Special Mother’s Day Show featuring the San Francisco String Trio and the Leni Stern Trio
Saturday, May 12 @ 8:00 pm| $30
Doors open 7PM | Show starts at 8PM
$30 Online | $35 Phone & Box Office
Front Row Table $150
4 Seats Per Table ($37.50 per seat)
San Francisco String Trio with Mimi Fox
Two-time Grammy winner violinist Mads Tolling, six-time DownBeat Magazine International Critics Poll Winner guitarist Mimi Fox, and internationally acclaimed bassist and composer Jeff Denson, have forged their musical talents in a new group, the San Francisco String Trio. This super group, made up of three dazzling virtuosos, has come together to create an eclectic and riveting mixture of beautiful and passionate music crossing every genre from tango to funk, and gorgeous ballads to sizzling up-tempo originals. An all acoustic group defying categorization, the San Francisco String Trio provides its audiences with a special musical experience that is both poignant and compelling.
Leni Stern Trio
Leni Stern is an unstoppable force of bottomless energy. Her long-time fans know her from a successful jazz career that saw her touring the globe on the stage of every major festival and legendary club with bands that included some of the biggest heavyweights on the scene (Dennis Chambers, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell… to name a few). Everything changed when in 2005 Leni was first invited to perform at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. It was there that she would meet Bassekou Kouyate and his wife Ami Sacko, embraced by their family and their bands, she dove headfirst into the traditions of West African guitar and later the n’goni (African banjo). It was a natural path from jazz, a personal journey to where her playing and the genre all began, a sort of spiritual exploration coupled with devoted study and practice. In the past 13 years Leni has worked her hardest, forging a new sound that is all her own, composing, studying, practicing, with the rhythms and tonalities of West Africa through the chops of an accomplished jazz guitarist. It is finally, with ‘3’ (April 2018 LSR), that her most authentic voice can be experienced. Joined by her regular NYC-based trio of Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye, Leni’s compositions pay humble homage to the drum patterns of traditional Senegalese folk songs. What emerges is a new repertoire of cross-pollinated ideas and reverence to jazz, to blues, to Africa, to a folk music of today’s diaspora. It has always been a political act, a practice in defiance, to be a woman and a bandleader, a female electric guitarist and composer, who puts out her own albums and manages her own career for over 25 years. In our current climate it is now even more political to proudly celebrate the immigration that brought Leni Stern to the US from Germany, the journey her African bandmates made to bring their mastery to her project from Senegal, the languages she speaks and sings in, and the goal to trace the interconnectedness of music, history, and the human experience.
Trio features Mamadou Ba on electric bass and Alioune Faye on djembe, sabar, and backing vocals. Recent years have brought some well-deserved recognition to Leni’s career. In 2013 she was featured on WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, in a feature piece. In 2015 she was the cover story for the Santa Fe New Mexican. In 2016 she was a headline performer at Africa Festival in Wurzburg, Germany. Leni was named in Guitar Player’s 50th Anniversary Issue (March 2017) as one of the Most Sensational Female Guitarists of All Time. In 2018 she was selected as an official showcase performer at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX.