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April 2015
Free

Bay Area Dance Week Sunday Afternoon Workshop & Performance Led By Byb Chanel Bibene, Iu-Hui Chua, and Todd Thomas Brown

April 26 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

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 and shoes for movement.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

11am…

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$15-20

Ensemble A Contratiempo: Masters of Venezuelan Folk Music Live from Caracas

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

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,…

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$15-20

The Gabriel Navia Ensemble: High Energy Latin Fusion

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

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…

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$5-20

Byb Chanel Bibene & Kiandanda Dance Theater: Taboo and Heroes

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

“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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$5-7

Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv 8 Presents: Behm-Steinberg, Chiado, Hunter, Maughn & Tuck: Five Chapbook Releases

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

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 Kollektiv produces fifty copies…

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$20-25

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol Featuring Joe Warner: An Evening of Blues and Jazz From Then to Now

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

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol joins San Francisco-based pianist Joe Warner for an extraordinary evening of musical travels from past to present. Faye Carol is one of the premiere vocalists of her time with a career spanning over five decades. Arranging popular standards with doses of jazz, blues and hip-hop, Miss Carol has managed to cultivate a diverse sound throughout the years. Her divine energy and ability to rock the mic consistently leaves her audience both…

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$15-20

Sarah Wilson Fusebox: Jazz Pop Combustion

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

Sarah Wilson brings her vibrant compositions to life with Fusebox, her explosive collaboration with top Bay Area musicians Rob Sudduth, John Schott, Jason Hoopes,and Jordan Glenn.  Sarah’s years of writing music for performance, puppet theater, dance, animation, and film permeate her genre-twisting, critically-acclaimed compositions. Witness the igniting of multiple musical palettes, from syncopated and swinging rhythms to mesmerizing melodies and hypnotic hooks, as this wildly talented ensemble expertly navigates the…

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$5-7

UNCHARTED: Storytellers Scouting the Unknown

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

UNCHARTED is an evening of storytelling about people navigating life situations they’ve never confronted before. These true stories are performed by cancer survivors, refugees, artists, and queerdos. Alternately inspiring, funny, enraging, and heartbreaking, these stories uncover the disorientation, wonderment and resourcefulness we can have when confronted with the new.

Organizer Jaime Cortez’s dream team of storytellers includes:

Vanessa Camarena
Khaled Sayed
Lori Wood
Sarah Patterson
Jaime Cortez

Admission:…

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$10-20

Rob Reich Quintet: “Shadowbox” CD Release

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Accordion player and pianist Rob Reich is quintessentially what makes the San Francisco music scene a vibrant and vital mecca for independent music; he’s become one of its stalwart underground artists. Shadowbox, the musician’s debut album, marks a fully realized collection of original compositions. The music branches off from the musician’s work with revered Bay Area ensemble Tin Hat Trio, mixing improvisational romps with refined and melodic ensemble arrangements. Doses of wry humor and…

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$15-20

Caminos Flamencos: Nuevas Tendencias

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

“Nuevas Tendencias” premiered at Yoshi’s last year and has since won a nomination from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for “Best Ensemble.” With music and dance in a combination of flamenco, jazz and Latin feel, the groundbreaking Caminos Flamencos continues their status as the premier flamenco company in the U.S.

Cast:
Jason McGuire - guitar, music director
Yaelisa -  dancer
Jose Cortes - singer
Marlon Aldana - percussion/drumset
Paul Martin Sounder – upright bass

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$10-30

Istanbul Connection: Balkumbia from San Francisco to Turkey (Double Show!)

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

The Red Poppy Art House warmly welcomes Istanbul Connection in a special double show; a new project featuring members of the Bay’s hottest Balkan & Latin bands coming together in preparation for a journey to Istanbul, Turkey. Members from local Balkan bands (Inspector Gadje, MWE, La Pêche) and Latin bands (LoCura, Makrú) will treat you to a night of unique cross-bay bands.

The artist lineup for Istanbul Connection will include: 

Paul Bertin - alto sax Sean Tergis - percussion Melissa Cruz - flamenco baile & palmas Bob Sanders - guitar…

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Free

YESCKA: A Visual Encounter of the Socio-Political & Artistic Languages Rising from the Streets of Oaxaca Mexico

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

In Conjunction with the Mission Arts & Performance Project,

the Red Poppy Art House & EDELO Present: 

YESCKA: A Visual Encounter of the Socio-Political & Artistic Languages Rising from the Streets of Oaxaca, Mexico

The Red Poppy Art House collaborates with EDELO (En Donde Era La ONU ‘Where the United Nations Used to Be’) for the inauguration of YESCKA: A Visual Encounter of the Socio-Political & Artistic Languages Rising from…

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$15-20

Tito y su son de Cuba: A Night in Old Havana Cuba

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Tito Gonzalez leads his ensemble for a vibrant night of Cuban tunes as he serenades the audience through the streets of Old Havana. Singer/composer Tito Gonzalez is a master showman with a voice that has been compared to that of classic son singer Daniel Santos. Gonzalez delivers songs that are deceptively simple – between their fluid melodies and retrograde rhythms, they evoke a focus and introspection that Tito attributes, in part, to his life in America.

The Cuban…

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Black + Brown Lives Matter Performance + Dialogue Series: disruptions – MultiMedia + Spoken Word Open Mic

April 1 @ 12:00 am - 11:55 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Call for submissions information:

disruptions will feature writing, spoken word, and digital / multimedia art relevant to the Black + Brown Lives Matter movements. All types of multimedia works from short experimental video to even more traditional “poetry films” that fit the theme. All digital and multimedia work must be submitted by April 1, 2015. Guidelines and submission email follow:

- Must be in .avi or .mov…

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March 2015
$15-25

Jazz Flamenco Quartet: Piano Flamenco, Jazz & the Music of Thelonious Monk (Double Show)

March 28 @ 7:00 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 present the music of Thelonious Monk performed by ZOHO MUSIC NYC signed artist and jazz/flamenco pianist, Alex Conde, and his quartet including gypsy singer Jose Cortes and extraordinary flamenco dancers Fanny Ara and Melissa Cruz in a special double show.

 

Alex Conde - piano
Jose Cortes - cante/claps
Fanny Ara - dancer/claps
Melissa Cruz - dancer/claps

 

”Gifted Spanish pianist and ZOHO label artist Alex Conde, has his way with the high priest of bop in an adventurous…

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$20

Final Performance: Marcus Shelby Presents Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on March 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015. A series of interactive discussions, Marcus Shelby will delve into our justice system, its flaws, and how music can be used as a tool for reform and change; both in front and behind bars. This lecture series will culminate with a performance on Friday, March 27th.

These engaging discussions will explore the blues, the prison industrial complex,…

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$10

Discussion 3: Marcus Shelby Presents Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on March 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015. A series of interactive discussions, Marcus Shelby will delve into our justice system, its flaws, and how music can be used as a tool for reform and change; both in front and behind bars. This lecture series will culminate with a performance on Friday, March 27th.

These engaging discussions will explore the blues, the prison industrial complex,…

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$15-20

Drew Croon’s Misa Gitana Andaluza: A Spanish Classical & Flamenco Evening

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

Flamenco and jazz piano virtuoso Alex Conde from Spain, elegant mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich, and Spanish classical and flamenco dancer extraordinaire Fanny Ara take you on a Gypsy-inspired musical journey that is beautiful, dramatic, and promises to astonish. The fresh new ensemble makes its debut performance, premiering Misa Gitana Andaluza, a never-before-heard hybrid of lavish classical Latin prayers set to exotic flamenco melodies, tones, and chords from Andalusia. These striking artists present a performance unlike any other, of the unique, haunting work by late American composer…

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$20-25

Trance Mission: Trance Dance Music

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

Originally featuring three extraordinary multi-instrumentalists/composers, Trance Mission founders, Stephen Kent and Beth Custer, come together as a duo for this scaled-down performance at the Red Poppy. With mountains of global accolades to their credit, these musicians continue on with their genre-breaking traditions that they started in the 1990′s. The music of Trance Mission is as fresh and alive today as it was at its inception, and the band’s performances snap, crackle and pop with infectious improvisational spirit and humor. Hailing…

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$15

Peia and Ali: The Language of Birds

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Come be lifted to a place of timeless beauty and mystical union by sacred song preserver Peia and Iranian master tar player Ali Ghamsari. Travel the globe in song and deepen into a world of peace through the universal language of music.

The Language of Birds is a collaboration rooted in the beauty of ancient tradition, while giving voice to the delicate times in which we live. Throughout the ages many mystic traditions have interpreted the language of birds as divine communication, the voice…

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$10

Discussion 2: Marcus Shelby Presents Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex with guest speaker Naima Shalhoub

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on March 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015. A series of interactive discussions, Marcus Shelby will delve into our justice system, its flaws, and how music can be used as a tool for reform and change; both in front and behind bars. This lecture series will culminate with a performance on Friday, March 27th.

These engaging discussions will explore the blues, the prison industrial…

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$15-20

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan: New Music From An Old Tradition

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

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan writes and sings music that reflects a tradition of intricate song forms, elaborate vocal improvisations, and utmost sincerity of expression. Taking their inspiration primarily from Carnatic music, as well as traditions from around the world, Gautam’s songs offer listeners a fresh experience of lyricism and immediacy. His performances give an intensely personal glimpse into the continued development of a valuable and highly cultured musical heritage. He has performed widely in the Bay Area since 2004, including at…

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$10-15

Taraf de Locos: Balkan and Latin Grooves

March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

Taraf de Locos is a group of talented young musicians who grew up together in San Francisco’s Mission District. They met as children at a magical music camp in the heart of California, where they were exposed to traditional music from all over the world for ten days every year. Before they formed Taraf de Locos, the young musicians played with their respective families, each naturally gravitating toward the different styles their families mastered. As they grew older and…

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$10

Discussion 1: Marcus Shelby Presents Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on March 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015. A series of interactive discussions, Marcus Shelby will delve into our justice system, its flaws, and how music can be used as a tool for reform and change; both in front and behind bars. This lecture series will culminate with a performance on Friday, March 27th.These engaging discussions will explore the blues, the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, restorative justice, prison abolition, and more led by Marcus Shelby. Using readings, recorded music, poetry, video, these events are open to…

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$15-20

Ricardo Peixoto and Brian Moran: An Evening of Brazilian Guitar

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

Originally from Rio de Janeiro and based in the Bay Area, guitarist/composer Ricardo Peixoto is among the top representatives of Brazilian guitar in the US today. His fluid melodic style and keen compositional sense explore his country’s rich and diverse traditions, both in original works as well as in arrangements of Brazilian classics. He has recorded, performed, and collaborated with, among others, Claudia Villela, Flora Purim and Airto, saxophonist Bud Shank, percussionist Dom Um Romão, Toots Thielemans, Dori Caymmi, Guinga,…

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February 2015
$15-20

Colm Ó Riain: Irish Fission

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

Irish-born violinist Colm Ó Riain and some stellar musical friends mix the music of Ireland with rhythms and melodies from all over the musical world – Jazz, Blues, Roma (Gipsy), India, Cuba, Brazil and many more.

An accomplished and fiery improviser in many genres, Colm has performed in festivals and venues throughout the world—from Argentina and Brazil to Sweden and Vietnam — while also thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the United States. His CD “Bridge Across the Blue”, produced with partner-in-crime, poet Pireeni…

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$10-30

The View From Bernal Hill with Madeline Tasquin + Amaranth: Chamber Jazz, Odd-Meter Soul, and Classical String Quartet

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

The View From Bernal Hill brings forth a hearty amalgam of odd-meter rock, chamber jazz harmonies, and hip hop lyricism. With French-Vietnamese composer Camille Mai, Argentine guitarist Nahuel Bronzini and Seattleite bassist Schuyler Karr at its core, The View’s songwriting lies at the crossroads of dread and beauty, chasing psychological and spiritual extremes. The group has been performing in San Francisco since 2012 with a rotating cast of percussionists, string players, MCs, and other guest musicians. After touring the West Coast…

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$10-15

YeYe Ensemble: Abundant Hearts that Speak

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

The YeYe Ensemble‘s Afro-Latin rhythms, heartfelt songwriting, and original musical compositions are deeply rooted and inspired by immigrant stories. Grounded in vibrant Latin American musical traditions, the ensemble seeks to promote healing and social justice through their art. Journey with the YeYe Ensemble as they share, through their music, the transformative power of spiritual connection.

The YeYe Ensemble is: 

YeYe Suarez - lead vocals
Yuriza Jared - guitar, charango, winds, voice
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$15-20

The Supplicants: Songs of the Universe and Void

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

The Supplicants believe wholeheartedly in the metaphysical spiritual qualities of music. Their music reflects the continuum of this music from a global orientation, embracing the tones and textures of Africa, India, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. It is a music that’s firmly rooted in the past while pointing to the future using the moments of now to express what is truly happening. This is where jazz and the people of earth are headed. The only question is are you ready…

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$15-20

Yumi Tomsha & Friends: Songs of Love and Resilience

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

Yumi Tomsha is a singer, voice teacher, and sound healer living in Brooklyn. She has sung as a soloist at Bargemusic and the New York Ethical Culture Society, and as an oratorio soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and Bach’s Mass in b minor. A dedicated recording artist, she is currently working on an album featuring Japanese songs. This special program at the Red Poppy Art House explores themes of love and resilience, and includes songs by Mozart, Dvořák, and Kosaku Yamada, as well…

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