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November and December ’16 shows

Fall is upon us. I’m looking forward to making music with many friends in the coming weeks.  I will include a full calendar of dates at the end of this post, but first, some events and projects warrant some extra description.

Musical Art Quintet is releasing our new album, Chamber con Alma, this Friday, November 18th. There’s a lot of great original tunes and arrangements by Sascha Jacobsen, and I’m lucky enough to have my tune, “The Long Approach,” on the album. We will play the first set of Classical Revolution’s 10th anniversary concert at Grace Cathedral. Also on the program is Beethoven’s ninth symphony. Yea!

I’m playing 2 concerts with the Point Richmond Jazz series, one with Kit Eakle’s Django Sphere 11/25 and later with Cosa Nostra 11/26. Both concerts are the Point Richmond United Methodist Church, which is one of my favorite sounding rooms in the whole Bay Area. 

December 4th, the Town Quartet is playing a concert at the classic Berkeley venue, the Starry Plough, at 4pm. The program is 

Bloch “In the Mountains”

Boursiquot “Harmonic Revelations

Patzner Short Quartets 5 & 6

Pleyel Quartet dedicated to the prince of Wales, number 4.

Prokofiev String Quartet 1

Reicha Quartet in C Minor, op 49 no 1

In no particular order. 

Also, thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the CAPO show yesterday. Very special!


Tuesday 11/15 Cosa Nostra at the Hall, 5:30pm. 

Tuesday 11/15 Sagittaire at Brick and Mortar. 8pm

Thursday 11/17 Cosa Nostra at the Black Cat. 10pm

Friday 11/18 Musical Art Quintet ALBUM RELEASE at Grace Cathedral. 7pm

Friday 11/25 Kit Eakle’s Django Sphere at the Point Richmond United Methodist Church. 7:30pm

Saturday 11/26 Monophonics at the Independent. 9pm

Tuesday 11/29 Cosa Nostra at the Black Cat. 9:30pm

Sunday 12/4 Town Quartet at the Starry Plough. 4pm

Wednesday 12/7 Casual chamber music at the Small Wonder. 8pm

Thursday 12/8 Michelle Schmitt benefit for Extra Food at the Throckmorton Theater. 8pm

Tuesday 12/13 Cosa Nostra at the Black Cat. 10pm

Thursday 12/22 Cosa Nostra at the Black Cat. 10pm

Friday 12/23 Cosa Nostra at the Point Richmond United Methodist Church. 7:30pm


Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra

Hi friends,

The Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra is making its concert debut at the Starry Plough this Sunday at 4pm! Featuring newly composed and newly arranged works by members of the group, as well some old goodies.
The program (not concert order):
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Mendelssohn String Symphony no. 4
Montgomery “Flat on Your Face”
Montgomery “On It’s Way”
Mozart Fantasia for Mechanical Organ (arr. Lei)
Patzner String Symphony
Shostakovich 2 Preludes (arr. Lei)
Wang “Mind Quest”
Wang Quartet
Performers: Alex Carney, Sara Chazin, Ari Gorman, Jacob Hansen-Joseph, Ishtar Hernandez, Moses Lei, Matt Benedict-Montgomery, Crystal Pascucci, Lewis Patzner, Christina Jarvis Simpson, Ariel Wang
Starts at 4pm. Admission is free! Donations will be accepted. All ages!
I’m very pleased to say I’ve composed a new String Symphony that we will perform. It’s probably my biggest work to date.
Calendar for this weekend:
Thursday the 10th, Alex Hand Band plays at the Lost Church 8pm
Friday the 11th, Alligator Spacewalk plays at the Mezzanine 9pm
Saturday the 12th Musical Art Quintet plays at the Alamo Ale House accompanying a silent film. 7pm
Sunday the 13th CAPO plays at the Starry Plough 4pm

New Music by Local Composers 2



cellos, Cellos, CELLOS! There’s about to be hella cellos up in here.

That’s right, Celloscape Collective is playing its first show Friday May 28th. Celloscape Collective is a new endeavor spearheaded by Mosa Tsay that fosters collaboration between local cellists and contemporary composers. Cellists rarely get to play together unless they are in an orchestra section, but when they do, the sound is a rich palette of sonic colors like nothing else. Most of the music featured in this concert is unrecorded and can only be experienced live, including a Cello Quartet that I just finished writing yesterday. That’s new! Thanks to Nicole Boguslaw, Crystal Pascucci, and Kane Suga, for playing it with me.

Bruce Beasley’s Sculpture Studio

323 Lewis St. Oakland, CA,

Doors at 7pm
$25 general / $35 VIP (includes glass of wine)
Student: $10 at the door
More info at celloscape.orgCelloscapeposter

January ’16 shows

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

New Music @ Omni Commons

Happy August!

Life is good and full of music making. I’m trying to write more music these days, and though most of my pieces are unfinished, I did manage to complete Short Quartets 3 and 4. The Town Quartet is performing these, along with Short Quartets 1 and 2, at the Omni Commons in Oakland this Friday at 8pm. We are also playing new string quartet pieces by Kevin Boursiquot and Mateo Lugo, two fine, local, composers. It has been a real pleasure working on their music, and the whole process has helped inspire me to write more! Here is a more official description:

The Town Quartet is excited to present a program of all new music for string quartet by Oakland composers at the Omni Commons, Friday, August 14th. They will feature the music of Kevin Boursiquot, a recent transplant from SF, Venezuelan born Mills College grad, Mateo Lugo, and Oakland native and Town Quartet cellist, Lewis Patzner. The Omni Commons is a “space that fosters an ethic of radical collaboration across disciplines and between individual collectives, creating a living model for future radical spaces.” 8PM, $10-$20. 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland.

I also want to say thanks to all of the generous patrons of the arts who donated to the Musical Art Quintet Kickstarter campaign. We met our goal! It’s awesome to know that people actually care about what we’re doing. Recording has been fun and productive, and I can’t wait to finish and share it you, the world. We have some upcoming shows, so check out our website at Thank you Thank you Thank you!


The Classical Crossover Spectrum

Just had an inspiring talk with a friend and decided I need to update this thing. The next few weeks are very exciting!

Wednesday 4/29 I’m playing some original music by Adam Theis for trombone and string quartet at Doc’s Lab in SF. Adam is one of my favorite local composers on the jazzy side of things, and its always fun and rewarding to play with him. Show is at 8pm. Check out this page for more info.

Saturday 5/2 Musical Art Quintet is playing at Piedmont Pianos with virtuoso pianist, Lara Downes. We’ll play some Duke Ellington and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, arranged for piano and string quintet by our own Sascha Jacobsen. Show is at 8pm. Check out this page for more info.

Monday 5/11 is Concerto Club Symposium III at The Revolution Cafe in SF. I will play the Cello Concerto in A Major by C.P.E. Bach. We’ll also have music by Telemann, and Vivaldi, plus TBD. We start at 8:30pm

Friday 5/15 The Town Quartet is playing at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. We’re playing some amazing music by Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, and Mozart, along with some other stuff including some new music by yours truly. So far I’m confident we will perform my 2 Short Quartets. Really excited for this show. Music starts at 8:30. Check out this page for more info.

Saturday 5/16 Ensemble MiknaWooj is playing at Freight and Salvage. If you want to check out some classical/hip hop fusion, this is the show to come to. Show is at 8pm. Check out this page for more info.

Saturday 5/23 The Compound Quartet is playing at the International Arts Festival at Fort Mason, performing modern chamber music by Kevin Boursiquot and Kevin Nolans. Show is at 5pm Check out this page for more info.