Shenson Faculty Concert Series: Charlie Gurke, saxophone

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Online concerts highlighting CMC Faculty: "Music Inspired by the Lotería" with saxophonist/composer Charlie Gurke and friends

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The Shenson Faculty Concert Series returns this summer with free concert broadcasts spotlighting CMC talented faculty members. Each year, the Shenson Foundation sponsors four free community concerts for CMC faculty music projects to support CMC Faculty as performing artists and ensure their work on stage is shared and celebrated in our community.

This year’s presenters will highlight a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and creative inspirations, from Chopin to Chick Corea and Lotería cards to flutes of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy compelling programs of classical, jazz, contemporary, Afro-Cuban music, and more with artistic performances, composer interviews, and a chance to connect with faculty through Q&A.

Stay tuned for more concerts in the 2021 Shenson Faculty Concert Series:

June 25: Josepha Fath, violin

July 9: Elektra Schmidt, piano

July 23: Diane Grubbe, flute

August 6: Erick Peralta, piano

August 20: Charlie Gurke, saxophone

Music Inspired by the Loteria with Charlie Curke

Friday August 20, 2021 at 5:30pm (PST)


This program will debut a suite of original compositions inspired by images and characters from the iconic Mexican Lotería card deck. This music was developed during a monthly residency over the past year and a half, and recorded just before shelter-in-place. CMC Jazz faculty member Charlie Gurke and friends will premiere these performances and share the composition process and inspirations.

Featuring Charlie Gurke, composition/saxophone; David Flores, drums; Marlon Aldana, percussion; Isaac Narell, sax/flute; Luke Kirley,trombone/tuba.


El Diablito

El Sol La Corona

La Bota

La Estrella

La Mano

La Muerte

La Escalera

El Pajaro

This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. RSVP to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.

About the Performers:

Charlie Gurke is a saxophonist, composer, and educator active in the jazz and latin music scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can hear him perform at venues and festivals around the bay with his own ensemble, Gurkestra, with cuban son quintet Latido, and with the salsa band Candela. Charlie teaches jazz ensembles and jazz history at Laney College in Oakland, CA, has been an artist-in-residence at the SF School of the Arts, and a performing artist with the SF Symphony’s Adventures in Music program. He holds a BA in music composition from Cal State East Bay, and a MM in jazz studies from the University of Oregon, where he was a graduate teaching fellow.

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We believe in the power of music to connect people, celebrate cultures and transform lives. Community Music Center (CMC) is a cornerstone San Francisco cultural institution and a vital hub for music education and performance anchored in the Mission District. We envision students and faculty who are engaged and fulfilled in making music together, and audiences who are energized by their experiences. Inspired by their training, our students are empowered to find their own voice, develop lasting relationships, embrace learning, and give back to their communities.

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