2016 - Our 35th Anniversary!
Spirit of the Modern Ancient - An Evening with
LAURA INSERRA & STEPHEN KENT
Saturday, October 8 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance
Two Bay Area multi-instrumentalist immigrant virtuosos join together for the first time in an evening of duo and solo explorations in musical magic. Mixing it up with their extraordinary palette of global sounds and textures, both ancient and modern; virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Laura Inserra (Sicily) performs on the Hang (Hand-pan), Kalimba, Drums and Percussion unlimited while Stephen Kent (UK) one of the world’s foremost Didgeridoo masters also plays Percussion, Cello-Sintir and whatever else comes to hand, foot and mouth. The possibilities are endless. Magic is afoot.
Stephen Kent's website
Laura Inserra's website
Halloween Scaaarrry Silent Movie Night
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI
plus a slapstick comedy with live music by the Telegraph Quartet & Stephen Prutsman
Saturday, October 29 8:00pm
$20 door / $17 advance
Enjoy a Halloween Scaaarrry Night at the Silent Movies with live music by world-reknowned pianist Stephen Prutsman and the Telegraph String Quartet. First we will screen the 1920 "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and second a slapstick comedy.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German classic silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema. It tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. The film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets.
The music is composed and performed by award-winning, international touring pianist Stephen Prutsman with The Telegraph Quartet . Hailed as one of the most innovative musicians of his time, Stephen moves easily from classical to jazz to world music styles as a pianist, composer and conductor. He is a medal winner at the Tchaikovsky and Queen Elizabeth Piano Competitions, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then Stephen has performed the classical concerto repertoire as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
With a commitment to a passionate approach to the standard chamber music repertoire as well as contemporary and non-standard repertoire, the Telegraph Quartet has been described as “intensely urgent” and “poignantly resonant.” Awarded the prestigious Grand Prize of the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition they have gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the US.
MONICA PASQUAL & THE HANDSOME BRUNETTES
Saturday, November 12 8:00pm
$22 door / $18 advance
“There is a rare elegance and subtle drama to her lyrics. The melodies sway and soar, haunting in one moment, majestic in the next…. To know her music is to love it. Far more people should know it.” - Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics
Indie-folk artist Monica Pasqual is best known as the soaring voice, crystal clear piano and modulated accordion in the band Blame Sally, but her musical journey stretches far beyond. She has had a prolific career making music and scoring films, blending her background in classical piano with her precisely controlled voice and sharply defined words. Of mixed American and Spanish heritage, she can mesmerize you in both languages. She knows how to craft lyrics that can simultaneously break your heart and sink permanently into your mind.
In her newest release, the award-winning recording artist and her band, The Handsome Brunettes, present a deeply personal album with “Is Fortune a Wheel” - a vivid, daring journey into what happens when unforgettable memories are lost by a lover whose ability to recall the past is fading. The album is a modern-day odyssey through love, pain, loss and the ultimate rediscovery of self. The Handsome Brunettes are Joshua McClain on cello, Pamela Delgado on percussion & vocals, and Velvy Appleton on guitar.
Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.
Dec 3 - ROVA and Fred Frith Trio
Cascada de Flores, KITKA, Ramblin' Jack Elliott & More!
About SF Live Arts
Presented by Larry Kassin since
1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s has earned
a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance
series in the Bay Area. See the archive of past events….
Located at St. Cyprian’s Church,
the series has garnered praise
for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians
(many who’ve won Grammys, Guggenheim Fellowships and other awards) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.
In the News…
Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011
Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006