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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
July 1, 2014

Bandoneonist Seth Asarnow and his ensemble bring the smoky sound of classic tango to life in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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Playlist
June 20, 2014

The World Cup has taken over, but until you've scored with a playlist like this you haven't experienced the thrill of the culture that surrounds this sport.

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Artist Spotlight
June 17, 2014

The impressively knowledgeable executive director of NCCO is about to turn over the keys to that string-ensemble kingdom to another.

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Upcoming Concert
June 12, 2014

S.F. Symphony musicians Scott Pingel and Jacob Nissly like to swing out whenever jazz gigs beckon. They tell why.

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Artist Spotlight
June 4, 2014

Noted for his “reimagining” of works by Mahler and Mozart and their ilk, Uri Caine discusses his Jewish roots, classical improv, and wide-ranging jazz influences.

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Feature Article
April 29, 2014

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music not only hands out grants to many small music groups in all kinds of different genres, it also offers practical business advice to working musicians.

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Choral Review
March 29, 2014

The S.F. Girls Chorus launches Noah’s Ark on a flood of gorgeous Britten music, in a beautifully sung yet bare-bones performance.

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Artist Spotlight
March 20, 2014

The much-recorded, much-loved tabla artist prepares for his Zellerbach Hall concert and discusses matters ranging from his childhood influences to his latest ensemble colleagues.

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Upcoming Concert
March 16, 2014

The Rumi Symphony Project – Cycle I: Untold, will be presented by Persian Luminary Hafez Nazeri at the Flint Center on March 23.

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Artist Spotlight
March 13, 2014

Pianist Dmitri Alexeev discusses the stylistic differences among pianists from the Soviet era versus Russians playing in recent decades.

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Feature Article
February 19, 2014

For first-generation electronic musicians like Don Buchla and John Bischoff, creating or remaking electronics as instruments is part of their creativity. This month they’re being celebrated at Other Minds New Music Festival.

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Artist Spotlight
February 12, 2014

One of the founding fathers of New Age music, Kitaro continues to blur boundaries, and will do so with the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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Artist Spotlight
January 29, 2014

New Grammy-winner Osmo Vänskä, no longer with the Minnesota Orchestra, prepares a varied Finnish/Russian concert with the S.F. Symphony.

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Upcoming Concert
January 16, 2014

Just extended for a two-week Bay Area run, The Girls in the Band offers entertainment and good music in big band jazz style, as well as artful explanation of why “girl bands” were both a rarity and a refuge.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 8, 2014

A Salute and Birthday Party for Gordon Getty tribute by the S.F. Symphony and Chorus has the bubbly sweetness of a generous celebration.

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Feature Article
December 20, 2013

Now an octogenarian, the philanthropist and composer is looking forward to a number of birthday celebrations, beginning with the San Francisco Symphony on January 6.

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Artist Spotlight
December 4, 2013

The Kronos Quartet’s longtime violist reflects on his decades with that distinguished quartet, and on its 40th anniversary performance Sunday in Berkeley.

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Feature Article
November 11, 2013

A Secret Rose, Rhys Chatham’s 100-guitar, “No Wave” extravaganza, is stretching new-music presenter Other Minds, socially and artistically, as well as financially.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 1, 2013

The S.F. Symphony screened Hitchcock's Vertigo; the restored film was projected in color as the Symphony, conducted by Joshua Gersen, performed the live world premiere of Hermann's score.

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CD Review
October 25, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe himself enters the doomed mansion of the Usher family, in Gordon Getty’s canny setting of the famed story, heightening the dramatic impact.

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