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.

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, April 19, 2015

The Grace Note Chamber Players


The Grace Note Chamber Players, founded in 2010, is a flexibly-sized ensemble devoted to presenting programs of rare and beautiful chamber music to Bay Area audiences.

Program:

Variations on a Russian Theme (1899): Artsybushev/Scriabin/Glazunov/Rimsky-Korsakov et al.

String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73 (1946) - Dmitri Shostakovich
Allegretto - Moderato con moto - Allegro non troppo - Adagio - Moderato

String Sextet in E-flat, H. 107 (1912) - Frank Bridge
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto - Allegro -Tempo I
Allegro ben moderato - Tempo moderato

The Grace Note Chamber Players at the Maybeck
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donatation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stephen Kent and Beth Custer: Trance Mission Duo


Trance Mission Duo will perform new pieces, improvisations, and tunes from their repertoire.

Trance Mission Duo: Giving urban tribalism a whole new soundtrack

Featuring:Stephen Kent - didgeridoo, percussion, cello-sintir
Beth Custer - B flat, alto, bass clarinets, voice, percussion

Trance Mission Duo features two extraordinary multi-instrumentalist/composers with mountains of global accolades to their credit. Trance Mission continues the genre-breaking musical traditions they started in the 1990’s. Founded in ‘91 by Kent and Custer this seminal 4th World quartet out of the Bay Area performed extensively on the West Coast and in Europe and created four universally acclaimed recordings released on San Francisco's City of Tribes label.

The music of Trance Mission is as fresh and alive today as it was at its inception and the band's performances snap, crackle and pop with infectious improvisational spirit and humor. They are currently working on a new release slated for 2015 and booking engagements the world over.

Trance Mission Duo at the Maybeck
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:00pm
Tickets: $25. Purchase your tickets on EventBrite

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Dick Whittington Trio with special guest Andrew Speight


The Dick Whittington Trio with special guest Andrew Speight

Compositions by Monk, Miles, Coltrane, Golson and composers of jazz standards of 30's - 60's

Dick Whittington - piano
Robb Fisher - bass
Vince Lateano - drums

featuring

Andrew Speight - alto

The Dick Whittington Trio featuring Andrew Speight
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 3:00pm
Admission: $25 at the door
This event is sold out.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Yuri Liberzon, Guitar


A captivating and diverse classical guitar performance is in store for you, including tasteful baroque from J.S. Bach, Russian folk from Sergei Rudnev, contemporary Beatles, and jazz from Keith Jarrett, among others.

Russian-born and Israeli-raised guitarist Yuri Liberzon ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists in the United States and the world. His playing has been described as “Transcendent technical prowess at the service of gracious musicality. He is a natural born guitarist”. Washington D.C. Guitar Society wrote: “Mr. Liberzon was terrific. World-class mental acrobatics. Very pleasing results.”

Yuri Liberzon at the Maybeck
 Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:00pm
Admission: $20 at the door.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

gina Breedlove in a Fundraiser for Be Present, Inc.


Be Present invites you to
an intimate benefit house concert featuring
gina Breedlove

Attendence is limited to 40 people so
order tickets now at
Brown Paper Tickets!

If you are unable to attend you can still participate
by purchasing tickets for others or supporting us directly. 
To donate immediately to Be Present, please 
 click here

gina Breedlove is a Singer, Songwriter, Sound Healer and Medicine Woman. She has toured the world with her healing artistry she calls Folksoul. Her performances are more like Spiritual gatherings,with music being the offering. (www.ginabreedlove.com)

"In Goddess Culture gina Breedlove is a vocal Priestess,
leaving her privileged audience
the recipients of her pure spirit and deep vocal well"
- Holly Near


Be Present (www.bepresent.org) is a diverse, grassroots, nonprofit organization that has been building individual and collective leadership skills for over 30 years to make and sustain positive change in our families, workplaces, schools, and organizations. Since the beginning, our workshops have always been available to anyone who wants to learn and practice the Be Present Empowerment Model to carry positive change into our world community.

Your attendance at this event helps us raise scholarship funds for two of our programs:
•    The Black & Female Leadership Initiative
•    The National Conference on Race, Gender, Power & Class to be held in September 2015. 

gina Breedlove in a fundraiser for Be Present
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00pm
Minimum benefit ticket: $100
Purchase tickets on Brown Paper Tickets

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Celebrating Ernest Bloch


Join us for a celebration of composer Ernest Bloch, featuring New York-based prizewinners of the Irving M. Klein International String Competition Francesca dePasquale, violin (1st Prize 2010); Wyatt Underhill, violin (2nd Prize 2013); Dana Kelley, viola (3rd Prize 2013); and Alice Yoo, cello (4th Prize 2006); with pianist Julio Elizalde.

Program:

Suite no. 2 for Solo Violin
Energico deciso · Moderato · Andante · Allegro molto

Suite Hebraique for Viola and Piano
Rapsodie · Processional · Affirmation

"From Jewish Life" for Cello and Piano
Prayer · Supplication · Jewish Song

-Intermission-

Enfantines for Solo Piano
The Joyous Party · With Mother · Joyous March · Melody · Pastorale · Rainy Day · Teasing · Dream

Piano Quintet No. 1
Agitato · Andante mistico · Allegro energico

Celebrating Ernest Bloch at the Maybeck
Saturday, March 7, 2014, 3:00pm
Tickets: $40.
For tickets, email Fred Spitz or call 415.252.1122.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Audrey Martin, Jazz Vocalist


“A confident, mature singer with a voice that can leave you hanging onto
every word.” —TheJazzPage.com

“Martin says a lot in subtle ways. Her delivery is gentle and emotive,
measured and meaningful, and wholly connected to the spirit of each
song.”—AllAboutJazz.com

Berkeley jazz singer Audrey Martin knows all about the power of a song to provide hope
and spiritual sustenance in dark times. A rapidly emerging talent, she reveals a lifetime of
hard-won wisdom with her captivating debut Living Room. Possessing impeccable taste and a gloriously warm and clear voice, Martin has cultivated a highly personal repertoire
encompassing American Songbook gems and singer/songwriter treasures from Laura
Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Blossom Dearie, and Abbey Lincoln.

Featuring pianist/arranger Larry Dunlap, whose credits include Ernestine Anderson, Joe Williams and Cleo Lane.

Audrey Martin at the Maybeck
Sunday, March 1, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Okay, This is Pretty Cool

Ben Wendel and Joshua Redman recorded this piece at the Maybeck Studio back in December.

Click here for the high-resolution version.

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  
Five Pieces on Yoshie Hikage's Poems
composed by Hyo-shin Na

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

6) "Koto, Piano" by Hyo-shin Na.
Thomas Schultz, piano and Shoko Hikage, 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

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jazz Duo Sonic Calligraphy



Welcome the lunar new year with this jazz duo from Switzerland who creates a colorful and lively sonic landscape where old Chinese melodies are heard together with contemporary sounds!
"Music with ethereal beauty, inviting us to fly and dream."
Sonic Calligraphy is a jazz duo from Zurich, Switzerland with New York Chinese American jazz singer Peggy Chew and Swiss pianist Adrian Frey, who present a fascinating cross-cultural blend of music with folk melodies from China, poetry improvisations from the Tang dynasty and beyond, jazz standards, and songs from the pianist sung with the singer’s lyrics.

Since 2001, they have played throughout Switzerland as well as several tours in China, Hong Kong, and the US. They have released two CDs “Sonic Calligraphy” and “Sonic Calligraphy, The Flow of Things.” Festival appearances include: JZ Shanghai Music Festival, Culturescapes Festival , Leung Ping-Kwan Poetry Retrospective in Hong Kong, and the Altrisuoni Jazz Festival.

Sonic Calligraphy at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

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.
This performance is sold out.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Miro Sprague/Josh Johnson Jazz Duo


Join us for an afternoon of improvisational wizardry from jazz phenoms Miro Sprague and Josh Johnson.

Miro Sprague is a jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. A recent graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Miro has toured the United States, Europe, and Japan and has performed with Wayne Shorter, Greg Osby, Jerry Bergonzi, Matt Wilson, Reggie Workman, Sheila Jordan, among others. He is a member of the jazz collective Holophonor and leads his own quintet and trio. His most recent recording is “Blue Dreaming,” his fourth studio recording. Miro is currently based in Los Angeles, where he is active as a performer and educator.

Saxophonist Josh Johnson was born in Maryland and grew up near Chicago. An alumni of the 2012-2014 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, he holds degrees from Indiana University and UCLA. He is one of the co-founders of the genre-defying ensemble, Snaarj, whose latest release “Levels” was described as “a substantial work full of deep textures, deft musicianship and expertly crafted compositions” (Kyle Long, NUVO). Josh has performed with Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, and Terri Lyne Carrington, among others. Currently based in Los Angeles, Josh is a co-leader of the fearless collective Holophonor, who recently released their self-titled debut.

Miro Sprague/Josh Johnson Jazz Duo at the Maybeck
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door.
Seating is limited. Get your REQUIRED online reservation here.

Benefit Brunch Concert for the 30th Jewish Music Festival


Benefit Brunch Concert for
the 30th Jewish Music Festival
Sunday, February 8th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts
1537 Euclid Ave., North Berkeley

Sneak preview of Grammy-winning bassoonist Paul Hanson’s new JMF commission Homecoming, with Grammy-nominated guitarist John Schott, and bassist Jeff Denson. Come for a schmooze, shmear, and chance to hear stunning sounds in a perfect space.

Suggested donation of $40-60
Tickets: www.jewishmusicfestival.org or 800-838-3006
Get your tickets now!
Intimate venue -seating is limited. 

For more information: 510-848-0237

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, February 1, 2015

SFFCM Musicale with the Telegraph Quartet


Join us for a fundraiser for San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music featuring the Telegraph Quartet.

Enjoy an afternoon of wine, music, and fine cuisine in this beautiful and acoustically glorious space where audiences have heard concerts for nearly 100 years.

Program: 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Three Divertimenti (1936)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (1806)

The Telegraph Quartet won first prize at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2014. Telegraph Quartet members Eric Chin (violin), Joseph Maile (violin), Pei-Ling Lin (viola), and Jeremiah Shaw (cello) are all from San Francisco, California.

SFFCM Fundraiser featuring the Telegraph Quartet
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 3:00pm
Minimum donation: $125
Buy tickets here.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Soprano Ariana Strahl


Please join us for an afternoon of German art song, spanning from Classical to Modern composers.  The program will include a wide variety of pieces by Brahms, Richard Strauss, Shreker, and more.

Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ (Voralberger Nachrichten) and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ (Opera Now).  Ms. Strahl received her training at Illinois Wesleyan University, and later as a private student in Vienna, Austria.  During her studies, she was a prize winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as well as the Neue Stimmen Competition in Gütersloh, Germany. 

Ariana Strahl at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door
This performance is sold out.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Mysterious Abundance of Quinces: Steve Adams and Vinny Golia


The Steve Adams/Vinny Golia Duo will give a rare performance on unusual woodwinds at the Maybeck Recital Hall. The concert will feature Steve’s compositions, including the premieres of A Mysterious Abundance of Quinces for bass flute, contra alto clarinet and electronics, and Neon Meat Dream of a Beefheart Machine for sopranino sax, tubax (contrabass sax) and electronics. They will also be playing pieces from their CD Circular Logic, including In Ludwig’s House, written for a Rova performance at the Wittgenstein Haus in Vienna.  Steve and Vinny have been playing together since 1988 in a wide variety of ensembles, and their infrequent performances as a duo showcase the essence of their versatility and musicality.
Steve Adams – sopranino, alto and baritone sax, flute, bass flute and electronics
Vinny Golia – Bb, bass and contra alto clarinet, soprano sax, tubax, and …
A Mysterious Abundance of Quinces: Steve Adams and Vinny Golia at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
Seating is extremely limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Qualia & Friends



Spend a Sunday afternoon at the historic Maybeck Studio with Qualia & Friends.

Qualia is the auditory outfit spearheaded by Alison Niedbalski. Born in Alabama and raised in the dirty South (Bend, IN), her devotion to music became apparent early on by the hours she spent spinning records, playing classical piano, and arguing with other children who "loved" the Beatles but had never heard of Harry Nilsson. After coming of age in the Chicago scene, she moved West to teach philosophy. Soon after, she found her heart in San Francisco, and a home in Oakland.
Witness her brand of Torch Gospel as it moves across the Bay Area and beyond.
http://qualia-is-real.bandcamp.com

Joining Alison for this live recording session will be the Qualia choir:
Aoife Davis
Bryn Lux
and Andrea Inéz DelaRosa
The afternoon will open with solo jazz piano work by Nicholas Culp. Nick was born in L.A. and did his early training with John Magruder and local jazz piano experimentalist Larry Karush.
He later spent 2000 to 04 At Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France where he obtained a concertist degree and studied harmony and composition with renowned jazz pianist Bernard Maury.
He now composes, records and performs in the Bay Area.
http://nickculpmusic.com

Qualia & Friends at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 4, 2015, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 at the door.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Painting by Nicole Valerie Schach