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Second Sundays Concert Series - 2017
"Pilgrims of the Heart"
The striving human heart across lands and time.
The Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco hosts a music concert series as unique as its historic setting!
Hear classic, traditional and original musical expressions of the struggles and joys of our common strivings, roaming from eastern and western Europe, the Near East, all the way to settlers in the new world. Most of the performers in this series embody that spirit, heirs of a wandering legacy, some from distant lands themselves, performing for audiences on many continents in many cultures, and so are ambassadors of the human spirit around the globe, sharing, and learning, as they journey with an open heart. Come, and be refreshed with what we share together.
The evening concerts begin February 12 at 7:30 p.m. and run monthly on the second Sunday of each month. Tickets are an affordable $20 each, available from Brown Paper Tickets online, or at the door.
May 14, 2017: Vadalma (Wild Apple)
Ballads, Dances and Laments
Travel from the Carpathian Mountains to the villages of the Danube Valley through Hungarian songs styled with both innovative and traditional instrumentation that is soulful and passionate. By turns heart-rending and dance-reveling, the “outrageous fiddling” and rapturous cello accompaniment to Zina Bozzay’s expertly authentic and vibrant singing bare the Carpathian heart.
Zina Bozzay, the founder, leader, and singer of Vadalma, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Honors, and holds a Masters degree in Music Composition. She has learned these songs in Hungary from master practitioners in the style, and brings the village source recordings, background information, and her original arrangements to Vadalma. Zina has performed at the Táncháztalálkozó, Hungarian Heritage House, and National Theatre in Budapest. Soloist at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Golden Festival in New York, and the Kárpátok 50th Anniversay Gala in Los Angeles, she is also a regularly invited soloist for Hungarian community events around the Bay Area, including the annual Hungarian Heritage Festival.
Praised by the New York Times for his “outrageous fiddling,” Matthew Szemela has toured the US, Europe, and Asia extensively, and appeared with artists as diverse as Sting, Susan Sarandon, Beyoncé Knowles, and Olivia Newton John. He currently performs with the Berkeley Symphony, Quartet San Francisco, Rupa & the April Fishes, Alta California, and other Bay Area ensembles encompassing a wide range of genres.
Cellist Misha Khalikulov, originally from Uzbekistan and raised in San Francisco, brings his dynamic, soulful playing and dedication to stylistic detail to Vadalma. Misha also performs with the Blind Willies, Stringquake, Amy LaCour trio, and Rupa & the April Fishes, with whom he's toured in 25 countries.
Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com
June 11, 2017: VNote Ensemble
Adventures in Venezuelan Folk/Jazz Fusion
Hailed for its spirited performances and fascinating fusion of Venezuelan folk music with adventurous jazz explorations, the VNote Ensemble gives voice to the hidden treasure of Venezuelan music. Ensemble members combine classical training and many years of study under masters of folk traditions from Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, and the Caribbean and blend their training with elements of jazz, rock, and pop to deliver original compositions, novel arrangements and great musicianship into an exciting musical sound full of entrancing rhythm and impassioned instrumentation.
July 9, 2017: Carlos Reyes
Beyond Borders: Classical-Latin-Jazz
Music is a spirit that knows no limits, and multi-instrumentalist Carlos Reyes is it's prophet. A star in his own right, he entertains with grace, wit and a musical style that combines Latin, jazz and classical with his native Paraguayan roots.
The son of a national musical hero in Paraguay, Carlos began learning the violin at the age of three. Recognized as a prodigy, he was challenged by his father to learn the Paraguayan harp. He purchased his first harp at the age of ten and two weeks later he earned a double encore and $250 at his first professional harp concert. Since then he has taken the harp and its music to ground-breaking levels.
He made his debut on harp with the Oakland Symphony and his debut on the violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at just fourteen years of age. Continuing his early musical education, Carlos learned to play many different instruments including guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, as well as mastering the use of a variety of electronic devices and special effects. He has worked in the professional recording industry for commercials, as a solo artist on instrumental background music for the acclaimed children’s shows “Sesame Street” and “Villa Alegre” when he was still in his teens.
Carlos thrilled thousands of loyal followers with the Jazz-Rock group Merlin as they played all over the SF Bay Area. Carlos's first album, “The Beauty of it All”, was on the Top-Ten Contemporary Jazz charts in Billboard Magazine for over 15 weeks. Since then he has recorded, produced, and contributed to many recordings, performed with headliners such as Chuck Mangione, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Pat Travers, MC Hammer, and has shared the stage with The Crusaders, The Rippingtons, Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Clint Black, Willie Nelson, The Doobie Brothers, rocker Steve Miller and many more. He has toured Europe and Asia performing at music festivals and renowned theaters. Remembering his roots, he has started a program to bring musical instruments to the children of Paraguay beginning this year.
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