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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
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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Feature Article
October 21, 2013

More than 1,000 musicians take part this weekend in Crissy Field Broadcast, an open-space musical event by Lisa Bielawa.

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Upcoming Concert
October 10, 2013

In the South Bay, Indian classical music is blooming through the efforts of Indian Classic Music and Arts foundation.

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Recital Review
September 17, 2013

Highly regarded singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane came to Lara Downes’ The Artist Sessions at Yoshi’s, bringing hip, sardonic humor and introspective lyrics with him.

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Feature Article
September 10, 2013

Stephen King’s gloomy, claustrophobic tale, Dolores Claiborne appeals to composer Tobias Picker, for its portrait of an uncompromising woman.

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Video Essay
September 10, 2013

The first recipient of a New Voices joint commission, Zosha di Castri talks about her music and being plucked from graduate school into the limelight.

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Artist Spotlight
September 4, 2013

After successfully rebounding from colon cancer in 2010 and an embolism in July of this year, 72-year-old Plácido Domingo has proven that you can't keep a good tenor down.

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Artist Spotlight
August 30, 2013

Quadruple threat Audra McDonald warms up her extraordinary pipes for opening night at the S.F. Symphony, and talks about her love for educating youth.

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Artist Spotlight
August 23, 2013

From Bach to bluegrass to “salongrass,” Chris Thile plays the mandolin as if there’s no tomorrow.

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Artist Spotlight
August 7, 2013

Young stride pianist Stephanie Trick visits SFJAZZ with a plethora of powerful and pleasurable pieces.

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Feature Article
July 23, 2013

If you’re looking for a musical maverick, look no further than the instrument builder, composer, and theorist Cris Forster. Here’s a tour, with video, of his inventions and his ideas.

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