The CJC, formerly the JAZZSCHOOL, and The San Francisco Early Music Society have established an exciting affiliation that delights both our audience and our local musicians. Early music lovers and jazz music lovers join together to celebrate the improvisational kinship of the two genres. CJC offers a casual and intimate environment where the audience can enjoy a light meal and sip a glass of wine or a cup of coffee while enjoying the concert.
The 2014/2015 Season Opens September 14th
Les Violettes and Ensemble Vermillian
Improvisation, or playing things that aren’t written on the page, is a key element in performing baroque music. Bay Area ensembles Les Violettes and Ensemble Vermillian team up for this concert of 17th and 18th century chamber music which highlights the spontaneous and performer-driven aspects of this gorgeous repertoire. More Information
Corey Carleton; soprano, David Wilson, violin; Frances Blaker, recorder; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; Colin Shipman, viol; Violet Grgich, harpsichord
Musica Pacifica will present a program emphasizing the improvisatory aspects of Baroque chamber music. Included will be concertos and trios by Handel and Vivaldi, where we highlight High Baroque techniques of improvised melodic ornamentation. We will demonstrate some typical 16th-century ground bass and variation patterns and show how these were used to build more substantial compositions—by improvising on them and then by playing works of masters such as Merula, Uccelini, and Rossi who used these patterns in their own works. Throughout the program, we will discuss the art of basso continuo improvisation and how it developed during the Baroque period. We will also play and discuss our own arrangements of English Country Dance, in which we take traditional folk tunes and improvise melodic lines and harmonies.
A program of French Chaconnes by Marais, Dornel, Leclair, Hotteterre and possibly Bach. The Laudami Ensemble mix up the chaconnes with airs and preludes for the improvisational side to the program.
Frances Feldon, recorders, medieval flute; Peter Maund, percussion; Sarah Michael, qanun/tarhu; Gary Haggerty, oud/tarhu; Karolyn Stonefelt, percussion; Roy Whelden, vielle
Flauti Diversi will perform a program combining medieval instrumental dance music and traditional classical Arabic music on early instruments.
Amy Michele White, voice; Dominic Schaner, lute & theorbo
Passamezzo Moderno – 1629 Venice
Early 17th century music is perfect for showing improvisation in the Baroque, and the musical innovations of 1629 Venice were a giant leap forward in Baroque instrumental music. Passamezzo Moderno will feature works by Dario Castello, Biagio Marini, and Guiseppe Scarani, all published or written in Venice in 1629, as well as works by 17th century Italian composers Francesca Caccini and Isabella Leonarda, in honor of International Women’s Day 2015.
Jonathan Davis, harpsichord, David Granger, dulcian, Edwin Huizinga, violin, Adriane Post, violin, guest artist: Bruce Chrisp, sackbut
The Albany Consort –Making it up
Marion Rubinstein recorder; Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord; Rita Lilly, soprano; Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo, violin; Amy Brodo, cello, viola da gamba and others
A program of thought-provoking compositions, ornamentations and improvisations, tracing virtuosity in performance from 1550 to 1800
–1550-1650: Ornamentation on a madrigal (Doulce Memoire), a bass pattern (Romanesca), and a nuove musiche song (Amarilli), including improvisations by the group and worked out versions by Sandrin, Ortiz, Cabezon, Monteverdi, Caccini, Van Eyck
–1600-1700: Virtuoso instrumental music and song, selections by Castello, Biber, Purcell, Isabella Leonarda, d’Anglebert, Marais
–1700-1750: Instrumental music that exists in both simple and complex versions, by Corelli, Bach, Telemann
–1750-1800: The improvised cadenza in concertos by JC Bach and Haydn
Hallifax & Jeffrey
Peter Hallifax, Julie Jeffrey, viola da gamba
A program of early 17th century English music – divisions on ground basses by Christopher Simpson and ornamented arrangements of dance tunes and songs plus some Tobias Hume duos, we’ll have either a lute player or a harpsichord with us, depending on availability. “Elizabethan and Jacobean Covers and Originals, music by Hume, Simpson and others” …