Vermillian and Violettes Open Early Music-Jazz Improv Series

violettes-parfumees-visoflora-50249In addition to our regular six-concert series, SFEMS will continue our partnership with the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly The JazzSchool), presenting monthly Sunday afternoon concerts exploring the common thread that links early music and jazz. 

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 to open this year’s series with a concert of 17th- and 18th-century chamber music that highlights the spontaneous and performer-driven aspects of this gorgeous repertoire. Band members include Corey Carleton, soprano; Frances Blaker, recorders; David Wilson, violin; Colin Shipman, viola da gamba; Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, cello; and Violet Grgich, harpsichord.

726px-Vermilion_Flycatcher,_Male_(Pyrocephalus_rubinus)The members of Les Violettes met while pursuing graduate studies at the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. Ensemble Vermillian, founded by recorder virtuosa Frances Blaker and her sister, cellist Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, has performed on both US coasts and has made numerous recordings of baroque chamber music.

The concert takes place at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, September 14, at the California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and may be ordered online.

Written by Jonathan Harris