Renzi/Johnston/Shulman/Vogler: Bye Bye Bartok – Reimagining Great Symphonic & Chamber Themes

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What if Béla Bartók wrote “Bye Bye Blackbird”? What if Charlie Parker wrote a prelude in E, or Sun Ra, a symphony in C? We may never know, but four Bay Area voices come together to groove, swing, and do their thing over themes by Bach, Bartok, Satie, Tchaikovsky, and others, followed by a set of their own compositions. Chamber jazz from the heart, this evening marks the inaugural performance of the new quartet.   FEATURING: Darren Johnston - trumpet Matt Renzi - woodwinds Adam Shulman ...
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The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber con Alma

The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber con Alma
Saturday, December 9 @ 7:30PM
The Musical Art Quintet, formed in 2008 during weekly jam sessions in the Mission, features the music of bandleader/composer/bassist Sascha Jacobsen. The MAQ’s modern compositions blend jazz harmony, world rhythms, and a chamber-music sensibility upon which the players of the quintet improvise.   FEATURING: Sascha Jacobsen - bass Lewis Patzner - cello Charith Premawardhana - viola Anthony Blea - violin Michelle Walther - violin   ABOUT THE ARTIST: Sascha Jacobsen has performe...
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Jason Anick & Jason Yeager Quartet: Modern Chamber Jazz with Latin & Pop Influences

Jason Anick & Jason Yeager Quartet: Modern Chamber Jazz with Latin & Pop Influences
Saturday, November 25 @ 7:30PM
Bringing together original compositions and creative covers of music from the Great American Songbook and the Beatles, Berklee College of Music faculty members Jason Anick and Jason Yeager’s "jazz without borders" approach to music-making features adventurous improvisations and a commitment to melody and group interplay. At their first Red Poppy show together, expect to hear songs from their recently released album, United, on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music.   FEATURING: Jason Anick - vi...
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Doralice with Bianca Levan and Wolf & Crow: Record Release Celebration – SOLD OUT!

Doralice with Bianca Levan and Wolf & Crow: Record Release Celebration
Saturday, November 4 @ 7:30PM
Violin-guitar duo Doralice unveil a new 10" vinyl record of original cinematic acoustic music, featuring everything from moody waltzes to serpentine gypsy rhythms and creaky Americana. Records will be available and include custom papercut art by Bianca Levan, who will share some of her work during the show. Opening the evening will be an intimate set by cinematic folk duo Wolf & Crow. FEATURING: Rima Ash - violin Yates Brown - guitar Zachary Vieira - guitar, vocals Mathieu Stemmelen -...
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Circadian String Quartet: Songs in the Key of Home

Circadian String Quartet: Songs in the Key of Home
Friday, September 15 @ 7:30PM
Using string quartets by Antonin Dvorak, Sahba Aminikia, and Philip Glass, Bay Area-based Circadian String Quartet makes its Red Poppy debut with a program that delves into three different ways of experiencing home: Coming home, paying tribute to home, or watching with alarm as a homeland erupts in strife and division. Featuring: Sarah Wood - violin David Ryther - violin Omid Assadi - viola David Wishnia - cello Circadian String Quartet was founded in 2013 to perform classical and con...
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Jenna & the Charmers: Cinematic Chamber Pop & Jazz

Jenna & the Charmers: Cinematic Chamber Pop & Jazz
Friday, September 8 @ 7:30PM
Through a creative approach on some of their favorite songs from the past 40 years, Jenna & the Charmers delight in their dreamy, swinging, and sometimes rocking explorations of the songs that influenced them. Their Red Poppy debut will feature their own original compositions, as well as songs by Joni Mitchell, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Jon Brion, the Beatles, the Finn Brothers, and others. Featuring: Jenna Mammina - vocals Steve Bissinger - guitar Ryan Lukas - bass Jeremy Steinkoler - dru...
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Jazz Mafia’s NOT a Brass Band: Chamber Jazz/Groove

Jazz Mafia’s NOT a Brass Band: Chamber Jazz/Groove
Thursday, June 22 @ 7:30PM
Bandleader Adam Theis and this five-piece ensemble will present a night of new original compositions and arrangements, as well as tributes to artists who have influenced them. Expect a wide dynamic range, rock and EDM rhythms, plus melodies, harmony, and phrasing more common to chamber, jazz, and music from around the world – and a hint of New Orleans second line that occasionally surfaces for a wild horn romp. Featuring: Max Miller-Loran - trumpet/piano Charlie Gurke - baritone sax Adam...
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Redwood Tango Ensemble: Modern Tango and Original Chamber Music

Redwood Tango Ensemble: Modern Tango and Original Chamber Music
Sunday, June 11 @ 7:30PM
Oakland-based Redwood Tango Ensemble presents a concert of new works written by bandoneonist Charles Gorczynski. The sextet focuses on writing that is both fundamentally based in tango and reaching towards a personal and imaginative sound. The new works are influenced by contemporary tango groups in Argentina, modern chamber music, film music, and improvised music. Featuring: Charles Gorczynski - bandoneón Kendra Vernon - violin Mia Bella D'Augelli - violin Anton Estaniel - cello Elyse ...
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Jason Yeager Trio: Chamber Jazz Inspired by Latin, Classical & Literature

Jason Yeager Trio: Chamber Jazz Inspired by Latin, Classical & Literature
Friday, April 14 @ 7:30PM
New York-based pianist Jason Yeager returns to the Red Poppy for an evening of catchy and quirky melodies inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's fictional characters, re-imagined standards by the likes of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, grooves from Argentina and Brazil, and musings on Messiaen. He will also perform music from his forthcoming album with violin/mandolin virtuoso Jason Anick, as well as music by Billy Strayhorn and Stevie Wonder. Featuring: Jason Yeager - piano Doug Stewart - bass ...
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Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Original Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets

Will Bernard & Beth Custer: Original Melodic Chamber Jazz Duets
Fri, Feb 17 @ 7:30PM
Guitarist Will Bernard and clarinetist/vocalist Beth Custer present an evening of original compositions and arrangements exploring blues, jazz, folk, and classical music. Featuring: Will Bernard - guitar Beth Custer - clarinet, vocals Guitarist Will Bernard is a Grammy-nominated bandleader and founding member of all-star Bay Area jazz conglomerate T.J. Kirk, as well as Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s rollicking trio. Bernard is a virtuosic performer whose bone-deep, groove-heavy playing...
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Matt Renzi’s Arm Sized Legging: Cinematic Chamber Jazz

Matt Renzi’s Arm Sized Legging
Thurs, Nov 17 @ 7:30PM
Arm Sized Legging gets its signature sound both from its unusual instrumentation–woodwinds (saxophone/oboe/clarinet), cello, bass and drums–and an all-original repertoire. Using both free-form improvisation and traditional song forms as the basis of collective soloing, composer/bandleader Renzi’s music explores textures, colors, and sonorities while adding a contemporary classical touch to the mix with cello. Featuring: Matt Renzi - saxophone, oboe, clarinet John Wiitala - bass Hamir Atwal...
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The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber con Alma

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This celebration of the Musical Art Quintet’s latest album, Chamber con Alma—“chamber with soul”—promises to be an evening of contemporary string quintet music with spirited improvisations and cross-cultural influences. The program includes original compositions by bandleader/bassist Sascha Jacobsen, important works by icons such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Tito Puente, and the world premiere of “The Cool, Grey City of Love,” commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission and inspir...
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The pickPocket Ensemble: Lounge Music for Spies

THE PICKPOCKET ENSEMBLE
Fri, Oct 14 @ 7:30PM
The six-piece pickPocket Ensemble returns to the Red Poppy to celebrate the release of the new album, Pepper Greenwald Presents Lounge Music for Spies. The pickPockets will play selections from the album, transporting listeners into the world of international espionage via European café music. The evening will also include remixes from the record and a set of original pickPocket tunes. Featuring: Rick Corrigan - accordion Yates Brown - guitar Chloe Allen - violin Matthew Souther - trumpet...
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Sound Underground: Acoustic Chamber Jazz from Miami

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Miami-based trio Sound Underground traverses the lengths of acoustic jazz and beyond. Intimate and conversational, their music ranges from from artful compositions and introspective ballads, to unusual instrumentation and clever sonic explorations. Featuring: Jonah Udall - guitar David Leon - alto saxophone Alec Aldred - trumpet Sound Underground was formed as a natural extension of the shared musical explorations and mutual admiration of three roommates with disparate backgrounds. In 2...
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The Mark Growden Quintet: Soulful Chamber Folk

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For a rare Bay Area performance, Mark Growden and his long-time collaborators bring to the Red Poppy a combination of soulful vocals with elements of chamber, folk, and jazz. Mark Growden is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and the director/founder of The Calling All Choir. Raised in a small mountain community in Northeast California, his work emanates earthy, soulful and poetic tones. Growden has ten years of experience teaching music in schools and currently leads singing worksh...
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Mark Growden and Chris Grady: Soulful Chamber/Folk

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For a rare Bay Area performance, Mark Growden and his long-time collaborator Chris Grady bring to the Red Poppy a combination of soulful vocals with elements of chamber, folk, and jazz. Mark Growden is a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and the director/founder of The Calling All Choir. Raised in a small mountain community in Northeast California, his work emanates earthy, soulful and poetic tones. Growden has ten years of experience teaching music in schools and currently leads sin...
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