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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

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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Feature Article
January 27, 2016

Seniors are experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of regular music practice as part of a scientific study on music and aging.

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Feature Article
January 22, 2016

It’s not your dad’s electronic organ. At 16 tons, Marshall and Ogletree’s International Touring Organ is (barely) portable, but it’s the expanded range of things it can do that is really interesting.

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Feature Article
January 19, 2016

The Harris Guitar Collection at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music offers students a chance to work with different guitars from history.

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Feature Article
December 12, 2015

Anyone can join this Oakland orchestra without an audition, and not surprisingly, a lot of adventurous musicians are taking advantage.

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Artist Spotlight
December 2, 2015

The composer talks about his latest opera, Usher House, which is receiving its U.S. premiere at the San Francisco Opera this month.

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Artist Spotlight
October 28, 2015

The composer talks about his education with Nadia Boulanger and his time teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Upcoming Concert
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October 22, 2015

The annual event, which celebrates the diversity of the Bay Area musical community, examines Asian-American jazz for this year’s “Field Report.”

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Non-Western Classical Music Review
October 7, 2015

The concert, presented by the Indian Classical Music and Arts foundation, covered centuries of Indian classical music, represented by diverse regions of the sub-continent.

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Modern Classical Review
October 6, 2015

The Kronos Quartet joined other artists in paying tribute to the legendary 1970s power pop band Big Star and their “lost” third album.

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Modern Classical Review
October 6, 2015

Lisa Mezzacappa’s ode to the legacy of women explorers was itself adventurous, showing little need for genre boundaries.

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