SF Live Arts at St. Cyprian's



SF Live Arts
at Cyprian’s

formerly the
Noe Valley Music Series

2097 Turk Street
San Francisco 94115

Tel 415.454.5238

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  • Upcoming Events

    2016 - Our 35th Anniversary!

    ShadowLight Production's performance of:

    WAYANG BALI: An Evening of Balinese Shadow Play


    Saturday, June 25 8:00pm

    $25 door / $20 advance



    Performed by Artistic Director and Shadow Master Larry Reed.
    Featuring live Wayang Gender musical accompaniment by Carla Fabrizio, Paul Miller, Pete Steele and Sarah Willner (members of Gamelan Sekar Jaya)

    The award winning, internationally acclaimed Shadow Master, Larry Reed, presents a great event for all ages. Featuring a stunning array of intricate, handmade shadow puppet figures silhouetted on a backlit screen, the ancient stories blend religious mythology alongside historical events with humorous improvisation. The combination of shadow puppets, live music and the sense of humor and fun in the stories themselves make this an evening you don’t want to miss. As an added bonus, Larry invites the audience to come to the side of the stage and watch how he and his ensemble manipulate the shadow puppets and create the magic, and to observe the Gamelan ensemble and their ancient instruments.

    Wayang Bali, the Balinese shadow play, is one of the most exciting undiscovered events of world theater. Until recently, language barriers have kept its drama and humor hidden from the world at large. Plots for Wayang Bali are drawn from the Mahabharata myth cycle, in which five brothers are pitted against one hundred jealous cousins in a struggle for power involving gods, demons, magical weapons, and the inevitable beautiful princess. Larry and the Gamelan musicians make it possible for Western audiences to enjoy this classical form of storytelling.

    ShadowLight Productions
    is one of the very few professional shadow theatre companies in the world honoring ancient shadow theatre traditions while innovating through the use of contemporary technologies and interdisciplinary approaches. With each project, we aspire to create work as a tool for cultural diplomacy.


    An Evening of Portuguese Fado--

    RAMANA VIEIRA & Ensemble

    with special guests FATIMA SANTOS & JOSE IGLESIAS


    Friday, July 1 8:00pm

    $22 door / $18 advance


    East Coast duo Fátima Santos and José Luis Iglésias join West Coast vocalist Ramana Vieira for an evening of fado-inspired music. Fado, the most widely recognized music of Portugal, is a passionate, soul-stirring genre with soaring vocals and dramatic tales of love, loss and redemption.

    “No one in the United States is doing more to breathe new life into Fado,” -SF Chronicle

    Described as a “rising star in World music,” Ramana Vieira is a contemporary singer of  traditional Portuguese Fado. On her latest album, Fado da Vida, Vieira continues to infuse this centuries-old style with a uniquely modern sensibility and instrumentation. Recognized by the New York Times as being at the forefront of a Fado resurgence, Vieira expands the basic configuration of 12-string guitar and vocals into performances that include cello, violin, bass, accordion, and drums. She’s shared the stage with Grammy-nominated Fadista Mariza, and performed for the Grammy’s 50th Awards Special, MusiCares Benefit, honoring Aretha Franklin.

    A native of Albergaria-A-Velha in northern Portugal, Fátima Santos was attracted by the operatic vocal technique used by Coimbra Fado singers, and inspired by great composers such as José Afonso, Luiz Goes, and Fernando Rolim.  Performing many types of Portuguese vocal music, she is one of the leading exponents of the Coimbra Fado style.  Fátima won the International Portuguese Music Awards “Song the Year” award in 2014.
    Born in Coimbra, Portugal, and a master of the Portuguese Guitar, José Luis Iglésias has worked with such notable Fado composers and performers as Fausto, Vitorino, Pedro Barroso, and Teresa Silva Carvalho. Upon coming to the US, Mr. Iglésias studied music at Rutgers University and later joined the faculty at Caldwell University. Committed to the musical education of youth, Mr. Iglésias has founded a number of music schools on the East Coast and also enjoys a career as a composer, arranger and artistic director.
    Performing with Ramana, Fatima & Julio will be Ela Polak on violin, Patrick Fahey on mandolin, Alberto Ramirez on Bass and Steve Nelson on percussion.


    Doors open 25 minutes before the concert.



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    About SF Live Arts

    Presented by Larry Kassin since 1981, SF Live Arts at Cyprian’s has earned a reputation as one of the most diverse and innovative music/performance series in the Bay Area. See the archive of past events….

    Located at St. Cyprian’s Church, the series has garnered praise for its programming of nationally and internationally known musicians (many who’ve won Grammys, Guggenheim Fellowships and other awards) and Bay Area performers of the highest quality.

    In the News…

    Noe Valley series' new home has familiar vibe

    Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 6, 2011

    The Music Man

    Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, January 8, 2006