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.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sony 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's band is:
Sony Holland, vocals
Jerry Holland, guitar
Seward McCain, bass
Alan Hall, drums
Sony Holland at the Maybeck Studio
Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Live Recording Session with the Delphi Trio


Join us for an extraordinary live recording session with the Delphi Trio at the Maybeck Studio.

Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the  Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.

Program:
Franz Joseph Haydn..........Trio in C, Hob. XV:27
Allegro - Andante - Presto

Anton Arensky..........Trio in d minor, Op. 32
Allegro moderato - Scherzo, Allegro molto - Elegia, Adagio - Finale, Allegro non troppo

The same program will be performed on each of two afternoons.

Live Recording Session: The Delphi Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 3:00pm. Click to reserve for August 10.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:00pm. Click to reserve for August 31.
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door.
Seating is limited. Online reservations are required.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mayumi Kanagawa, violin


We are excited to host a recital by extraordinary young violinist, Mayumi Kanagawa, accompanied by beloved Berkeley pianist Miles Graber.  The concert is presented in conjunction with California Music Center, which produces the annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition.

Mayumi, now age 19, was the 1st Prize winner of the Klein Competition in 2011 and, more recently, the 1st Prize winner of the 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition.

Program:

Sonata No. 2 in a minor..........Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Grave - Andante - Allegro

Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano..........Alfred Schnittke (1934-1988)
Andante - Allegretto - Largo - Allegretto

Six Polyphonic Studies No. 6, theme and variations on "The Last Rose of Summer"
..........Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865)

Intermission

Caprice No. 4..........Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840)

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 Op. 108..........Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Allegro - Adagio - Un poco presto e con sentimento - Presto agitato

Mayumi Kanagawa at the Maybeck Studio
Monday, August 11, 2014, 7:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Live Recording Session with the Delphi Trio


Join us for an extraordinary live recording session with the Delphi Trio at the Maybeck Studio.


Praised for “…spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound…” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “…rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility, and risky tempi…” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) the  Delphi Trio has become a powerfully eloquent voice in the world of chamber music.

Program:
Franz Joseph Haydn..........Trio in C, Hob. XV:27
Allegro - Andante - Presto

Anton Arensky..........Trio in d minor, Op. 32
Allegro moderato - Scherzo, Allegro molto - Elegia, Adagio - Finale, Allegro non troppo

The same program will be performed on each of two afternoons.

Live Recording Session: The Delphi Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 3:00pm. Click to reserve for August 10.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:00pm. Click to reserve for August 31.
Suggested Donation: $20 at the door.
Seating is limited. Online reservations are required.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction



Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction is a classically trained trombone quartet with a vision to revive the variety hour. Our goal is to make audiences listen, laugh, and participate by combining instrumental music and sketch comedy. The show is designed to demonstrate how we connect with music and encourage our audience to do the same. This is NOT your grandparent's classical music. We're taking the important legacy we've been given to a new, exciting, and inclusive direction! Be a part of our journey!

Skinny Lips and the Sound Malfunction at the Maybeck Studio
Friday, August 1, 2014, 7:00pm

Suggested Donation: $15 at the door 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jesse Rimler / Jameson Swanagon


Join us for a double bill featuring intimate performances by two solo performers: singer-songwriter Jesse Rimler and guitarist Jameson Swanagon.

Jesse Rimler is a singer-songwriter and pianist based in Oakland. He is best known as lead singer and songwriter for the band Kapowski. He now performs solo under his own name. Rimler's songwriting is influenced by early Tin Pan Alley songwriters, plus later greats such as Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman and Judee Sill. Secret Password / My Elevator Story, the first in a series of singles, was released in March of 2014. Rimler also plays in the bands Religious Phase and Mappy.

Jameson Swanagon is a guitarist, autoharpist, and improviser living in the Bay Area. He has recorded for New World and Brushfire Records and performed with Anthony Coleman, Release the Sunbird, and Grand Lake. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, his music has been described by the Bay Bridged as "A lesson in intricate, elegant guitar work."

Jesse Rimler and Jameson Swanagon at the Maybeck Studio
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested Donation: $15 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Image credits: Danae Swanagon/Jesse Rimler

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jesse Olsen Bay: "Makings"


Composer/multi-instrumentalist Jesse Olsen Bay celebrates the album release of Makings, a song cycle based on unpublished writings by his grandmother, acclaimed author/activist Tillie Olsen. Jesse is known as part of the eclectic folk duo Ramon & Jessica, as well as for his frequent collaborations with dance and theater. In Makings, Jesse accompanies himself on guitar, percussion, piano, toy instruments and found objects, weaving Tillie's words into a tapestry of vivid emotion and imagery.

Read more about Makings on Jesse's site.

Jesse Olsen Bay at the Maybeck Studio
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 3:00pm
Donations will be requested.
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.