Flower Piano IV : SF Botanical Garden, July 5-16, 2018

Sunset Piano, in partnership with San Francisco Botanical Garden, will once again bring over a dozen grand pianos to the spectacular 55 acre Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the fourth incarnation of our interactive music festival, Flower Piano. Pianos are placed in beautiful garden settings for anyone to play, with performances by brilliant local musicians scheduled on weekends. Over forty thousand people experienced music of every genre from both sides of the keyboard in 2017, and celebrated human civilization at its best. Flower Piano is free to SF residents with ID, and only $8 (the regular Garden entry fee) for anyone else.  NightGarden Piano (July 12, 13, and 14), a fabulous night time ticketed event with adult refreshments, snacks, outrageous lighting, and Sunset Piano performers, has expanded this year from one night to three! Tickets available here: NightGarden Piano Tickets

See the video ('way down below) for some Flower Piano highlights, and check out the Garden's Website for more information. Here is this year's schedule of outrageous performers, the most diverse group of musicians and genres we've ever had. This schedule will continue to evolve right up to Flower Piano, so stay "tuned"!


Saturday 7/7 12-2pm, Twelve Piano Extravaganza #1

 * Duo piano program @ Meadow * 12-5 (see separate program below)
Paulo Sultanum & Casulo :   A Brazilian Bossa-Folknova Experience
Sandra Simich :  Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)
Petra & Bub Sullivan, piano & mandolin :  Waltzes, tangos, contemporary & classic rags
Kitten on the Keys : Flapper, Pop, Punk, Caberet, Shenanigans
Antony Ty : Beat, Gospel, Punk, and Chopin
Daniel Sullivan : Dance-Along Ballet Divertissement Montage
Martha Cooper & Friends :  Cabaret Opera, Pianos Solos and Musical Theatre
Sarah Cahill : Music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
Yu-Chi Tai : Let’s Dance!
Jimmy Kraft : Progressive Blends of Vocal Jazz & Neo-Soul
Harry White : Improvisation inspired by the Garden

Saturday 7/7  2-5pm, Featured Artists at Zellerbach pavilion

2pm  Tom Jonesing : Rock and Pop Remodeling and General Improvements
3pm  Kash Killion & Killion’s Tillions : World Music
4pm  Quinta Tango :  Classic Tangos from 1930s to 1950s

Saturday 7/7  3:30 - 5:30 Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and more : Various performers, Hosted by Mauro and Dean

* Saturday 7/7 : Duo Piano Program

12 Esther Aeschbach & Benjamin Gribble : Original compositions for 2 pianos/4 hands by Benjamin Gribble
1pm Allison Lovejoy, Kymry Esainko and Elektra Schmidt : French music by Milhaud, Ravel, Debussy and others.
2pm Allison Lovejoy and Kymry Esainko Perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals with members of the Classical Revolution Orchestra.
3pm Colin Farish : Jazz inspired improvisations with guest pianists Kymry Esainko, Allison Lovejoy and others..
4pm-5pm  Duo improvisational hour with special guests.


Sunday  7/8 Featured Artists at Zellerbach Pavilion and the Great Meadow

ZELLERBACH Pavilion 11- 5:30          
                                         

11  Larisa Migachyov, Dale Hadley : The Softer Side of Ragtime  
12  Lisa Spector : Romantic Music for Left Hand Alone
1   Allison Lovejoy, w. Dan Fabricant, bass & Michael Laderman, flute : Chopin, Ravel, and Claude Bolling
2   Michael McIntosh & Karina Deniké : Early Jazz, Torch Songs, Vintage Soul
3   Van-Anh Nguyen : Romantics - Origin form & with a twist
4   Chuchito Valdes  : Chuchito Valdes !   

Great MEADOW 11 - 4

11 Harry White : Improvisation Inspired by the Garden
12 Benjamin Gribble : New Gribble pieces, Janceck, Glass, Milhaud, Prepared-piano!!!
Dizzy Victrola & Co. : Boogie and Jazz Parlor
Daniel Sullivan : Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin
3 Leslie Harlib : Leslie Harlib shares the Great American Songbook


Saturday 7/14 12-2, Twelve Piano Extravaganza #2  

Gerry Basserman / Colleen Torianne  :  Pianoforte from Porch to Parlor
Roberto Zular (piano) & Felipe Bueno (guitar) : Brazilian Music and Poetry
Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana
Joe Magdalena : Standards, Pop, Sinatra, and Happy Stuff
Eric Chase : Classical favorites and classical improvisations
Eric Shifrin : Bouncy Chestnuts, Gringo Latin, and some originals
Joshua Raoul Brody With or without friends: Originals, aboriginals, standards, and substandards
Joseph Wilcockson & Friends : Classical, Standards, Blues and Jazz
Leslie Harlib : Leslie Harlib shares the Great American Songbook
Caroline Dahl : Boogie Woogie and American Roots Piano
Derek Sup : Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Original Compositions, and more
The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz

Saturday 7/7  3:30 - 5:30 Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and more : Various performers, Hosted by Mauro and Dean


Sunday 7/15 Featured Artists at Zellerbach Pavilion and Great Meadow

ZELLERBACH Pavilion 11 -  5

11 Sarah Cahill : Music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
12  Serene : An epic virtuoso journey
1    Tammy Hall, piano & Denise Perrier, voice :  Sonorous. Sensual. Fun. Moving. Liberating. Warm. Loving.
2   The Kevin Gerzevitz Trio : Monkish Bebop and Soul Jazz
3   Craig and MacGregor Band :  Jazz

Great MEADOW  11 - 4

11 Harry White : Improvisation Inspired by the Garden
12 Derek Sup : Classically trained songwriter confronts love and loss
1   E.M.T. :  Classic Rock and EDM Piano Covers
2   Joshua Raoul Brody With or without friends: Originals, aboriginals, standards, and substandards
3   Francisco Rosales : Musica Cubana


NightGarden Piano : July 12, 13, and 14  :  8-11pm

~ Thursday Night 7/12

Elektra Schmidt and Friends : Duos for piano and strings
and
Sandra Simich :  Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)

Rob Reich : Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

Sarah Cahill : Music by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk
And Allison Lovejoy : Nocturnes for Piano by Romantic & Contemporary Composers

Joseph Wilcockson : Solo Piano Selections

Jimmy Kraft : Progressive Blends of Vocal Jazz & Neo-Soul

Joshua Raoul Brody With or without friends: Originals, aboriginals, standards, and substandards
 

~ Friday Night 7/13

Kitten on the Keys & Antony Ty :  Piano Punks
And Mr. Brandy :  Dark Rock Cabaret Cacophonies (originals)

Joe Magdalena :  Standards, Pop, Sinatra, and Happy Stuff

Paulo Sultanum : A Trip to Brazil and more…
And Roberto Zular (piano) & Felipe Bueno (guitar) : Brazilian Music and Poetry

Jill Tracy :  “Sonic Séance” of Elegant, Dark Beauty

Serene :  An epic virtuoso journey

Conspiracy of Beards : A cappella mens choir singing songs of Leonard Cohen
And Penny Opry : Sea music steeped in old time Americana

~ Saturday Night 7/14

Cuarteto Puentes :  Traditional Argentine Tango for Listeners and Dancers
And Tango #9 : Tangos: Modern/classic, vocal/instrumental, and more
Additional performance by Crystie Schum (piano) and Victoria Stewart (vocals)
Tango program presented by CMC Faculty Sonja Riket

Elektra Schmidt, piano and Lewis Patzner, cello : Bach, Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Ravel
and Sandra Simich :  Classics (Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy…)

Kitten on the Keys & Antony Ty :  Piano Punks
And Mr. Brandy :  Dark Rock Cabaret Cacophonies (originals)

Daniel Sullivan : Night Fever;  A Bacharach Bacchanal
and E.M.T. :  Classic Rock and EDM Piano Covers

Paulo Sultanum & Casulo :   A Brazilian Bossa-Folknova Experience

Tammy Hall, piano & Denise Perrier, voice :  Sonorous. Sensual. Fun. Moving. Liberating. Warm. Loving.
AND Rob Reich :  Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

 

Monday, July 16 9am-6pm – Closing Day - Pianos close at 6pm.
No scheduled performances or events.


Banner Photo by Francesca LeeAnn