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2019 Jazz/World Music

January

An Evening with Pablo Estigarribia

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Friday January 25, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Pablo Estigarribia was born in 1985 in El Chaco, Resistencia, Argentina and started studying piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires when he was only 8 years old. At age 17, he won a national competition for chamber music, “sub 18” and at age 22, he won the piano competition that was part of the Shell Biennial Youth Music Festival in Buenos Aires. In 2004, Estigarribia won a prestigious scholarship to the International Festival of Winter Camps of Jordão, Brazil, where he studied with international soloists and conductors Kurt Masur and Glenn Dicterow.

February

Ramana Vieira – A Journey to the World of Portuguese Fado

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Saturday February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Journey to the world of Portuguese Fado as interpreted by Ramana Vieira, a northern California native of Portuguese descent. Vieira’s parents immigrated to the United States from Portugal, where her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island.

Vieira’s work captures traditional Fado and influences from the Portuguese diaspora in a musical tapestry that ranges from the whispering, haunting ballads of Fado, to American classics and jazzy blues.  She also is a proficient pianist and a gifted songwriter having penned and composed her own original Fados, of which several have been nominated at the International Portuguese Music Awards.

March

Laura Klein Trio

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Saturday March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Laura Klein was born in New York City and started attend­ing the Man­hat­tan School of Music’s prepara­tory school at age seven. She majored in music at SUNY Buf­falo, study­ing with mas­ter pianists Rus­lana Antonow­icz, Leo Smit, and Yvar Mikashoff. After receiv­ing her degree, she attended Berklee School of Music where she stud­ied jazz per­for­mance, com­po­si­tion and arrang­ing with Mick Goodrick, John La Porta, Phil Wil­son, and oth­ers. She was hired by the great drum­mer Joe Hunt to be in his trio, and while liv­ing in Boston, played with Bob Mover, Ron Hor­ton, Jamie Baum, Frank Lon­don, George Schuller, Ken Fil­liano, Ira Cole­man, and many of the other musi­cians on the Boston scene at that time. While at Berklee she met her future hus­band and musi­cal part­ner, guitarist/composer/arranger Tony Cor­man, and two other musi­cians that she would per­form and record with over the next three decades: reeds player Dave Tid­ball, and drum­mer Alan Hall. She also began a long musi­cal col­lab­o­ra­tion with vibra­phon­ist Ted Wolff, whose men­tor, the great Gary Bur­ton, brought him onto the Berklee faculty.

April

Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker, mezzo-soprano

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Sunday April 7, 7 p.m.

Sing Sistah Sing! is the first work conceived and written by internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker.  The show is both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of the African American female voice, and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories.

Sing Sistah Sing! brilliantly weaves together these women’s brave struggles both in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom both at home and abroad. Some have chosen opera, jazz or blues to express themselves. Celebrated artists include Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.

Andrea Baker, herself an artistic trailblazer, is the first African American to sing Fricka, Waltraute, Erda and 2nd Norn in Wagner’s great Ring Cycle in the Chinese premiere of the work at the Beijing Arts Festival, the first African American Carmen in Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the first African American to sing the role of Ortrud in the South Korean premiere of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Daegu Opera Festival. Andrea began her operatic career with the San Francisco Opera, and now resides in Scotland.

With Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker tells her own deeply personal story and pays joyful, soulful and varied musical homage to many of the women who courageously paved the way. Andrea began to discover that their stories were also her story and that she too would continue to lay the path for the next generation

May

Cuarteto Puentes

Cuarteto Puentes

Saturday May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Formed in 2015 by four Bay Area dancers/musicians, Cuarteto Puentes is dedicated to performing Argentine Tango music for dancers and audiences of all kinds.

June

Ben Rosenblum

Saturday June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an “impressive talent” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Ben is based primarily in New York City, and is a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program (in 2016). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly. Ben’s first priority in his composition and in his playing is always narrative – to tell a compelling story with his music, while reaching the hearts of his audience, connecting on an emotional, an intellectual and a spiritual level.

July

Amy Stephens (piano)

Amy Stephens

Saturday July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Pianist, composer and bandleader Amy Stephens loves jazz and classical piano and is well- versed in both realms, performing and recording extensively for the past 18 years. She is particularly fond of Third Stream music, the fusion of classical form with jazz style and sensibilities. Her newest album, Becoming (2018), showcases Amy performing new Third Stream works for solo piano written by herself and others.

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