Swedenborgian Concert Series

Second Sundays, 4:30 pm, at the Swedenborgian Church

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2020 Schedule

Season Opener!

February 9 – Shakuhachi by Kanshin (Elliatt Kallen)

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An auspicious beginning for the 2020 season! Join us for an experience of Zen-like tranquility in a performance on shakuhachi – Japanese flute – by the president of the International Shakuhachi Society.

Initially trained as a concert pianist, Elliot Kallen played keyboards for many bands and on many stages. A chance encounter led him to the Japanese bamboo flute. He is a long-time student of David Kansuke Wheeler of Boulder, CO. Elliot also studied with Junsuke Kawase III, the third-generation head of Chikuyusha, the largest shakuhachi teaching organization of its kind in Japan. Elliot was given his Shihan (master teacher license) and performance name, Kanshin (勘心) in 2018.

Elliot plays shakuhachi in a wide variety of contexts, from traditional Japanese music with koto and shamisen, to the exploratory sounds of the avant guard. He is also a founding member of TenTen Taiko, performing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Elliot is the current President of the International Shakuhachi Society (see www.komuso.com). He performs, teaches, and gives lectures on Japanese classical music and the shakuhachi from his home base in Northern California.

March 22 – Harp guitarist Muriel Anderson

Muriel Anderson’s obvious joy of music, humor and her comfort across genres of folk, classical, bluegrass, popular and international music is revered by guitarists worldwide. Considered one of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, she is an engaging performer with a unique approach to the instrument. One minute she launches into a startlingly authentic Spanish-style original, then a Beatles’ tune, and next virtually transforms the guitar into Bluegrass band, a marching band, then a Japanese koto. Muriel’s innovative CD that lights up, “Nightlight Daylight” was chosen as one of the top 10 CDs of the decade by Guitar Player Magazine. Many of her shows are highlighted by a backdrop of stunning visuals by celebrated photo-artist Bryan Allen, bringing you on a world tour, and even into space.

Muriel is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.


*Dates and performances subject to change. Check back for more information!

All questions should be directed to Concert Program Manager Andrew Dodd at concerts@sfswedenborgian.org .