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)
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)
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)
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.
Pianist, composer, and improviser Donal Fox is offering a new collaboration with renowned poet Quincy Troupe. This stirring new program offers a vehicle to inspire, educate, and fuel dialogue in the critical fight for social justice in America – "Powerful vernacular poems of African-American experience. These are not only enhanced by Fox's keyboard and string embroidery, but in effect turned into songs" (The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger).
Featuring the music of composer/violinist Jenny Scheinman, alongside guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Todd Sickafoose, and drummer Jim Black, Mischief & Mayhem is a genre-bending quartet of champion innovators. They channel an incendiary chemistry with an aesthetic NPR describes as blending, “hazy, dreamy grooves from the Heartland (with) the experimental jazz quirks of Brooklyn.”
Named for the time difference between the port cities of Buenos Aires and Yokohama, this program 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)
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)
Highlighting the pioneering spirit of their own innovative solo programming, de Mare and Arciuli present The American Explorer: Two Pianos—Four Hands—Many Frontiers, a concert fusing together classic duo-piano works from the late 20th and 21st centuries featuring works by John Adams, Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and others in a program that reflects the landscape, social attitudes, struggles, and intimate views of the American musical experience.
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)
Acclaimed violinist Lara St. John and Pablo Ziegler, the Argentine pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango, offer a special concert program in celebration of tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla's famous Central Park Concert.
Tango maestro Pablo Ziegler follows-up his Grammy win for Best Latin Jazz Album with a new program that sees the pianist embark on an unfamiliar but exciting journey: "Just For You" is Ziegler's first program of unaccompanied piano solos, featuring new compositions by Ziegler alongside arrangements of pieces by Juan Carlos Cobián, Alejandro Dolina, and Ziegler's mentor, Astor Piazzolla.
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."
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."
In this exciting new concert program, tango maestro Pablo Ziegler – the Buenos Aires-born, Latin Grammy-winning pianist and composer who helped shape the modern tango – brings the rich Argentine musical tradition into a chamber music setting — "rapturous." (The New York Times)
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).
Performing live on a pair of huge invented musical instruments, the Duo of acclaimed composer, performer & instrument inventor Paul Dresher and percussionist-extraordinaire Joel Davel consistently generates "an exciting sense of mystery and surprise." (Portland Press Herald)
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.
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).
World Music & Jazz
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'.
One of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument, Yumi Kurosawa's koto repertoire includes classical Japanese compositions, as well as her own innovative and enchanting original works — "mesmerizing." (The New York Times)
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)
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).
Singer, guitarist, percussionist and dancer Okaidja Afroso is a true musical polymath. His evocative and soulful music charts a journey from the traditional songs of his youth, through to an immersion into the music of the African Diaspora, integrating the influences and sounds of international collaborators in pursuit of global harmony.
Fusing traditional Taiwanese influences with a global sensibility, A Moving Sound (Sheng Don 聲動), features the distinctive timbres of the erhu (fiddle) and zhong ruan (lute), lifted by the transcendent vocals of Mia Hsieh. Their music is a whirlwind that veers between the meditative and the exuberant with irrepressible spirit.
Two of South Africa’s renowned pianists explore their personal history coming of age in a democratic South Africa, drawing from the rich sonic tapestries of traditional musics from sub-Saharan Africa along with the nuances of South African jazz and classical music.
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)