Tickets San Francisco all-female Real Vocal String Quartet mix a surprisingly broad repertoire that embraces the diverse influences of its four players, from classical, jazz, and rock, to songs and styles from West Africa, Brazil, and rural America. Yet while four distinct voices can be heard, in ten years of performing together, the quartet has achieved a true group sound. They will perform for two night on October 21 and 22 at the Arcata Playhouse.
Real Vocal String Quartet began with violinist Irene Sazer’s inspiration to combine her musical passions: chamber music, improvising, composing, and singing. Sazer is an up-and-coming composer and a founding member of the Turtle Island Quartet. With violinist Alisa Rose, violist Dina Maccabee, and cellist Jessica Ivry, Sazer’s vision sparked the creation of a truly collaborative ensemble that freely mixes and ultimately transcends genres.
All four members are very active in the Bay Area music scene with performing, teaching and composing for various groups and theaters. Among them, they have a lengthy list of credits too long to list. Violinist Irene Sazer alone has recorded with and/or performed with Jai Uttal, Ali Akbar Khan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Smoky Robinson, David Grisman, Linda Rondstadt, Bjork, Maria Marquez, and Billy Joel just to name a few. Throw in Clubfoot Orchestra, Michelle Shocked, Wilco, Donovan, Beth Custer Ensemble and Feist into the mix and you can begin to see how wide the influences of Real Vocal String Quartet are.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The Playhouse is located at 1251 9th Street in the Creamery building. Tickets are $18 general , $16 for students and HFS and Playhouse members and $10 12 and under and are available at Wildwood Music, Wildberries Market Place, or here or reserve by calling 822-1575.