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San Francisco Performances Presents
The KDFC Salon Series

Edward Simon, piano
Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30pm | $40

Edward Simon, piano | Hraaba Atladottir, violin | Eric Gaenslen, cello
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30pm | $40

Edward Simon, piano
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30pm | $40

Edward Simon, piano | Marcos Granados, flute
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6:30pm | $40

All of the one-hour performances take place in the
Education Studio, 4th Floor
War Memorial Veterans Building, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 23, 2019—San Francisco Performances (SFP) is pleased to announce the return of the Salon Series curated by jazz improviser, composer-arranger and band leader Edward Simon. This season the series is sponsored by KDFC San Francisco Classical Radio and will include appearances by KDFC on-air hosts at each of the four one-hour Salons on Jan 15, Feb 5, Feb 26 and Apr 15 at 6:30pm in the Education Studio of the War Memorial Veteran’s Building in San Francisco.

The Salon series is San Francisco Performances’ longest-running alternative concert series and creates a convivial atmosphere to hear and learn from artists as they share their music, the love of their craft and their own stories about their careers. The series is reminiscent of the days when artists performed in intimate spaces for a small group of friends and provides an insider perspective and occasional sneak preview of artists’ personal reflections and works in progress.

Curator Edward Simon begins the series on Wednesday, January 15, 6:30pm with a piano program by Catalan composer Frederico Mompou with selections from Música Callada (Silent Music), Songs and Dance and Preludes. Mompou was considered a master of the short character piece and these selections showcase the composer’s ability to write instantly memorable material that evokes a wide range of moods, from desolation to uninhibited joy.

One month later on Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm Simon brings friends Hrabba Atladottir on violin and cellist Eric Gaenslen to play a Piazolla program of The Four Season of Buenos Aires (Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas), arranged for piano trio by José Bragato. The master of Argentinian tango’s homage to the changing seasons in his home country provides a new twist on Vivaldi’s famous work. One of Piazolla’s most popular works, the suite uses the passion of the traditional tango to express a remarkable range of seasonal textures, from wit and melancholy to intimate and theatrical.

Returning in February on Wednesday, February 26, 6:30pm, Edward Simon performs a solo jazz piano program to be announced from the stage. Simon is part of a new generation of “multilingual” musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz and Latin-American music and who has garnered a unique voice both as composer and instrumentalist. “Simon is an important presence on the jazz and world music scene.” (Los Angeles Times)

The KDFC Salon Series ends on Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm with Simon on piano and Marcos Granados on flute. The two Venezuelan virtuosos will perform a blend of South American music including favorites by the iconic Venezuelan singer/songwriter Simón Díaz as well as Simon’s own Venezuelan Suite from his acclaimed album of the same name. All About Jazz marveled, “Venezuelan Suite is pianist Edward Simon’s love letter to his homeland, but that’s not all it is; it’s also the perfect confluence of Venezuelan ideals, jazz language and chamber-esque sophistication. In short, it’s a masterpiece.”

KDFC Salon Series subscriptions are available for all four programs for $140. Single tickets are $40. All tickets can be purchased at sfperformances.org or by calling 415.392.2545. Single tickets are available at the door as available.

About Edward Simon

Edward Simon, a native of Venezuela, has made a name for himself over decades in America as a jazz improviser, composer-arranger, band leader and educator. DownBeat has called him “one of the strongest pianists of his generation, with intuitive empathy and drum-like ingenuity,” while Jazz Journal International has singled out “his deep emotional statements” as a composer and improviser. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area as a member of the all-star SFJAZZ Collective, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow along with being awarded multiple composition grants as part of the Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works initiative. Simon, a Yamaha artist, has recorded 15 albums as a leader or co-leader. His latest is Sorrows and Triumphs, released via Sunnyside Records in April 2018; the album was declared “unmissable” in Nate Chinen’s Take Five column on WBGO.org, and the pianist was featured in an extensive DownBeat interview upon the disc’s release. This follows Simon’s 2016 album Latin American Songbook, which won him an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album; a four-and-a-half-star DownBeat review also praised his fresh vision of classic Latin American songs as “grand and sophisticated.”

Another key release for Simon was his 2014 Sunnyside album Venezuelan Suite, which saw the pianist blend the tuneful, buoyant sounds of his native country with the harmonically sophisticated, forward-looking manner of jazz. Simon is on the faculty of the Roots, Jazz & American Music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and he has also served on the faculties of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, City College of New York and University of the Arts.

About Hrabba Atladottir

Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany, with professor Axel Gerhardt and professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. After finishing her studies, Atladottir worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. Joshua Kosman, music critic of San Francisco Chronicle, praised her performance of Vivaldi’s Spring, and called her violin playing “delicate but fervent.”

In 2004, Hrabba moved to New York, playing on a regular basis with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She also played with the Either/Or ensemble in NY in close collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann.

Since August 2008, Hrabba is based in Berkeley, California, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles such as The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, The Empyrean Ensemble, the ECO ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Since 2009, Hrabba is a lecturer in Violin at UC Berkeley.

About Eric Gaenslen

Cellist Eric Gaenslen has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist and guest soloist in venues across North America and Europe. As cellist of the renowned Rossetti String Quartet, Eric performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Berlin Konzerthaus and at the Maverick and Vail Bravo Music Festivals and Festival del Sole. One of his favorite collaborations was playing the Gian Carlo Menotti Suite for two cellos and piano with Gautier Capucon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Spoleto, Italy, for the composer’s 95th birthday. He also performed with the Ying and Enso String Quartets. Solo highlights include the world premiere of Siddartha for cello and string orchestra, by Laura Carnibucci, and a performance of Bloch's Shelomo at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. From 2009–11 Eric held the position of Acting Principal Cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

A devoted educator, Gaenslen gives master classes in cello and chamber music across the country and has worked with students at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; State University New York at Purchase; California State Universities at Fresno, Northridge and Long Beach; the Brevard Music Center; Cornish College and the University of Western Washington He has held faculty positions at the Mannes College in New York and at the University of California, Santa Cruz. From 2013–15 Eric was Artist in Residence at the University of Washington where he instructed the undergraduate cello majors as well as the Doctoral students. Eric currently teaches privately in Burlingame and Palo Alto and also maintains a busy performing career.

Gaenslen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His teachers have included Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth and Irene Sharp.

About Marcos Granados

Marco Granados epitomizes the 21st century musician, having maintained a versatile career as an innovative chamber and orchestral musician, an international concerto and recital soloist, and a lead teaching artist and educator. He is one of the world’s leading flutists on Latin American music, and his diverse repertoire spans from folk to classical music.

Since his New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1991, Granados has gone on to perform in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for Sonidos Latinos, a celebratory festival of Latin American music. He has performed the Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto and the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the New York City Symphony at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, and has been a featured soloist at Wigmore Hall in London.

Granados has served as principal flute with The New York City Symphony Orchestra, Opera Northeast, and L’Orchestra in the Berkshires, and as associate principal flute with the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra. In New York City, he performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival, and on Broadway for the musicals Miss Saigon, Annie, Showboat, and The Sound of Music.

An avid chamber musician, Granados has performed at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and with such distinguished artists as clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, flutist William Bennett, flutist Ransom Wilson, harpist Nancy Allen, and oboist Heinz Holliger. On radio broadcasts, Mr. Granados has been featured nationwide as both a host and performer on NPR’s Performance Today. With host Fred Child, he was the featured artist for the program Around New York on WNYC.

Granados has been on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston. Most recently, he is the founder of The Granados Music Institute, a training program to educate young professional flutists in 21st century skills.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

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SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS THE KDFC SALON SERIES
Edward Simon, piano
WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: MOMPOU: Selections from Música Callada (Silent Music), Songs and Dance, and Preludes
CONCERT TICKETS: $40
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

For high-resolution images, contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org or go to https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/SalonJan15.html

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS THE KDFC SALON SERIES
Edward Simon, piano
Hrabba Atladottir, violin
Eric Gaenslen, cello
WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: PIAZZOLLA: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas), arranged for piano trio by José Bragato
CONCERT TICKETS: $40
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

For high-resolution images, contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org or go to https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/SalonFeb5.html

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS THE KDFC SALON SERIES
Edward Simon, piano
WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: Solo Jazz piano program
CONCERT TICKETS: $40
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

For high-resolution images, contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org or go to https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/SalonFeb26.html

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS THE KDFC SALON SERIES
Edward Simon, piano
Marcos Granados, flute
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6:30pm
WHERE: Education Studio, Veterans Building, 4th Floor, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: South American music including works by SIMÓN DÍAZ and EDWARD SIMON: Venezuelan Suite
CONCERT TICKETS: $40
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

For high-resolution images, contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org or go to https://sfperformances.org/media/1920/SalonApr15.html

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