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Glenview Classical Series Update

I’m pleased to announce the next few months of the Glenview Classical Series! All concerts 7:30PM $10-20 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland. 1658 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

1st, coming this Friday January 25th, is Part 1 of the Bach Project with Derek Sup on piano and myself on cello. The program, all by J.S. Bach, is:

Well Tempered Klavier Book 1 Preludes and Fugues 1-6
Suite for Solo Cello in G Major
Gamba Sonata in G Minor
A selection of chorale preludes, arranged for cello and piano, paired with their corresponding chorales. The public will be invited to sing along with the chorales. Scores will be provided.

Saturday March 2nd is a very special concert called New Music by Oakland Composers. New Music by Oakland Composers will feature chamber music in various instrumentations composed and performed by Mia Bella D’Augelli, Lewis Patzner, Derek Sup, and Ariel Wang. Also performing are Jacob Hansen-Joseph and Sasha Launer. For my part, we’re playing my Duo for Flute and Cello, one of my better pieces, if I may say so myself.

Friday March 29th AND Saturday March 30th is the Concerto Club Symposium VIII. That’s right, 2 nights. Come hear the local musicians you’ve come to know and love perform dazzling solo works!

Saturday April 27th: Music by Messiaen and his friends and students (think Xenakis).

Friday May 31st the Solaris/Town Piano Quartet presents a program of Beethoven, D’Indy, and Mahler.

Please tell your friends! Thanks!


Start of 2019

Last year of the teens! Got some public performances coming up!

Friday January 25th I’m playing an all Bach concert with pianist, Derek Sup. He is playing Preludes and Fugues 1-6 from Well Tempered Clavier Book 1, I am playing the 1st suite for solo cello in G Major, and we are both playing the Viola da Gamba Sonata in G minor and some choral prelude arrangements along with their corresponding chorales. THE PUBLIC IS INVITE TO SING ALONG! It will be so fun. Classical Karaoke! This concert is a continuation of the Glenview Classical Series at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland.

It’s also the first concert in a new series called the “Bach Project,” which is a series of all J.S. Bach pieces, with, possibly, the occasional Bach-related piece.

February 6th Mia Bella D’Augelli and I are playing a duo concert at the Musical Offering Cafe at 7:30, featuring the mighty Schulhoff Duo. It’s a hell of a piece. We’re also playing the Lullaby and Grotesque by Rebecca Clarke, 2 of my original pieces, Aubade by Godard, and the Prelude and Fugue in C minor from Well Tempered Clavier Book 1, by J.S. Bach.

February 17th The Proteus Trio (with Evan Price and Jonathan Alford) performs in Berkeley at St. Alban’s at 4pm. We just recorded a record and it’s dope. Come hear original piano trio music, written by us, the performers!

Saint-Saens Op. 168 Video

“I loathe sentimentality, and it’s name is Saint-Saens.” – Claude Debussy

Relax, dude. Your music is good, too.

Sometimes you just have to give it up for a good piece of music, and this is one of those times. The Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 168, is a great piece. All 3 movements are great. One major difference between Bassoon and cello is that Bassoon can play a low B -flat, whereas cello in it’s standard tuning goes as low as the C above that. Regrettably, the 2nd and 3rd movements of this piece go lower than that C, but the 1st (and also my favorite) movement falls into the cello’s range perfectly. Here is a video of the up-and-coming young pianist, Anastasia Reshetikhin, and me, playing the 1st movement:

Recorded and filmed at 25th St. Studios in Oakland, CA, by Jamie Freeman Turner.

Listen to a discussion between Anastasia and me here:

Glenview Series

The Glenview Classical Series continues this Friday, with Vox Musica! They are an all-female choral group from Sacramento.

I’m also pleased to announce the next few months of the series. The Glenview Classical Series starts 2019 with another beginning, that of the Bach Project, on January 25th. Pianist Derek Sup and I present an all-J.S. Bach concert featuring:

Well Tempered Klavier Book 1 Preludes and Fugues 1-6
Suite for Solo Cello in G Major
Gamba Sonata in G Minor
A selection of chorale preludes, arranged for cello and piano, paired with their corresponding chorales. The public will be invited to sing along with the chorales. Scores will be provided.

March 2nd is New Music by Oakland Composers. ‘Nuff said!

New Podcast/CAPO 8/31

Hi Friends!

I feel like its been a while since I sent one of these out, but there are some special things happening, so I thought I would l let you know.
First, I have a new podcast called the Crossover Cellist, where I interview my friends and colleagues about our various musical projects. So far, there are 2 episodes, one with Shaina Evoniuk and one with Jeremy Lyon. You can listen on apple podcasts, spotify, stitcher, or here:

Next, I have been focusing a lot of energy into an upcoming concert with the Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oakland, Friday, August 31st, at 7:30PM. We are featuring two esteemed guest artists, violinist Evan Price, and St. PLCO music director Derek Sup. Evan Price will perform his Violin Concerto, and this is not to be missed. The rest of the program is original compositions and arrangements by members of the group, including my String Symphony. Also, I roped my mother, Carla Picchi, into playing (thanks mom!). Here’s the facebook page with info:
Sunday, August 26th, Ariel and I are hosting a show at 6PM with some friends and a band from down south called Sprain. It’s gonna be hella fun! Facebook event:
Other things are happening too! Here’s the August calendar:
Sunday 8/19 1PM Town Quartet at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley. The plan is to play, amongst other music, my 6 Short Quartets.
Monday 8/20 8:30PM Musical Art Quintet plays the Revolution Cafe in SF (we’ll probably play on the later side).
Wednesday 8/22 7PM Quantum Quintet plays the Montgomery Center in Healdsburg. Music by Labor, Ravel, and Schubert (Trout Quintet).
Wednesday 8/22 10PM (or whenever I get there) Musical Art Quintet plays Monroe’s in SF.
Thursday 8/23 7PM I’m playing a string quartet Groupmuse (classical music house concert) in Oakland. Check for more details.
Friday 8/24 9PM I’m sitting in with King Dream at the Independent in SF. See the podcast episode with Jeremy Lyon for more info.
Saturday 8/25 11AM Playing a brunch set with Ariel Wang at the Well in Oakland.
Sunday 8/26 1PM Piano Quartets at the Musical Offering Cafe
Sunday 8/26 6PM Slowcore/Folk house show, playing with Ariel Wang.
Friday 8/31 7:30 CAPO Chamber Orchestra Plays the Evan Price Concerto at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Oakland.

Looking past August, Cosa Nostra Strings is playing every weekend at the Soiled Dove (downtown Oakland burlesque/acrobatic show) starting late September going till mid November. However, Im subbing out for a couple of projects. Trio E’Trange is playing Anne Rainwater’s Vernon Salon Oct 19, and I’m playing a new opera by Brett Carson the weekend of October 26th at the Temescal Center for the Arts. Look for a Town Quartet concert around then as well.
Other things on the horizon are a chamber music/lecture series, and the Bach Project. Aug26_2018HouseShowCAPO_flyer_8-31-18QUANTUM2IMG_0735

March 18′ Shows

Shows! Concerts!

Saturday 3/17 Cosa Nostra Strings plays the Red Poppy Arthouse. 7pm Check out website! Facebook event page

Sunday 3/18 I’m playing with the Town Quartet at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley at 1PM. Facebook event page

Town Quartet plays later that night at Art Attack in SF for a 7pm show. Dvorak and Haydn.

Monday 3/19 Musical Art Quintet is playing late at the Revolution Cafe in SF. 10/10:30PM set

Wednesday 3/21 7PM Musical Art Quintet plays at Strings in Berkeley. Inquire for details

Thursday 3/22 Ariel Wang (the band) plays at Monkey house in Berkeley. Facebook event page

Sunday 3/25 Town Quartet resumes our residency at The Musical Offering Cafe in Berkley at 1PM

Wednesday 3/28 Cosa Nostra Strings celebrates the release of Shaina Evoniuk’s new release, “Hitwoman Honey,” at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Facebook event page

Sunday 4/1 Town Quartet at the MOC at 1PM and the Concerto Club Symposium VII begins at 4PM at the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley. facebook event page


January ’18: Shows

Happy New Year! Did you like the new Star Wars? I have decided that I like it.

January has a good amount happening, performance-wise. First,

Friday 1/5 9PM Ye Olde Dragonmaster’s Guide to the Mighty Labyrinth Quest is playing at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. The Show is free! Also the debut of Sapphire Lung. OOOOOOOO

Sunday 1/7 1PM Town Quartet plays at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley. Reicha C minor op. 49 no. 1, and Haydn.

Sunday 1/7 4PM The Classical Matinee Series at the Starry Plough continues with The Classical Quartet: Viola Quintets by Mozart, Reicha, Gyrowetz, and Pleyel. Playing are Laura Keller, Andrew lan, Paula Karolak, and Jacob Hansen-Joseph.

Sunday 1/7PM Cosa Nostra Strings is playing at the Red Door series in SF. Jam session after the show!

Friday 1/12 7PM I’m playing at a groupmuse with pianist Becky Boblak. Spanish and South American musics.

Sunday 1/14 4pm The Price/Patzner Duo is playing at the Epworth United Methodist Church in north Berkeley at 4pm. That’s Evan Price, the violinist. Bach, original works, and maybe a jazz standard or 2.

Monday 1/15 1pm MLK day BBQ/Chamber music with Uptown Chamber in our Back Yard. Music by Amy Beach and Arthur Foote.

Wednesday 1/17 Devotionals is headlining the Elbow Room in SF.

Saturday 1/20 7PM I’m playing a duo concert with pianist, Elektra Schmidt. Schumann, Piazzola, and more.

Friday 1/26 Whiskerman is headlining the independent and they are expanding the band, so I’ll be joining on some songs.

Groupmuse – Chamber music house concerts with your friends!

Cosa_JE House Show Poster

Starry Plough Quintets B&W