THURSDAY, JUNE 21 AT ASHKENAZ
plus VYTAL THEORY
Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Classical Revolution, the local organization devoted to putting classical-oriented music into fresh venues, presents the Ashkenaz debut of fiery string quartet Squid Inc.
Using the classical string quartet lineup (two violins, viola, and cello), Squid Inc leaps into the 21st century with original works based on tradition. In addition to group compositions, Squid Inc performs creative arrangements of hits by the Police, Seal, Lady Gaga, and even a Queen medley! Violinists Hrabba Vatladottir and Jory Fankuchen, violist Darcy Rindt, and cellist Elizabeth Vandervennet create and/or arrange all of their music. The various members have performed and recorded with an array of stars from Peter Gabriel to Death Cab for Cutie and Björk, as well as nearly every classical organization around, from the San Francisco Symphony to the SF Contemporary Music Players. Tonight they are joined at times by special guests Carrie Katz (vocals) and Laura Inserra (hang, percussion).
Vytal Theory is an inspired answer to traditional conceptions of musical collaboration. Comprised of DJ Elan Vytal (who mixes video as well as music) and electro-acoustic violinist String Theory (performing on a custom six-string violin), the duo brings a diverse array of music backgrounds and influences to the stage. What results is a new sound that both celebrates tradition and challenges present boundaries, forever moving forward.
Classical Revolution was founded in 2006 at Revolution Café in the Mission. Since then it has presented more than 700 chamber music events in nearly 100 Bay Area venues, with the goal of bringing live chamber music to neighborhoods, making it an open, accessible, and fun musical experience for the community. The Classical Revolution model has spread around the world, with nearly 30 chapters in cities around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The New York Times reported, "The exponential growth of Classical Revolution ... points to a broader trend in classical music ... of making it more approachable."
Wed., June 20: Stu Allen & Mars Hotel Grateful Dead Night
Sun., July 8: Songwriters' Open Mic Night
Thu., July 12: Hippy Fiasco starring Nathan Moore Indie Folk
Sun., July 15: WinoVino Vaudeville Gypsy Rock Cabaret - from Austin
Sat., July 28: Moonalice Rock/Jam
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