Music

Artists are listed in alphabetical order

 

Abada Capoeira

(USA and Brazil) - Spirit of Brazil 17’– Quebrando Fronteiras

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Date and Time: Saturday June 3 5:00 PM | Sunday June 4 2:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Ticket Information: General Admission: $25

Spirit of Brazil 17' explores music, dance, and capoeira through a fusion of contemporary and traditional expressions. These arts, born out of a resistance to oppression, reminds us of the power of resistance—a message relevant today. Presented by an international cast, the dynamic acrobatic and athletic movements, history and tradition, and heart-thumping rhythms will leave audiences inspired! Learn More

AguaClara Flamenco

(USA) - Agua de Mayo

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Date and Time: Friday May 26, 9:30PM
Duration: 90 minutes, plus intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25, Reserved Table Seating $30-$35

AguaClara Flamenco presents Agua de Mayo in a celebration of the improvisatory spirit of flamencoperformance, with a refreshing splash of the unexpected. Led by Oakland, CA-based artistic director Clara Rodriguez, both international and local flamenco artists collaborate in a production where the waters of spring merge with tradition, reviving and deepening their connection. Learn More 

Ancient Future

(USA) - Guitar-Sitar Jugalbandi


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Date and Time: Thursday June 1, 8:00 PM
Duration:: 90 minutes, plus intermission
Location: Chapel
Tickets: General Admission $25

This jugalbandi, a classical North Indian musical duet (literally "tied together"), is unusual because Matthew Montfort is a scalloped fretboard guitar pioneer who’s studied sitar, and Pandit Habib Khan is "the Jimi Hendrix of the sitar" according to Beirut’s L'Orient le Jour. They are accompanied by tabla master Ferhan Qureshi. Learn More

Aswan Dancers with the Caravan Band and Joweh Dance Troupe

(USA) - The Magic Carpet



Date and Time: Sunday May 28, 3:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission: $25, Reserved Table Seating: $30-$35

The Magic Carpet is a Middle Eastern Dance and Musical Adventure. The musical carpet will transport you to various countries across the deserts of North Africa, through Egypt, the Middle East and onto the Saudi Arabian Peninsula. Learn More

Edward Schocker and the Crossing Ensemble

(USA) - The Crossing


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Date and Time: Friday June 2 7:00 PM. Shared bill with Shih Yang Lee
Duration: 90 minutes, with intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25

The Crossing is a long-term project lead by Edward Schocker that creates a new form of ecstatic group improvisation through investigating ancient Asian musical genres, such as Japanese Gagaku and Korean shamanist ritual music, with the goal reaching a state of communication with spirit world. Learn More

Fanfare Zambaleta

(USA)

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Date and Time: Sunday June 4, 3:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes, plus intermission. (Festival Family Program)
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25

Fanfare Zambaleta is a juggernaut of a band featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting young players and seasoned veterans. Emulating the great Balkan brass bands of the past and present, they play Romani, Serbian, Macedonian and Greek brass band music with passion and dedication. Learn More

Gamelan Sekar Jaya with Larry Reed’s ShadowLight

(USA and Bali) - In Visible Light


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Date and Time: Friday June 2, 7:00 PM | Saturday June 3, 2:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Tickets: General Admission $25

A work for shadow theater, dance, voice, and Balinese gamelan that paints a story of a mythic tyrant whose arrogance poisons the rivers of knowledge, arts and culture, casting the world into chaos. Saraswati, the goddess of arts, language and learning, fights a magnificent battle to restore balance. Featuring Emiko Saraswati Susilo and guest artist I Dewa Putu Berata. Learn More

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan

(USA) - New Carnatic Music with Gautam Tejas Ganeshan


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Date and Time: Sunday May 28, 3:00 PM
Duration:: 120 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Tickets: General Admission $25

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan's authentic voice and intelligent approach breathe new life into an old tradition. Delivered in chamber ensembles, his concerts reflect a traditional aesthetic, transforming a highly cultured musical heritage through the creation of an ongoing body of original works based in love and understanding of Carnatic music - its elaborate structures, extensive improvisations, and the utmost sincerity that distinguishes its greatest practitioners. Learn More

Matthew Montfort, Giacomo Fiore,
Teja Gerken

(USA) - Global Guitar Summit


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Date and Time: Sunday June 4, 3:00 PM
Duration:: 75 minutes, no intermission
Location: Chapel
Tickets: General Admission $25

This Global Guitar Summit presents three international acoustic guitar virtuosos who will perform solo and ensemble pieces. The summit features American scalloped fretboard guitar and world fusion music pioneer Matthew Montfort, master Italian guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore, and German fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Teja Gerken. The music performed will include new arrangements of classical works, Celtic music, Indian classical, contemporarycompositions, popular songs, and much more. Learn More

GuGu Drum Group

(Shanghai)

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Date and Time: Thursday May 25 8:00 PM
Duration: 50 minutes
Location: Cowell Theater
Tickets: General Admission $25

This award winning and top rated drum group from Shanghai offers a theatrical drum drama depicting historical and culturally significant drum compositions that present profound insight into unity, human evolution, awareness, wisdom, social commitment, and communication through percussive movements. Learn More

KaDao Yin

(Taipei & London) - Four Characters


Date and Time: Thursday June, 1 8:00 PM
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission.
Tickets: $25 General admission, $30-$35 Reserved Table Seating
World music improvisation ensemble KaDaoYin, based in Taipei and London, play their U.S. premiere at the SFIAF. The signature combination of C-saxophones / flute, piano, and the colorful traditional Chinese instruments sheng and guzheng stands at the crossroads of Chinese and Western music culture. Learn More

Latin Rhythm Boys

(USA) - Puerto Rico - History, Art & Culture

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Date: Doors & Exhibit: Thursday May 25, 5:00 PM | Performance 7:00 PM
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: 90 minutes, with intermission
Ticket Information: General Admission $25, Reserved Table Seating $30-$35

An arts exhibition and live music concert focusing on Puerto Rico’s contribution to salsa and the cultural enrichment of the U.S. Latin Rhythm Boys is a third-generation Puerto Rican band the brainchild of brothers Earl and Henry Miranda Jr. The group has evolved into a powerhouse of high-energy Puerto Rican music that includes salsa as well as their specialty Jíbaro sound. Learn More

Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Chamber Jazz Sextet

(USA)


Date and Time: Saturday June 3, 6:00 PM
Duration: Two 45 minute sets with 15 minute intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25, Reserved Table Seating $30-$35

In 2009, Mariah Parker launched her Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble with a sold-out concert at Yoshi's in Oakland celebrating her debut CD, Sangria, which received extensive airplay and critical acclaim. Her new project, Indo Latin Jazz Live in Concert captures live concerts with her band over a seven year period. Learn More

Melody of China with Swapan Chaudhuri and the Ali Akbar College of Music

(USA)


Date and Time: Sunday June 4, 7:00 PM
Duration: 75 mins, without intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $20, Reserved Table Seating: $25-$30

The joint program will include mixed ensemble improvisation, a new work by Mr. Chaudhuri as well as Chinese and Indian traditional repertoire. The concert will also feature the world premiere of a new piece in the style of Beijing Opera by composer Gang Situ with Melody of China and a guest vocalist. Learn More

Mo'Fone

(USA)

Date and Time: Friday May 26, 7:00 PM
Duration: 90 mins, without intermission, (shared bill with The Amber and Sharman Duran Trio)
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information: General Admission $25

With its surprising and highly combustible line-up of two saxmen and one drummer, MO’FONE has thrilled audiences with some of the funkiest jazz and jazziest funk being played today. Powering its way through inventive high-energy original compositions, MO’FONE explores its unique instrumentation with a relentless adventurousness, creating a huge sound that belies its compact size. Learn More

Moe! Staiano Ensemble

(USA) - Away Towards The Light


Date and Time: Saturday May 28, 7:00 PM
Duration: 40 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25

Moe! Staiano is a composer/drummer whose large ensembles, Moe! Staiano Ensemble and Moe!kestra!, have performed in Europe and the United States.  His composition, "Away Towards the Light," is an exploration of tonal interplay and contrasting rhythms for nine electric guitars, bass and drums composed in three movements. Learn More

Myriam Gourfink & Kasper Toeplitz

(France) - Almasty

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Date and Time: Friday June 2, 7:00 PM | Sunday June 4 7:00 PM | Saturday June 3 5:30pm
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Firehouse
Tickets: General Admission $25

The dances of Myriam Gourfink explore the depths of the body and its secret, innermost perceptions with great precision, through slow micro-movements. For this solo, with original music by Kasper T. Tœplitz, the choreographer mixes three spaces: earth, air and the theatre in a search for the poetry of gesture. Learn More

Niloufar Talebi

(USA) - Abraham in Flames


Date and Time: Wednesday May 31 8:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25

A staged reading of the libretto for a new opera inspired by the life and writings of the Nobel-prize-nominated Iranian poet, activist, translator, and folklorist Ahmad Shamlou (1925-2000). Audience feedback is sought in conversation with Ms. Talebi following the reading. Abraham in Flames is scheduled to premiere in 2018 and will be presented at the Festival in 2019. Learn More

Pablo Estigirrabio

(Argentina) - Tangos for Piano

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Date and Time: Saturday May 27, 6:00 PM
Duration: 60 minutes, no intermission
Location: Gallery 308
Tickets: General Admission $25. Reserved Table Seating  $25 in advance, $30 at door. Front row reserved seating $30 advance $35 at door.
 

Estigarribio presents Tangos for Piano, music from his Gardel prize 2015 award-winning album with a virtuosic twist to the music of Buenos Aires. He brings a fresh approach by combining classical textures and jazz harmonies to the traditional rhythm and structure of Argentine tango.  Learn More

Richard Marriott with I Made Subandi

(USA and Bali) - VOYAGE


Date and Time: Saturday June 3, 9:30 PM | Sunday June 4, 2:00 PM
Duration: 70 minutes, no intermission
Location: Southside Theater
Tickets: General Admission $25

VOYAGE is a ritual music drama, composed by Richard Marriott and Made Subandi, with Pamela Z, Carla Fabrizio and Sarah Willner, utilizing video and interactive electronics. VOYAGE follows the structure of a Balinese ritual called Calonarang, and is about crossing over the boundaries between nations, the crossroads between cultures, and the territory between life and death. Learn More

Sharman Duran Trio

(USA)


Date and Time: Friday May 26, 7:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes, without intermission. Shared bill with The Amber and MO’FONE.
Location: Chapel
Tickets: General Admission $25

Sharman Duran is a vocalist/pianist/songwriter comfortable with the musical complexities of jazz. Though rarely the musical style employed as the vehicle for social commentary, Duran has crafted songs that turn a spotlight on the human condition. The result is a product that through good music and intelligent lyrics amuses, enchants, and makes you think. Learn More

Shih Yang Lee

(Taipei) - Improvised Solo Piano


Date and Time: Friday June, 2 7:00 PM
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: 90 minutes with intermission. Shared bill with Edward Schocker’s Crossing Ensemble
Tickets: $25 General admission, $30-$35 Reserved Table Seating

Composer, pianist and improviser Shih Yang Lee, who last appeared at the Festival in 2015 with performances with Horse Dance Theatre and Melody of China, returns to share an experimental concert with some of the Bay Area’s finest improvisers and experimental musicians. Learn More

The Amber

(USA)


Date and Time: Friday May 26, 7:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission. Shared bill with MO’FONE and Sharman Duran Trio
Location: Chapel
Ticket Information: General Admission $25

The Amber is the California roots collaboration of singer-songwriters Libby Lavella and Ryland Shelton. Known for their complex, modern interpretation of harmony music and bold incorporation of new stylistic elements, they have recorded for Melomania Productions (The Amber EP) and played some of the most exciting venues and festivals for independent music in America. Learn More

Trio Balkan Strings

(Serbia) - Fly by Balkan Carpet with the Guitar Family from Belgrade


Date and Time: Sunday May 28, 7:00 PM
Duration: 90 minutes plus intermission (Festival Family Program)
Location: Chapel
Tickets: General Admission $25

Trio Balkan Strings will present a fusion of Romani Swing, Classical music, asymmetrical rhythms and original guitar interpretations of world famous standards. The result is Balkan Swing-World Fusion--the perfect choice for lovers of Balkan, jazz, swing, ethno, classical music or guitar music.
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VooDoo Cabaret

(USA) - Rise Above Racism

Date: Sunday June 4, 6:00 PM
Location: The Chapel
Duration: Two hours without intermission
Tickets: General Admission $25

This installation of the The Voodoo Cabaret celebrates the diversity of music and religious icons of the Diaspora. This evening brings hymns celebrating the Black Madonna, songs of the Underground Railroad and original songs dedicated to the Orishas and Loas of Santeria and Voudou interwoven with spoken word and storytelling. Learn More

Yaelisa & Caminos Flamenco

(USA) - Cafe Flamenco "Fiesta Flamenca"


Date: Saturday June 3, 9:30 PM
Location: Gallery 308
Duration: Two 50 minute sets with a 15 minute intermission
Tickets: General Admission $25, Reserved Table Seating $30-$35

Cafe Flamenco is an idea, where an audience surrounds the artists onstage and as they do in Spain, participate, enjoy and feel the vibrations of flamenco at its best and most interactively.  Up close and personal, where flamenco and its interpreters are able to transmit their innermost arte to their audience. Learn More
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