Thursday, March 15, 2018

Red Poppy Art House: April, 2018

Once again, this site will take an “incremental” approach to tracking those events to be offered at the Red Poppy Art House during the month of April. The Red Poppy is located in the Mission at 2698 Folsom Street on the southwest corner of 23rd Street. Unless stated otherwise, tickets will be available in advance online through Eventbrite. As a result, the dates provided below will be hyperlinked to the Eventbrite event pages for purchasing tickets.

Given the demand for these concerts, it is likely that only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Remember, the Poppy is a small space. Even those who have purchased their tickets in advance should probably make it a point to be there when the doors open one half-hour before the performance is scheduled to begin. Here are the specifics for those events that have been posted thus far:

Sunday, April 1, 7 p.m.: Daniel Riera will present a program entitled A Tribute To Guinga. Guinga is the performing name of the Brazilian guitarist and composer Carlos Althier de Souza Lemos Escobar. As a child he was called “Gringo” due to his pale skin; and “Guinga” was his idiomatic pronunciation of that noun. Riera spent six years at Guinga’s California Brazil Camp and developed an informed love of both the elegant melodies and their lush harmonies. At this concert those songs will be arranged for a chamber ensemble of winds, strings, and percussion led by Riera, whose primary instrument is the flute. The other players have not yet been announced. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.: Ole, Opa! is a group that was formed in 2016 as a collaboration of flamenco dancer Bianca Rodriguez and vocalist Jenny Luna. The idea was that Rodriguez would apply her flamenco technique to Luna’s repertoire, which consisted primarily of songs of Balkan and Turkish origins. The group is now a quartet with contributions from Gopal Slavonic on guitar and Joey Friedman on saxophone. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $20 and $25.

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Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.: Het Hat Club returns to the Red Poppy to perform their own interpretations of jazz classics from the French Romani community, whose best-known member is probablu Django Reinhardt. This is a group whose members are Valentin Desmarais on saxophone, Antonio D. Erchie, Jr. and Isaac Misri on guitar, and Bito Janos on accordion. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.]

Sunday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.: This will be a duo performance by French bassist François Moutin and New York vocalist Kavita Shah. They will present original music conceived specifically for this combination of resources, as well as their own distinctive arrangements of standards. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.

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Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.: Grupo Borogodo is a Bay Area group specializing in music from Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Members are Marcelo Negão (cavaquinho and vocals), Eduardo Amado (violao), Bruno Melo (percussion and vocals), and Andrew Scott (percussion). Their repertoire features original compositions, as well as those by Brazil’s best-known artists such as Paulinho da Viola, Jorge Aragao, Almir Guineto, Chico Buarque, and Zeca Pagodinho. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $10 and $15.]

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Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.: Lucia Lilikoi will preview her upcoming fourth album with and evening of new songs and soundscapes. Her performances involve an inventive blend of voice, ukulele, guitar, looping pedal, and diverse instruments. Her backup has not yet been announced, but it will involve special guest musicians from the Bay Area. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $20 and $25.

Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m.: José Antonio Rodríguez, one of Spain's leading flamenco guitarists, will make a special San Francisco appearance at the Poppy. He will be joined by Patricio “Pachi” Cámara on percussion and vocals and Paco Peña on bass. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $20 and $25.]

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Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.: Bay Area guitarist Jack Tone-Riordan will lead a trio backed up by Darrell Green on drums and David Ewell on bass. The group will play music from Tone-Riordan’s recently released recording Deep Space. Tone-Riordan’s improvisations draw upon both blues and jazz. His repertoire includes original compositions and standards from the Great American Songbook Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.]

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Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.: The jazz trio led by Ramana Vieira on piano with Brad Bivens on guitar and Leslie Thorne on bass specializes in the Portuguese fado style. However, they also play a variety of American standards, as well as original compositions. Vieira often adds vocalization to her keyboard work. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $20 and $25.

Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.: Pianist and accordionist Rob Reich will make his next visit to the Poppy. He will be joined by Ben Goldberg on clarinets of different sizes and Scott Amendola on drums. The bass player for his quartet has not yet been announced. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.

Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.: This will be the next installment of the free Monthly Community Rumba, with music provided by Rumberos de Radio Habana. While this is a free event, donations are warmly accepted. All donated money goes to the performing musicians, and a recommended amount is between $5 and $10.]

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Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.: Saxophonist Matt Renzi, will bring his latest project, called Arm-Sized Legging. This involves a repertoire of original compositions played by a quartet led by Renzi, who alternates among saxophone, oboe, and cor anglais. The other members of the quartet are Jessica Ivry on cello, John Wiitala on bass, and Tim Bulkley on drums. His use of the cello yields a style that establishes its own unique hybrid qualities of jazz and classical. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.

Friday, April 27, 7:70 p.m.: This program will be shared by Diana Gameros and Dorian Wood, both giving solo performances and then joining forces as a duo. Both are vocalists, who also play piano; and Gameros also plays guitar. For her solo portion, she will perform lullabies from her albums, Arrullo and Eterno Retorno, as well as new works for both piano and electric guitar. Wood will perform songs from his most recent album, XALÁ, as well as past original works and innovative arrangements of folk standards. As a duo they will collaborate on a selection of South American folk tunes. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.

Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.: Wahid is the duo of percussionist Chris Wabich and Dimitris Mahlis playing oud. Wabich specializes in tuned frame drums; and their repertoire is a blend of jazz, Ottoman maqam, and traditional Greek rebetika. They will probably include selections from their latest album, Resonance. Admission will be on a sliding scale between $15 and $20.]

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