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June 2021

Thessia Machado: Livestreaming from New York City

June 18 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

CCRMA Live presents a livestreaming performance by Thessia Machado in New York City! Thessia Machado is a visual/sound artist, instrument builder, and performer whose work plumbs the materiality of sound and its effect on our shifting perceptions of space. In improvised and composed performed works, her ensemble of things is augmented by a dynamically responsive and intentionally unpredictable human element.  Machado’s sculptures, drawings, and sound installations have been broadly exhibited both in the U.S. and Europe, most recently in a…

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July 2021

Joshua Redman & Zakir Hussain with Joel Ross and Zach Moses Ostroff

July 1 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for this special performance featuring some of the most inventive instrumentalists around. Saxophonist Joshua Redman, who the New York Times recently called “sublimely lyrical,” joins the trailblazing Grammy-winning tabla player Zakir Hussein for a perfect summer evening of beautiful, stimulating jazz. Redman and Hussein have long enjoyed their musical conversations, and they’ll be joined be rising star vibraphonist Joel Ross, whose playing DownBeat magazine calls “consistent currents of electricity, high-powered and full of luminous energy.” Rounding out the…

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Kronos Quartet: Testimony with Meklit

July 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Kronos Quartet, singer Meklit Hadero, and Bay Area spoken word poets perform on the Frost Amphitheater stage for a live version of our short film released in November 2020 Kronos Quartet: Testimony. Testimony is a musical reflection on this moment in our nation’s history, featuring a Jimi Hendrix-inspired performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Rhiannon Giddens’ “At the Purchaser’s Option,” “God Bless America,” and “The President Sang Amazing Grace.” Performances are paired with poignant spoken word poetry by young Bay Area…

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Fantastic Negrito

July 8 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through some extremely difficult times. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who…

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Las Cafeteras

July 9 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las…

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Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Mozart & Sibelius

July 10 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The partnership between Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony that began in 2019 with the opening of the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater continues this summer with Saturday evening performances led by a variety of guest conductors. Finnish composer and new music director of SFS Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the SF Symphony in a concert of Bach, Mozart, and Sibelius in the first performance of the summer at Frost. Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto will be performed by clarinetist Carey Bellfeature. Salonen returns to Frost on…

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Glasper Martin Presents Dinner Party featuring featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

July 15 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A collaboration between two longtime friends, Dinner Party brings together keyboardist and composer Robert Glasper and saxophonist/producer Terrace Martin for a project rooted in their shared love of old-school hip-hop, soul, and modern jazz. Glasper became a superstar with his 2012 Blue Note GRAMMY-winner Black Radio and scored the 2015 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, while Martin was a producer of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s landmark To Pimp a Butterfly and is currently working with Herbie Hancock. Dinner Party is, as its name suggests, intended…

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Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Haydn & Mendelssohn

July 17 7:30 pm

The partnership between Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony that began in 2019 with the opening of the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater continues this summer with Saturday evening performances led by a variety of guest conductors. In his second appearance at Frost, Finnish composer and new music director of SFS Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the SF Symphony in a program of Haydn, Clyne, and Mendelssohn. The concert will feature principal trumpet Mark Inouye performing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. Program Anna CLYNE Within Her Arms   HAYDN Trumpet…

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SFJAZZ Collective: Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way and Sly & The Family Stone’s Stand!

July 29 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The octet boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going. — DownBeat An all-star ensemble comprising the finest composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective assembles each year to create fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each member of the band. In 2019 the Collective celebrated the 50th Anniversary of two of the essential albums in popular music, Sly and Family Stone’s Stand! and…

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Lina González-Granados Conducts the SF Symphony

July 31 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The partnership between Stanford Live and the San Francisco Symphony that began in 2019 with the opening of the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater continues this summer with Saturday evening performances led by a variety of guest conductors.    Praised for her “attention to orchestral colors” (OperaWire) and ability to create “lightning changes in tempo, meter, and effect” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American Lina Gonzalez-Granados has distinguished herself nationally and internationally as a talented young conductor of symphonic and operatic repertoire. In her second…

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October 2021

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

October 23 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns to Frost Amphitheater for their 2021 tour. The Grateful Dead played at Frost Amphitheater 14 times in the 80s, and its fitting that their tribute band continues the tradition. “Not only does this quintet play tight and vicious versions of some of the most complex songs in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, but they play them with a rawness & energy absent from the stage since the ‘Live’ Dead era.” —Scott Bernstein, Jambase

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