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July 2015
$10-20

Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono Duo: Indie Rock Meets Contemporary Jazz

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

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…

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$10-20

Flamenco: Made in the USA?! An Evening of Flamenco Performance and Round-Table Discussion on Authenticity and Cultural Assimilation/Appropriation in Flamenco

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

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…

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$15-30

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan: New Music from an Old Tradition

July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Red Poppy Art House,
2698 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94110 United States

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…

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$10-20

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

July 9 @ 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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$20-25

DOUBLE SHOW: Fared Shafinury: Thoughts of Sugar

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

Fared Shafinury improvises with his voice and setar based on the Radif, the collection of Persian melodies and motifs handed down over generations. He has studied under some of Iran’s most influential masters of Persian classical music for many years. With skill and deep respect, he presents an interpretation of the art form both classically intact and uniquely his, pleasing purists as well as those unfamiliar with the ancient sound.…

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$15-25

Sarah Cabral: A Contemporary Approach to Brazilian Classics

July 11 @ 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 present Sarah Cabral with Alex Calatayud, Eva Scow and Mike Taylor on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Vocalist and songwriter Sarah Cabral shares in her debut EP a deep connection with Brazilian roots, showcasing contemporary and fresh rearrangements of Brazilian classics as well as original compositions by luminaries from the San Francisco Bay Area

From an in-your-face cover of Cobra Criada by the master João Bosco, to a dreamy original composition by Ian…

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$5/20

Jazz In The Neighborhood Presents: the George Brooks Trio: Bridging Jazz & Indian Classical Music

July 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 warmly welcomes the George Brooks Trio featuring pianist Osam Ezzeldin and bassist Kai Eckhardt, presented through Jazz in the Neighborhood’s new monthly series at the Red Poppy.

George Brooks is a saxophonist and composer, acclaimed for successfully bridging the worlds of jazz and Indian classical music. He founded the seminal groups grounded in Indian music: Summit with Zakir Hussain, Bombay Jazz with Ronu Majumdar and Larry…

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$20

Presented by Diaspora Arts Connection: Sehrang: Iranian Music with Jazz Sensibilities

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

Presented by Diaspora Arts Connection, Sehrang uses the harmonies influenced by jazz, drawing inspiration from melodies Iran, Africa and South America Sehrang, meaning tri-colored in Farsi, is a trio comprised of three young Iranian musicians who share the same vision for making a new sound inspired by and rooted in their common culture. With Farsi lyrics both self-written and from modern Iranian poets such as Ahamd Shamloo, Sehrang’s repertoire consists of original compositions as well as new…

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$10-15

Manuel & Artemisa and Alfredo Gomez: Sounds of Old Folk & Contemporary Mexican Music

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

Artemisa and Manuel have been performing together since 2014, however their extensive background in music includes choral music, opera, blues and rock as their main influences. The duo was born in the search of dignifying the old Mexican way of making music. The heart of this project lies in those days in which our most profound and intimate feelings were translated into romantic music and lyrics that reflected our desire of love. A simple guitar and two voices in harmony is all they need to…

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$12-20

Citizens Jazz & Sang Matiz: A Night of Music Without Borders

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

From classic jazz and blues to Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian rhythms, two Bay Area-based bands, Citizens Jazz and Sang Matiz join together for a special double bill at the Red Poppy Art House.

Citizens Jazz is a collective of some of the Bay Area’s most talented jazz musicians led by bassist Caroline Chung. Although all the musicians are trained and educated in jazz, their musical taste and influences cross all genres, span many continents and…

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$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
$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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$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.…

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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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