Please join us for a house concert with the Kurt Ribak Quartet on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8 pm. $10-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artist. You are welcome to bring something to eat and/or drink for yourself and to share. You can arrive any time after 7:30 pm. Please RSVP below, or email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org, or call Tom at 510-219-7750.

More information about Kurt: www.ribak.com I’ve also posted a youtube video below.

Kurt (double bass) will be joined by Lincoln Adler (saxophone), Greg Sankovich (keyboard) and Michaelle Goeritz (percussion).

Kurt Ribak founded the Kurt Ribak Trio/Quartet as a vehicle for playing his original compositions. Kurt Ribak composes the lion’s share of the music his group plays. Kurt considers himself a jazz musician first and foremost, but his compositions reflect his eclectic experiences as a working musician. He has played in everything from Latin groups to R&B and reggae bands, with stints in blues groups and circus bands breaking things up. A father with a deep love of tangos and traditional Latin music also left a big imprint on Kurt’s musical influences.

Kurt’s earliest influence was classical music, performing as a child in the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus. Chorus experiences included performing with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Kurt also spent many years playing cello before he moved to focusing on bass.

Kurt cites Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus as his original primary influences as a songwriter. Over time Duke Ellington as well as music of the Caribbean and Latin America increasingly influenced Kurt’s writing. Other tunes of his reflect a love of the music of New Orleans, both its traditional jazz and its rhythm and blues music.

Kurt’s compositions continue to be the bulk of the repertoire of his Trio but featured tunes include select standards by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, and other contributors to the Great American Songbook.

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Please join us for a house concert with Deborah Crooks at our home in Berkeley on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale donation, all proceeds to the artists. You can RSVP below, or by email to linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org or by phone, 510-697-4097. We will provide the exact address after you RSVP.

www.deborahcrooks.com
“It is quite simply smart and engaging music.” — RockWired Magazine
California songwriter Deborah Crooks’ lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock, and Americana and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to rock and blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes, a sound which has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice with Chloe Goodchild and Mysore V. Amba Prasad (India), and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released three CDs and several EPs of critically noted original music, including 2016’s Something Special EP and the acclaimed 2013 release, Little Bird. Her music has been featured on the PBS Series Road Trip Nation, a finalist in the EcoArts Awards and included on several compilation CDs including Songwriters From the Fog V1.

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Jaspar Lepak, Sunday, April 24, 2016, 7 p.m.

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