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Congregation Shomrei Torah

Cultural Committee Musical Art Quintet

Sunday, December 3, 2023 20 Kislev 5784

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us before the show at 2:30pm for Shomrei Torah Bakers Desserts and Coffee!

The Musical Art Quintet, led by composer and bassist Sascha Jacobsen, merges classical and world music traditions, creating an electrifying sound. Although classically trained, the members of The Musical Art Quintet are skilled improvisors and each one brings a special area of expertise. Whether it is Jazz, Argentine Tango, Afro-Cuban, or Klezmer, the Quintet is at home.

Composed by Sascha Jacobsen as part of an SF Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant, the Musical Art Quintet will perform “Kanta Judezmo”, an oratorio sung in Ladino and English. It tells the story of the Sephardic Diaspora, through the eyes of an immigrant woman forced from her home on a journey to forge a new life. This will be an immersive performance with live music, singing, and Spanish guitar.

Bassist Sascha Jacobsen, the founder of the Musical Art Quintet, comes from a very long line of musicians. His passion for music includes composing many of the works performed by MAQ. He is in demand as a performer, composer, arranger and teacher. Bay Area violinist, conductor, and composer Jory Fankuchen has built a reputation as an engaging performer of many genres, as well as a passionate pedagogue. He is the first violinist of the prize-winning Kailas String Quartet. Jory has played
with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for 15 years and recently took on the role of Principal Conductor.
Violinist Michèle Walther is a performer, composer, arranger, and educator in the Bay Area, specializing in jazz violin. She was featured in recent performances at SFJazz Center and Yoshi's and has performed in venues throughout Europe and North America with Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull, Gloria Estefan and numerous other amazing artists. Violist Charith Premawardhana is the founder of Classical Revolution which promotes live music performances. He is a virtuoso in a range of styles including jazz, soul/funk, pop/rock and folk, with his main interest being in chamber music. 
Born in Oakland, Lewis Patzner is a multi-talented cellist and composer whose musical styles include classical, jazz, folk, and pop/rock. In addition to his work with the Musical Art Quintet, Mr. Patzner's flexible approach to his art has led him to perform his own concerts as well as to joint with many other standout artists and groups. Carlos Caminos is a Venezuelan-American guitarist, composer, and performer who has shepherded exciting musical projects into fruition. He has collaborated with exceptional performers whose work touches upon contemporary dance and Tango as well as Reggae, Flamenco and Electronic music.

Melinda Martinez Becker is a multi-faceted mezzo soprano who is dedicated to educating, performing with and championing underrepresented groups. She sings in many languages including Yiddish, Ladino and Spanish. Melinda is on the music faculty of Dominican University CA



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