Since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s (formerly Noe Valley Music Series), presented by Larry Kassin, has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area.
The series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Academy Awards, Mac Arthur “Genius” Grants and Guggenheim fellowships) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.
Over the last 16 years the series featured the first concert hall performances of: Bobby McFerrin, Voicestra, Turtle Island String Quartet, The Modern Mandolin Quartet, Trance Mission and The Bobs.
Besides introducing artists destined for wider recognition, the series has featured an enormous range of world music, acoustic rock, roots, jazz, avant-garde, blues, bluegrass and folk performers ranging from Joan Baez, Warren Zevon, T-Bone Burnett, the Subdudes, The Persuasions, Gil Scott-Heron and Box Set, to Sudanese oud master Hamza El Din, The Necdet Yashar Ensemble (from Turkey), San Jose Taiko, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Kitka, Indian Classical flute master G.S. Sachdev and didgeridoo innovator Stephen Kent. Folk greats Jesse Winchester, Victoria Williams, Claudia Schmidt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Utah Phillips and John Gorka have performed, as well as jazz greats such as Bobby Hutcherson, Jessica Williams, Dave Frishberg, Kenny Rankin, Bruce Forman, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, and Andrew Hill; acoustic guitarists Adrian Legg, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Michael Hedges, Alex de Grassi and Peppino D’Agostino and New Music giants AMM, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Room, Splatter Trio and many more.
Comedian/stage performers include: Geoff Hoyle, Marga Gomez, Dianne Amos, Will Durst, the Flirtations, and Paul Krasner. Performance ensembles have included members of A Traveling Jewish Theater, Opera Piccola, An Evening of song (15 different singers and groups each performing one song based on a given theme), Pamela Z, Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones. This is just a short list of the many quality performers we’ve had over the years. We present 40 performances a year, most of them on Saturday nights, (with an occasional Friday concert).
First Friday Jazz Jams
Every First Friday of the Month
6 PM – 8 PM
Our next 1st Friday Jazz Jam is set to run from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1 in the Sanctuary. Please join us as a member of the audience to enjoy this evening of free jazz or join in as an instrumentalist or vocalist.
You can reserve your free tickets here. Jazz Jams will continue though June, 2015 – then we will assess our progress and see if this effort will continue. Each month Stephen Prutsman will host and play the piano. Once again he will be backed up by a small combo. Please bring your charts (music) and join in as an instrumentalist or vocalist.
Each first Friday event is also an AZURE Family Fun Night which is tailored for kids on the autism spectrum of similar neurodiversities and their families and care givers. Please spread the word about this wonderful monthly gathering! Please use this link below to sign up for a monthly update on jazz, folk and other music at or in the neighborhood surrounding St. Cyprian’s.