The Latest from Offside!

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost five months since the festival! Our heads are still spinning…

A huge thanks to all the incredible composers and musicians that contributed their talents, and to everyone in the community who supported our vision in so many ways. We were blown away by the response to the festival and are excited to keep working on this project going into 2013.

Which gets us to the first piece of news we’d like to share! We are delighted to announce that San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music just accepted our application for fiscal sponsorship. That means that as SF Offside moves forward, we will be in a better position to find donors and apply for grants so that we can cover all our expenses and adequately compensate all the performing artists that make SF Offside what it is.

Without a doubt, SFFCM is a great fit for Offside. Just check out their five-week Sunday series JAZZ+ at the de Young Museum, which features Offside alums Lisa Mezzacappa, Erik Jekabson, Marcus Shelby, Kasey Knudsen, and David Ewell.

Meanwhile, we’ve got some shows of our own coming up in November at Viracocha. On Friday, November 9th, Laura is presenting a show called Offside 2×5 Offside 2x5featuring the two incredible quintets that debuted at this year’s Offside—These Are Our Hours and Klaxon Mutant Allstars.

That’s going to be a great show, not to be missed!

Then on Saturday, November 17th, we’re presenting a show featuring Offside alums Secret Sidewalk, plus a special presentation of Sonny Sharrock’s seminal album, Ask the Ages, by the Alex Pinto Trio with special guest David Boyce of The Supplicants.

That’s a lot of Offside goodness, right there!

Speaking of which, we were truly honored to have the legendary Bay Taper document the third and last night of this year’s festival. You can see and hear the results here.

Be sure to listen to Jamie Moyer (a Henry Hung composition) by Klaxon Mutant Allstars, and an improvisation by The Supplicants, who always improvise their entire set!

You can also listen to Secret Sidewalk’s opening set here, again courtesy of Bay Taper. 

In addition to getting started working toward next year’s festival, which will take place again over Memorial Day weekend, Alex and Laura have both been busy with lots of shows. Recent highlights include the second installment of Laura’s Electric Chamber music series in September, and Alex’s October SFJAZZ Summerfest show with long time collaborators Shaun Lowecki and Scott Brown.

Thanks to the Indian Summer earlier this month, the crowd that gathered to hear the Alex Pinto Trio (photo by Michael Fortes) enjoyed warm, sunny weather for the entire concert. The SFJAZZ crew were really supportive and a great time was had by all. After the set, one of the sound guys told Alex that his music sounded like a cross between Jerry Garcia and Trilok Gutru. Alex’s response: “I’ll take it!”

Keep up with Alex Pinto on Facebook.

In September, Laura co-presented a concert as part of the first annual Classical Revolution Festival, which took place in 23 different venues in the Bay Area over the entire month of September. The show, which was the second installment in the Live ‘n’ Local and Classical Revolution presents series Electric Chamber, featured two innovative chamber groups, The Hurd Ensemble and Squid Inc.

We had a packed house at Viracocha and a super attentive, appreciative audience.

Laura and Charith (founder of Classical Revolution) are working on the third installment in this series, which will probably take place in March.

Subscribe to Fenderhardt or follow Live ‘n’ Local SF on Facebook to hear more about what Laura is up to.

Lastly, SF Offside is now on Twitter! Follow us there for more regular updates about what we’re doing.

By the way, if you’ve ‘liked’ us on Facebook, we recommend that you also add us to your Interest Lists or you won’t see any of our updates as Facebook now charges pages to make their posts visible to fans. To make our updates visible on your newsfeed, hover your cursor over the “Liked” button on our page, choose “Add to Interests Lists…” from the drop-down menu, then add us to an existing list or create a new list. (You should do this for any page you’ve ‘liked’ if you want to see their updates.)

And that, folks, is all the latest from Offside! Please stay tuned for more news in the coming months as we prepare for SF Offside 2013, which takes place May 23-25. Mark your calendars!

And don’t forget the two shows we’re presenting on November 9 and November 17. We’d love to see you there!

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