Ensemble 1828’s all-Schubert Show!


Join us for a real treat: the gifted trio of Ensemble 1828 (Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello, Alison Lee, piano, and Nicole Oswald, violin) offering an evening of beautiful music by Franz Schubert. This concert benefits on-going renovations to improve performance spaces at St. Alban’s. 

Purchase tickets here.

Also available at the door. ($25 general, $20 seniors/students, 12 & under free w/adult)

Instead of a traditional piano-trio concert, with the same folks onstage the whole time, our program will first feature each musician individually, with a violin sonata, a cello sonata, and two solo-piano impromptus. After intermission, we’ll all get together for Schubert’s epic, symphonic 2nd Piano Trio. It’s a big program, but varied and stimulating for listeners and performers alike. 
Ensemble 1828 is:
Nicole Oswald, violin
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Alison Lee, piano
Schubert, Violin Sonata in A major (Alison and Nicole)
Schubert, Impromptus in A-flat and G-flat major (Alison)
Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata (Alison and Isaac)
Schubert, Piano Trio No.2 in E-flat major (Nicole, Isaac, Alison)

Jazz at St. Alban’s!

After playing together in numerous other musical settings, Los Angeles based Jon Hatamiya (trombone), Logan Kane (bass), and Jacob Richards (drums) first joined forces in October 2018, showcasing their original music at Los Angeles’s Blue Whale in a collaborative quartet setting. They will be joined by composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Athayde for the Bay Area debut of the band.

While each member of the group has a wide variety of notable sideman appearances, including performances and recordings with artists such as David Binney, Michael Buble, Myra Melford, Louis Cole, Steve Lehman, Thumpasaurus, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, among others, Hatamiya, Kane and Richards are accomplished leaders and composers in their own right. This performance at the wonderful space at St. Alban’s will highlight the group’s improvisational synergy as common ground for each composer’s individual voice.

Jon Hatamiya – trombone

Logan Kane – bass

Jacob Richards – drums

Kyle Athayde – piano/vibraphone

…and possibly some special guests?

Two sets, all ages!

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Third Sunday Concert Series

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church presents

Third Sunday Concert Series

Third Sunday of every month at 4pm in the Parish Hall.

Tickets: $25 general, $20 seniors and students, under 12 free.

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Up next:

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Almir Côrtes Trio with Harvey Wainapel

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Tickets on sale here.

What could say July better than an afternoon of Brazilian folk, mixed with jazz improvisation?! 

Please join us for an afternoon of Latin music powerhouses, sure to shake things up and get you dancing! Almir Côrtes, with Brian Rice and Scott Thompson, is teams up with local clarinet/sax phenom Harvey Wainapel.

The group will present material form Almir’s CD “Trançado.” Recorded in Brazil and California, the album’s title roughly translates to “braided” or “interwoven,” reflecting the repertoire’s mix of Brazilian folkloric rhythms and forms with jazz improvisation, as well as the interchange between Brazil and the USA.

Click here to see them in action!

About the artists:

A native of Bahia, Brazil, versatile multi-instrumentalist Almir Côrtes is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic & electric guitars, viola caipira (Brazilian ten-string guitar) and the rarely-seen Bahian guitar. His repertoire of styles is equally broad, including choro, frevo, samba, maxixe and Brazilian jazz among others. He has performed throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe and Cuba. Almir has performed with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Nailor Proveta, Howard Alden, Armandinho Macêdo and many other luminaries, as well as leading his own Trio, featuring many of his original compositions.

Mandolin master Mike Marshall says “Almir is a virtuoso instrumentalist who swings like mad in a variety of musical styles and improvises with great energy and creativity. He is a world class teacher and performer on mandolin and guitar.” 


Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has his feet firmly planted in two musical worlds. His jazz experience has led to performances and/or recordings with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Joe Henderson, Johnny Coles and the Metropole Orchestra. He has toured internationally with Ray Charles, Joe Lovano, and Airto Moreira & Flora Purim. Wainapel’s deep love for and research into Brazilian music has resulted in performances with Guinga, Jovino Santos Neto, Spok, Filó Machado and Paulo Bellinati, among many other notables from that country. He plays clarinet in the Berkeley Choro Ensemble. To date Harvey has presented his work in clubs, festivals and studios in 22 countries. 

Reviewing a concert appearance with guitar virtuoso Paulo Bellinati, Rio de Janeiro’s daily newspaper O Globo wrote “Wainapel displayed incredible intimacy with the language of Brazilian music and great stage presence.” 


Almir and Harvey are joined by two of the Bay Area’s most in-demand experts in Brazilian music:

Bassist Scott Thompson’s performance credits include Chico Pinheiro, Marcos Silva, Omar Sosa, Toninho Horta, and Jovino Santos Neto.

Since graduating from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology, Brian Rice has gone on to tour the country and internationally with such top Brazilian artists as Rogerio Souza, Danilo Brito, Jovino Santos Neto, Dudu Maia, and Hamilton de Holanda.