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July 2016
$10 - $20

Michael Zilber: A Saxophonist’s Tribute to Jazz Greats

July 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Berkeley Jazzschool Summer Youth Program Faculty Show

A tribute to saxophone giants, San Francisco’s Michael Zilber performs music from his upcoming album of all originals. The recording features New York jazz greats Dave Kikoski on piano, James Genus on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums. Accompanying Zilber at the Red Poppy is a group made up exclusively of New York expatriates, including pianist Matt Clark, bassist Peter Barshay, and drummer Akira Tana. Saxophonist and composer Michael Zilber is described by NEA Jazz Master David Liebman as "one…

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$10 - $20

Jaz Sawyer: Abstract Jazz and Instrumental Experiments

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

An integration of abstract jazz with breakbeats and improvised grooves, Jaz Sawyer explores an instrumental experiment including both originals and arrangements of jazz and pop standards. Featuring: Jaz Sawyer - drums, percussion Sarah Voynow - harp Cava Menzies - piano, keyboards Imalu Menzies - percussion, keyboards Jaz Sawyer began playing drums at the age of two in the Haight Ashbury District of San Francisco. His musical studies have taken him through the various programs at the Ruth Asawa School of…

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August 2016
$20 - $25

Los Vega: Son Jarocho de Veracruz

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
LosVega

Hailing from Veracruz, México, Los Vega brings the tradition of son jarocho music and dance to the Red Poppy. The genre is rich in narrative and performed with traditional instruments such as the jarana, requinto, and the percussive rhythm of zapateado dancing. Los Vega hopes to preserve the rich history of this music and promote the culture of southern Veracruz with notable songs such as Las Poblanas, El Celoso, Zapateado, Balaju, Cascabel and the original Bamba. Featuring: Fredi Vega -…

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$20

Jacqui Sutton with the Frontier Jazz String Quartet: Jazz and Bluegrass Swing Together

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

Jacqui Sutton returns to the Red Poppy with her Frontier Jazz String Quartet. Imagine if Billie Holiday, Dolly Parton and Aaron Copland came together to create music for a night; this would be the sound of Jacqui Sutton. Described by music/arts critic C. Michael Bailey as the place “where jazz meets the American frontier,” Jacqui draws from over 20 years of musical and stage experience, interweaving jazz and bluegrass with orchestral, pop and Americana influences. In her ears, the banjo,…

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Free

August 6th MAPP: “Surface” Artist Reception & Crossover Collaborative Residencies

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
LatanyaTigner

The exhibit Surface: Rodney Ewing & Joyce Nojima brings together works on paper by the two Bay Area artists. Ewing and Nojima have created work offering a transmutation of tactile and visual experience across the surface of the paper. This pairing allows for exploration of the various ways in which this familiar material is treated and how the marks made upon the surface may evoke diverse readings and interpretations. The curators, Modesto Covarrubias and Monica Lundy, present these works in…

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$15 - $25

CANCELLED – Soup SF: Summer Edition

August 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
SoupSF

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience! SOUP is like Shark Tank meets Kickstarter for social good in our community. Come together with great folks over a delicious meal and fund a creative, community-benefit project with your vote! How It Works: 1) $15-25 donation gets you soup and a vote (no one will be turned away for lack of funds) 2) Three creative community-benefit projects present and answer our Q&A 3) We vote…

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$15 - $20

Lavay Smith: The Songs and Sounds of Duke Ellington

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

Internationally recognized chanteuse Lavay Smith and her world-class band come to the Red Poppy to pay tribute to the great Duke Ellington. Performing popular favorites, as well as obscure gems, Lavay and her band evoke an authentic feeling of classic blues and jazz. Featuring: Lavay Smith - vocals Jules Broussard - alto and tenor sax Danny Armstrong - trombone, vocals Chris Siebert - piano Ron Belcher - bass Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the San Francisco-based Red…

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$20

Jeff Denson Quartet: Jazz CD Release Celebration

August 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
JeffDensonQuartet

Bay Area-based double bassist/composer/vocalist Jeff Denson performs a CD release show with his quartet at the Red Poppy Art House for his fifth album, Concentric Circles. Steeped in the jazz tradition, Denson’s music features uncommon instrumentation and a highly individual juxtaposition of composed and improvised material. Featuring: Jeff Denson - double bass, vocals Paul Hanson - bassoon Dan Zemelman - piano Alan Hall - drum set Jeff Denson has balanced a full career as an acclaimed performing musician, a professor…

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Free

Rumberos de Radio Habana: Community Rumba

August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Rumberos

Rumba music originated in the Afro-Cuban neighborhoods of Havana and Matanzas as the soundtrack to community, partnered dancing, and get-togethers as a means of cultural expression. Its global diaspora means rumba rhythms have found their way into other musical styles, such as country, rock, and blues, and continue to impact the genres of today. Rumberos de Radio Habana bring their own contribution to the Red Poppy for a free afternoon of beat-making, hip-shaking, and good company. Admission: Free, donations accepted for…

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$10 - $20

Jessica & Tony Jones, Peter Apfelbaum & Howard Wiley: Tenor Madness

August 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
JessicaJones

Improvisations, originals, and an exploration of standards unite the four independent viewpoints of tenor saxophonists Jessica Jones, Tony Jones, Peter Apfelbaum, and Howard Wiley. With a deep respect for jazz history and rhythm, and a dedication to finding their own voices, these musicians meet with collective improvisation in its wildest, mercurial incarnation. Featuring: Jessica Jones, Tony Jones, Peter Apfelbaum, Howard Wiley - tenor saxophones   Spearheaded by Jessica Jones, this grouping of four strong, creative tenor sax players from Berkeley…

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$10 - $20

Marta Sanchez Quintet: Elegant, Melodic Music for Jazz Quintet

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

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, folk, and classical, pianist/composer Marta Sanchez creates music that is rhythmically complex and spontaneously melodic. Her most recent release, Partenika, has been hailed as one of the best albums of 2015 by The New York Times, Downbeat, AllMusic and Jazz Journalist Association. Sanchez, a Madrid native who is currently active in New York City’s contemporary music scene, continues to tour around the globe as both a bandleader and sideman. Featuring: Marta Sanchez – piano,…

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$15 - $20

Mamadou and Vanessa: Mali Blues

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

Mamadou and Vanessa perform original, poignant music from Mali. Their sound, influenced by West African rhythms and southern American blues, features the traditional 14-stringed kamele ngoni (hunter's harp) and the karinye, a traditional percussion instrument. Master kamele ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe is from the Wassoulou region of Mali, West Africa. He has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangaré and Coumba Sidibé throughout Europe and Africa. Vanessa Sidibe, from New York, is an accomplished Afro-Cuban and salsa musician. They are joint…

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Free

Pagodinhos SF: Monthly Rio-Style Pagode de Mesa

August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Pagode

The Red Poppy Art House presents a monthly Rio-style pagode de mesa featuring a revolving cast of the finest players in the Bay Area. Pagode, meaning “party,” is the small group subgenre of samba that is played in samba schools, bars, cafes and backyards of Rio de Janeiro. From cavaquinho and guitar, to vocals and percussion, the musical style includes a lively mixture of songs with active audience participation. Admission: Free, donations accepted for musicians ($5-10). Event at 1:00pm. All ages…

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$10 - $15

Joanna Wallfisch: The Great Song Cycle

August 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
JoannaWallfisch

Internationally recognized singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch comes to San Francisco as part of her West Coast album release tour, which she is doing by bicycle. Beginning in Portland, OR and concluding in Los Angeles, Joanna will celebrate the halfway point at the Red Poppy. She will perform solo, accompanying herself on ukulele, piano, and loop pedal, layering vocals and melodies into textured soundscapes. London-born Joanna Wallfisch emerges as an important voice in the international music scene. Behind her voice is a…

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$10 - $15

Willow Steps: Indie Folk Pop

August 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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With simple song structures and catchy melodies, Willow Steps features folky tunes of love and heartbreak by singer/songwriter Jesse Strickman and vocalist Leiya Mahoney. The duo’s introspective harmonies are accompanied by upright bassist Schuyler Karr for the celebration of their new community-funded EP, A Truth Too Big to See. Opening the evening is an acoustic set by eclectic Nevada City songwriters Cactus Cult. Featuring: Jesse Strickman - vocals, acoustic guitar Leiya Mahoney - vocals, various instruments Schuyler Karr - bass…

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$15 - $20

Gari Hegedus and Faisal Zedan: Music of Turkish, Arab & Greek Traditions

August 26 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Master percussionist Faisal Zedan returns to the Red Poppy Art House alongside multi-instrumentalist Gari Hegedus for an evening of music rooted in Turkish, Arab, and Greek traditions. Displaying a dynamic approach to rhythm and melody, the duo enthusiastically rejuvenates classic styles of Middle Eastern drumming. Featuring: Gari Hegedus - Turkish and Arabic ouds, saz Faisal Zedan - derbakki, riqq, and frame drums Born in Lebanon and raised in Syria, Faisal Zedan grew up impassioned with the derbakki (Arabic drum). At…

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$10 - $20

Taraf de Locos: Balkan-Latin Quintet

August 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
TarafdeLocos

In celebration of a one-night reunion show at the Red Poppy, local band Taraf de Locos performs traditional folk and contemporary tunes rooted in the Balkans, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Spain, Mexico, and Colombia. The evening will mark the group’s first performance together since the end of their last tour in 2015. Featuring: Tano Brock - saxophone, guitar, bata, vocals Miguel Leon - cajon, bata, guira, congas, pandeiro, vocals Mireya Leon - bass Cecilia Peña-Govea - trumpet, guira, vocals Aya Safiya…

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$12 - $15

Ampersan: Mexican Electro-Folk Rock

August 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Ampersan

Join Ampersan in a sonic journey through the landscapes of Mexico and Latin America. Their music brings together the feelings of peasant songs, son, and psychedelica with rock, rap, and electronica. Featuring: Zindu Cano - jarana, acoustic guitar, vocals Kevin García - punteador, electric guitar, vocals Since its inception in 2007, Ampersan has rooted their sound in the traditional acoustic music of Mexico, with forays into contemporary classical music and experimentation. The duo’s compositions have been used for dance performances,…

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September 2016
$20

Ridgeway Arts Presents: Brooklyn Jazz Vocalist Tammy Scheffer

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

Ridgeway Arts presents vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer as a featured artist in their National/International program, which brings high-profile artists from around the globe to the Bay Area. The Brooklyn-based Scheffer joins double bassist and vocalist Jeff Denson and special guests for a night of contemporary jazz at the Red Poppy. Featuring: Tammy Scheffer - vocals Jeff Denson - double bass, vocals Special guests TBA Tammy Scheffer has been a creative voice in NYC’s jazz circle for almost a decade.…

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$10 - $20

Red Poppy Art House Presents: Crossover Collaborative Residencies

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Crossover Collaborative Residencies provides a framework to support the exploration of collaborative processes between artists in dance and music disciplines. Pairing six choreographer/dancers and six composer/musicians, the program follows a four-stage development from preliminary artists gatherings and orientation workshops, to early-stage “raw” presentations of works-in-progress, a middle-stage free community-engaged presentation, and a final performance/presentation. With support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and San Francisco Arts Commission About the Artists (Cohort 1):   Sandra Lawson-Ndu is an Oakland-based musician. As a…

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$15 - $20

Ya Layl: Explorations of the Middle East

September 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
YaLayl

Ya Layl presents “Mostly Middle Eastern,” a program of Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, and other music performed by Sarah Michael, Peter Maund, and Suellen Primost. Special guest Niko Bakulich joins the trio for an eclectic evening of lively dance numbers, modal improvisations, American standards, and medieval pilgrim songs. Featuring: Sarah Michael - kanun (Arabic zither) Suellen Primost - cello Peter Maund - percussion Niko Bakulich - bass   Kanun player Sarah Michael has been studying and performing Middle Eastern music for…

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$20

Ricardo Peixoto and Duo Violão Brasil: Brazilian Guitar

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

Bay Area-based Brazilian guitarist Ricardo Peixoto returns to the Red Poppy alongside Rio de Janeiro-based guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber (Duo Violão Brasil). Performing original compositions, as well as a traditional repertoire from composers like Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Tom Jobim, the trio will spend the evening exploring the many styles of 20th-century Brazilian music. Featuring: Ricardo Peixoto, Rogerio Souza, Edinho Gerber - guitar   Guitarist/composer Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the United…

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$10 - $15

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan: New Carnatic Music

September 16 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
GautamTejasGaneshan

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan’s performances reflect his love and deep knowledge of Carnatic music. His elaborate structures, extensive improvisations, and utmost sincerity distinguish him as one of the great practitioners of the form. Performed with chamber ensembles, Ganeshan’s music prioritizes authenticity over ethnicity and immediacy over nostalgia. His concerts offer listeners a rare peek into the complex song forms of a rich oral tradition. Founder and director of the Sangati Center, a non-profit chamber music concert series, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has…

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$10 - $15

Broun Fellinis: Afro-Futurist Jazz

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
BrounFellinis

Broun Fellinis present an evening of postmodern Afro-futurist jazz featuring improvisations and compositions that span their 25-year existence. Their sound, informed by the legacy of black American music, pays homage to the creative women and men who gave us this vast library of music. From field hollers to blues, jazz, funk, hip-hop, and the experimental, Broun Fellinis are part of an ongoing aesthetic cosmic continuum that the Art Ensemble of Chicago coined “Great Black Music from the Ancient to the…

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$10

Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex, Series 4, Discussion 6 w/ Marcus Shelby

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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Marcus Shelby presents Discussion 6 of Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Composer Marcus Shelby and special guests continue these interactive discussions at the Red Poppy Art House on issues about mass incarceration and combating the prison industrial complex. With a focus on dealing with police violence in our communities, this meeting will feature executive director of AFRO SOLO, poet, and activist Thomas Simpson and his presentation, "Guidelines for Surviving a Police Stop."…

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$10 - $15

Steph Johnson Trio: Soul, Jazz, Funk & Blues from San Diego

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

Steph Johnson brings her trio to the Red Poppy to celebrate the release of her new album, Music is Art, produced by Grammy Award-winner Kamau Kenyatta. Steph’s rich, fervent vocals and soothing guitar will be accompanied by double bassist Rob Thorsen and drummer Fernando Gomez for an evening of compassionate soul jazz. Featuring: Steph Johnson - vocals, guitar Rob Thorsen - bass Fernando Gomez - drums San Diego-based Steph Johnson is a self-taught musician whose distinctive style of vocal and…

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$15 - $25

Richard Sears Quintet ft. Hard-Bop Legend Tootie Heath: CD Release

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
2013 Angel City Jazz Festival Ford Amphitheatre - Richard Sears Group featuring Tootie Heath - Kneebody - Yosvany Terry Quintet - Greg Osby Group with Anat Chohen

Taking its name from the Southern California foothills, jazz pianist Richard Sears’ Altadena is a five-part suite that features drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath in a mostly free-form musical context, blurring the line between soloist and accompanist. Featuring: Steven Lugerner - alto saxophone, bass clarinet Patrick Wolff - tenor saxophone Richard Sears - piano, compositions Garret Lang - bass Tootie Heath - drums Brooklyn-based pianist Richard Sears has performed with some of the greatest jazz musicians alive, including Chick Corea, Mark…

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Free

Pagodinhos SF: Monthly Rio-Style Pagode de Mesa

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Pagode

The Red Poppy Art House presents a monthly Rio-style pagode de mesa featuring a revolving cast of the finest players in the Bay Area. Pagode, meaning “party,” is the small group subgenre of samba that is played in samba schools, bars, cafes and backyards of Rio de Janeiro. From cavaquinho and guitar, to vocals and percussion, the musical style includes a lively mixture of songs with active audience participation. Admission: Free, donations accepted for musicians ($5-10). Event at 1:00pm. All…

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$10 - $20

Wahid: Improvisations of Greece and the Levant

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

Using a modern and fluid approach to improvisation, oud player Dimitris Mahlis and frame drummer Chris Wabich explore Greek, Persian, and Indian sounds that date back to antiquity. Described by Digital Jazz News as “eclectic, organic, and unplugged in the truest sense of the word,” Wahid’s newest release, Inside Silence, synthesizes their cross-cultural music into a distinctive jazz idiom. Featuring: Dimitris Mahlis - oud Chris Wabich - tuned frame drums   Admission: $10-20. Doors at 7:00pm. Show at 7:30pm. All…

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$10 - $20

Rob Reich Quintet: New Music for Jazz Accordion

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

Fresh off the release of his debut album, Shadowbox, accordionist, pianist, and composer Rob Reich and his quintet return to the Red Poppy. Mixing improvisational romps with refined and melodic ensemble arrangements, Rob’s idiosyncratic accordion style mixes doses of wry humor and elements of spontaneous revelation that help propel the instrument’s modern renaissance. Rob Reich (photo by Eddy Joaquim) grew up in Long Island, New York, and began studying piano at the age of three. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory…

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