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, 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.

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.
Seating is extremely limited. Purchase tickets online here
The same program was performed on February 6.

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.

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 14, 2014

Dan Zemelman/Mads Tolling/Jeff Denson Jazz Trio


Dan Zemelman, Mads Tolling and Jeff Denson – 3 SF bay area jazz musicians who have all created names for themselves – join together in this fabulous trio and bring to life original jazz works, creative arrangements of standards and even Danish folk songs.

Tolling has won Grammy’s with Turtle Island Quartet and toured with Stanley Clarke, Denson has performed widely with Lee Konitz and the group Minsarah, and Zemelman is a 1998 US Jazz Ambassador as well as a recording artist with John Lee Hooker, Erik Jekabson, Fred Randolph, the Lost Jazzbook project and many others.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these three improvisational wizards LIVE in concert for only their 2nd show EVER!

Dan Zemelman/Mads Tolling/Jeff Denson Jazz Trio at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $25 at the door
Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bristle


On December 6, the chamber jazz quartet Bristle, hailed by critics as “fun and thought-provoking” and “fresh, vibrant and unpredictable,” comes to the Maybeck Recital Hall.  Celebrating the release of their second CD Future(s) Now(s) on Queen Bee Records, the group has invited several of their colleagues from the Bay Area creative music scene to join them for this special show.  It’s a party you don’t want to miss.

Drawing upon a network of creative relationships that extends beyond the core group of Randy McKean, Cory Wright (reeds & compositions), Murray Campbell (violin & oboes), and Lisa Mezzacappa (bass), Bristle will begin the evening with a round robin of duos, trios, and quartets which will then culminate in the first appearance of Big Bristle, the combined assembly of musicians.  Guest percussionist Jason Levis and Mezzacappa will perform as duo B., their longstanding intuitive, improvisational partnership.  Wright will then join them to present his trio, the cerebrally swinging Green Mitchell.  Not to be outdone, McKean and Campbell, performing as Gargantius Effect, will play McKean’s kaleidoscopic march Dearthantaxis, then merge with Kinda Green, trumpeter Tom Djll and electronics whiz Tim Perkis, for a quartet improvisation.  Finally, guitarist John Finkbeiner and percussionist Jordan Glenn will bring their respective sparks to the forces at hand for performances by Big Bristle.

Bristle and friends at the Maybeck

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:00pm
Suggested donation: $15 at the door
Seating is strictly limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Romance and Humor in the 19th Century: Joseph Gold, Miles Graber, and Bruce Jenett



Program:

Duetto Amoroso..........Nicolo Paganini 1782-1840
Commencement, Entreaty, Consent, Timidity, Happiness,
Quarrel, Reconciliation, Tokens of love, Announcement of departure, Departure

Five Humorous Pieces..........Hubert Leonard 1819-1890
1. Rooster and hens - 2. In the dark forest - 3. Cat and mice
4. Donkey and driver - 5. Serenade of the bellicose rabbit
Joseph Gold,violin
Miles Graber, piano
Bruce Jenett, actor-narrator
In this  concert we begin with one of the pieces that changed the course of music. It is "Duetto Amoroso" by Paganini. It was no less significant than "Symphonie Fantastique" by Berlioz. Paganini was the sex symbol of his age. The piece is overtly sexual in an autobiographical way.

The second piece is one of the most humorous. It was the inspiration for Saint-Saens to compose his "Carnival of the Animals."

Romance and Humor in the 19th Century: Joseph Gold, Miles Graber, and Bruce Jenett
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3:00pm
Suggested donation: $20 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. This event is sold out. Thank you for your interest.

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, 4:00pm < Note the time!
Suggested donation at the door: $20 adults, $15 seniors and students
Seating is limited. This event is sold out.

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. This event is sold out. Thank you for your interest.


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.