Dina Maccabee

Jewish Music Festival

The thrill of adventure and the solace of tradition, assimilation, ostracism, whimsy, and gravity
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PREVIEW Few genre-themed music festivals enjoy as much freedom in programming as Berkeley's Jewish Music Festival, now in its 23rd year. For who's to say what the criteria are? Jewish music expresses joy and pathos, success and failure, the thrill of adventure and the solace of tradition, assimilation, ostracism, whimsy, and gravity, as much as music — and only music — can. Read more »

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

"We have to know the electronics perfectly"
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PREVIEW While electronics have transformed the very core of contemporary dance music, rap, and pop, so-called art music of the concert hall persuasion still centers on acoustic instruments reverberating in real time. But some of the earliest feats of sound manipulation, predating the Beatles' trippy tape loops and even the '60s soul tracks destined for an afterlife in eternal sampledom, were achieved by German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who was decidedly not a populist. In current terms, "electronic" music tends to denote the limitless reorganization of beats Read more »

Uri Caine and Friends

Versatile jazz pianist as fearless interpreter of classical music
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PREVIEW The versatile jazz pianist Uri Caine has carved a niche for himself as a fearless interpreter of classical music. His discography includes idiosyncratic recordings of music by Mozart, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Mahler, and Wagner. In 2006 he began to investigate Hungarian folk music at the source, delving into Béla Bartók's original field recordings of village performances, documented on wax cylinders in the early 20th century. Read more »