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Portrait Maker + Girl Swallows Nightingale: Chamber Music for Improvisers

  • Red Poppy Art House 2698 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Tickets ($15-20)

Roger Kim’s Portrait Maker is a new kind of chamber music that combines elements of jazz, classical, and folk music in a highly personal and organic way. Writing for plucked and bowed string instruments, woodwinds, flute, voices, and sparse percussion and piano, the young guitarist makes his mark as a promising composer with a wonderful sense for unusual orchestration and timbres, musical economy, harmonic richness, melodic beauty, and improvisational creativity. Girl Swallows Nightingale opens the night, taking the audience on a cinematic journey.
Portrait Maker
Roger Kim – guitar, banjo
Ryan Pate – guitar
Marica Petrey – vocals
Andrea Wang – vocals
Debbie Gold – flute
Jason Gillenwater – clarinet
Kyle Beard – bass clarinet

Girl Swallows Nightingale
Marica Petrey – vocals
Andrea Wang – vocals, piano
Roger Kim is a guitarist and composer whose work investigates the intersections of rhythm, harmony, orchestration, improvisation, and the juxtaposition of various disciplines including music, dance, and visual media. He has presented his work at the New Frequencies Festival at YBCA and with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players Ensemble. Roger is currently an MFA student at the California Institute of the Arts.

Girl Swallows Nightingale hatched in 2016 when Marica Petrey accidentally wrote too much music for a fantasy film she was making and decided that it was the perfect excuse to start a new band. With songwriting inspired by folklore, anime, science fiction, and epic saga, Girl Swallows Nightingale conjures a cinematic experience, painting a vivid musical canvas that shifts its colors between modern rock, jazz, theater, funk, and pop, to underwater soundscapes and dreams of outer space. Petrey delivers dramatic yet playful vocals and is supported by a multi-talented ensemble of musicians.

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