This November RDL+ and Studio Grand celebrate a year of collaboration and composition. The evening will feature a collection of the Bay Area's brightest artists including members of Amaranth, Liaison, Tiffany Austin, Michael Bang, and RDL+. With strings, vocals, harpsichord, and more, RDL+ draws on a colorful palette of sounds, presenting new music for this important benchmark.
Liaison is a dynamic and vibrant early-music ensemble based in San Francisco, California. In addition to playing in concert halls, Liaison hopes to bring historically-informed performances to a wider range of audiences in non-traditional venues while maintaining the highest musical standards.
The members of Liaison are all active in the early-music community as soloists, orchestral musicians, and/or teachers. Liaison’s group name was inspired by the members’ pursuit of a collaborative, cooperative approach to ensemble music-making as well the importance of the relationship between performer and audience.
Helen Newby (Amaranth Quartet)
Helen Newby continually seeks ways to expand the technical and expressive boundaries of her instrument through close collaboration with other innovative performers and composers. She received her Bachelor's in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and her Master's in Cello Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal cello teachers have included Darrett Adkins, Jennifer Culp and Rachael Lonergan. Helen was a two-time recipient of Oberlin's Creativity and Leadership Fund, traveling to and touring Norway in January 2013 and touring the northeastern United States in June 2013. She has performed across North America and Europe in venues that range from Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and The Fillmore to jazz clubs, dive bars and art galleries. In addition to Amaranth, she is founding member of string trio Chartreuse, jazz sextet deturtle, and experimental noise quartet HK&tCS. Helen is a dedicated and passionate educator--she is currently on faculty at The Crowden School and maintains a private teaching studio.
Erica Zappia (Amaranth Quartet)
Erica Zappia works regularly to spread her love of viola to anyone and everyone. Working with composers, genre blending, visiting or performing in unique venues, and reaching the human experience through heartfelt performances are of utmost importance to her.
Originally a native of Cleveland, Erica earned her M.M. in viola performance at the San Francisco Conservatory and holds a B.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has studied privately with Jodi Levitz, Alan de Veritch and Jeffrey Irvine. She has performed solo and chamber music in places such as Italy, Vienna, New York, Australia, Singapore, and beyond. Erica has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Adriatic Chamber Music Festival, Schlern International Chamber Music Festival, and others.
She currently proudly performs in One Found Sound and finds great joy in teaching. She enjoys coaching with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and in the past she has taught at the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra. When her mind isn’t on viola, Erica can be found blasting Beyonce and Kendrick, practicing yoga, or wandering through the beautiful nature of California in search of whales and unicorns.
The West Coast’s fastest rising jazz vocalist, Tiffany Austin combines an ever-growing command of the jazz tradition with a deep love for old-school and contemporary soul music. Her 2015 debut album Nothing But Soul earned rave reviews for her bold recasting of Hoagy Carmichael standards. Then she triumphed in New York when alto sax legend John Handy featured her at the three-night celebration of his career-making 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival performance. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, Austin decided to forgo a career as a lawyer to focus on music, her true passion, and she’s been raising the bar ever since.
Michael Bang is a Bay Area musician. He grew up here, and since returning in 2009, he can’t stop. He writes, plays, and sings in several different bands, including an indie rock band called The Riot Professo, a garage rock band calle Vein, and as ichael Ban, a folk oriented solo group with a rotating cast of players. He also write lassical musi, and has played and recorded with azz group as well. In addition to musical endeavors, he also writes about music for th Oaktown Indie Mayhem blo.
So that’s like, a lot. Music is all he does, he breathes it, sleeps it, chews it. He cries it. He wants you to hear it, at a live performance, on recordings, as sheet music, or just as the vibrating air that it is. You can hear the music in his debut full length release, coming out this summer. He apologizes if you’re deaf.
With their 2014 debut album, Más P’alla Va, RDL+ is building an original sound that embodies the members’ collective ideas, inspirations, and histories. RDL+ is Ruthie Dineen on keys, Doug Lee on bass, Steve Weems on drums, Luis Salcedo on guitar, plus(+) the Bay Area's best up-and-coming musicians. The group focuses on writing and playing original compositions, while taking both lyrical and open improvisations on the pieces. While maintaining an aesthetic stemming from traditional jazz, the group experiments with odd meters, timbre, form, and melodic ideas. Nonetheless, the exploratory nature of the group is always rooted in the essence of the composed or arranged pieces.
Ruthie Dineen, piano
Doug Lee, bass
Steve Weems, drums
Luis Salcedo, guitar
DOORS AT 6:30PM, SHOW AT 7PM
$10-25 Sliding Scale
** No refunds or exchanges are permitted. **