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January ’16 shows

January 5, 2016

The New Year brings fruition to projects new and old.

My old band, Whiskerman, has a big show on Friday the 8th at the Great American Musical Hall in SF. I’ll be joining on cello. Have you heard their new album, Nomad? It’s sick. I play all the cellos.

Jazzy indiepop behemeth La Dee Da is back! We’re playing in Oakland at Badgerclaw on the 9th. A message from La Dee Da:

I am writing to inform you that after a very long and fruit🍓ful break from planet Earth, the band La Dee Da has returned to our beloved home turf to continue feverish explorations of worldly pursuits including but not limited to a house party at Oakland’s own Badgerclaw Manor. 🏡 For more information about our travels, read below. For a Happy New Year 🎉, hang with your buds at a lovely home in the Piedmont area and get serenaded by some awesome local and not-so-local bands.

SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2016………..8pm
house party at 204 Ridgeway, Oakland AKA Badgerclaw Manor
Interesting, gargeous jams by out-of-towners featuring a choir, stringed instruments and beat boxing combined into a delicious acoustic casserole with flavors you woudn’t expect. Plus a few local favorites… ‘Twill be a veritable Celebration!
La Dee Da
Harm (Alaska)
Lake Mary (Colorado)
Mark E. Deutsch (Oakland)

Town Quartet has been exploring different depths of string music. If you saw us recently at our residency at The Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley (1pm on Sundays) you probably heard some string trios by Abel, Pleyel, Hummel, Boccherini, and Beethoven, amongst others. The Beethovens are great masterpieces, but these other composers have some respectable work in the string trio genre and aren’t played or heard nearly as often. We also played the 3 String Quartets by Benjamin Godard, a late romantic French violinist and underrated composer.

Our next performance at The Musical Offering Cafe at 1pm this Sunday, the 10th of ’16, will have all Town Quartet members together after a holiday season of busy schedules and traveling. We will play Beethoven String Quartet in E minor Op. 59 No. 2, Schumann String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, and Patzner Short Quartets 1-4. Our esteemed colleague, David Shalen, will present a pre-concert lecture on the Beethoven Razumovsky Quartets at 12:30.

The local classical music society, Concerto Club, of which I am a member, is hosting the Concerto Club Symposium IV Friday the 15th at the Red Poppy Arthouse in SF, at 7:30. We are playing music by composers including, Vivaldi, Zelter, Franchomme, and a Handel impersonator. In this concert you will hear members of our vibrant chamber music community alternating between performing as soloists and as part of the accompanying ensemble. The Red Poppy Page has some nice info.

I was wondering if I was ever going to get made by the Jazz Mafia, but I recently found out they don’t really do that… They’re not that kind of mafia. I do have the pleasure of performing with the Jazz Mafia from time to time, and will again on Wednesday the 19th at the Hall in SF. This will be the Trombone and Strings project, fronted by Adam Theis.

Jazz Mafia is currently raising funds to release 30 tracks, at least of few of which contain my cello playing. They have a Gofundme page that has some info and the link to donate.

We will continue the series of Classical Music at the Starry Plough Sunday 1/24 at 4pm with the debut of a new project called Les Ameriquains, Band of Fiddlers, Strummers, Singers, Tooters, and Drummers, for Parties and Other Occasions. We play Baroque dance music. Our goal is to make this stuff as fun as possible, which we are discovering is pretty frickin fun! We wrote this blurb for the SF Classical Voice page:

Les Ameriqains is excited to present a concert of early European dance music. Recent musicological developments of the Information Age have allowed us access to old publications and manuscripts which previously were only available in select locations. In the Medieval and Renaissance periods, most string band music was passed down through aural tradition, and these are collections of some of the first notated secular music. Much of this music was written for the court, but some of it originates from traditional music of different regions throughout Europe and popular tunes and songs of the day. With backgrounds in folk and jazz, as well as classical, our musicians are able to recreate an historically accurate performance, using modern instruments, of music rarely played in the US. The bulk of our repertoire has French origins because dance was such an important part of French culture. We also draw from Italian, English, and German sources. We play music by composers such as Lully, Praetorius, Charpentier, Campra, Purcell, Locke, Monteverdi, and Anonymous. We’re expanding our ensemble for this show to include additional strings, singers, wind players, basso continuo, and percussion. Let’s have a fun afternoon of music and dancing at one of the oldest pubs in Berkeley!

Friday 1/30 at 8ish I’m playing a solo cello set at Neck of the Woods in SF, opening for the Ignition Guitar Duo.


Friday 1/8 Whiskerman at Great American Music Hall

Saturday 1/9 La Dee Da at Badgerclaw Manor

Sunday 1/10 Town Quartet at the Musical Offering Cafe

Friday 1/15 Concerto Club at Red Poppy

Wednesday 1/19 Jazz Mafia Trombone and Strings at The Hall

Sunday 1/24 Les Ameriquains at the Starry Plough Pub

Friday 1/30 Solo at Neck of the Woods

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