Atelier del Feld
An artist's working studio, dedicated to sharing music as it was meant to be shared
Salon concerts are a traditional way of sharing music that bring a sense of intimacy, camaraderie, and group creativity to the experience of live music. I believe "music" is the energy that happens inside each person involved; composer, performer, and audience member alike. The actual sounds in the air are just physical side effects of the real music that happens inside each of our hearts as a response to the experience. I invite artists from a wide variety of genres but they all have one thing in common: they all play from the heart. They all give their music everything they have, and they're all on a journey of discovery. Consequently their music is beautiful. The immediate conversation between musicians and audience creates a shared experience for all.
February 27 — Amelia Romano and Dina Zarif, Harp and Voice World Music Duo
I'm thrilled to have Amelia and Dina join us in time to celebrate Amelia's new album! These fabulously talented artists bring us "Love Songs from Around the World": a harp and voice duo fusing Flamenco rhythms, Mexican classics and Iranian Folk tunes, to create a musical experience that bends genre and strings. Wine and hors d'oeuvres, limited seating. Message Jordana for PayPal and tickets also available on EventBrite.
March 5 — Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ Jazz and Blues bands in San Francisco. Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by legendary greats such as: Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips, and Sarah Vaughan. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay Smith bakes up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.
That's Miss Smith to you!
$25 in advance, $30 at the door, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Message Jordana for PayPal and tickets also available on EventBrite.
March 19 — Jake Smolowe, Jazz Piano
Join us for an evening of soulful solo jazz piano! Jake Smolowe is a San Francisco-based jazz pianist, composer and piano teacher. He fell in love with jazz at a young age listening to the volcanic hard bop of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, and strives to capture that same kinetic energy in his own playing and writing. He draws influence from many differing sources, from Geoffrey Keezer to Bilal, Brad Mehldau to Robert Glasper, Peter Apfelbaum to Chopin and beyond. Jake will be presenting a night of original solo piano music, including a mix of composed material and on-the-spot improvisation.
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$20 in advance, $25 at the door, wine and hors d'oeuvres.
April 9 — Mindy Dillard, Musical Alchemist
Please join us for an evening with Mindy Dillard, troubador, as she shares soul and her sparkle with us! Mindy is an adventurer and an award-winning singer-songwriter. She plays clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar, often in alternate tunings to accompany her electric and raw, crystal-clear voice. Her music pulsates with funky rhythmic grooves and sparkles with heartfelt storytelling. Mindy is a mythological scholar and has performed her one woman folk rock opera based on Grimm’s fairytales and the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estes internationally. In June 2015 she won Susanne Millsaps performing songwriter competition in Salt Lake City, Utah). She opened for folk icon John Gorka at the 2015 Utah Arts Festival. Mindy’s musical influences include Joni Mitchell, Dar Williams, Cosy Sheridan, Stephen Sondheim and Ella Fitzgerald. A genre bender, Mindy’s sound holds shades of old-time Appalachia, contemporary folk, gospel, musical theatre and rhythm and blues. Through her music she seeks to transform the ordinary into the magical and poison into medicine.
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$20 in advance, $25 at door, wine and hors d'oeuvres, limited seating.
April 16 — Michèle Walther, Violin and Looper, and Antonio Pellizzaro of Pizza Casa Tua, Pizza
Michèle Walther will play original compositions for violin and live looping/electronics. Michèle’s compositions are an eclectic mix of jazz, minimal and world music. Her pieces are innovative, soulful, and energetic: a unique experience of heartfelt music, sometimes tart, sometimes sweet.
Antonio Pellizzarro will make gourmet artisanal pizza with the freshest ingredients right here at the Atelier, to share, hot and succulent, an hour before the concert. Enjoy a complete evening, a beautiful dinner and a beautiful concert, in our intimate and inviting setting.
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$20 in advance, $25 at the door, for concert.
$30 in advance, $35 at the door (for a lucky few), for concert and pizza.
April 23 — Golden Bough, Celtic Trio
Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations, Golden Bough is a popular and group on both sides of the Atlantic and a beloved Bay Area institution for more than 35 years. This trio of
modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over.
Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle
and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.
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$20 in advance, $25 at the door, wine and hors d'oeuvres.
June 4 — Larry Ferrara, Classical Guitar
Please join master classical guitarist Larry Ferrara and me in a celebratory final evening of beautiful music played right from the soul. For the last-ever atelier concert, I'm thrilled to bring you a consummate artist. Larry and pianist Menghi Tang will be playing a variety of delicious music to inspire the heart. Wine and hors d'oeuvres. $25 in advance, $30 at door, seating is limited.
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Mr. Ferrara teaches guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco State University, and City College of San Francsico. His teachers have included Julian Bream, George Sakellariou and Michael Lorimer.
He has performed recitals in San Francisco, Toronto, Barcelona, Sydney, Los Angeles, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Bay Chamber Symphony, the Classical Philharmonic and the San Francisco Conservatory’s Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble.
Among many awards, Mr. Ferrara was twice prize winner at the Carmel Classic Guitar Competition, served on the Music Advisory Panel to the National Endowment of the Arts and recently won the California Virtual Campus (CVC) Award, "Best Online Teaching Website" for his course on Music Appreciation.
The New York Times described his playing as “subtle, intimate and inherently musical,” and called him “an excellent musician.” The San Francisco Chronicle said, “Ferrara has an exceptional style, pure and sweet, rhythmically precise yet supple . . . . playing everything with elegant grace and a notably serious feeling for introspection.
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Each evening was inspired, intimate, and illuminating in its own way.
Watch this space for upcoming photos!