This Quarter


ere are our weekly listings for the summer months. Watch this list for further details to be filled in and other possible updates.

7/2 Preview of the San Francisco Free Folk Festival: This annual event will take place on-line on July 16th, showcasing some of the Bay Area’s fine local musicians.
7/9 Midsummer Music: Songs for the season from Birch Book, the Chieftains, the Bothy Band, Damh the Bard, Nessi Gomes, and Ayla Nereo.
7/16 Remembering Kelly Joe Phelps: A tribute to this wonderfully talented blues slide guitarist, hardcore troubadour, avant-garde improviser. Kelly Joe passed away last month at 62, after a long hiatus from music and performing. Highlights include excerpts from an in-studio performance in 2000.
7/23 Emerging Voices: Xavier Rudd, Trevor Hall, Gone Gone Beyond, Wookiefoot, Nattali Rize, Amber Lily, Liron Meyuhas, more.
7/30 New & Recent Releases: The latest by Le Vent du Nord from Quebec, Talisk and Lyre Lyre from Scotland, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder.
8/6 I Come and Stand at Every Door: Reflecting on the bombing of Hiroshima and our present time.
8/13 Flowers in Bloom: June Tabor, Joni Mitchell (For the Roses), Sandy Denny, Bruce Molsky.
8/20 I Am the Earth: Biocentric meditations from Glyn Lehmann, Ayla Schafer, Alonso del Río, Luna Santa.
8/27 Ballads: Timeless reflections on the human condition: Child ballads and more.
9/3 Labor Day: Songs in celebration of workers.
9/10 Coming Home to You: Music by Iris de Ment, Claudia Schmidt, Richard & Linda Thompson, The Pogues, Cheryl Wheeler, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer.
9/17 Orders from the Dead: Remembering the burning of Smyrna in 1922 and all that was displaced or lost with Diamanda Galás, Savina Yannatou, Sophia Bilides, Djivan Gasparyan, and others.
9/24 The Music of Turlough O’Carolan: A tribute to the blind Irish harper. Highlighting our program is local Celtic guitarist Steve Baughman, who will perform selections from his latest all-Carolan recording Once Upon a Harp.

From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty, from pleasure and pain to love and the mystical ecstasy and death—all the things that are fundamental, all the things that, to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant, can only be experienced, not expressed. The rest is always and everywhere silence.

After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ...

Music “says” things about the world, but in specifically musical terms. Any attempt to reproduce these musical statements “in our own words” is necessarily doomed to failure.

—Aldous Huxley

Music—that triumph of consciousness, that unparalleled bridge between consciousnesses, that portal to regions of being unreachable by the rational mind. The crucible of empathy.

An epoch before the world wide web was even the glimmer of a dream in a prophet’s eye, Beatrice Harrison’s improbable idea [of duetting with nightingales on the air] had sparked the first collective global experience around an event, in thought and in feeling, across space and time, via the world’s first broadcast medium to bridge mind and matter.

Radio—and its progeny in podcasting—cast its civilizational spell not because it carried information—so had the telegraph—but because it carried emotion, and it was Beatrice Harrison who first saw this potential. It took a musician with a love of nature to remind us that we are creatures of feeling who feel most deeply with other creatures, and that in music—which is the deepest expression of nature—we find our language of feeling, the native tongue of human nature.

Maria Popova