Festival Event VIII: Birnbaum, Beethoven and the Dragon
Friday, June 13, 2014 from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Hosted by Q2s Doug Balliett, this evening features a portrait on Beethoven's humor, original Jazz arrangements on Beethoven by the Adam Birnbuam Trio as well as cutting-edge Brazilian Choro with the band Choro Dragão.
Curated intermission reception by Sigmund's Pretzel cart & Forager's City Grocer.
Tonight begins with the sharp-witted Beethoven, the Beethoven who could take and make a joke like a genius. Forget the curmudgeonly image, this is a Beethoven you'll find in a smoky bar. The Beethoven that emerges after dark. The Beethoven, who doesn’t alienate people, nay, but rather asks you to join in the chorus. (Attention, audience participation in both drinking and singing required)
The evening concludes with a set of Brazilian Choro Dragão.
Choro Dragão is a group of Brooklyn musicians from diverse backgrounds who explore classic Brazilian choro music together, under the leadership of vibraphonst/percussionist James Shipp. They re-imagine compositions by founding fathers of the genre such as Pixinguinha, Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth, and Jacob do Bandolim, with an approach that hails much more from the New York jazz and creative music circles than the traditional choro scene. The result is an explosive spectacle that revels in both the most traditional elements of choro and the exciting edges of improvisation and the avant-garde.
Performers include Adrienne Pardee, Alex Shiozaki, Hamilton Berry, Nana Shi, Adam Birnbaum, Quincy Davis, David Wong, James Shipp, Vitor Gonçalves, Mike LaValle, Richie Barshay, Sergio Krakowski, Gustav Frielinghaus, Lena Eckels, Lena Wirth, Yves Sandoz