John Wubbenhorst and Facing East: India Meets Jazz

Led by bansuri flutist John Wubbenhorst, a composer influenced by decades of studying classical Indian music, Facing East combines Hindustani and Carnatic sounds with modal jazz in the vein of icons such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Weather Report, John McLaughlin, and Oregon. Featuring: John Wubbenhorst - flutes, keyboards, vocals Eric “Doc” Smith - Zendrum Steve McQuarry - keyboards Jason Everett - 7-string bass The compositions of John Wubbenhorst, a disciple of the great Indi...

Jason Yeager Trio: Chamber Jazz Inspired by Latin, Classical & Literature

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 ...

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble: The Music of Django Reinhardt

The Jimmy Grant Ensemble infuses swing-era pieces, originals, and traditional Roma tunes with Django Reinhardt’s crunchy rhythms and hot harmonies, creating a signature mix that includes Russian folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and classical music while remaining true to Django’s innovative guitar technique. Featuring: Jimmy Grant - guitar Javi Jiménez - guitar Sascha Jacobsen - bass Northern California native Jimmy Grant has performed with artists such as David Grisman, Gonzalo Bergara, Ludovi...

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...

The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber con Alma

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...

Danny Green Trio: Jazz, Classical & Brazilian Convergence

Danny Green Trio
Sun, Oct 23 @ 7:30PM
Pianist/composer Danny Green and his trio return to the Red Poppy to showcase their melodically charged blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and classical sounds. As a rising force on the national jazz scene, Green distinguishes himself with a beautifully articulated touch and deep affinity for Brazilian music. Featuring: Danny Green - piano Justin Grinnell - bass Julien Cantelm - drums Southern California native Danny Green has garnered a reputation in the jazz community as an emerging ar...

Ampersan: Mexican Electro-Folk Rock

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 comp...

The Village Road Trio: Folk-Inspired Classical Music

The Village Road Trio reimagines classical music with their folkloric instrumentation for a program of spirited and expressive sounds. From American bluegrass and swing, to Romanian tunes and favorite classical melodies, the trio takes on an extensive range of styles. Featuring: Alisa Rose - violin Rob Reich - accordion Daniel Fabricant - bass   Bassist Daniel Fabricant grew up in Ashland, Oregon, where he began playing guitar and trumpet in grade school. Since moving to the Bay Are...

The Danny Green Trio: Converging Classical, Jazz and Brazilian Music

On tour promoting their upcoming release, Altered Narratives, The Danny Green Trio brings together elements of Brazilian, jazz, and classical music. A rising creative force on the national jazz scene, pianist/composer Danny Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and deep affinity for Brazilian music. The San Diego native has wowed critics and audiences alike with a growing portfolio of fresh and engaging jazz piano melodies. His trio, featuring bassist Justin G...

Rachel Efron with Mirissa Neff: A Pop-Up Music Box – “Angel No More” EP Release

For the release of her latest EP, Angel No More, Bay Area chanteuse and pianist Rachel Efron brings to the Red Poppy a special evening of music and art. Transforming the space into a virtual music box, with Efron and bassist Aaron Germain at its heart, the audience members will be transported to an alternate reality set to the dreamy soundtrack of Efron's art-pop melodies. Filmmaker and audio artist Mirissa Neff joins the duo through a presentation of her new multimedia work steeped in soundscap...

Amaranth Quartet: Dichotomies of Love

Amaranth Color
With a love of tackling the string quartet canon and as fierce a passion for discovering newly composed works, Amaranth Quartet was founded in 2013 and proudly calls the Bay Area home. Members Katie von Braun, Abigail Shiman, Erica Zappia, and Helen Newby strive to present classical music to divergent audiences in a variety of locales. Upcoming projects include a residency and performance with the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra as well as appearances on Switchboard Presents and SF Presidio S...

The Musical Art Quintet: Chamber with Soul

Musical Art Quintet
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. Featuri...