For a series of four performances by a Carnatic chamber orchestra, Gautam Tejas Ganeshan brings the first body of original songs in English reflecting both love and understanding of Carnatic music.
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan writes and sings music that reflects a tradition of intricate song forms, elaborate vocal improvisations, and the utmost sincerity of expression. He challenges listeners with his sincerity, depth, and affinity for tradition, in performances featuring extensive…Find out more »
Hosted by Melissa Cruz, this round table discussion with panelists from diverse disciplines will delve into the world of assimilation and appropriation as it relates to flamenco. The evening will culminate in a post-talk performance by Melissa and Matiz Flamenco.
Is there room for an “American Style Flamenco” or will American flamenco artists continually seek authentication from Spain and Gypsies? As outsiders are we always limited to mimicry? Or can we assimilate without “disrespectful” appropriation? What is…Find out more »
A collaborative duo since 2014, Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono have developed a repertoire of vibrant and intricate originals which incorporate a combination of genres, including indie rock and contemporary jazz.
Raised in an eclectic musical household, Natalie Cressman has continued to diversify and expand her musical universe throughout her musical career. Still in her early 20s, the trombonist/composer/vocalist has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a startlingly-mature and…Find out more »
If you love the Poppy, this is the night to show up and throw down ‒ dance moves and cash, to help us make July’s rent! This is “The little Poppy that could” going up against a real estate market intent on driving us out. We need all your support to keep moving forward. It’s not just a space but a community. We’ll be spinning tunes from the North, South, East, and West; Salsa, Cumbia, N’Dombolo, Bhangra, Balkan, and favorites…Find out more »
The Red Poppy Art House is happy to present Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors. As Sickafoose’s collective band continues to evolve, this evening’s incarnation emphasizes the folk sounds underlying their jazz meets post-rock style by focusing on acoustic instruments.
Bassist/composer Todd Sickafoose makes music that is richly moving and imaginative, often played by long-time collaborators who share his breadth of vision and musical muscle. Along with Jenny Scheinman on violin, Rob Reich on accordion, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, and Allison…Find out more »
The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present True Life Trio and Honey Whiskey Trio together to explore captivating vocal harmonies and melodies.
True Life Trio (TLT) weaves sumptuous vocal harmonies and sultry rhythms from Eastern Europe, the Americas and beyond. This innovative trio explores the creative possibilities of cross-fertilization incorporating different traditions with unlikely timbres connecting Bulgaria to the Bayou. TLT’s improvisation-laced repertoire includes original songs and folk tunes from…Find out more »
With influences of modern pop, R&B, Latin and folk, Monica Fimbrez’s Soul y Agua reflects her Californian roots mixed with traditional, earthly and modern sounds of Latin America. Her sound is both innovative and expressive of a world where cultures coexist, where fear is transformed by compassion, where we learn to truly love ourselves, and where we view the world from an empathetic and blissful state of mind.
Monica Fimbrez – lead…
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…Find out more »
The Red Poppy Art House warmly welcomes Tbd–a quartet, presented through Jazz in the Neighborhood’s new monthly series at the Red Poppy. Tbd–a quartet featuring two trumpets, bass and drums, plays linear jazz created through implied harmonies and stretching of traditional forms.
The original music of Tbd–a quartet was written with the ensemble’s particular instrumentation in mind, and has been created since the group began playing together. The band’s original compositions often grow from a small idea and are developed by each of the members…Find out more »
The ReSisters are Pat Wynne, Liliana Herrera, and Hali Hammer, three accomplished performers and songwriters who mix topical commentary with the age-old pleasures of melody, close harmony, and rhythm. While Republicans rant and Wall Street preens, The ReSisters offer tart replies, rhymed mockery, and some positive alternatives, blending their voices in soulful sisterhood.
Pat Wynne – piano, vocals
Liliana Herrera – vocals
Hali Hammer – guitar, vocals
Pat Wynne’s songs draw on the broad, deep currents of North American music, from gospel to George Gershwin,…Find out more »
The Jason Yeager Trio is an interactive, contemporary jazz ensemble characterized by singable melodies, infectious grooves, and evocative harmonies. The new album features Danny Weller and Matt Rousseau, with special guests Noah Preminger, Jean Caze, and Aubrey Johnson. Led by award-winning pianist/composer and Berklee faculty member, Jason Yeager, the trio celebrates its second release, Affirmation, on Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music label.
Presented by EDELO Nomad in Collaboration with the Community
in Conjunction with the Mission Arts & Performance Project
Our Built City: Transforming the Red Poppy Art House into “Sculptural Housing”
Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 1pm – 10pm | free admission
The Red Poppy Art House collaborates with EDELO ‘En Donde Era La ONU’ and the community for the inauguration of Our Built City: Transforming the Red Poppy Art House into “Sculptural Housing”.…
Award-winning pianist, vocalist and songwriter, Laila Biali, has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, and Sting. Critically acclaimed as one of North America’s finest jazz musicians, her new album, House of Many Rooms, sees the Brooklyn-based artist venturing into a more pop-oriented sound, full of catchy hooks, sweet melodies, and anthemic musical arrangements. For this special album release concert, Laila is backed by a six-piece ensemble that features strings and an award-winning rhythm section.
House of Many Rooms is Laila’s first album…Find out more »
Derek Lassiter debuts brand new songs of personal truth and universal love for future release. Experience an inspired evening with Lassiter’s dynamic band led by Art Khu and featuring special guest vocalist Cedric Brown. Not to be missed!
Lassiter, a mainstay on the San Francisco arts scene, has received accolades for both his recordings and live performances featuring Bay Area notables such as pianist/composer Tammy Hall, producer/percussionist PC Muñoz, and composer/pianist Art Khu. Lassiter is profiled in Julian C. R.…Find out more »
In celebration of the 37th Annual Carnaval San Francisco, the Red Poppy Art House presents a weekend of performances highlighting music from Ivory Coast and the African Diaspora, featuring Choro Bastardo on Sunday, May 24th.
Using baroque, early jazz, and contemporary classical music as a springboard, Choro Bastardo explores the different streams of music that share elements with the Choro tradition, recreating the atmosphere of cabarets and vaudeville in Rio de Janeiro. Choro is a genre of traditional Brazilian instrumental…Find out more »
In celebration of the 37th Annual Carnaval San Francisco, the Red Poppy Art House presents a weekend of performances highlighting music from Ivory Coast and the African Diaspora, featuring Fely Tchaco. Fely’s music is a fusion of traditional forest music (incorporating rhythms such as Zaouli, Ggegbe, Gahou, and Alloukou) and modern pop with a Latin sensibility.
Fely Tchaco is an award-winning singer-songwriter/performer and Billboard nominee from the Ivory Coast. This spring, she will release her…Find out more »
In celebration of the 37th Annual Carnaval San Francisco, the Red Poppy Art House presents a weekend of performances highlighting music from Ivory Coast and the African Diaspora, featuring La Mixta Criolla on Friday, May 22nd.
La Mixta Criolla is a versatile and hard-swinging Bay Area quintet with deep roots in the creole mix of Latin-Caribbean music. This ensemble returns to the Red Poppy to perform two high-energy dance sets inspired in…Find out more »
The alluring sounds of vocalist Liliana Herrera tantalizes audiences with the unique sound of her band, Los Chilaquiles: Ayla Davila (bass), Camilo Landau (guitar) and Rafael Herrera (percussion). Like any good recipe, it requires combining fresh ingredients with the right blend of spice, heat and sabor! Drawing from her musical family roots and infusing soul, rock and cumbia, the sizzling music at the “Late Night Taco Stand” will stir your spirit and leave…Find out more »
The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Fleshing it (in) OUT, an informal evening of work-in-progress dance performances ready to be witnessed. The evening will feature work fragments by local dance makers, followed by a discussion and delicious servings of recession stew. Curated by Amara Tabor-Smith in collaboration with Red Poppy Art House.
Byb Chanel Bibene
NAKA (Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama)
*Photo of…Find out more »
The Red Poppy Art House happily presents Túlio Araújo’s “East” Album Release Concert exploring of the contemporary Brazilian pandeiro. Túlio Araújo is a Brazilian percussionist, composer, producer and sound engineer. For over ten years he has developed a special project using the pandeiro in a contemporary jazz fusion, demonstrating the true power of this “pocket-drum.” With 2 albums recorded (Manguêra in 2012 and East in 2014), Túlio participates in several workshops, live gigs and release concerts throughout San Francisco.
Performing material from their new album “here/there”, the Adam Shulman Sextet’s compositions paint an aural vignette of people and places in the Bay Area jazz scene. Adam Shulman has been a staple of the Bay Area jazz scene since his move in 2002. In addition to leading his own trio and sextet, he has played as a sideman with internationally-renowned artists such as Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Luciana Souza, Paula…Find out more »
Founded in the spring of 2013, the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco (CMSSF) was born out of a collective desire to perform the great chamber music repertoire. Dedicated to bringing these masterworks to diverse audiences, CMSSF is passionate about concertizing in intimate settings, creating close connections between performers and listeners, and cultivating a relationship between music and audiences that extends far beyond the perimeter of the concert hall.
CMSSF brings together Bay Area musicians of diverse musical experience. They…Find out more »
In Satch and Fats, vocalist Lavay Smith and her band will be performing favorites like “Honeysuckle Rose” and “Basin Street Blues” by two of the most swingin’ and innovative artists in American history, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller.Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ jazz and blues bands in the world. She grew up in Southern California and the Philippines, and has become…Find out more »
TARIMBA explores a rich variety of Latin American genres including boleros, Cuban son, landó and cumbia. TARIMBA is a collective comprised of local Bay Area musicians who have embraced the traditional genre of Son Jarocho music from southern Veracruz, Mexico.
Kyla Danysh – violin, jarana segunda & vocals
Lolis García – jarana tercera, zapateado, quijada & vocals
Pedro Rosales – cajón peruano & vocals
Aladino Manyoma –…
Curated by Mark Sabb and Michael Warr
disruptions will feature writing, spoken word, and digital / multimedia art relevant to the Black + Brown Lives Matter movements. The program will present multimedia works ranging from short experimental video to traditional “poetry films” that fit the theme.
Screenings / Open Mic: 7:30pm-10pm
This is a free event.
disruptions is part of the year-long Black + Brown Lives Matter Performance + Dialogue Series featuring performances, exhibits, discussions, and actions led…Find out more »
The Red Poppy Art House is excited to participate in this year’s Bay Area Dance Week on Sunday, April 26th, 2015. Come explore the intersection of African contemporary dance, Butoh/experimental movement, and Argentine tango in a free Bay Area Dance Week afternoon at the Red Poppy Art House. Red Poppy resident artists Byb Chanel Bibene, Iu-Hui Chua, and Todd Thomas Brown share their artistic and pedagogical practice and process through movement workshops, artist performances, discussion, and sharing. Please wear comfortable clothing…Find out more »
From the traditional music of Venezuela, Brazilian bossa nova, jazz, and other musical seasonings from around the globe, Ensemble A Contratiempo represents a broad spectrum contemporary music from around the world. The harp and Venezuelan cuatro play an important role in their music, demonstrating the evolution and perpetuity of these traditional instruments that maintain an important role in Venezuelan music and culture. This esteemed ensemble has performed, taught workshops, and presented at conferences throughout the world including México, the United States, Argentina, England, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Spain,…Find out more »
The Gabriel Navia Ensemble infuses Latin music with ingredients from flamenco, jazz, Cuban grooves, Bolivian airs and Middle Eastern spices. The ensemble features Lebanese violin virtuoso Georges Lammam, Cuban bass player Ernesto Mazar, singer Sulkary Valverde, percussionist Silvestre Martines and Gabriel Navia on guitars. The ensemble led by Navia mixes world standards with some originals, and they do it with plenty of vitality and virtuosity. Navia is an energized guitarist who fills the uptempo tunes with organic improvisations that…Find out more »
“When war struck the Congo in 1997 my family and I fled Brazzaville to escape the chaos of the coup d’état. Kidnapped at one point, I thought they would shoot me from behind when let go, like so many others. Finally rejoining my parents and siblings, we had a terrible choice to make: either walk nearly 500 miles to get to Pointe‐Noire or try to find a place on a train already overcrowded with thousands of people.”
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Founded by Susanna Gardner, Dusie began as a Swiss-based webjournal. It has since grown to include an international community of writers, artists and translators engaged in publishing activities and collective poetic projects. The eighth iteration of the Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv, curated by Ottawa writer Rob McLennan, consists of about fifty writers from around the world, five of whom reside in the Bay Area and will be reading at the Red Poppy. Each member of the…Find out more »