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"!   [Photo L-R:  Brendan Lange, David Möschler, Mauro ffortissimo, Allison Lovejoy, Dean Mermell @ Flower Piano II, July 2016]


PIANO LOCATION CODES
GM :
 GREAT MEADOW
TC : THOMAS CHURCH PAVILION, EXHIBITION GARDEN
GF : GARDEN OF FRAGRANCE
RN : RHODODENDRON GARDEN
AP : ANCIENT PLANT GARDEN
NZ : NEW ZEALAND
SA : SOUTH AFRICA GARDEN
CN : CALIFORNIA NATIVE GARDEN
RG : REDWOOD GROVE
CL : CONIFER LAWN
MV : MOON VIEWING GARDEN
ZG : ZELLERBACH GARDEN

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

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

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

2pm  Tom Jonesing : (Dean Mermell & Steffanos X) Rock and Pop Remodeling and General Improvements
3pm  Kash Killion & Killion’s TRillions : 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, with Special Guest drummer george marsh

* Saturday 7/7 : Duo Piano Program at great Meadow

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 Garden and the Great Meadow

ZELLERBACH garden 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  

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

Saturday 7/14  3:30 - 5:30 Beat Corner
Avant Garden Poetry, Music, and more : Various performers, Hosted by Mauro and Dean, with Special Guest drummer george marsh


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

ZELLERBACH Garden 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

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

AP : Rob Reich : Tribute to Ellington, Waller, and Monk

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

CN : Joseph Wilcockson : Solo Piano Selections

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

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

~ Friday Night 7/13

NZ : Kitten on the Keys with MC Sightsee : Metal is Tough and other Garden Lullabies
And Mr. Brandy :  Dark Rock Cabaret Cacophonies (originals)

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

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

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

Zg : Serene :  An epic virtuoso journey

GF : 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

GF : 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

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

CN : Kitten on the Keys with MC Sightsee : Metal is Tough and other Garden Lullabies
And Mr. Brandy :  Dark Rock Cabaret Cacophonies (originals)

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

RG : Paulo Sultanum & Casulo :   A Brazilian Bossa-Folknova Experience

Zg : 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.