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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

Upcoming Concert
February 6, 2017

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s rhythmically vital composition anchors Music Director Michael Morgan’s exploration of Native American concert music.

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Artist Spotlight
February 3, 2017

As active as ever, the 70-year-old has his hands full with new projects and supporting his younger colleagues.

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Upcoming Concert
January 12, 2017

The adventurous company steps into the breach with a new festival featuring new operatic works in development.

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Upcoming Concert
January 8, 2017

Meet the local exponents of the Brazilian genre that captivated Heitor Villa-Lobos, among others.

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Feature Article
December 6, 2016

A cappella ensembles from seven of the hottest high-tech firms in Silicon Valley convene for a night of decidedly low-tech music.

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Festival Review
November 9, 2016

A new documentary explores many facets of the noted philanthropist and composer.

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Feature Article
October 31, 2016

Golden Gate Symphony offers the first major Western showcase of an oratorio exploring a huge cultural movement in 20th-century China.

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Upcoming Concert
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October 14, 2016

The Grammy-winning violinist will join SFCO to premiere his Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 28, 2016

Sprawling over eight hours and four venues, it was impossible to take it all in, but also a heckuva lot of fun to attend.

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Artist Spotlight
September 16, 2016

The world is full of possibility for a musician who can play jazz, write symphonies, and give bang-up Harvard lectures.

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Feature Article
September 9, 2016

A century-old opera from a classic story, gets a makeover in a collaboration between the Silk Road Ensemble, vocalist Alim Qasimov, and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

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Artist Spotlight
August 26, 2016

The composer enters his ninth decade with new ideas and fresh energy for creating, teaching, and performing.

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Festival Review
August 1, 2016

Under the big tent, listeners found Beethoven and Bach rubbing shoulders with jazz, Balkan a capella vocals, and Louisiana folk group Beausoleil.

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Festival Review
June 23, 2016

Artists honk, squeal, and roar into new musical territory at the fearless festival.

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Artist Spotlight
May 6, 2016

The famous cellist is a risk-taker who loves open-hearted expressiveness and has a few, good stories to tell.

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May 3, 2016
Opera Parallèle’s artistic director and founder takes her place among quarterbacks, pitchers, and point guards with her latest award.
Feature Article
April 12, 2016

There’s a fascinating and diverse group of mandolinists and mandolin orchestras in the Bay Area. Who knew?

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March 22, 2016
The SF Conservatory joins forces with SF JAZZ for a new Roots, Jazz, and American Music degree program.
Upcoming Concert
February 25, 2016

Norwegian composers Lasse Thoresen and Cecilie Ore open the festival on Friday, March 4.

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Upcoming Concert
February 10, 2016

The composer and trumpeter reflects on his “jazz-in-opera,” as he prepares its S.F. premiere.

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