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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


Fall ’17

Lotso shows coming up:

Friday 9/8 Roscoe Mitchell: Orchestral Works at the DeYoung Museum. 7pm. event page

Sunday 9/10 Cosa Nostra at SFJazz Joe Henderson Lab. 2 sets, 6:30 and 8pm. event page

Sunday 9/17 Caroluna’s Equilux: Autumnal Equinox Concert at Old St. Hilary’s Church in Tiburon. 4pm. event page

Tuesday 9/19 Jordan Glenn W/ Strings at ProArts in Oakland. 8pm. event page

Friday 9/22 Alligator Spacewalk at SFJazz Joe Henderson Lab. 7pm. event page

Tuesday 9/26 Cosa Nostra at Black Cat. 9:30pm. event page

Thursday 9/28 Devotionals at the Lost Church. 8pm (we play last) event page

Friday 9/29 Town Quartet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oakland. 7pm. event page

Saturday 9/30 Uptown Chamber Back Yard performance. 7pm

Sunday 10/1 Starry Plough Matinee Series: Concerto Club. 4pm

Tuesday 10/10 Cosa Nostra at Black Cat. 9:30pm

Wednesday 10/18 Alex Hand Band at Octopus literary salon. 7pm. event page

Sunday 10/22 Evan Price with Special Guests at Freight and Salvage. 7pm. event page



Hi Friends!

In this day and age, the music industry is in a state of flux. Gone are the days where record companies would take chances on talented but little known artists. These days, many artists are turning to crowd sourcing as a way to pay for recording costs. Kickstarter and Indie Go-Go Dancer seem to be popular ways of raising money from friends, family, and fans. I have no problem this kind of financing, but one of my groups, Cosa Nostra Strings, is taking a slightly different approach. We are trying to tap our audience.

Sunday, June 4th, Cosa Nostra Strings is playing a show to help raise funds to record our album at the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley, starting at 4pm. CNS is member of the Jazz Mafia record label/collective. The group is Shaina Evoniuk – violin, Keith Lawrence – Viola, Lewis Patzner – cello, Adam Theis – Trombone/bass, and Aaron Kierbel – drums. We play originals and covers in the jazz-pop vein, and we collaborate with a variety of vocalists.

Our show on Sunday is a continuation of the Classical Matinee Series, so we will be taking a leap (or a short hop) into the classical world, in addition to playing our originals and some choice covers. I personally have a couple new tunes that we will play. The Matinee Series is family friendly – all ages are welcome!, and the Starry Plough is 2 blocks from Ashby Bart. There will be no cover charge, but we will be passing a tip container that will go directly to the album fund. If you would like to donate in a tax deductible way, you can write a check to our fiscal sponsor.

Hope to see you there!



Day Of Shows

Tomorrow, Sunday 5/7, I’m playing 3 shows.

First, Les Ameriquains, Band of Fiddlers and Strummers for Parties and Other Occasions, is playing at the Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley at 1pm. We will play music by Purcell, Praetorius, Locke, Charpentier, and maybe some Rameau.

Second, I’m playing solo cello music at the Starry Plough in Berkeley as part of the Classical Matinee Series. I will play Bach and original material. My friend, Tim DeCillis, will also perform his original solo music for vibraphone. We will probably collaborate a bit at the end. Music starts at 4pm.

Third, Forgotten Kingdoms, the brainchild of guitarist, Benny Langfur, is playing at Brick and Mortar in SF. This a jammy multicultural project, drawing a lot of inspiration from south Asia. Show starts at 8pm, and we play last.

You are all invited to all shows! Much love,


Early April shows ’17

FIRST! Town Quartet rejoins the Classical Matinee Series at the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley, Sunday, April 2nd. We start at 4pm. The program in no particular order:

Dvorak Quartet Op. 106
Reicha Quartet Op. 48 No. 2
Schubert “Death and the Maiden”
Nadell “Waters of Life”
Patzner Short Quartet 6

The Starry Plough Pub is a classic family owned restaurant, bar, and venue, that features music of all genres. All ages are welcome for the Classical Matinee Series.

THEN, a couple of shows with Cosa Nostra Strings, a quintet on Jazz Mafia Records, and one of my more active groups. This page has lots of content:

Tuesday April 4th Cosa Nostra Strings is playing with Lilan Kane at Yoshi’s. Starts at 8.

Tuesday April 11th Cosa Nostra Strings is playing at The Black Cat in SF. Late night! Starts at 10pm

ALSO Thursday April 13th Devotionals is playing at Bimbos in SF. 8pm