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Festival of the Mandolins

  Sunday , Apr 11, 2010         10:30 AM        $15. $12 Adv. Children free

Event Details

mandolins_300Join us for the annual gathering of the mandolins. Five diverse ensembles will be performing on this year's program! Hear the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra, San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra and Mandolini Graziosi, Espacio and Eva Scow, Marla Fibish and Jimmy Crowley, Caleb Klauder and The Foghorn Duo.  Add the BYO Mandolin Orchestra, all the mandolin workshops, and you have a day that cannot be missed.

The performances for the public will commense at 1PM. Workshops will begin at 10:30AM.  Schedule is posted. 

This year will feature Bulgarian fare prepared by Hristos Kolev available from noon. Advance tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/102284

Featured Artists & Orchestras

Local mandolinist Marla Fibish is joined by Irish Music legend Jimmy Crowley to represent Irish music on the mandolin at this year’s Festival.
 
jimmyc_200Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album, The Boys of Fairhill, in 1977. Thirty years later he is still a sought after performer, loved for his singing, his compositions, and his interpretations of traditional music on many instruments.  Among his many recordings, mandolin enthusiasts will love ‘The Coast of Malibar’ which endorses both his love for the sea and his affection for the double-string instruments -- bouzouki, mando-cello, dordán, mandola and mandolin.
 
Marla Fibish is a San Francisco native and a mainstay of the local Irish music scene. She has been playing Irish music on the mandolin and the mandola since the early ‘80s.  She is known for the rhythm and lift of her playing.  Currently she performs in the Bay Area based trio Three Mile Stone, with whom she’s just released their debut album.
 
At the festival, Jimmy & Marla will deliver a variety of Irish tunes and songs featuring the whole mandolin family of instruments.

kaleb_200Caleb Klauder and Stephen "Sammy" Lind began playing music together in 2000 in Portland, Oregon.  They have performed traditional American Old-Time music all over the globe with their band the Foghorn Stringband, also with banjo/vocalist Riley Baugus and multi-instrumentalist/ composer Dirk Powell.   In 2004, Caleb and Sammy collaborated with world-renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke for a concert series held on the Oregon Coast.  Sometimes you can catch them on drums and bass with Balfa Toujours.

The Foghorn Duo has been performing weekly since 2003, switching between guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and vocals.  Their vocals are simple and honest, with intertwining harmonies similar to the Carter Family and Stanley Brothers. Although their repertoire is mainly traditional, Caleb's stellar original songs and tunes fit right in next to any classic.

Look for their 2009 album Foghorn Duo “Lonesome Song”.  You can also hear them on all of the Foghorn Stringband albums and Caleb’s 2008 honky-tonk release “Dangerous Mes and Poisonous Yous”. 

espacioEspacio is a group of talented young musicians from central California. Its members (Eva Scow - mandolin, Mike Taylor- guitar, Kevin Hill - bass, and Nathan Guzman- drums/percussion) play a progressive blend of funk, rock, brazilian, and jazz. Their music is both energetic and compelling. Don't miss the chance to see this group perform live.

Eva Scow plays mandolin and violin. She has been playing music since age 3, beginning with the piano. After studying classical music for the first 10 years, she discovered Jazz and Brasilian music and began to play gigs with musicians around the state. Eva traveled to Brasil to study with some of Brasil's premier instrumentalists. evascowEva has recorded for David Grisman, on his latest CD, 'Tone Poets'. Eva has performed and/or recorded with David Grisman,Mike Marshall,Anthony Wilson,Mark Summer (turtle island string quartet). In 2006, Eva was invited to participate in a workshop in New York City with musicians Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Mike Marshall. The workshop culminated in a performance at Carnegie Hall. Eva has currently released her latest CD, a collaboration with guitarist Dusty Brough. This CD is available on CDBaby.com

aurora03_4_200The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra (AMO), the largest orchestra of its kind in he San Francisco Bay Area continues to perform many concerts to thousands of audiences at festivals and organizations throughout the area. The Artistic Musical Director is Josephine Pellegrini. The orchestra was reorganized in 1970 and will be celebrating its 40th year this year, and this will be its 10th year playing at the SF Mandolin Festival. The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra consists of up to thirty professional and amateur musicians (mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar, string bass, accordion, flute and percussion) from various parts of the Bay Area. The uniqueness of this group is its varied repertoire including traditional and semi-classical Italian, Spanish, Russian, specialty ethnic and contemporary orchestral compositions. They have given public performances to thousands of music lovers and are especially proud to have played Davies Hall at San Francisco Symphony’s festive opening night in 1984, the Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park, Santa Clara University, and the annual San Francisco Mandolin Festival.

sfmandolin_200Formed in May 2005 as the Noe Valley Plucked String Orchestra, the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra was originally comprised of mandolin students of the Artistic Director, Nicola Swinburne Bocus, who also conducted the orchestra. The orchestra has since doubled in size to 20-25 players, in addition to the professional players who sometimes join us for concerts. As the orchestra gained ground, our mandolinists were joined by other mandolin and plucked-string players with a background in classical music. Our instrumentation consists of members of the mandolin family, such as the mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, and mandocello, in addition to guitar, double bass and harp. In September 2008, Achille Bocus, conductor of the Orchestra a Plettro, Città di Milano, joined the orchestra (and Nicola, in matrimony). Last season Achille played mandolin in the orchestra, and this season he'll be wielding the baton. The concertmaster, Sarah Bell, hails from Rhode Island, where she played with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra.

Schedule

10:30AM    BYO Mandolin Orchestra-main hall
11:00AM    workshop: Caleb Klauder " Old Time Mandolin Repertoire"                     
12:00PM    Workshops: Jimmy Crowley  "Accompanying Songs on the     Bouzouki"                                                
12:00PM     Workshop:  Eva Scow  "brasilian jazz: music of Chico Pinheiro"
Performances
1:00PM       SF Mandolin Orchestra with Achille Bocus
1:45PM       Jimmy Crowley and Marla Fibish
2:30PM        Aurora Mandolin Orchestra            
3:15PM       The Foghorn Duo with Caleb Klauder
4:00PM      Espacio with Eva Scow 
*schedule is subject to change. Be sure to check closer to event.
*Food available around Noon.

Performers

Aurora Mandolin Orchestra
The Aurora Mandolin Orchestra was founded in 1970 by mandolin virtuoso, Gino Pellegrini,concertmaster and director until his death in 2006.  It h...

San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra
  Formed in May 2005 as the Noe Valley Plucked String Orchestra, the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra was originally comprised of mandolin studen...

Eva Scow
Eva Scow plays mandolin and violin. She has been playing music since age 3, beginning with the piano. After studying classical music for the first 10 ...

Caleb Klauder
Caleb Klauder has been playing mandolin in the traditional styles of old time and bluegrass for over 15 years and performs with the Foghorn Stringband...

Foghorn Duo
Caleb Klauder and Stephen "Sammy" Lind began playing music together in 2000 in Portland, Oregon.  They have performed traditional Ameri...

Jimmy Crowley
Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. With...

Marla Fibish
Marla Fibish - mandolin, mandola Marla has been a part of the San Francisco Irish Music scene for the last 20 years. Her reputation as a mandolin pla...


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