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2017 24th season
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Wednesday November 15th
8pm
Maurice Tani & Mike Anderson






One of the best country performing songwriters today Tani writes
songs 
both lyrically deep and musically engaging.  Joined here by Mike Anderson on bass.  Great entertainment!


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8pm
Noche de Flamenco!
Yaelisa-Dancer
Jason McGuire-guitar
Felix de Lola-singer

Yaelisa (Artistic Director/ Choreographer) is one of the most gifted Flamenco artists of her generation.  She was surrounded from birth by the rhythms, gestures and vocal laments of the art in its purest form, where her unique improvisational abilities began to flourish.  At age 4, she danced on the stage of the famous Casa Madrid, and her immersion in flamenco culture became a part of her life because of her mother, the renowned singer/dancer Isa Mura.  She has performed with many of Spain’s finest artists, including Alejandro Granados, Antonio “El Pipa,” Manuel and Antonio Malena, Domingo Ortega, Enrique “El Extremeno,” Yeye de Cádiz, Mateo Soleá, El Junco, Juan Ogalla, Geronimo, Felipe Maya and others.   In 1995, she was one of eleven international choreographers in Spain invited to present her choreography at the prestigious Certámen de Coreografía in Madrid, and the only American choreographer chosen among them.  In 1996, she returned to the U.S. where she continues to develop and train dancers for her company.   She is the recipient of an Emmy Award for Choreography in 1993 and an NEA Choreography Fellowship.  In 2005, Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for excellence in the category of “Best Company Performance,” and in 2006 she was chosen as one of ABC-7’s “Profiles in Excellence” Hispanic leadership awardees.


Flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire “El Rubio” began playing at the age of nine.  Jason has been awarded a California Arts Council Music Fellowship and has been nominated three times for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.   Jason currently serves as Music Director for both Caminos Flamencos and The New World Flamenco Festival.  Jason released his second album in 2016 with the new progressive flamenco group Terceto Kali, entitled “Terceto Kali,” to rave reviews by music critics nationally and internationally.  The Los Angeles Times recently wrote that “McGuire’s solo managed to be atmospheric and fiendishly complex at the same time.” 

Felix de Lola, flamenco singer from Sevilla,
 Spain began his flamenco singing with the Compallo family and went on to study with the renowned flamenco singers, Jesus Heredia and Naranjito de Triana.  His recent touring schedule has brought him to the world stages throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Costa Rica, South Africa and the United States, singing for a list of illustrious artists such as dancers Juan Polvillo, Belen Maya, Carmela Greco, Maribel Ramos "La Zambra" and guitarists Jose Luis Postigo and the prestigious guitarist and composer Jose Luis Rodriguez, musical director of the famed Cristina Hoyos Flamenco Company.  Along with his superb singing talent, Felix composes music and verses for flamenco song, composes theatrical works and musical adaptations for flamenco theater.  In Costa Rica he is recognized as a leading exponent of Flamenco. Felix has been in demand for the past years touring throughout Spain, Europe and Asia and is also the owner of a flamenco club in Madrid.  
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Wednesday October 18th
8pm
Bolo

Bolo' is a dynamic ensemble featuring the artistry of percussionist Surya Prakasha (Trio Paz), bassist and bansuri & ney flute player Eliyahu Sills (The Qadim Ensemble), and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila).  The group creates songs that  move, uplift and transport.  With African-sourced grooves, African and Indian melodies and songs, 'Bolo' speaks to the heart and  a musical language that bridges continents.   Prepare for entrancing music that will inspire your body and soul. 
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Wednesday October 4th
8pm
Justin Ancheta Band
Justin Ancheta-guitar/vocals
Damian Sol-violin
Alex Scammon- sax/clarinet
Jesse Weber-percussion
Marlan Aldana-drums
Adam Lowdermilk-bass

The Justin Ancheta  Band is a positively-charged, high energy band based in the Bay Area.  Socially conscious music both Folklyrico and Americano.  Influences from flamenco and funk to reggae. https://www.justinancheta.com
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Wednesday September 20th
8pm

Melissa Cruz Flamenco
Featuring:
Melissa Cruz-Flamenco Dancer
Itamar Shapira-Flamenco Guitarist

Flamenco dancer Melissa Cruz returns to Strings presenting an evening of live flamenco and dance with visiting guitarist, Itamar Shapira from Israel and Azriel "El Moreno" one of the Bay Area's premier flamenco singers.   Melissa Cruz is a full-time professional flamenco dancer based in the San 
Francisco Bay Area.




Itamar Shapira is a flamenco guitarist and activist from Israel.






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Wednesday September 6th
8pm
String Quake



Performing on traditionally 'classical' instruments, StringQuake, takes their instruments in new directions.  Amelia Romano on electric lever harp, Misha Khalikulov on carbon fiber cello and Josh Mellinger  on percussion play melodic enticing music as they experiment with unusual keys, fiery time signatures, and improvisation to create a sound uniquely their own.




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Wednesday August 16th
8pm
Cosa Nostra Strings



Shaina Evonivk-violin
Keith Lawrence-viola
Lewis Patzner-cello
Adam Theis-trombone/bass
Valentino-percussion
Trance Thompson-viola


Classically trained Cosa Nostra Strings play new versions of classical masterpieces as well as originals creating a musical world all their own.
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Wednesday August 2nd
8pm
Samba Guisse
Samba Guisse performs with his five-piece band: Samba Cheich Ndiguel Fall.  Samba has been dubbed the Senegalese Drum Phenom of Northern California.  Djembe, Tama (talking Drum), Sabar and Kora.  Music from Senegal to make your heart and feet move!


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Wednesday July 19th
8pm
Madelina y Los Carpinteros 
Madelina Zayas- vocals, cajón, güiro, Venezuelan maracas, bombo
Fernando Feña Torres-guitar, tiple, Venezuelan cuatro, charango, zampoña, percussion
Brandon Vance- vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, saxophone, percussion
Denis Schmidt- guitar, charango, tiple, zampoña, bongos, drumset, effects
Craig Thomas-cuatro, string bass
An evening inspired by the socially committed Nueva Trova and Nueva Canción folk music of Cuba and Latin America.  The group performs traditional, originals with well-crafted harmonies and layered acoustic instrumentation to present fresh interpretations of Latin American folk music from Chile, Argentina, the Andes Region, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the U.S. 

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Wednesday June 21st
8pm
Chamber Music with Miles Graber

Consumate pianist Miles Graber performs with the talents of  Owen Dalby on violin Mary Artmann on cello to bring us an evening of classical piano trios.  Beethoven Op. 1 No. 1 and Schumann D minor piano trio.  Come hear some of the best classical performers in the Bay Area in our intimate setting. 

 
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Wednesday June 7
8pm
Janam



Juliana Graffagna
Dan Auvil
Tom Farris
Gari Hegedus
Shira Kammen
 
Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, American roots and original music performed by some of the Bay Area's most innovative and accomplished musicians.


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Wednesday May 17th
8pm
Handmade Moments



We are thrilled to welcome this wonderful duo from Arkansas.  Anna Moss and Joel Ludford sing, play guitar, double bass, sax and bass clarinet.  This is a one of a kind act full of inspiration and funky goodness.  Jazzy folk with a twist!  
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Wednesday May 3rd
8pm
pickPocket Ensemble

We are happy to welcome back this wonderful group.   Inspired by many world musical traditions, the pickPocket ensemble inhabit a country all their own.  Original and fresh,  the pickPocket ensemble create a contemporary chamber café music that moves both body and soul.
Rick Corrigan-accordion, composition, Chloe Allen-violin, Yates Brown-guitar, John Slattery-percussion, Colin Williams-bass.
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8pm
Free Peoples
We welcome back this extraordinary band.  Fine harmonies, reggae edges with rock elements.  All combine into a joyful sound with impeccable musicianship and excellent songs. Tim Sawyer, Michael DiPirro joined by James Foster, Jason Thor, Jesse Shantor and Nick Hasty create Free Peoples.

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Wednesday March 15th
8pm
Tom Rigney & John R. Burr

         
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with virtuostic pianist John R.  Burr for an evening sure to make you dance in your seats!
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Wednesday March 1st
8pm
Dan Cantrell & Friends

We welcome back Dan Cantrell who created one of the most exciting shows at Strings in 2016.  Influenced by the traditions of Eastern Europe, early American Jazz, early film scores and modern alternative rock Dan Cantrell  plays piano, accordion, musical saw, Hammond organ, harpsichord and pump organ.   Dan is a founding member of Xenology: a licensing library featuring a unique blend of world music shaped by modern modalities and electronics. 
Joined by Diana Strong-accordion, keyboards, Lila Sklar-violin, Jason Ditzian-clarinet & saxophone and Sean Tergis-percussion.
Dancers Elizabeth Strong and Nataly Nayun. 



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Wednesday February 15th
8pm
The Musical Art Quintet

A Musical Art Quintet composition might meld influences from Africa, Argentina, or Cuba — and even a drum machine — into a globe-hopping, dance-inspiring, gorgeous work.  Classical training and a taste for evocative melodies underpin this sound, but improvisation and lively rhythms make the group's "Nuevo Chamber" music truly its own.  Sascha Jacobsen (bass),  Jory Fankuchen (violin), Anthony Blea (violin), Charith Premawardhana(viola), Lewis Patzner (cello).


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Wednesday February 1st
8pm
Felsen

We are thrilled to open our 24th season with one of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area.  Felsen is a contemporary rock group with excellent musicianship, tight harmonies and smart lyrics that keep the listener engaged.  Felsen proves that acoustic rock and roll is alive and well!
Andrew Griffin-guitar/vocals,  Dara Ackerman-percussion/vocals, Joann Demars-cello. Bryan Bixby Dean-bass, Toledo Rob Tucker-percussion, Justin Dobrin-piano




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2016 23nd season
Wednesday December 14
8pm
Strings Holiday Benefit Concert








The Strings volunteer staff invites you to our final show of  2016..One of the best shows of the year.  Come hear the amazing talent in our community perform.  This show is a benefit for Strings.  Celebrate the season and our 23rd year!


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Wednesday December 7
8pm
Maurice Tani & Friends








One of the best country performing songwriters today Tani writes
songs 
both lyrically deep and musically engaging.  Joined here by Mike Anderson on bass,  Benito Cortez on violin and mandolin and Leslie Jackson on percussion.  Great entertainment!


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Wednesday November 16th
8pm
Tribute to J.S. Bach
Molly Axtmann and the Invisible Ensemble

Opening: Vince Heveroh- guitar

Rachel Durling-violin
David Brin-cello
Molly Axtmann-piano and virginal

Molly Axtmann celebrates the release of her solo piano recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations with a concert dedicated to music of the master and original compositions inspired by J.S. Bach.  








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Wednesday November 2nd
8pm
String Quake




Performing on traditionally 'classical' instruments, StringQuake, takes their instruments in new directions.  Amelia Romano on electric lever harp, Misha Khalikulov on carbon fiber cello and Josh Mellinger  on percussion play melodic enticing music as they experiment with unusual keys, fiery time signatures, and improvisation to create a sound uniquely their own.





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Wednesday October 19th
8pm
Bolo

Bolo' is a dynamic ensemble featuring the artistry of percussionist Surya Prakasha (Trio Paz), bassist and bansuri & ney flute player Eliyahu Sills (The Qadim Ensemble), and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila).  The group creates songs that  move, uplift and transport.  With African-sourced grooves, African and Indian melodies and songs, 'Bolo' speaks to the heart and  a musical language that bridges continents.   Prepare for entrancing music that will inspire your body and soul. 

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Wednesday October 5th
8pm
Megan McLaughlin / Christie McCarthy

Two terrific performing songwriters accompanied by the talented Patty Espeseth on cello.  This trio really rocks!
Heartfelt lyrics, excellent guitar playing.  Joyful, thoughtful and entertaining!










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Wednesday September 21
8pm
Flamenco
Melissa Cruz is a full-time professional flamenco dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kerensa De Mars, international performer,  is known for her unique synthesis of flamenco and Arabic dance.  










Kina Mendez grew up in the Mendez clan of Gypsy artists from Jerez.  She studied with her aunt, the legendary La Paquera de Jerez.  She has shared the stage with Agujetas, El Grilo, Mancanita and others. 







Antonia Jiménez is from Cádiz, Spain.  She began at a young age with Antonio Villar and has played with Arrietos  and Nuevo Ballet Español.   She has toured as a concert Flamenco classical guitarist and performed at Suma Flamenco, Flamenco Festival Esch and Comme un Festiva.  She received the award for best original score at the 2016 Flamenco Choreography Competition in Madrid.  She makes her San Francisco debut with the SF Flamenco Dance Co. in September 2016.


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Wednesday September 7
8pm
Moyé

Nigerian traditional folk music

Soji brings his acoustic band to Strings.  Traditional Nigerian Folk music played by authentic masters of this music.





Soji Odukogbe (Soji)-vocals and guitar, Pope Flynne- vocals, djembe, conga, Rasaki Aladokun- vocals, talking drum

Uplifting music that puts a heart beat into the soul of the listener.  
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Wednesday August 17th
8pm
Felsen

One of the best kept secrets of the Bay Area is this classic rock group with excellent musicianship, tight harmonies and smart lyrics that keep the listener engaged.  Felsen proves that acoustic rock and roll is alive and well!
Andrew Griffin-guitar/vocals,  Dara Ackerman-glockenspiel and vocals, Joann Demars-cello




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Wednesday August 3rd
8pm
Pickpocket Ensemble



We are happy to welcome back this wonderful group.   Inspired by many world musical traditions, the pickPocket ensemble inhabit a country all their own.  Original and fresh,  the pickPocket ensemble create a contemporary chamber café music that moves both body and soul.
Rick Corrigan-accordion, composition, Chloe Allen-violin, Yates Brown-guitar, John Slattery-percussion, Colin Williams-bass.

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Wednesday July 20th
8pm
Caren Armstrong & Friends


Caren Armstrong celebrates her birthday with an array of performing songwriters. One of the most dynamic, musically accomplished performing songwriters today, Caren brings her inimitable wit, charm and heart to her truly original songs.  Entertainment at its best!

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Wednesday June 15
8pm
Dan Cantrell

Dan's music is influenced by the traditions of Eastern Europe, early American Jazz, early film scores and modern alternative rock.  Playing piano, accordion, musical saw, Hammond organ, harpsichord and pump organ, he creates a unique sound.  Dan is a founding member of Xenology: a licensing library featuring a unique blend of world music shaped by modern modalities and electronics. 
Joined by Diana Strong-accordion, keyboards, Lila Sklar-violin, Jason Ditzian-clarinet & saxophone and Sean Tergis-percussion.
Dancers Elizabeth Strong and Nataly Nayun. 

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Wednesday June 1
8pm
Dirty Cello

Led by Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting crossover cellists, Dirty Cello presents a high energy mix of soulful blues, rock and wild Euro-gypsy dance music.  
Rebecca Roudman, Jason Eckl, Anthony Petrocchi - Guitar, Cello, and Drums 

http://dirtycello.com/
  





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Wednesday May 18
8pm
Free Peoples
    1. We are thrilled to welcome back this extraordinary band.  Fine harmonies, 
      jazz, reggae edges with rock elements.  All combine into a joyful sound 
      with impeccable musicianship and excellent songs. 
       
      Tim Sawyer, Michael DiPirro joined by James Foster, Jason Thor, Jesse 
      Shantor and Nick Hasty create Free Peoples.





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Wednesday May 4th

8pm
Heather Normandale


  1. Heather Normandale - banjo, mandolin and guitar

    Paul Martin Sounder - upright bass

    Marlon Aldana- drums and cajon

    Craig Miller - balafon

    plus guest singers Justin Ancheta and Maren Metke


    Melodic and rootsy mermaid folk encircling emotive vocal parts, harmonies, a rolling fingerpicked rhythm on banjo, guitar, or mandolin accompanied by upright bass, percussion, cajon and balafon. Lyrics playfully celebrate the inner compass that seeks models in nature. 
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Wednesday April 20th
8pm
Chamber Music with Miles Graber
Consumate pianist Miles Graber performs with the talents of Jonah Kim on cello and Ian Swensen on violin  to bring us an evening of classical piano trios.  Dvorak Trio in E minor- "Dumky" and Brahms Trio in C major Op. 87
Come hear some of the best classical performers in the Bay Area in our intimate setting. 

 

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Wednesday April 6th
8pm
Spark & Whisper



Singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Anita Sandwina, Velvy Appleton and bassist Paul Eastburn  create Spark & Whisper.  Acoustic grooves with a sensitive, introspective and hard-driving music.  Indie folk at its best!



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Wednesday March 16th
8pm
Tom Rigney & John R. Burr

         
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with virtuostic pianist John R.  Burr for an evening sure to make you dance in your seats!
 








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Wednesday March 2nd
8pm
Janam


Juliana Graffagna
Dan Auvil
Tom Farris
Gari Hegedus
Lila Sklar 
Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, American roots and original music performed by some of the Bay Area's most innovative and accomplished musicians.

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Wednesday February 17th
8pm
The Musical Art Quintet

A Musical Art Quintet composition might meld influences from Africa, Argentina, or Cuba — and even a drum machine — into a globe-hopping, dance-inspiring, gorgeous work.  Classical training and a taste for evocative melodies underpin this sound, but improvisation and lively rhythms make the group's "Nuevo Chamber" music truly its own.  Sascha Jacobsen (bass),  Jory Fankuchen (violin), Anthony Blea (violin), Charith Premawardhana(viola), Lewis Patzner (cello).

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Wednesday February 3rd
8pm
Honey of the Heart
Latin-Flamenco-Reggae Fusion with -
internationally acclaimed touring 
guitarist/composer Justin Ancheta and amazing vocalists Maren Metke and Adrienne Shamzsad.  


Eliyahu Sills  on bass.  







A flow between gospel harmonies and folkloric americana. Rhythm and melodies to sweeten the hearts of all who listen. http://honeyoftheheart.com

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Wednesday December 2nd
8pm
Flamenco
Melissa Cruz is a full-time professional flamenco dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Kerensa De Mars, international performer,  is known for her unique synthesis of flamenco and Arabic dance.  

Azriel "El Moreno" began performing as a flamenco singer and dancer with group Aire Flamenco in 1998. A native of Buenos Aires, in 1999 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and has since been performing as a singer with many local artists.

Roberto Aguilar began his professional flamenco guitar career at 'La Bodega', one of the first flamenco venues in the Bay Area. In 2008 he formed part of the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theater Company in the 7th annual International Cultural Festival in Doha, Qatar. He is currently a member of La Tania Baile Flamenco and one of the Bay Area’s most sought after flamenco guitarists.

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Wednesday November 18th
8pm
Shake Your Peace
Gabe Dominquez, Justin Ancheta and guest artists

SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is an Oakland-based band known for their ebullient live performances, ecological and social justice advocacy, and their epic bicycle-based music tours. They’ve created a new style of music called Whup – a celebratory dance music that combines: Afro-Latin rhythm, marching band percussion, bluegrass fiddle, gospel choir-style harmony, call & response, spirit invocation, and bandleader Gabe Dominguez’ own anarchistic take on the American folk and pop/rock music traditions.

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Wednesday November 4th
8pm
Molly Axtmann and the Invisible Ensemble
Special CD release concert!
 

Molly Axtmann-piano
Rachel Durling-violin
David Brin-cello
  1. The Invisible Ensemble performs selections from the new CD.  Live music to projected photography with images of  California's "Wild Coast".  A screening of "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree" (2011) -Molly's original 18 minute silent film make this a special evening. 

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Wednesday October 21st
8pm
The Bombadils
 Sarah Frank-fiddle 
  1. Luke Fraser-guitar 

    Alan Mackie- bass  


  1. Since 9/11 it has been difficult to get performing groups from outside the U.S.  We made the extra effort with The Bombadils because they are a truly extraordinary group.  Originally from Montreal The Bombadils have been enchanting audiences around the world with their unique fusion of traditional, world and progressive folk.

    Performing in festivals, folk clubs and forests since 2009 their diverse influences flow naturally through their compositions, arrangements and improvisations.  thebombadils.com
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Wednesday October 7th
8pm
Moyé

Nigerian traditional folk music

Soji brings his acoustic band to Strings.  Traditional Nigerian Folk music played by authentic masters of this music.

Soji Odukogbe (Soji)-vocals and guitar, Pope Flynne- vocals, djembe, conga, Rasaki Aladokun- vocals, talking drum

Uplifting music that puts a heart beat into the soul of the listener.  
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Wednesday September 16
8pm
Maurice Tani & Mike Anderson
John Lester & Paul Tiernan

Maurice Tani & Mike Anderson

One of the best country performing songwriters today Tani writes
songs 
both lyrically deep and musically engaging.  








John Lester & Paul Tiernan
 Lester and Tiernan engage 
the 
listener with thoughtful music with a rhythmic edge!  Original songwriting at its best! 
 http://www.johnlestermusic.com/
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Wednesday September 2
8pm
Dirty Cello

Led by Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting crossover cellists, Dirty Cello presents a high energy mix of soulful blues, rock and wild Euro-gypsy dance music.  
Rebecca Roudman, Jason Eckl, Anthony Petrocchi - Guitar, Cello, and Drums 

http://dirtycello.com/
  

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Wednesday August 19
8pm
An Evening of Brahms
Miles Graber-piano    Jonah Kim-cello    Natalie Parker-clarinet             

        





The amazing pianist Miles Graber  performs with cellist Jonah Kim and clarinetist Natalie Parker to bring us an evening of chamber music dedicated to the compositions of Johann Brahms. Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1 clarinet/piano, Sonata E minor Op. 38 cello/piano, Trio  A minor Op. 114 clarinet, cello and piano.
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Wednesday August 5th
8pm
Flamenco
Melissa Cruz, Clare Rodriquez Stanley and Kerensa De Mars- dancers
Esteban Bello-guitarist/singer

Melissa Cruz is a full-time professional flamenco dancer based in the San 
Francisco Bay Area.



Clare Rodriguez Stanley
 began her professional flamenco dance career in Spain in her early twenties.  She is the director of her own flamenco company, Aqua Clara Flamenco.

Kerensa De Mars, international performer,  is known for her unique synthesis of flamenco and Arabic dance.  





Esteban Bello brings to flamenco a unique blend of musical styles. He 
began his professional career as a New York jazz musician at the age of 13. He later won a scholarship to study classical guitar with Andres Segovia, Julian Bream and Narciso Yepes.  A protege of Jason McGuire, El Rubio, Esteban has studied flamenco for the last ten years. 





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Wednesday June 17
8pm
Bolo

Bolo' is a dynamic ensemble featuring the artistry of percussionist Surya Prakasha (Trio Paz), bassist and bansuri & ney flute player Eliyahu Sills (The Qadim Ensemble), and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila).  The group creates songs that  move, uplift and transport.  With African-sourced grooves, African and Indian melodies and songs, 'Bolo' speaks to the heart and  a musical language that bridges continents.   Prepare for entrancing music that will inspire your body and soul. 

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Wednesday June 3
8pm
Honey of the Heart


Latin-Flamenco-Reggae Fusion with -internationally acclaimed touring 
guitarist/composer Justin Ancheta and the amazing vocalist/pianist Maren Metke.  


Eliyahu Sills  on bass.  
A flow between gospel harmonies and folkloric americana. Rhythm and melodies to sweeten the hearts of all who listen. http://honeyoftheheart.com










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Wednesday May 20th
8pm
Stadler & Gibbons Band
Mike Stadler- multi-instrumentalist, vocals 
Mary Gibbons- guitar, vocals
Chuck Ervin-bass 
Jon Mitguard- pedal steel
This fine gathering of highly experienced musicians finds the common ground between early Country and Bluegrass and original material.  Clean, intricate harmonies stacked atop a bed of dynamic acoustic instruments and pedal steel guitar. 


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Wednesday May 6th
8pm
Steve Seskin

One of the most celebrated songwriters 
performing today!  Seskin's award winning songs are sure to make you laugh, cry and think.  Insightful, clever lyrics and fine musicianship.  Entertainment at its best!
NOTE: Craig Carothers is unable to perform due to a shoulder injury.




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Wednesday April 15th
8pm
Tom Rigney & John R. Burr

         
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with virtuostic pianist John R.  Burr for an evening sure to make you dance in your seats!
 







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Wednesday April 1
8pm
Free Peoples

We are thrilled to welcome back this extraordinary band.  Fine harmonies, 

jazz, reggae edges with rock elements.  All combine into a joyful sound 

with impeccable musicianship and excellent songs. 
 
Tim Sawyer, Michael DiPirro joined by James Foster, Jason Thor, Jesse 

Shantor and Nick Hasty create Free Peoples.




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Wednesday March 18th
8pm
New Esterházy Trio
Opening: Preben Antonsen
Chopin Mazurkas Op. 63


The members of the New Esterházy Trio—violinist Lisa Weiss, violist Kati Kyme  and cellist William Skeen—have performed and recorded in the top tier of early music ensembles all over the world, and often occupy the front seats of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists here in the Bay Area. The quartet are praised for their “exceptional fluidity and polish."

An evening of Viennese classics including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert.


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Wednesday March 4th
8pm
Spark & Whisper




Singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Anita Sandwina, Velvy Appleton and bassist Paul Eastburn  create Spark & Whisper.  Acoustic grooves with a sensitive, introspective and hard-driving music.  Indie folk at its best!

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Wednesday February 18th
8pm
Taraf de Locos


Aya Safiya-timbals, violin, vocals           
Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea- güira, trumpet, vocals    
Miguel Leon-guitar, saxophone, vocals            
Mireya Leon-bass                
Tano Brock-guitar, saxophone, vocals
Taraf de Locos plays a mix of songs and tunes from Spain, Romania, Macedonia, Albania, Greece,
Turkey, Tajikistan, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba and Mexico. The fascinating rhythms keep the audience dancing and the layers of vocal harmonies enchanted. As best friends, they bring a fun-loving energy that is genuinely contagious. 
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Wednesday February 4
8pm
Janam
SPECIAL CD RELEASE CONCERT!!!

Juliana Graffagna
Dan Auvil
Tom Farris
Gari Hegedus
Lila Sklar 
Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, American roots and original music performed by some of the Bay Area's most innovative and accomplished musicians.

2014 21st season
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Wednesday December 3rd
8pm
Gerry Tenney and the Lost Tribe 
Strings presents Gerry Tenney and the Lost Tribe in a concert of Gerry’s original songs and tunes .  Harry Yaglijian-mandolin/guitar, Mitch Polzak-banjo, Amy Scher-fiddle, Leslie Tenney- vocals, Noah Tenney-vocals, Allegra Thompson-bass.  

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Wednesday November 19th
8pm
Dirty Cello 
Led by Rebecca Roudman, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most exciting crossover cellists, Dirty Cello presents a high energy mix of soulful blues, swingin’ gypsy jazz and wild Euro-gypsy dance music.  
Rebecca Roudman, Jason Eckl, Anthony Petrocchi - Guitar, Cello, and Drums 

http://dirtycello.com/

  
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Wednesday November 5th
8pm
Incognito Express
Darren Johnston    Marco Peris    Dan Cantrell    Greg Jenkins

Incognito Express features some of the hottest musicians in the Bay Area’s Balkan scene:  Darren Johnston on trumpet, Gregory Masaki Jenkins on clarinet and alto sax, Dan Cantrell on accordion and Marco Peris on tupan. The band takes you on a musical journey through Eastern Europe, showcasing Romani, Greek, Bulgarian, Serbian, and Macedonian traditions as well as Balkan-inspired originals.
World fusion at its best!

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Wednesday October 15th
8pm
Nosferatu

Poster by Ariel Schrag
Molly Axtmann and the Invisible Ensemble

Molly Axtmann-piano, Rachel Durling-violin, Shira Kammen-viola, David Brin-cello
Murnau's masterpiece of silent cinema screened to the live accompaniment of Molly Axtmann's haunting score.





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Wednesday October 1st
8pm
Honey of the Heart
Justin Anchata  /  Maren Metke
Special guest: Jason McQuire

Latin-Flamenco-Reggae Fusion with -internationally acclaimed touring guitarist/composer Justin Ancheta and the amazing vocalist/pianist Maren Metke. Flamenco guitarist Jason McQuire performs with amazing artistry. A flow between gospel harmonies and folkloric americana. Rhythm and melodies to sweeten the hearts of all who listen.
  







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Wednesday September 17th
8pm

Moye!
Nigerian traditional folk music
Soji brings his acoustic band to Strings.  Traditional Nigerian Folk music played by authentic masters of this music.
Adesoji Odukogbe (Soji)-vocals and guitar, Pope Flynne- vocals and drum, Rasaki Aladokun- vocal and drum, Rex Ogunniyi-vocals
Uplifting music that puts a heart beat into the soul of the listener.
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Wednesday September 3
8pm
Evil Diane
Evie Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson.
 
Traditional Appalachian music with an urban edge and contemporary vision.  Polyrhythmic funk and expressive vocals.  
www.evieladin.com









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Wednesday August 20th
8pm
Sor Ensemble


Eugene Sor, Miles Graber, Karen Shinozaki,  Emily Onderdonk,  
and Andy McCorkle perform classical chamber music. Schumann Piano Quartet Op. 47.  Schubert "Trout" Quintet D. 667  
A rare chance to hear one of the best classical ensembles in the Bay Area perform in our intimate setting.
 

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Wednesday August 6th
8pm
Bolo


Bolo' is a dynamic ensemble featuring the artistry of percussionist Surya Prakasha (Trio Paz), bassist and bansuri & ney flute player Eliyahu Sills (The Qadim Ensemble), and multi-instrumentalist Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila).  The group creates songs that  move, uplift and transport.  With African-sourced grooves, African and Indian melodies and songs, 'Bolo' speaks to the heart and  a musical language that bridges continents.   Prepare for entrancing music that will inspire your body and soul. 


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Wednesday July 16
8pm
Caren Armstrong / Maurice Tani
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Wednesday June 18
8pm
Doug Blumer and the Bohemian Highway
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Wednesday May 21
8pm
Bonnie and the Clydes
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Wednesday May 21
8pm
Free Peoples
We are thrilled to welcome back this extraordinary band.  Fine harmonies, jazz, reggae edges with rock elements.  All combine into a joyful sound with impeccable musicianship and excellent songs. 
 
Tim Sawyer, Michael DiPirro joined by James Foster, Jason Thor, Jesse Shantor and Nick Hasty create Free Peoples.

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Wednesday May 7
8pm
Spark & Whisper

Singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Anita Sandwina, Velvy Appleton and bassist Paul Eastburn  create Spark & Whisper.  Acoustic grooves with a sensitive, introspective and hard-driving music.  Indie folk at its best!




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Wednesday April 16
8pm
String Quake


Performing on traditionally 'classical' instruments, StringQuake, takes their instruments in new directions.  Amelia Romano on electric lever harp and Misha Khalikulov on carbon fiber cello, experiment with unusual keys, fiery time signatures, and improvisation to create a sound uniquely their own. Percussionist Josh Mellinger makes the groove!
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Wednesday April 2
8pm
John Lester & Paul Tiernan
Original songwriting at its best!  Lester and Tiernan engage the 
listener with thoughtful music with a jazzy edge!
 







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Wednesday March 19
8pm
Megan McLaughlin / Christie McCarthy
Two terrific performing songwriters accompanied by Patty Espeseth on cello.  
Heartfelt lyrics, excellent guitar playing.  Joyful, thoughtful and entertaining!









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Wednesday March 5
8pm
Janam

Juliana Graffagna, Dan Auvil, Tom Farris, Gari Hegedus and Lila Sklar are Janam.

Turkish, Romani, Sephardic, American roots and original music performed by some of the Bay Area's most innovative and accomplished musicians.
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Wednesday February 19
8pm
Tom Rigney & John R. Burr
Stellar cajun fiddler Rigney performs with virtuostic pianist John R.  Burr for an evening sure to make you dance in your seats!

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Wednesday February 5
8pm
Front Country
Adam Rozkiewicz (mandolin), Jordan Klein (banjo, vox), Jacob Groopman (guitar, vox), Leif Karlstrom (fiddle), Zach Sharpe (bass) and

Melody Walker (vox, guitar)

Contemporary Bluegrass.  Terrific harmonies and exciting musicianship.  We're starting off our season with a bang.  http://frontcountry.bandcamp.com/
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