Cosa Nostra Strings present a program of original works and their own interpretations of a few covers. Ranging from acoustic heavy metal to power ballads and everything in between, they utilize their distinct instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass, and percussion to the fullest extent.
Shaina Evoniuk – violin | Adam Theis – trombone, bass | Keith Lawrence – viola | Lewis Patzner – cello | Aaron Kierbel – percussion
A branch of the illustrious Jazz Mafia, Cosa Nostra Strings specializes in original, hybrid crossover music. This five-piece powerhouse crew features conservatory-trained classical musicians who bring a provocative, precise, punk-rock personality to a highly distinguished multi-style sound. Spanning centuries of genres, their diverse influences include funk, folk, western chamber music, jazz, and most certainly ‘80s rock ballads. The group’s successful 2017 season included feature performances at SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Point Richmond Jazz, UnderCover Presents, The Soiled Dove, and Yoshi’s. Cosa Nostra Strings are also heavily featured on violinist Shaina Evoniuk’s recent release, Hitwoman Honey, and are currently working on their own debut album of original works to be released in 2018.