KQED’s Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for big events around the Bay Area this week.
The list goes on this week for some amazing stuff we couldn’t fit into the show. Yiddish songbird Heather klein firsts his new solo musical, Shanghai Angel, about her grandmother’s emigration from Austria to Shanghai to America via Angel Island. It’s February 26 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Naatak opens the game very timely Airport insecurity, a Trump-esque tale of an Indian technician stuck at an airport in immigration limbo. It is at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto, from February 24 to March 4. And for the ultimate in cool and classic, Mason bates DJs and conducts one of his Soul of Mercury shows on February 24, called Baroque & Beats to DNA Fair. Now it’s time for the show.
February 24-25: Otis taylorthe new album of, Fantasize about being black talks about the history of the African-American experience, the slave ships in the Mississippi Delta, and the blues music that grew out of these influences. Taylor has always recognized that the blues is a form of protest music, and there is a lot of commentary here about the racism that endures in America today. He also has a great group with Anne Harris on violin. Details of his two shows at Biscuits and Blues are here.
From February 28 to May 29: French painter Claude Monet is best known for his huge paintings of water lilies, done late in life. But we get a new perspective on the French artist in an upcoming Legion of Honor show called Monet: the first years, with 60 paintings demonstrating a period in the mid-19th century when the artist was part of a generation reinventing painting. “I did not become an impressionist,” quotes Monet in the catalog. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always been one.” He has always been also a master of color and a lover of landscapes. What a pleasure to see this first major American exhibition devoted to Monet’s early works. Show details are here.
February 24: The Oakland Symphony presents its annual concert celebrating the traditions of world music, and this year conductor Michael Morgan is staying close to home with a program called Native California Notes. Among the pieces is Big Sur: the night sun, by John Wineglass, with the voice of singer Ohlone / Chumash Kanyon Sayers Roods, whose astonishing soprano voice I heard a few weeks ago at the House of intertribal friendship in Oakland. Sayers-Roods told me that she composes her own songs and quotes her mother on the fact that they are not traditional, but still authentic. “My mother said, ‘It’s the spirit. It is our ancestors who speak through you. It is your culture that is awakening. This is the truth, “Sayers-Roods said.” Because my mother and grandmother always shared a quote, ‘When the song and the ceremony and the dance end, so does the land’, and I believe so too. ”highlights from a concert that also features Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. Details here.