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San Francisco Festival of the Mandolins

  Sunday , Apr 17, 2005         3:00 PM

Event Details

The Concert is scheduled for 3PM. There will be workshops by the performers from 1-3PM. Everyone is welcome to the BYO Mandolin Orchestra at 12 noon.

This year the Festival is expanding to cover the cutting edge of mandolin music available in California by featuring Wake the Dead, which blends Celtic traditional music and the songs of the Grateful Dead and Joe Craven, the highly respected multi-instrumentalist with the David Grisman Quintet. Also performing will be Aurora Mandolin Orchestra among the last large mandolin orchestras in Northern California. Formed in 1970 by Gino Pellegrini, Aurora has regularly performed for various festivals and community events. Zighi Baci likes to play dance music—in the Italian “Ballo Liscio” style: waltzes, mazurkas, polkas, rhumbas, tangos, tarantellas, paso dobles, jotas, and marches. A hundred years ago, Italian dance hall music saturated popular culture with the Viennese school influence; it later fused with Latin rhythms and Italian melodies to create a broader appeal. By the mid-1950’s, the next generation of Italian-American composers were introducing these dance genres to San Francisco Bay Area audiences in cafes and nightclubs. Zighi Baci performs Italian standards and music written by Bay Area Italian and Italian-American composers such as Frank & Lawrence Andrini, Peter Tarzia, Rudy Cipolla, Gino Pellegrini, Mike Corino, and others.
The Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra is a newly-formed ad hoc ensemble comprised of mandolin players from most of the Bay Area's leading klezmer groups, plus some friends who are klezmer-friendly players of mandolin-family instruments (mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello), and klezmer-family players of mandolin-friendly instruments (accordion, bass). They play a mixture of lively and stately tunes from the Yiddish dance music repetoire, combining the vivacious rockin' spirit of klezmer with the sonorities of the classic mandolin orchestras of the early 20th century.

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