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Lily O'Brien

Lily O'Brien is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the performing arts. She has written feature articles and previews for a variety of publications including Downbeat, JazzTimes, Marin Arts & Culture, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Marin Independent Journal, and Strings magazine. She is a singer who has performed professionally in a variety of genres, and an avid world traveler and bicyclist.

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
January 26, 2021

The dynamic pianist, composer, and artistic director talks about her musical evolution and her intriguing Musaics of the Bay series.

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Artist Spotlight
December 21, 2020

The celebrated pianist talks about growing up in a family full of music, and life going forward.

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Artist Spotlight
September 21, 2020

With a new album out and lots of irons in the fire, the jazz violinist has plenty to talk about.

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Artist Spotlight
August 10, 2020

The five-string virtuoso talks about his new recording with the Prague Metropolitan Orchestra.

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Feature Article
July 13, 2020

For these performers, sheltering-in-place has provided an opportunity to explore new musical avenues.

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Artist Spotlight
May 11, 2020

The innovative composer/DJ talks about his online educational program and keeping music alive during the pandemic.

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Feature Article
March 15, 2020

The wildly influential vocal ensembles have been teaming up to explore the thrill of harmony singing.

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Artist Spotlight
March 15, 2020

The virtuoso pianist talks about her life in music and her many projects to engage and encourage budding musicians.

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Artist Spotlight
February 9, 2020

The electroacoustic duo brings their dramatic fusion of traditional Middle-Eastern music, electronica, and cutting-edge visuals to the Green Center on Feb. 20.

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Artist Spotlight
February 8, 2020

The charismatic virtuoso defies expectations and opens minds.

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Artist Spotlight
February 7, 2020

Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann perform 15 newly commissioned works at UC Davis on Feb. 14.

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Artist Spotlight
February 3, 2020

The group brings its pan-cultural sounds to Askenaz on Feb. 9.

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Upcoming Concert
January 19, 2020

The young quartet finds balance on many different levels.

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Artist Spotlight
December 26, 2019

The traveling trumpeter talks about life on the road and his shows at SFJAZZ in January.

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Upcoming Concert
December 17, 2019

The annual event, at Oakland’s First Congregational Church, explores an ancient art form with new-age energy.

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Upcoming Concert
December 15, 2019

Barbara Higbie, William Ackerman, and friends celebrate the longest night with forward-leaning acoustic music.

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Artist Spotlight
November 30, 2019

The jazz chanteuse has upcoming gigs with the SF and Oakland Symphonies. She talks about her passions and influences.

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Upcoming Concert
November 9, 2019

Tres Hermanicas and Aquila are set to play a concert of music that bridges a traditional religious divide.

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Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2019

The jazz virtuoso has an upcoming gig at SFJAZZ. He reveals his wildly eclectic influences.

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Artist Spotlight
September 27, 2019

The celebrated conductor talks about his musical journey and his return to SF Opera for Figaro, which opens Oct. 11.

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