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Cellist Maya Beiser will return to San Francisco next month to play at Yoshi’s

Israeli-born cellist Maya Beiser will be returning to San Francisco next month, following up on the two-night run of her All Vows program at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) this past March. While the major portion of that program involved approaches to the Jewish Kol Nidrei (all vows) prayer by two different composers, Mohammed Fairouz and Michael Gordon, the program began with a suite of selections she developed with Evan Ziporyn, which he called “a carefully curated set of ‘uncovers.’” Ziporyn took a selection of classic rock tunes by artists and groups such as Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, and Howlin’ Wolf and rethought them as cello music for Beiser.

Cover of Maya Beiser's new recording
courtesy of ClassicsOnline

This exercise has now grown into a ten-track album entitled Uncovered, which is due to be released by innova on August 26 and is currently available for pre-order from This is a major studio project with each selection involving multiple tracks, most of which are taken by Beiser’s cello work. Where Ziporyn has deemed appropriate, however, Beiser gets backup from drums (Glenn Kotche or Hubert Zemler), bass (Jherek Bischoff, Otto Briner, or Dave Cook), or calabash (Ryan Meyer), as well as Ziporyn himself adding both clarinet and bass clarinet to his “uncovering” of King Crimson’s “Epitaph.”

To promote Uncovered Beiser has planned a six-city tour for the month of September; and San Francisco will be one of the cities. (There will be subsequent tours planned for both later in the year and the beginning of 2015.) For this first tour Beiser will be joined by Gyan Riley on bass and Matt Kilmer on drums. In addition to playing selections from Uncovered, Beiser will revisit two other pieces from her YBCA concert. The most ambitious of these will be Michael Harrison’s “Just Ancient Loops,” a study in harmonic relations based on just intonation, which will be performed this time with a film by Bill Morrison. She will also revisit Kotche’s “Three Parts Wisdom.” The program will also include David Lang’s take on Lou Reed’s “Heroin.”

This concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, at Yoshi’s San Francisco, located at 1330 Fillmore Street in the Western Addition. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $30 through a Ticketfly event page. Tickets purchased on the day of the show will cost $35. Dinner reservations may not be made through this page; but the Yoshi’s event page includes a hyperlink for making such reservations through OpenTable. Yoshi’s can be reached by telephone by calling 415-655-5600.

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