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July 2015
$15-20

Chuck MacKinnon Sextet: Contemporary Straight-Ahead Jazz

July 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Chuck MacKinnon Sextet is a continuation of the work MacKinnon started in New York City under the name “The Mactet,” with which he recorded a CD of mostly original compositions. In preparation for the Sextet’s upcoming album, Covers and Contrafacts, MacKinnon has decided to showcase his arrangements and remake compositions by famous jazz and pop composers. It is with his recent work that MacKinnon has returned to his acoustic jazz roots with hard-hitting arrangements for a 3-horn front line.

Featuring:
Chuck MacKinnon –…

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$10-15

The pickPocket ensemble: Contemporary Chamber Music Blending Musical Traditions From Around The Globe

July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Engaging, while also charming and melodic, the pickPocket ensemble creates contemporary chamber café music that moves both body and soul. Inspired by a myriad of varying musical traditions from around the globe, the pickPocket ensemble inhabits a country all their own. The ensemble’s original, fresh sound fabricates an intimate and calming atmosphere that allows listeners to travel the world without leaving their seats. The group’s newest CD, Memory, has already been recognized, with two pieces being ranked among the top…

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August 2015
Free

MAPP: Our Built City: A Ritualistic Deconstruction of Our “Sculptural Housing”

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

As part of the programming for the August 1st MAPP, the Red Poppy Art House and EDELO ‘En Donde Era La ONU’ invite the public for the closing ceremony of Our Built City, the miniature city thriving on our corner of 23rd & Folsom.

The evening will feature both large-scale and miniature paintings created by Our Built City participants, ranging from artists and immigrants to families and homeless neighbors. Emily Johnson/Catalyst also makes her return to the Bay Area with…

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$10-15

Glenda Bates presents: Oboe-Tronics: Contemporary Electro-Acoustic Works for Oboes

August 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to welcome Glenda Bates presents: Oboe-Tronics. An oboist for the contemporary world, Glenda Bates delves into the world of 21st century classical music. Glenda Bates’ Oboe-Tronics features contemporary solo and electro-acoustic works for the oboe and English horn. The program presents the oboe, an archaic instrument, as a beacon of virtuosity and timbral expression for present-day composers. Bates explores various types of contemporary classical music, from tonal minimalism and neo-romanticism to crooked atonal melodies and thumping electronic grooves.

Featuring: Glenda Bates – oboe, Baroque oboe,…

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$12-15

The Danny Green Trio with Special Guest Harvey Wainapel: Converging Brazilian and Jazz Music

August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Emulating various types of Brazilian music using beguiling, brisk melodies and a vast array of intricate rhythms, the Danny Green Trio with Special Guest Harvey Wainapel excellently brings together the sounds and traditions of Brazilian and Jazz music. The Danny Green Trio and local legend Harvey Wainapel team up for a captivating performance of original music and Brazilian-jazz classics. Called “a musical mind of rare sensitivity and rigor,” pianist Green is quickly scaling the ranks of new jazz talent. This virtuoso group is currently on tour promoting their acclaimed album After the Calm. Wainapel is a truly ambidextrous artist…

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$12-15

La Bohemia Productions Presents: Ampersan from Mexico City: Mexican Folkloric Sounds & Contemporary Classical Instrumentation With Electronic Waves

August 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House warmly welcomes Ampersan, presented by La Bohemia Productions. Hailing from Mexico City, Ampersan masterfully integrates son jarocho roots with electronic sounds, deep lyrical compositions, and the haunting vocals of lead singer Zindu Cano.

Since its formation in December 2007, Ampersan has maintained an ongoing relationship with the traditional music of Mexico through cultural exchanges and fieldwork, as well as forays into contemporary classical music and sound experimentation. The group…

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$20/$5

Jazz In The Neighborhood Presents: Jeffrey Burr Trio: Straight-Ahead Jazz Emphasizing Musical Narration

August 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House warmly welcomes Jeffrey Burr Trio presented through Jazz in the Neighborhood’s new monthly series at the Red Poppy. 

Jeffrey Burr is lauded for his combination of effortless bebop and a winsome chordal technique, which he uses to build the harmonic qualities of his songs. His preferred stylistic approach emphasizes mainstream straight-ahead jazz influence, using his voice as the primary expressive force, Jeffrey utilizes his music to explore narratives as he believes in forming an emotional…

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$10-20

Discussion 3: Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Discussions and Performance by Marcus Shelby
Research and Workshops by Jacqueline Ramos
with Support from the The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present the second series of Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on June 18, July 9, August 13, and August 28, 2015. Marcus Shelby returns to the Red Poppy for the continuation of interactive discussions concerning our justice system.

Led by composer, bassist, and bandleader, Marcus Shelby, the series will explore the…

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$20-50

A Benefit Performance for the Red Poppy With Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos

August 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Yaelisa and Caminos Flamencos have graciously offered to donate 100% of this night’s proceeds to the Poppy’s goal to raising $30k by the end of 2015! Please come out for this exceptional evening of flamenco and to support the Red Poppy Art House on Friday, August 14, 2015.

Cast:
Yaelisa – dance
Jason McGuir – guitar
Jose Cortes – vocals
Marlon Aldana – percussion
Paul Martin Sounder – upright bass

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The VNote Ensemble Venezuelan: Folk with Jazz Sensibilities

August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Hailed for their spirited performances of Latin, folk, and adventurous jazz, the VNote Ensemble brings their unique musical sound to the Poppy. Giving voice to a treasure trove of Venezuelan music, the group explores original musical connections from North American jazz to traditional Venezuelan folk songs. The VNote Ensemble combines the lively rhythms of joropo, swing, gaita, soul, be-bop, calypso and more. VNote’s latest album, Urbano, features a three-movement suite called “Suite Jazznera” written by the ensemble with the generous support of a new…

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$10-20

Jessica Fichot: French Chanson and Shanghai Jazz

August 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Jessica Fischot’s acoustic style takes audiences on a journey out of the French chanson tradition and into the lands of gypsy jazz, 1940s Chinese swing, and international folk. With a French/Chinese/American upbringing and a pioneering spirit all her own, Jessica has brought her imagination to audiences across the world, backed by a fiery band, and armed with her accordion, toy piano, and multilingual vocals. Her first albums, Le Chemin and Le Secret, offer a beguiling musical tour that captivates listeners with an international savvy and a cross-cultural whimsy that’s…

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$10-15

Amy LaCour: Soul, Poetry, & Strings

August 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Vocalist and songwriter, Amy LaCour, returns to the Poppy to workshop selections from Any Place But Here, a new song cycle (a set of related songs performed in a sequence) for voice and string quartet.

Any Place But Here explores the human themes of movement, identity, and expansion as reflected through the Great Migration, and using African-American poetry as lyrics. Amy‘s songs convey a young African-American male character migrating out of the South and heading toward an unnamed urban center. The…

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$10-20

Discussion 2: Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Discussions and Performance by Marcus Shelby
Research and Workshops by Jacqueline Ramos
with Support from the The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present the second series of Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on June 18, August 13, August 27, and August 28, 2015. Marcus Shelby returns to the Red Poppy for the continuation of interactive discussions concerning our justice system.

Led by composer, bassist, and bandleader, Marcus Shelby, the series will explore the…

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$20

Final Performance: Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

August 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Discussions and Performance by Marcus Shelby
Research and Workshops by Jacqueline Ramos
with Support from the The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present the second series of Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on June 18, July 9, August 13, and August 28, 2015. Marcus Shelby returns to the Red Poppy for the continuation of interactive discussions concerning our justice system.

Led by composer, bassist, and bandleader, Marcus Shelby, the series will explore the…

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$10-15

Leni Stern African Trio: Groove-Filled African Jazz

August 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Leni Stern African Trio trio performs original compositions in the funk, jazz, rock, and folk styles, all through the lens of West African rhythms and tonalities. Leni Stern is an awarded electric guitarist and songwriter, leading a trio with Senegalese master musicians Alioune Faye and Mamadou Ba. Their lyrics are poignant and emotional, using naturalistic imagery to convey borderless ideas and stories, music that is meaningful to audiences of all ages…

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September 2015
$15-20

The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber with Soul

September 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Musical Art Quintet was formed in 2008 as part of the Classical Revolution movement. Although classically trained, the members of The Musical Art Quintet are skilled improvisors that each bring with them an area of expertise. Whether it is Argentine tango, Afro-Cuban son, klezmer, classical works, or even electronica, the Quintet is at home. Their debut recording, Nuevo Chamber, has received much critical acclaim and a second album, Chamber con Alma, is currently in the works.

Featuring:
Anthony Blea…

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$10-20

Daniel Riera Ensemble “The Wind Controller:” Future Flutist With Electric Ensemble

September 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Drawing inspiration from 70’s jazz and funk and the rhythmic tug of post-Dilla hip-hop, Daniel Riera premieres works for flute, wind-controller and electric ensemble. A San Francisco native, Daniel is a flutist, bassist, producer, sound-designer and teacher known for his enchanting performances on the wind-controller, a digital woodwind delivering earth-shaking bass, acidic melodies and even chords. Winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, he graduated Berklee College of Music with honors. He performs with the groups Soltrón; The Congress; and Lions, Tigers…

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$10-20

Broken Shadows: Roots Music From Around the World

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

With songs that place an emphasis on spontaneity, lyrics, and story-telling, Broken Shadows‘ take on roots music includes grooves with origins from around the globe. Broken Shadows is comprised of a highly-adaptable collection of musicians under the leadership of trumpeter/composer Darren Johnston. The ensemble bring poetry, interplay, vocal harmonies, and a cross section of musical interests into a curious new blend of roots/art/dance music. Collectively, members have played and recorded with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Quartet San Francisco, Fred Frith, Meklit Hadero,…

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$10-20

Ramon & Jessica’s A Cappella Big Band: 6 Voices Sing Gertrude Stein

September 12 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Long-time Bay Area collaborators Dina Maccabee and Jesse Olsen Bay present a new incarnation of their eclectic ensemble Ramon & Jessica, as a vocal sextet with special guest singers.

Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s playful language and imagery, this new song cycle builds on the composer’s signature style, using tuneful melodies and complex rhythmic interplay, to bring Stein’s classic book for children, The World Is Round, to life.

Featuring:
Dina Maccabee and Jesse Olsen Bay – vocals, composition
with…

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$15-20

Amendola vs. Blades: From Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock

September 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Wil Blades and Scott Amendola conjure various sonic deities as only a duo, covering everything from avant garde to funk and bebop to rock. Amendola vs. Blades got their start as a group when Scott had the vision of performing Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite with Wil. While quite a daunting task executing a suite (originally written for a big band) as a duo, the Hammond organ had previously been used in the 1940’s and 1950’s to emulate…

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$15-20

Musette Explosion: French Musette Emphasizing Improvisation

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Prizing improvisation and emotionally honest performances, Musette Explosion takes upbeat, French accordion music to new heights. Musette Explosion is comprised of virtuoso musicians, each with a distinctive voice on his instrument, that explore and expand on the challenging French musette repertoire. The trio brings new life to this multicultural, accordion-driven dancehall music through their highly improvisational communication style and original compositions. Their debut album Introducing Musette Explosion was featured on NPR.

Featuring:
Will Holshouser – accordion
Matt Munisteri…

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$15-20

DOUBLE SHOW: Lavay Smith And Her All Star Soultet

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Country Soul: Lavay Smith sings music made popular by Dinah Washington, Esther Phillips, and Ray Charles

The Red Poppy Art House warmly welcomes back Lavay Smith and Her All-Star Soultet. Lavay Smith brings a show dedicated to the combination of R&B and country music made popular by Dinah Washington, Esther Phillips, and Ray Charles.

Lavay Smith and Her All-Star Soultet bring a bracing, bluesy jolt of energy to the jazz and country crossroads with her new show Country Soul, a project featuring her scorching Soultit. In crafting…

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October 2015
$10-20

ACKAMOOR/MOLINA DUET: A Ritualistic Musical Journey Improvised With Traditional & Invented Instruments

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Using a multitude of traditional acoustic and invented instruments, ACKAMOOR/MOLINA DUET creates a ritualistic, improvised musical journey that takes the listeners through various sonic territories, including ambient, experimental, jazz, American folk, and more.

Using modern technology, Molina creates sparse and dense layers, which can range from hauntingly beautiful and meditative to dark and unnerving soundscapes. Idris uses his collection of alto and tenor saxophones, keyboards, and invented instruments to provide a contrast and celebrate the forms of jazz exposed by John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra,…

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