Bay Area Beats

5:36pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Musical Art Quintet

Freda Banks

In 2008, double bassist and founder of the Musical Art Quintet, Sascha Jacobsen regularly attended the Sunday night chamber music jams at Cafe Revolution. But after his umpteenth time through Dvorak’s Opus 77, String quartet No. 2 in G major—one of the few chamber music standards that includes The double bass—he realized that if he wanted to play something else, he’d have to write it himself.

KALW’s Jayme Catsouphes brings us the story in this Bay Area Beats profile from our archives.

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5:42pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: DJ Atish on the art of mixing

Atish Mehta, courtesy of atish.net

The chemistry between people on a dance floor and the DJ mixing for them is not something to take lightly. The DJ is like a combination of artist, entertainer, and performer – taking the crowd on a musical journey.

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5:03pm

Thu March 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill

Sarah Cahill is considered one of the architects and champions of the new music scene in the Bay Area. She founded the annual Garden of Memory concert at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, which is one of the many ways she tries to make contemporary music more accessible to a wider audience. She also does that Sunday nights on her radio show Then and Now on KALW on Sundays at 8pm. Cahill spoke with KALW's Martina Castro and played some songs for her, as she described why she ended up leaving the more formal classical world, for the freedom of the experimental genre.

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4:53pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Will Sprott

It may have the word “noise” in the title, but San Francisco's Noise Pop festival is all about highlighting the best indie art, film and music in the Bay Area. It kicks off tonight with concerts including Oakland’s Will Sprott.

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5:00pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bay Area Beats: Bobby Hutcherson

Under CC license from Evert-Jan Hielema.
Flickr Creative Commons

For more than 40 years, Bobby Hutcherson has lived a life most artists can only dream about. After making his name in the 1960s in New York as one of the youngest stars on the iconic jazz record label Blue Note, Hutcherson returned to his native California. He and his wife Rosemary settled into a new house near the San Mateo coast and raised a family, as Hutcherson built his international reputation and toured the world as one of the great jazz vibraphonists.

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