San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Portola Vineyards is proud to announce a special one-time event that will be a treat for long-time fans of the gifted multi-instrumentalist and Grammy winner and Downbeat Critics Poll winner Paul McCandless, who will perform an evening of his own compositions featured on his solo records, in collaboration with Bay Area phenomenon Charged Particles.
Known for soaring lyricism and gorgeous compositions, McCandless will soon celebrate his 45th anniversary as co-leader of the jazz super-group Oregon. McCandless plays soprano, tenor, and sopranino saxophones, oboes, English horn, bass clarinet, penny whistles, and a collection of folk flutes.
McCandless has appeared on more than 200 albums and in concerts with such luminaries as Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Wynton Marsalis, Bela Fleck, Nguyen Le, Dave Samuels, Victor Wooten, Eberhard Weber, the Paul Winter Consort, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, and numerous jazz and pop artists, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, other symphonies, and as a composer of music for films and live theater.
As a leader, he released 30 records featuring his compositions with Oregon, and his solo records include "All the Mornings Bring," "Navigator," "Heresay," "Skylight," "Premonition,” “Isole,” and Shapeshifter.”
His Portola Vineyards date with Charged Particles will bring alive music from those records with a fresh twist and new energy.
Heard on Yoshi's main stage performing with guitarist Nguyen Le, Charged Particles has been burning up stages throughout California since their relocation to the Bay Area following 20 years of music-making based in the Midwest. Murray Low is a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin-jazz technique and sparkling improvisational skills. Aaron Germain is an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist. Along with fiery drummer Jon Krosnick, who performed recently with Chick Corea, these players are making some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today.
Charged Particles made its public debut on National Public Radio's live performance program, "Detroit Jazz Alive", and hundreds of performances since then have been at festivals and clubs around the country and internationally. The group has released two CDs, “Charged Particles” and “Sparks”, the latter being named one of either “must-hear” jazz releases of the year, and a track from which appeared on a compilation CD produced by Jazziz Magazine.
Of the band, reviewers have said: “An electrifying, push-the-limits performance style... A tight and enormously talented trio.” (Jazz Times Magazine), "Charged Particles is definitely dazzling." (Jazz and Blues Report), "Fresh, energized contemporary jazz that showcases the trio's individual technical mastery as well as a cooperative, refined approach to the art form." (Jazz News Magazine), and "Tight interplay was the watchword as the threesome took difficult fusion themes and applied its own twists with spark and personal flair." (Los Angeles Times).
Music will run from 5:30 to 7 pm. We're open from 4:30 to 8:00. Picnic tables are not available; feel free to bring a blanket to spread on the ground, or beach chairs. We will pour tastes of our small-batch wines, and wine will also be available for purchase by the bottle. Please consider carpooling or bicycling, as parking is very limited.
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We are a community-supported micro-winery focused on making hand-crafted Pinot Noirs. Since 2005, we have been producing award-winning wines from our estate vineyard in Portola Valley.