Bass player, composer, and arranger Sascha Jacobsen takes chamber music to new heights. Each piece is based on a dance form, but instead of a Sarabande or a Gigue, Jacobsen uses Cha-cha-cha or Milonga rhythms to propel his melodies forward. The Musical Art Quintet will perform at Mendocino College Center Theatre on Sunday, September 22, at 2pm.
The Musical Art Quintet was formed in 2008 as a result of jam sessions on Sunday nights at Cafe Revolution in the Mission district of San Francisco. The members of the Musical Art Quintet are skilled improvisers and, although classically trained, each one brings with them a special area of expertise. Nuevo Chamber is the name for this new genre that blends world music influences with a chamber music ensemble, infusing rhythms from Argentina, Cuba, Africa, Jazz, Classical and even Electronica into an altogether new style.
The musicians include band leader Sascha Jacobsen on bass, Nigel Armstrong and Michele Walther on violin, Charith Premawardhana on viola, and Lewis Patzner on cello. The Quintet has cemented its status as a top world music string ensemble with recordings with the Nuevo Flamenco guitarist, Stevan Pasero, “Twelve Shades of Night” and with the Argentine Tango group, Trio Garufa, “El Rumor de Tus Tangos”. They are featured on the album “Titanes del Trombon” by Doug Beavers and have also released their own albums “Nuevo Chamber” and “Chamber con Alma”.
The Ukiah Community Concert Association has been presenting internationally acclaimed talent since 1947. This all-volunteer nonprofit’s mission is to build and maintain an enthusiastic concert audience by presenting stellar and enticing live performances. It is also their goal to encourage and develop music appreciation in the schools because Live Music makes Life Better!
Advance tickets are available at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, Mazahar in Willits, and online at www.ukiahconcerts.org.
Single tickets for this concert are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (adult) and $10 for youth (under 18). Free tickets are available at the door to Mendocino College students with ID, space providing. For more information, please call 707-463-2738, or visit UCCA on Facebook and at www.ukiahconcerts.org.
UCCA thanks Schat’s Bakery, Black Oak Coffee, and Rivino Winery for donating treats to be served pre-concert and during intermission. Special thanks to the Mendocino College Foundation, the Mendocino Arts Club and Mendocino College Recording Arts & Technology, the Mendocino College Art Gallery, and the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Program for their ongoing support and collaboration.