On Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m., the Ukiah Community Concert Association presents the innovative Musical Art Quintet at the Mendocino College Center Theatre.
The Musical Art Quintet was formed in 2008 as a result of jam sessions on Sunday nights at Café Revolution in the Mission district of San Francisco. The members of the Musical Art Quintet are skilled improvisers and, although classically trained, each one brings with them a special area of expertise. Nuevo Chamber is the name for this new genre that blends world music influences with a chamber music ensemble, infusing rhythms from Argentina, Cuba, and Africa, and the genres of jazz, classical and electronica, into an altogether new style.
Each piece the Quintet plays is based on a dance form, but instead of a sarabande (a slow, stately Spanish dance) or a gigue (a lively rhythm from the baroque period), Sascha Jacobsen–the group’s leader, composer, and arranger–uses cha-cha-cha (a dance of Cuban origin) or milonga rhythms (an early, energetic form of Argentine tango) to propel his melodies forward.
The musicians include Sascha Jacobsen on bass, Nigel Armstrong and Michèle Walther on violin, Charith Premawardhana on viola, and Lewis Patzner on cello. The Quintet has cemented its status as a top world music string ensemble with recordings with the Nuevo Flamenco guitarist Stevan Pasero, “Twelve Shades of Night”; and with the Argentine tango group Trio Garufa, in “El Rumor de Tus Tangos.” They are featured on the album “Titanes del Trombón” by Doug Beavers and have also released their own albums, “Nuevo Chamber” and “Chamber con Alma.”
The Ukiah Community Concert Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed talent since 1947. This all-volunteer nonprofit’s mission is to build and maintain an enthusiastic concert audience by presenting stellar and enticing live performances. It is also their goal to encourage and develop music appreciation in the schools because “Live Music makes Life Better!”
Advance tickets are available at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, Mazahar in Willits, and online at www.ukiahconcerts.org. Single tickets for this concert are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (adult) and $10 for youth (under 18). Free tickets are available at the door to Mendocino College students with ID, space providing. For more information, please call 707-463-2738, or visit UCCA on Facebook and at www.ukiahconcerts.org.
UCCA thanks Schat’s Bakery, Black Oak Coffee, and Rivino Winery for donating treats to be served pre-concert and during intermission. Special thanks to the Mendocino College Foundation, the Mendocino Arts Club and Mendocino College Recording Arts & Technology, the Mendocino College Art Gallery, and the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Program for their ongoing support and collaboration.