myra Melford, recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2013), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013), and the Alpert Award in the Arts (2012), has carved out a distinctive niche among the creative music’s most respected pianist-composers. Her signature sound skillfully combines early influences such as classical music and the traditional blues piano styles of her native Chicago with her later immersion in the music of Eastern Europe and India and extensive musical studies with such legendary figures as Jaki Byard, Don Pullen and Henry Threadgill. Critics called her latest release, The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12 Records), “a triumph” (John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com), “compelling from start to finish” (Jez Nelson, BBC 3′s Jazz on 3), “a knockout by any standard” (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and “a high water mark in Melford’s extraordinary oeuvre” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure). She currently leads a variety of ensembles, including a new quintet called Snowy Egret, and composes and plays in the collective Trio M with Mark Dresser and Matt Wilson.

Ben Goldberg, whom John Zorn has called "one of the greatest clarinetists I have ever heard," was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both the 2011 and 2013 Downbeat Critics’ Poll. His group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (San Francisco Chronicle). A recording of Ben’s song-cycle Orphic Machine, based on the poetical writings of Allen Grossman with Carla Kihlstedt on vocals (“knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay” – LA Times), will be released in 2014. Ben also leads Unfold Ordinary Mind, featuring Nels Cline, Ellery Eskelin, and Ches Smith (“Joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising” -- The New York Times); the sextet Ben Goldberg School; Go Home with Charlie Hunter (“a searching ensemble that welcomes lyrical improvisation while embracing the groove” -- The New Yorker); and the Ben Goldberg Trio with Greg Cohen and Kenny Wollesen; He is a member of Tin Hat; plays monk; Myra Melford’s Be Bread; and Nels Cline’s New Monastery.

DIALOGUE: Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg at the Maybeck
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap


Vocalist Bobbe Norris has been a central figure in the ranks of Bay Area jazz luminaries since the 1960s. She has performed in virtually every jazz club in the area, starting with Jimbo’s Bop City and the North Beach jazz scene, spent several years in New York pursuing a much publicized career, and has appeared throughout Europe, Japan and the Caribbean, as well as throughout the US.

Larry Dunlap, Bobbe’s longtime partner in music and life, is a much in demand pianist and arranger who brings an innovative and ear-grabbing approach to all his endeavors. Larry is heard regularly with vocalists Mark Murphy and Dame Cleo Laine, to name a few.

Together Bobbe and Larry bring a warm and exciting newness to both familiar standards and original material from unusual sources. Their performances often include lesser know songs from well known composers as well as Brazilian delights and originals from seldom heard composers such as Michael Ruff, Flip Nunez and Marilyn Harris.

Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Bobbe’s lush, sultry voice and uncluttered style has been hailed by critics throughout the world. She is “a very hip singer who can turn a lyric like few others, a marvel at mellowness” (SF Examiner) and a songstress with a wealth of experience that is evident in every note. Combine this with Larry’s innovative but always appropriate playing and arranging and you have a very special evening of world class music that is exciting and relaxed, elegant and informal. This is old school vocal jazz in the vein of Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn or Johnny Hartman.

A recent review in The Times (London) by Clive Davis states, “Norris has no time for artifice. Her lush contralto is direct and unfussy. She is a natural storyteller; as in the music of Chris Connor or Johnny Hartman, every syllable of every lyric is made to count; Dunlap's settings for piano and bass
could hardly have been more sympathetic.”

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Angelique Zuluaga and Gwendolyn Mok: The Poldowski Project


The Poldowski Project
Please come to an evening of songs, poetry and memoires around the life of Poldowski , the pseudonym of Irene Régine Wieniawski.  Also known as Lady Dean Paul, Poldowski was a Belgian-born pianist and composer, also daughter of the famous violinist Henrik Wieniawski. Married to an English lord, she led an extraordinary life filled with tragedy, eccentricity and art, with the prime of her career in London in the 1920’s. Among her surviving works are three dozen songs set to poems by Verlaine, Le Braz, Dominique, Samain and Blake. This evening concert will feature some of her best songs in French and English, as well as readings of her letters and essays on life and music.

Angelique Zuluaga and Gwendolyn Mok: The Poldowski Project at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cypress String Quartet Salon Series


The acclaimed Cypress String Quartet explores three pairings of early and middle Beethoven String Quartets in a series of performances at the Maybeck Studio.

In October, paired with Beethoven’s Op. 18 No. 2 and Opus 95, the Salon Series will highlight Schoenberg’s beloved Transfigured Night for which the Cypress will joined by Jonathan Vinocour, principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau, founding member of the Ravel String Quartet. Based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, this expressionist work for sextet explores a transformative experience of love and forgiveness between two lovers walking through the night.

The Cypress String Quartet Salon Series at the Maybeck
Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00pm
This performance is sold out. See other available dates below.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BASS SOUNDS: Baroque Music for Unaccompanied Cello with Emily Davidson



In this unique program, baroque cellist Emily Davidson explores music written for unaccompanied cello from both the 17th and 18th centuries. Including works from both of her BASS SOUNDS albums, the program includes predecessors to the Cello Suites by J.S. Bach and also works that followed. 17th century ricercars by Gabrielli and Antonii use the cello as a true bass line voice, making for dark, mysterious music that focuses on the low register. Capriccis by Dall'Abaco, written after Bach's suites, use a higher range and are written in a more melodic style with harmony. Both of her albums, BASS SOUNDS and BASS SOUNDS: Evolved, will be available for purchase at the performance.
About Emily Davidson
Emily Davidson, Baroque cellist and teaching artist, spends most of her time playing bass lines. Originally from New York, Emily currently lives, performs, and teaches in the Boston area. Emily received her Master’s degree from The Longy School of Music of Bard College as a student of Phoebe Carrai. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford. Her debut solo CD, BASS SOUNDS: Music for Unaccompanied Cello from the Early Baroque, released in February 2013, and was followed with BASS SOUNDS: Evolved in July 2014. She is the founder of Emergence Quartet, a period instrument string quartet that focuses on the earliest pieces in the genre.

During her undergraduate years, Emily found that “early” music—classical music written roughly before 1750—was what resonated with her. She devoted herself to the study and practice of this repertoire by attending festivals and academies nationwide. She appears with period ensembles throughout the Boston area. As a teaching artist, Emily gives lectures in public schools on baroque music, historical string playing, and music history, and also maintains an active studio of private students. In October 2014 Emily is releasing OldStyle, an album of baroque pieces remixed into electronic dance music, with nationally-recognized Dj CUTMAN. Emily is active in social media and online, with her Facebook page, YouTube channel, and blog, Historically Incorrect. Learn more at emilyplayscello.com.
BASS SOUNDS: Baroque Music for Unaccompanied Cello with Emily Davidson
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2:00pm
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jazz Vocalist Dima


Singing from the heart with a voice and style reminiscent of the early 50's, Dima was influenced at an early age by the music that surrounded her as a child: the classic sounds of jazz.

She began to develop her style as a jazz singer while studying with Merrill Hoover, a well known jazz pianist best known for his eloquent accompaniment of vocalists such as Ernestine Anderson, Anita O’Day, and Mary Stallings. This rare opportunity set the foundation for her to establish her own unique approach to singing as she fell in love with the jazz standard.

Known for her command of the lyric, beautiful soothing tone, soulful improvisation, and carefully chosen repertoire, Dima keeps alive the true art of the jazz singer.

She will be accompanied by Grammy nominated Jazz pianist John R. Burr. "Burr's subdued seamless piano playing cast a wide net, drawing from Gospel, Blues, Pop, Folk and Jazz....Animated discussions that catch the ear and imagination...." Jazz Times

Dima at the Maybeck with John R. Burr
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested Donation: $15 at the door.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

BELLA Trio and Friends: Schubert and Beethoven for Breast Cancer!

Love classical chamber music? 
Love the “Trout” Quintet?
How about Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio?

Well, then join us for an intimate, live performance of these masterworks at Berkeley’s acoustically dramatic Maybeck Studio for Performing Arts.

Mingle and meet the Artists – Nate, Eric and Mimi, members of BELLA Piano Trio and their esteemed friends, Bay Area bassist Michel Taddei and violist, Marcel Gemperli. Chat with them about your favorite chamber works and what music means to you.

Bring your friends. 
Meet new friends.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

BELLA Trio and Friends: Schubert and Beethoven for Breast Cancer at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 7:00pm
Suggested donation $75, online or at the door.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

All donations are tax-deductible through the SF Friends of Chamber Music.
And, as part of their goal as responsible artists, BELLA will donate a portion of your donations to local Bay Area breast cancer support organizations.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Pianist Mimi Lee is a survivor and champion of spreading support and inspiration for all those who have experienced it themselves or through a loved one.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chamber Music with Gail Machlis and Friends

Join us for a chamber music celebration with Gail Machlis and friends.

Program

Mozart String Quartet in E Flat Major (k160)
Gail Machlis, Rachel Carlin, Rick Diamond and Nick Carlin

Two Serenades by Siegfried Benkman
Noel Benkman and Gail Machlis

Intermission

Mendelssohn String Trio in D Minor, Op. 49
Gail Machlis, Diane Louie and Paul McCurdy

Gail Machlis and Friends at the Maybeck Studio
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:00pm
This event is sold out. Thank you for your interest.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

"NO MOON AT ALL:" Cathi Walkup, Linda Kosut, Shanna Carlson with the David Udolf Trio


"NO MOON AT ALL"
Cathi Walkup, Linda Kosut, Shanna Carlson
with the David Udolf Trio

Three singers with very different styles present an afternoon of solid fun and beauty - including originals (from funny to poignant), swinging standards and cabaret-influenced jazz.  After years of performing their annual "Moon" concerts, this time they join forces for a non-moon concert (okay, one of them may do the title song).  

The three vocalists will be accompanied by the trio of David Udolf at the piano, Rich Girard on bass and Eric Swinderman on guitar.

With limited seating (only 40 seats) please get your tickets in advance and early, as the show is expected to sell out.

Cathi Walkup, Linda Kosut, Shanna Carlson at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:00pm
Tickets: $20
Purchase tickets online here.

ARTISTS' WEBSITES:
Cathi Walkup
Linda Kosut
Shanna Carlson

David Udolf
Rich Girard
Eric Swinderman

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Charming Hostess and True Life Trio

Join us on September 13 for a double bill featuring Charming Hostess and True Life Trio.


Propulsive rhythm? YES. Eerie harmonies? YES. Voice, text and diaspora consciousness? YES! Charming Hostess plays radical Jewish music with the freak-folk soul of Oakland, California.  Tonight in small form, ChoHo will be singing songs of harvest and celebration from Bosnia to Brooklyn.  We may also present some work-in-progress from our upcoming installation, The Ginzburg Geography. It explores sense of place in the work of Natalia and Leone Ginzburg, famous for their intellectual brilliance and resistance to Mussolini’s fascist state.  This project maps the Ginzburgs’ lives in Turin, Pizzoli, and Rome—places that sustained them emotionally, spiritually, and politically. 

Charming Hostess works at the intersection of voice, text and diaspora consciousness.  Led by founder Jewlia Eisenberg, they often work in immersive performance—making hybrid spaces that incorporate music performance, visitor participation, and experimental ritual.   Recent performance installations include Teraphim (Meridian, 2012) on feminist biblical criticism; and The Bowls Project (YBCA 2010) on Babylonian women’s amulets. They have released four CDs on Tzadik’s Radical Jewish Culture series including Sarajevo Blues, which sets Bosnian resistance poetry, and Trilectic, a look at the political-erotic world of Walter Benjamin.

http://www.charminghostess.com

True Life Trio performs riveting vocal harmonies from Eastern Europe, America & beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization of different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from far-flung lands such as Macedonia, Louisiana, Albania, Ukraine, Mexico, Poland, Italy and Georgia. Featuring the powerful vocal talents of three dynamic performers whose musical collaboration was forged in Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, the trio delves deep into a vast array of folk music that lends itself to three-part vocal harmony, massaging and expanding the boundaries of these traditional styles.  The result is a sweet, sonic explosion that melts in the listener’s ear and that is uniquely True Life Trio.

True Life Trio is:

Leslie Bonnett: voice, fiddle, percussion
Briget Boyle: voice, guitar, percussion
Juliana Graffagna: voice, accordion, percussion
http://www.truelifetrio.com
http://www.facebook.com/truelifetrio

TLT’s debut EP is available on cdbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/truelifetrio

"True Life Trio has created a unique musical journey...each song is a small auditory work of art meant to be intently listened to."  Ginger Murray, SF WEEKLY

Charming Hostess and True Life Trio at the Maybeck
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sony and Jerry Holland




Sony Holland has headlined concerts at many of the premier jazz clubs and festivals in the U.S. and Asia, working with top musicians in every setting from quartet to Big Band. Her bell-toned voice and stylish delivery has won over fans and critics wherever she goes. Since relocating back to San Francisco last November, Sony has been unquestionably one of the Bay Area’s hardest working singers. Along with her guitarist/husband, Jerry Holland, she has held down a 3-night per/week residency at the J.W. Marriott Union Square and filled in the rest of her calendar with performances all over NorCal.

Sony loves the heavy schedule. “Performing is the reward for all of the hard work I do every day in preparation,” she says. “It is very satisfying to move people with a song.” As Joshua Klipp of the Bay Area Reporter writes, “No matter how near or far we sat from Sony, it was always as if she sang just to us. Every song felt fresh and personal. There was no sense of repetition, only warmth, joy, and Sony's profound desire to give her gift to anyone who would listen.” 

Sony and Jerry Holland at the Maybeck Studio
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door