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For the first time, the Jewish Music Festival is commissioning new work to premiere Thursday, March 16th.  Celebrated Bay Area New Music composers Daniel David Feinsmith, with renowned pianist Sarah Cahill, Amy X Neuburg, with a female vocal sextet, and John Schott’s Dream Kitchen will present original pieces rooted in a post-modern Jewish sensibility. Paul Dresher, with Joel Davel, will perform a piece in progress, commissioned for choreographer Margaret Jenkins.

Paul Dresher is an internationally acclaimed composer whose work includes experimental opera and music, theater, chamber and orchestral composition, musical instrument invention and scores for theater, dance, and film. He has received commissions from the Library of Congress, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony, and the University of Iowa, among others. Venues for his work have included the Munich State Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Arts Summit Indonesia ’95, Festival Interlink in Japan, and five New Music America Festivals.

Daniel David Feinsmith has received commissions and awards from The Kronos Quartet, The American Brass Quintet, The Alexander String Quartet, Grammy nominee solo pianist David Holzman, pianist Sarah Cahill, the Yaddo and Djerassi Artists Residency Programs, filmmaker Rob Nilsson, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, the Jess Shensen Music Fund of Congregation Emanu-El, The Sifriya Foundation, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum and others.

Amy X Neuburg’s “avant-cabaret” songs for voice and live electronics are diversely influenced and sung in various styles — from rock to bel canto to “world” — over a nearly four-octave vocal range. In performance Amy accompanies herself with real-time looping and electronic drums. Her focus has recently shifted to working with chamber ensembles in combination with her voice and live looping electronics.

John Schott is one of the Bay Area’s most influential jazz guitarists, whose recently released CD, John Schott’s Typical Orchestra, was listed as one of the top jazz CDs of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a former member of the Grammy-nominated group T. J. Kirk, with Scott Amendola, Will Bernard and Charlie Hunter. His New World Recordings release Shuffle Play: Elegies for the Recording Angel was listed as one of the 10 best releases of 2000 by the UK’s Wire Magazine.

About the Ticket Supplier: Jewish Music Festival

The mission of the Jewish Music Festival is to present music that celebrates the Jewish experience and explores what it means to be Jewish in a multicultural world. The Festival produces creative and entertaining programs, challenges stereotypes, and fosters engagement with the broader community.