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Jeff Kaliss

Jeff Kaliss has featured and reviewed classical, jazz, rock, and world musics and other entertainment for the San Francisco Chronicle and a host of other regional, national, international, and web-based publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is the author of I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone (Backbeat Books) and numerous textbook and encyclopedia entries, album liner notes, and festival program notes.

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
February 13, 2013

Growing up in Spain gave David Russell a love for the guitar, which he has parlayed into a much-lauded career.

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Feature Article
February 12, 2013

Recorder players and a bansuri flute virtuoso get their place in the sun at Other Minds. Here’s how the surprising, eclectic 18th Festival came together.

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Feature Article
January 29, 2013

A well-known physician who treats addiction faces his own: buying music in classical record stores.

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News Report
January 22, 2013

The artistic chief of SFJAZZ chats with SFCV about the vision of the larger role of its new center.

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Artist Spotlight
January 9, 2013

Naumburg winner and conservatory graduate violinist Tessa Lark dreams of showcasing both her classical virtuosity and her love of bluegrass music in her native Kentucky.

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Artist Spotlight
January 3, 2013

Lisa Vroman weighs in on her family’s musical roots and her abiding love for opera.

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Artist Spotlight
December 17, 2012

Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi warm up for their San Francisco recital by talking about the risks and rewards of four-hand piano works.

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Feature Article
December 13, 2012

Ravi Shankar, loved and admired in the West and around the world as a vessel of Indian music and spirituality, passed away on Dec. 11 near his home in San Diego County at the age of 92.

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Feature Article
December 6, 2012

After more than six decades of generously sharing his unique performing and compositional talent, and a bright and ingenuous spirit, Dave Brubeck passed away on Dec. 5, a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

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Artist Spotlight
December 4, 2012

Composers/conductors/teachers Dylan Mattingly and Matthew Cmiel riff on working with friends, despite being on opposite coasts.

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Artist Spotlight
November 15, 2012

Crossover feels like a national birthright to Douglas Lora, half of the Brasil Guitar Duo (the other half is João Luiz), which showcases both classical and popular music from their native Brazil and elsewhere.

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Artist Spotlight
November 13, 2012

An up-and-coming Canadian pianist is profiled in the documentary I Am Not a Rockstar now screening on the film festival circuit.

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Chamber Music Review
November 2, 2012

Exotic elements hold great appeal when mixed and matched suavely by the Ultra World X-tet.

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Artist Spotlight
October 25, 2012

The first violinist and guiding spirit of Quartet San Francisco talks about defying classification, and his new work for QSF and the Marin Symphony.

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Upcoming Concert
October 25, 2012

With Locaphonic, Hannah Addario-Berry melds two of the Bay Area’s salient obsessions, food and music, in concerts that have all the right ingredients for success.

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Kids & Families Feature
October 23, 2012

A park ranger and an expanding group of enthusiasts gather aboard a sailing ship at Hyde Street Pier to sing sea chanteys. Turns out, there’s a lot more there than you might expect.

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Artist Spotlight
October 10, 2012

Khatia Buniatishvili, sometimes compared with Martha Argerich, proudly represents her Georgian culture and has special feelings for Rachmaninov.

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Upcoming Concert
October 3, 2012

The Bad Plus come to San Francisco Performances for a re-imagning of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

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Artist Spotlight
September 24, 2012

As pianist Lang Lang hits the revered age of 30, he’s started to teach others hard-won lessons gleaned from his childhood studies in China.

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Modern Classical Review
September 16, 2012

Unique sounds simmer and boil at Classical Revolution’s latest showcase performance in Berkeley.

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