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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
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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Artist Spotlight
September 30, 2015

The San Francisco-based bassist, composer, music curator, and producer talks to SFCV about taking her latest composition on the road.

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Artist Spotlight
September 24, 2015

The baritone talks about Sweeney Todd and his upcoming roles in Lucia di Lammermoor and two operas based on Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

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Upcoming Concert
September 16, 2015

SFCV talks with Bolívar Orchestra concertmaster Alejandro Carreño about the upcoming residency and performances as well as the importance of music for children everywhere.

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Feature Article
July 23, 2015

Acoustician Sam Berkow talks about what it takes to tune up the venue’s sound system.

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Festival Review
July 18, 2015

The festival’s 29th season begins with incredible performances and a few surprises.

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Upcoming Concert
Artist Spotlight
June 30, 2015

The celebrated singer talks about singing with a full orchestra for the first time in her career.

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Upcoming Concert
June 22, 2015

The founders of the festival talk about its inception, the apprenticeship program, and why someone would have to be crazy to not want to visit Sonoma.

More about Valley of the Moon Music Festival »
Upcoming Concert
June 17, 2015

The quartet is celebrating its long relationship with the composer by curating a festival with his most significant and rarely-performed works, plus several world premieres composed in his honor.

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June 11, 2015
Oliver Herbert talks about his experience at the competition and what comes next.

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