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2018 Jazz Series

May

Larry Vukovich and Eric Golub in concert

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Saturday May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Larry Vuckovich has won acclaim from critics and jazz audiences for his deeply imaginative style and repertoire heard at prestigious North American and European jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals. He is equally at home in world music/classically influenced modal jazz as he is with hard-swinging bebop, post-bop, contemporary jazz, and down-home blues. The New York Times notes that his unique outlook and collection of influences “set him apart from most pianists who are heard regularly in New York”. The Village Voice comments on his “book of piano gems that will keep you guessing.” The Toronto Globe and Mail calls him “a musician who sits apart from the rest by virtue…of his taste for both the exotic and the exquisite.”

Eric Golub is a multi-faceted string improviser who has been performing and recording on jazz viola and violin for more than 35 years, including featured performances alongside such artists as Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, Solar Plexus and Sadao Watanabe. Eric’s unique style draws upon his unusually diverse expertise in world music traditions, including Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese idioms, even as an accomplished Hawaiian singer. He contributed his authentic Balkan gypsy fiddle improvisations to the seminal globally-flavored jazz release “Blue Balkan” by Larry Vuckovich, with whom he continues to work closely to this day.

An Evening with Pablo Estigarribia

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Saturday May 19, 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.

June

pickPocket Ensemble

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

From the street corner to the concert hall, the pickPocket ensemble have created a unique and original contemporary chamber cafe music. Based in Northern California, we have toured internationally and released 6 CD’s of original music. Our music has been featured in several films and on NPR and public television.

Rick Corrigan (accordion, piano, composition)
Chloe Allen (violin)
Yates Brown (guitar, banjo, bass, and sitar)
John Slattery (percussion)
Colin Williams (double bass)
Matthew Souther (trumpet)

Folias Duo

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Date & Time: June 23, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret are performers, composers, educators and entrepreneurs from Grand Rapids, Michigan known as the Folias Duo. The Folias Duo’s fifteen year performer/composer collaboration has taken this nomadic husband and wife duo to stages throughout the United States and around the globe including Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile. They have a fearless approach to developing new original compositions for flute and guitar, an expertise for arrangements of Argentine tango, and a passion for South American folk. About Folias’s performing and composing, Robert Schulslaper of Fanfare Magazine writes: “Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron are facile players… They draw on tango rhythms and melodies sometimes; at other times they write with a scenic sensitivity… mysterious… charming… evocative,” while Todd Gorman of American Record Guide calls Folias “daring in self-written music” and “a nice touch of originality.”

July

A Piano Journey Through Latin-America

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Saturday July 7, 5 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Husband and wife Latin American pianists William Villaverde and Fabiana Claure present a musical program entitled “A Piano Journey Through Latin America”. Works include Bolivian Cuecas, Brazilian tangos, Cuban classical and jazz-inspired music, an original Latin-jazz composition, and a 4-hands piano arrangement of Piazzolla’s Tango Suite. Having been together for 20 years as a couple and on stage, this dynamic duo will engage audiences through piano music and story-telling, taking them through an exciting journey of diverse cultural influences, historical context, and musical reflection.

November

Brazzissimo!

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Saturday November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Brazzissimo is a ten-piece brass chamber music ensemble based in the East Bay Area region of Northern California. The ensemble is comprised of four trumpets, four trombones, French horn and tuba.

Performing classical works, show tunes, jazz standards, Latin music, and contemporary pieces accompanied with guest percussionists, our consistent goal is to create enjoyable and memorable concert experiences for you!  Come see and hear us some time for an extraordinary music experience!

 

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