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, January 21, 2018

Jenny Maybee

Jenny Maybee’s “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 most recent album, 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 adventures and the landscapes of New Mexico and Hawaii. Shimpei Ogawa will join her on bass to weave a sonic landscape for the performance.

Jenny Maybee at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Audrey Vardanega and Friends

Bach Gamba Sonata #2 for Viola and PianoBeethoven "Magic Flute" Variations for Cello and Piano
Brahms Clarinet Trio Opus 114 for Viola, Cello, and Piano

Twenty-two year old Audrey Vardanega is praised as a player “with the kind of freedom, authority, and strength…that one expects from the world’s finest pianists” (Berkeley Daily Planet).

Audrey Vardanega and Friends at the Maybeck
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission  

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Anne Rainwater & William Lang: New and Traditional Works for Trombone and Piano

Robert Schumann - Romanzen
Arvo Part - Fratres
Jessica Rudman - Soliloquy
Gy├Ârgy Kurtag - 6 Pieces
Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1
Victor Monti - Czardas

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. Originally from Long Island, trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher based in New York City. He can be found playing in all settings and style, from the avant-garde and classical to Broadway and indie chamber pop.

Anne Rainwater and William Lang at the Maybeck
Sunday, January 07, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students  

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Amaranth Quartet

The program will include movements from Beethoven’s Harp Quartet Op. 74, Ravel’s String Quartet, and other seasonal surprises!

With a love of tackling the string quartet canon and as fierce a passion for discovering newly composed works, Amaranth Quartet was founded in 2014 and proudly calls the San Francisco Bay Area home. Members Emily Botel, Abigail Shiman, Julie Michael, and Helen Newby strive to present classical music to divergent audiences in a variety of locales. Mentored by the Kronos and JACK Quartets, they have received additional guidance from members of the Cypress, Ives, Pacifica, Brentano, Concord, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.

Amaranth Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 17, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $30-50 Sliding Scale Admission/$15 Students & Seniors and includes refreshments.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Clarinet Thing: Ellington & Others

Clarinet Thing will be performing suites by members and arrangements of works by Ellington, Monk, Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, and others.

Clarinet Thing is a quartet of renowned jazz clarinetists featuring Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, Harvey Wainapel that performs arrangements of unusual jazz works and originals on the entire family of clarinets. Clarinet and jazz enthusiasts of all ages abound at their concerts. All members have been regaled in the press including Goldberg who was named the ‘#1 Rising Star Clarinetist’ by the 2011 Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll. CT is featured in the soundtrack of William Farley's Plastic Man documentary.

Founded by Beth Custer in 1989, Clarinet Thing has amassed a large repertoire performing tunes by Herbie Nichols, Carla Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, Thelonious Monk, Eubie Blake, Abdullah Ibrahim, Alexandre Stellio, Duke Ellington, John Carter, and many others. Original compositions by band members are also performed.

“Clarinet Thing’s first CD Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks was chosen the Top 10 CDs of Bay Area Jazz Artists:
Features 16 lush and woody tracks the startlingly beautiful music is pithy and expansive like a great collection of short stories.”
—Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle

“Clarinet Thing is a killer quartet that plays a rich woody lend of original music, Ellingtonia, Brazilian choro…and other pieces that pop and sway with the pregnant sound of an improvising clarinet choir.” 
—Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle

Clarinet Thing at the Maybeck
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $40-50 Sliding-Scale Admission

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rob Reich Quartet

Rob Reich Quartet will perform a set of Reich's moody, cinematic, adventurous music. His compositions balance simple, stirring melodies with flights of improvisational fancy. Each player explores the full range of their sonic possibilities. This is music for the heart and mind.

Rob Reich - accordion & piano
Ben Goldberg - clarinets
Schuyler Karr - bass
Scott Amendola - drums

Rob Reich Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 10, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $10-20 Sliding Scale Admission

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Joshua McClain - Solo Avant Rock Cellist

Joshua McClain is a cellist, composer, and studio artist based in Oakland, CA. He's best known for his unbridled solo performances using a looping pedal and effects processor, creating intense, otherworldly soundscapes. He regularly performs with six-time Emmy winning songwriter Monica
Pasqual in the group, Monica Pasqual and the Handsome Brunettes.

Joshua McClain at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 3, 2018 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 26, 2017

New Carnatic Music with Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan's authentic voice and intelligent approach breathe new life into an old tradition. Delivered in chamber ensembles, his concerts reflect a traditional aesthetic, transforming a highly cultured musical heritage through the creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and understanding of Carnatic music - its elaborate structures, extensive improvisations, and the utmost sincerity that distinguishes its greatest practitioners. His performances express authenticity more than ethnicity, immediacy more than nostalgia, and allow listeners the unprecedented experience of having a natural linguistic purchase on the complex song forms of a rich oral tradition.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has performed widely in the SF Bay Area since 2004, including at the SFMOMA, BAM/PFA, SFJAZZ, Asian Art Museum (SF), Hertz Hall at UC Berkeley, and more, as well as having given workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Stanford Jazz Workshop, and guest-lectures for music courses at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is the founder and director of the Sangati Center, a non-profit chamber music concert series in San Francisco that has hosted more than 400 public chamber concerts in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley since 2006, and has earned support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and more.

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Artmann/Graber Duo

Bach Gamba Sonata No. 3, in g minor
Beethoven Sonata No. 1, in F major
Rachmaninoff Sonata in g minor

The Artmann/Graber musical partnership began 35 years ago and has included many adventures: a world premiere, Miles running an electronic tape accompaniment, and many memorable recitals. The duo is especially excited to share some of their favorite works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff in the intimate Maybeck Studio.
Cellist Mary Artmann enjoys a varied career as both a performer and teacher. She spent numerous years living in upstate New York performing with many chamber and orchestral groups, in addition to being an active recitalist. Moving westward, she joined the award-winning Veronika String Quartet, artists-in-residence at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Artmann/Graber Duo at the Maybeck
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Meredith Axelrod, Jacob Rex Zimmerman, and Craig Ventresco Play Early Jazz

We will play pop tunes, mostly from the 1920s, and turn them into jazz!

Part of the allure of old time music, indeed any music throughout the history of recorded music, is hearing the original recordings as played and sung by the original performers in their heyday, loving what they’re doing and doing it because it means something to them in that moment; Axelrod, Zimmerman, and Ventresco bring the same unbridled passion, earnest devotion and candid vitality to all of the songs they perform, improvising constantly.

Axelrod, Zimmerman and Ventresco at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The NUVO Chamber Quartet: Re-imagining Faure, Gershwin, & Rachmaninoff

The NUVO Chamber Quartet features expansive jazz re-arrangements and re-constructions of late-Romantic romantic repertoire (Gershwin, Faure, & Rachmaninoff), Ladino & Israeli works, plus original Turkish and Brazilian compositions. A vocal blues suite with original Beat-Era lyrics by Ornette Coleman, Thelonius Monk, and McCoy Tyner rounds out the program.

The group is lead by composer/arranger Michael Smolens, who has been fascinated with the intersection of with jazz and classical music with improvisation as a bridge for over five decades. Each band member has toured and recorded extensively, and is a composer, teacher, and bandleader in their own right. Their collaborations include: Grammy-winning chamber ensembles (Turtle Island & Ying Quartets, New Century Chamber Orch.), vocal ensembles (Chanticleer, SF Girls' Chorus, Voicestra), gypsy jazz (Hot Club of SF), 'nuevo flamenco' (Jason McGuire "El Robio"), North Indian (Pandit Zakir Hussain), jazz legends Kenny Barron, Stephane Grapelli, John Handy, Stefon Harris, Stanley Jordon, Nguyen Le, Paul McCandless, Paquito D'Rivera and vocalists Jacqui Naylor, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Washington, and Rhiannon.

The NUVO Chamber Quartet at the Maybeck
Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Talon Smith - International Award Winning Pianist & Composer Performing a Solo Piano Concert - SOLD OUT

Partita in G major, BWV 829 - Johann Sebastian Bach
Piano Sonata No.6, Op.10 No.2 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Fantasie, Op.17 - Robert Schumann
Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2 - Alberto Ginastera

Exhibiting an innate, passionate musicality and brilliant technical mastery of the piano well beyond his years, fifteen-year-old virtuoso pianist and composer Talon Smith has already won Gold at the 2016 Gina Bachauer International Junior Artists Piano Competition and has performed with orchestras and in many solo artist concerts. Talon’s energetic and musical performances put on display his gifts of authentic depth and rare sensitivity. He feels his music, and so does his audience, through his genuine, emotionally moving musical performances. Superb tone, remarkable timing, and poetic phrasing layered with extraordinary levels of stunning color have moved his audiences to laugh and cry. According to the experts, this young pianist is extraordinary in many ways – he has a distinct voice, a remarkable sense of musical structure, intense poetry, and he is complimented by strong sets of fingers.

Talon Smith at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Delphi Trio with Emerging Artists

Join the Delphi Trio as they collaborate with a local young artist as a culmination concert of the Delphi Emerging Artist Program.

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.

Delphi Trio at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission/$15 Students & Seniors 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Clifford Lamb Group, with Ron Belcher and Lorca Hart

Original works and arrangements from Clifford Lamb's last two releases, Bridges and Brothers and Sisters. This is a Herbie Hancock influenced exploration of the interplay between three distinct styles of improvisation.

Clifford Lamb began Classical Piano studies at age 5 and graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music. His past two releases, produced by Jeffrey Weber, feature Buster Williams on Bass and Cindy Blackman Santana in Drums. Both releases have enjoyed sustained Top 50 most played albums on National Radio.

The Clifford Lamb Group at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $25 General Admission

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo Presents "Epilogues"

Program to include works written for the clarinet at the end of composers' lives, including the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano by Francis Poulenc and Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano by Johannes Brahms.

Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh-TRY-koff] and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements. Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe.

Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Greg Johnson, Pianist-Composer

Greg Johnson-composer, piano, v piano founder of Glass Brick Boulevard. Greg will be exploring some brand new territory as well as old favorites from the Glass Brick Boulevard catalog.

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. As the band once said, "If Beethoven came back as Seal, we'd be his back-up band."

Founder 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 became Glass Brick Boulevard.

Greg Johnson at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 08, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $15 General Admission

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Angela Morris & Myra Melford

Bay Area pianist Myra Melford and New York-based saxophonist Angela Morris perform original compositions and spontaneous improvisations. Ranging from melodic free jazz to energetic sonic explorations, they bring their unique chemistry to the West Coast for the first time this fall. After meeting in 2008 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in Morris’ native Canada, they finally performed together just last spring, in Orlando, FL during another residency, this time at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Angela Morris & Myra Melford at the Maybeck
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

French Oak Gypsy Band: A Song Journey Through Many Lands

Step aboard the caravan and take a journey through song to lands unknown. At the heart of their music is the French gypsy jazz tradition, evoking the feeling of being transported to a cafe in Paris. French Oak Gypsy Band, also draws on repertoire from around the globe. In their program "A Song Jouney Through Many Lands" audiences enjoy songs in French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Catalan, Roma, and English!

Vocals, Stella Heath
Guitar, Gabriel Pirard
Bass, Josh Fossgreen
Saxophone, Jimmy Inciardi

French Oak Gypsy Band at the Maybeck
Sunday, October 01, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Helene Zindarsian, soprano and Kerrilyn Renshaw, pianist

Join us this afternoon as we meander through musical gardens filled with fragrant roses, playful butterflies, and beautiful hummingbirds. Along the way, we will travel through many different countries and explore the languages that recall true loves, past loves and lost loves…

Music by Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, Gabriel Faure, Ernest Chausson, Enrique Granados, Carlos Guastavino, Earl Zindars, and more.

Helene Zindarsian is admired for a voice that “goes straight to the heart of the listener." A native San Franciscan, she made her professional debut as the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the San Francisco Ballet Company after being “discovered” in Italy during an impromptu performance in a Sienese palazzo.

Helene Zindarsian and Kerrilyn Renshaw at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission/$10 Students

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Robert Howard & Elizabeth Schumann

Pianist Elizabeth Schumann and Cellist Robert Howard present:

Sonata for Cello & Piano, Britten
Sonata for Cello & PIano, Prokofiev
Pezzo Capriccioso, Tchaikovsky
Per Slava, Penderecki
Waltz & Coda from Cinderella, Prokofiev

Robert Howard and Elizabeth Schumann at the Maybeck
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:00pm
This concert is $20 General Admission