Over the past year, our Second Sunday Concert series has provided a venue for local and national artists to showcase their work, create community connections, and experience the intermingling of the sacred and the secular. Hundreds of neighbors and friends have taken in shows featuring music from Bach to Balkan Folk, Jazz to Klezmer, Rock and Bluegrass. Our aim has been to use our space as a performance venue for the East Richmond Heights neighborhood for community building, celebration, and music-making. The concerts are free and open to the public. A suggested donation of $10-25 benefits the artists directly. Come check it out!
True Life Trio: ‘Songs for our Mothers’
Sunday, May 8th – 6pm
March 20th: The Rose Garden Collective + Indifference
Jimmy Grant (www.jimmygrant.net)
February 14th: Kalil Wilson & Dan Marschak
Long-time collaborators Kalil Wilson and Dan Marschak share an intimate evening of re-imagined standards and vibrant originals in preparation for a forthcoming duo album.
VERSATILE TENOR KALIL WILSON BRINGS IT HOME TO THE BAY AREA JAZZ SCENE
“A very special young talent, a unique sound.” — Kenny Burrell
“A rising star.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“He is anointed.” — Carlos Santana
Listening to Oakland-born Kalil Wilson sing jazz favorites, soulful ballads, lush orginals, and even operatic arias, you might start to wonder: is this the same voice? From the Metropolitan Opera to Walt Disney Hall, throughout Europe and the U.S., Kalil Wilson has captivated audiences and music critics alike with his vocal prowess and versatility. After earning a degree in ethnomusicology and vocal performance at UCLA, his musical heart called him to commit to jazz singing. That pursuit has taken him far, having shared stages with luminaries like Kenny Burrell, Carlos Santana, Esperanza Spaulding, and Omara Portuondo. His bright re-imaginIngs of jazz standards and originals bow to the rich history of great jazz singing while melding seamlessly with his heartfelt, eclectic stylings. While he’s home in the Bay Area, jazz lovers have the chance to be stirred by his unique interpretations and amazing, velvety voice.
He will be joined by Dan Marschak, an Oakland-born pianist, composer, and educator. Marschak’s debut album Likewise was heralded as “adventurous and well developed” by Lalo Schifrin. He has written works for a variety of ensembles and instrumentations, from solo percussionist to full orchestra. His 2013 composition Two Rivers was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, and was workshopped by the La Jolla Symphony. In 2015, he co-founded the composer-performer group LA Signal Lab, with upcoming concerts during the 2015-2016 Season. Marschak holds an MA in Composition from UCLA. He also holds dual BA’s from UCLA in Composition and Ethnomusicology (Jazz Studies) and taught and designed a yearlong music theory course at UCLA from 2012-2015. Marschak also maintains an interest in music for visual media. In 2011, he co-founded Well Versed Productions, a music composition/production company with notable producer and drummer Miles Senzaki. Currently Marschak is full time faculty at Las Positas College in Livermore.
November 8 Potluck @ 5pm; Concert @ 6:30pm
Sayat Nvaq Ensemble + Lily Storm
Sayat Nvaq Ensemble is a San Francisco Bay Area group that delves into the rich traditions of Eastern Armenian music. The group draws its inspiration equally from the two main pillars of Armenian secular music: the classical, troubadour poet traditions of the Ashougs and Gousans such as Sayat Nova, Ashot, Djivani, & Sheram; as well as the popular, regional village music found throughout the countryside. The ensemble invites audiences, both old and new, to share their deep appreciation of this unique and evocative musical tradition. Ensemble members are Shea A.J. Comfort – duduk, shvi and ploul; Leslie Bonnett – voice and violin; Haig Kassabian – dhol, and Khatchadour Khatchadourian – voice, harmonium and duduk.
Lily Storm sings traditional folk songs from many lands. She has been a member of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, appearing on numerous national broadcasts, and touring nationally and internationally. She also performs solo, and with many Bay Area favorites, including accordianist Dan Cantrell. She holds degrees in music and math, and finds immense fulfillment in teaching children and adults to find their own voices and musicianship. She is currently completing her second album Like Spring Flowers: Folk Lullabies of Old Europe.
October 11 Potluck @ 5pm; Concert @ 6:30pm
Monica Pasquale & The Handsome Brunettes + Briget Boyle
Monica Pasqual is the winner of 6 Independent Music Awards and 6 Emmy Awards. Her song ‘Bird in Hand’ charted on both Americana and Roots Radio and was among the top 10 Folk Radio songs for 2011. Her songs have been used on numerous network television shows and she has composed soundtracks for PBS, The History Channel and National Geographic Television. For the last 13 years Monica has been a member of the popular Bay Area Band, Blame Sally, touring the US and Europe extensively and releasing 8 albums. Pasqual’s recent material with the Handsome Brunettes has focused on haunting, yearning song-poems that explore her sense of place, love, loss, war and dreams. Pasqual is joined by virtuoso cellist, Josh McClain and Blame Sally’s fiery percussionist, Pam Delgado.
Briget Boyle is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, Ca. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Briget began writing her own music at the age of 12. She is one of the preeminent vocalists in the Balkan and Eastern European music scene in the Bay Area, performing with renowned group Kitka, Brass Menazeri, and True Life Trio. Her debut album, The Parts Interior, is now available for purchase on CD baby.
Other Past Artists:
Janam | Vadalma | Michael Bang | Andrew Ledford (The Tet Holiday) | Hitomi Oba | Erica Oba | True Life Trio | Black Sea Hotel | 20 Minute Loop | Iron Henry | Nick Hours | Ray Capiral