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Cosa Nostra Strings

  • SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Shaina Evoniuk – violin
Adam Theis – trombone, bass
Keith Lawrence – viola
Lewis Patzner – cello
Aaron Kierbel – percussion

A branch of Adam Theis’ illustrious Jazz Mafia, Cosa Nostra Strings specializes in original hybrid crossover music, performing an energetic mix of chamber music, funk, and jazz, all the way through power ballads and acoustic heavy metal, utilizing its unique instrumentation of cello, viola, violin, trombone, bass & percussion. 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, you’ll hear diverse influences from around the world: Funk Infusion, Folk, Western Chamber Music, Jazz and most certainly 80’s Rock Ballads.

This group collaborates with many Grammy nominated artists and has worked with Martin Luther, the Roots, P-Funk, and the west coast's most in demand rap artists. Their 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.

Earlier Event: March 3
Darren Johnston Sextet
Later Event: March 3
Cosa Nostra Strings