Mara Kaye
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Mara Kaye

Mara Kaye is that rare cross-species phenomenon, a Blues Amphibian.  When others "sing the blues" as if offering an unusual small plate at the tapas bar, Mara has so immersed herself in the idiom that she goes down to the bottom and doesn't need air until the show is over.  She's a modernist rather than a museum piece: her creations can be darkly mournful, savagely vengeful, or gleefully erotic, but they are always leavened with Brooklyn spice.  Think 1928 Bessie Smith or 1937 Billie Holiday leavened with street smarts. Her heart is in her music, and there is no pretense, no distance, as audiences from here to Russia, at Joe's Pub and Brooklyn dives have found out.

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The Horsenecks
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

The Horsenecks

The Horsenecks play hard-hitting and heartfelt Old Time and classic Bluegrass music. Their sound is centered around the pairing of the signature rhythmic Appalachian fiddle style of Oregonian Gabrielle Macrae, (the Macrae Sisters, Hook & Anchor) and the driving yet subtle three-finger banjo playing of Liverpudlian Barry Southern (Tramp Attack, The Loose Moose Stringband.) 

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Lone Piñon
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Lone Piñon

Lone Piñon is an acoustic conjunto from Northern New Mexico whose music celebrates the integrity of their region's cultural roots.  Multi-instrumentalists Noah Martinez and Jordan Wax use the fiddle, bajo quinto, accordions, quinta huapanguera, and bilingual vocals to play a wide spectrum of the traditional music that is at home in New Mexico.  Their performances are a celebration of the vibrant landscape of their home, a complex tapestry of styles that reflect the intercultural history of New Mexico and the musical legacy it has produced. Martinez and Wax formed Lone Piñon in 2014 as a way to explore and strengthen the oldest sounds of traditional Northern New Mexico string music, sounds that had all but disappeared from daily life. Far from the image of quaint, isolated village traditions that is often painted of Northern New Mexico, they discovered a network of related styles that cross state, national, and generational borders.  The duo’s active repertoire reflects this complexity and includes early conjunto duets, Hispanic Texan fiddle styles, New Mexican swing, contemporary New Mexican rancheras, Tohono O'odham fiddling from Arizona, huapangos from the Huasteca, and several regional styles from Michoacán.

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Skillet Licorice
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Skillet Licorice

Skillet Licorice is the latest project from San Francisco Bay Area roots-music luminaries Elise Engelberg and Matt Knoth. Whether they’re playing hot fiddle breakdowns, slinky blues, sparkling banjo breaks, ragtime or dreamy waltzes, the band displays an impressive command of styles and techniques that comes from deep study and loving dedication to America’s folk traditions. Skillet Licorice is hot, sweet, and just a bit greasy!

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Sedyanka: At Home with Bulgarian Music
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Sedyanka: At Home with Bulgarian Music

Join the Center for World Music for a delightful evening of Middle Eastern classical music with violinist and singer Luay Yousif, drummer Omar Alchi, and guitarist Jack Tamas. Luay will present traditional songs and instrumentals of the Middle East as well as his own original compositions. A sought-after singer throughout North America, he sings in Aramaic (the language of Jesus) in the Chaldean (Christian) tradition of Iraq.

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Intimate Concert with Kaivalya Trio!
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Intimate Concert with Kaivalya Trio!

Kaivalya is an enchanting indie folk group from San Diego formed in late 2018. Taylor, Lexi, and Sarah have created original music blending 3-part vocal harmonies, bossa nova-inspired synth guitar, and a heartfelt, mantra-like depth. The poetry in their music invites listeners to explore subjects of beauty and conflict through lyrical imagery and gives a voice to the spectral feminine experience. Through soothing and meditative soundscapes, Kaivalya invokes the mystic, shaping a sonic world for listeners to connect, relax, and receive.

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An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music

Join the Center for World Music for a delightful evening of Middle Eastern classical music with violinist and singer Luay Yousif, drummer Omar Alchi, and guitarist Jack Tamas. Luay will present traditional songs and instrumentals of the Middle East as well as his own original compositions. A sought-after singer throughout North America, he sings in Aramaic (the language of Jesus) in the Chaldean (Christian) tradition of Iraq.

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Blake Miller & The Old Fashioned Aces
Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

Blake Miller & The Old Fashioned Aces

Blake Miller & the Old Fashioned Aces are breathing new life into an old sound. It’s traditional Cajun music in a traditional setting, but more than that, it’s a powerhouse trio having fun.  Whether they appear as an acoustic trio or a full electric band, finer musicians playing Cajun music cannot be found. In a world where it seems everyone is continually stretching the boundaries of Louisiana French music, the Aces nest comfortably inside the well worn tracks of Cajun Music. From old fiddle tunes, to classic dance floor packers, to bilingual country classics, their music is comfort food for the Cajun music fan. 


 

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Steam Machine Concert!
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Steam Machine Concert!

Steam Machine is a Minneapolis-based stringband that plays tunes and songs from the transitional era between old-time and bluegrass. Their repertoire ranges from fiddle tunes collected in the Midwest plains to Appalachian songs/tunes recorded in the 78 era.  They combine clean, powerful fiddling with driving three finger banjo, a lively, solid rhythm section, and raw, unprocessed vocals. 

 

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Passports: Music of Finland
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Passports: Music of Finland

Finnish folk poetry tells a story of the first time the kantele zither was played. The sound was so beautiful that everybody started to cry. When their tears touched the water of the ocean, they turned into pearls.A native of Finland, Merja Soria performs the traditional music of her Finnish heritage. She combines the ancient kantele with the poignant sound of her voice to sing the haunting songs of Suomi (Finland).

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Passports: Music of Ireland
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Passports: Music of Ireland

The Máirtín de Cógáin Project is led by its eponym, Máirtín de Cógáin, a performer of extraordinary talent. Crowned All-Ireland Storytelling Champion twice over, Máirtín says that telling stories is his highest joy in life. A superb singer, dancer, and bodhrán (Irish drum) player, he has gathered a group of the finest Irish-American musicians around him. Together, this group brings the story of de Cógáin’s native Cork to an appreciative international following.

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STUDENT RECITAL 2017
Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

STUDENT RECITAL 2017

For our students and their families this end of year recital will take place on June 10th at La Jolla Public Library. Doors open at 2:30pm and the recital starts at 3pm! All student performers should fill out this form before May 22nd, 2017 if they plan on attending!

A recital for a musician is a chance to perform for an audience! Participants work hard in preparation and the experience is memorable and rewarding! In keeping with the teaching philosophy at Kalabash, performance material is taught to the students in a positive, age ­appropriate manner. Our teachers respect the journey as well as the final product. This is a non­competitive process and our performers will gain confidence and take pride in performing for an appreciative audience!

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