The incomparable Tanya Tagaq delivers material from her highly-anticipated new album, Retribution. She is joined by vocal chameleon Christine Duncan, along with regular collaborators drummer Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, in a boundary-pushing exploration of tone, timbre, texture, and the outer limits of human expression — "an altogether new form." (The Toronto Star)
Composer, singer and violinist Jenny Scheinman invites us into the captivating visual world of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters, offering her original live score of new folk songs & fiddle music to Waters' footage, masterfully compiled in a new film by director Finn Taylor — "a beautifully coordinated melding of music and film." (The Washington Post)
Two celebrated pianists offer virtuosic, two-piano arrangements of the music of Pablo Ziegler, the Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango — “the sound of two pianos can be practically symphonic, and the arrangements brilliantly demonstrate the grandeur of this music." (The Los Angeles Times)
A landmark commissioning and concert project based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The project invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to choose a song by Sondheim and re-imagine it as a solo piano piece — "ingenious... a delightful recital." (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Inspired by a little-known text by photographer Diane Arbus, the Paul Dresher Ensemble & composer/vocalist Amy X Neuburg collaborate on an electroacoustic song cycle featuring ten newly commissioned works from a host of today's most compelling composers presented alongside the images that inspired them — "wonderful... a dense weave of electric and acoustic sonorities." (The San Francisco Chronicle)
The beloved Brazilian percussionist, Cyro Baptista, reinterprets the music of Brazil's most celebrated classical composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. For this special program, which translates to "Villa-Lobos Gone Crazy," Baptista leads a thrilling, six-member mixed ensemble — "a homage and a romp, meticulously arranged and ready for anything." (The New York Times)
Inspired by the historical novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, composer-performer Merima Ključo's multimedia work for accordion, piano, and video traces the dramatic story of one of Jewish culture's most treasured manuscripts. — "Powerful music. An incredible story. Haunting images." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A new suite by tango maestro Pablo Ziegler that explores a marriage of Argentine nuevo tango with Japanese traditional music, while celebrating the long legacy of the tango in Japan — "sensational… an exceptional fusion between Tango and Japanese traditional music." (Latina Magazine)
Celebrated Inuit performer Tanya Tagaq reclaims the controversial 1922 film Nanook of the North. The Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award-winning vocalist employs exquisite, unnerving improvisations, as much rooted in traditional roots as in contemporary culture — "she taps into humanity's most naked emotions and forces them into the spotlight." (Vice Music)
Two men weave their personal stories into an improvised performance that captivates audiences, touching on issues of personal identity, HIV/AIDS, being Jewish in South Africa, and the creation of a lifetime friendship — "undeniably moving." (The Guardian)
According to Time Out New York, "this long-running group of four-string virtuosos boasts an outlandishly diverse repertoire," from the Afro-Cuban hues of "Racing Mind" to the serene, bitter-sweet balladry of "Caeli."
Guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur pair exquisite originals with blazing improvisations and iconic works by composers such as Bartok, Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov and Saint-Saens.
The Buenos Aires-born pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango brings the rich, Argentine musical tradition into a chamber music setting — "no one embodies the art of the tango better." (Lincoln Journal Star)
Two celebrated instrumentalists ruminate on their common roots and shared loves of traditional Balkan, classical, and the romantic, mournful music of sevdah—sometimes called 'Bosnian blues'.
Combining traditional chamber instruments with newly invented instruments in a wholly unique live performance experience — "a chance to hear contemporary classical music at its best" (San Francisco Classical Voice).
With an encyclopedic ear and ravishing technique, Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin and classical idioms into intricate new works and electrifying performances. — "Ingenious artistry... improvis[ing] on several hundred years of musical tradition with aplomb and veracity" (All About Jazz).
Composer, pianist, and thereminist Rob Schwimmer offers breathtaking originals — wordless songs, miniature suites and tone poems — and popular standards like "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime," "Never Never Land," and "Stormy Weather."
Award winning guitarist & composer rethinks what can be accomplished with with — from his innovative hybrid of percussive fingerstyle and classical guitar techniques to his visionary educational outreach programs.
World Music & Jazz
In a dazzling new collection of original songs, Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista reflects on his many travels from rural Brazil to New York City to touring the world with the likes of Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, and others — "Baptista cannot be reined in by any classification. He is simply one of the most limitless musicians we have." (All Music Guide)
One of the premiere percussionists on the planet leads his quartet on a virtuosic trek through myriad musics of the world — "simply ingenious... provocative, powerful and deeply enjoyable." (All Music)
Tackling both jazz and baroque repertoire with visionary takes on Scarlatti, Bach, Monk, Coltrane, Coleman and more — "one of the most successful classical/jazz unions in recent memory" (All About Jazz).
Two outstanding virtuosos meet in an intimate duo setting over Fox originals, as well as signature arrangements of Brahms, Schumann, Monk, Coltrane and more, for a high voltage excursion teeming with depth, swagger and improvisational grace — "Brilliant... each echoing the swift runs of the other." (All About Jazz)
Tango maestro Pablo Ziegler — the Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango — delivers stripped-down, intimate arrangements of his essential repertoire, offering a raw, elemental concert program. — "nuevo tango's leading living exponent" (All About Jazz)
Tango legend and Latin Grammy-winner Pablo Ziegler invites today’s most exciting jazz luminaries to take on classic tango repertoire and fiery Ziegler originals - "a trip to the heart of this music" (New York City Jazz Record).
Contemporary Music-Theatre & Installation
Contemporary percussion virtuoso Steven Schick stars in this solo contemporary music-theatre work created by composer/instrument inventor Paul Dresher and writer/director Rinde Eckert — "the sounds are fresh and surprising... Schick's playing is often mind-blowing." (The Los Angeles Times)
Audience members are invited to interact with, explore and improvise on fifteen newly invented musical instruments and sound sculptures in this remarkable, hands-on installation designed for audiences of all ages — regardless of musical experience — as well people on the autism spectrum.