David Rogers will play Spanish music, original compositions, Rolling Stones, Beatles and J. S. Bach for the first half of this performance. In the second half, he will be joined by Frances Feldon and Susanna Porte playing improvised jazz and early music.
Termed "a prominent guitarist" by the New York Times, David Rogers fuses classical, jazz, early, and world music elements into powerful, moving and virtuosic performances based on both original compositions and traditional repertoire.
The Washington Post has praised his "astonishingly florid" improvisations, and he has been called a "modern master of the classical guitar" by 20th Century Guitar. ClassicsToday.com has praised his "first rate instrumental artistry," and the Lute Society of America Quarterly has called his technique "formidable."
He is an endorsing artist for GHS Strings and his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre in Germany. His performances have been broadcast on NPR and Bayrische Rundfunk, including both the nationally syndicated Performance Today and Harmonia programs. David has recorded for Dorian, Callisto and Focus Recordings. He has given recitals and conducted master classes throughout North America, including performances and classes at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Southern California and The Interlochen National Arts Camp.
David has studied historical plucked strings with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, with Thomas Binkley at Indiana University, and with Lyle Nordstrom at Oakland University. He has also studied guitar with Joseph Fava at Wayne State University. David was a musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 18 years and taught at Southern Oregon University for 13 years.
“...Playing the vihuela (a stringed instrument), David Rogers held everything together with a few poignant plucks, vigorous strumming and the occasional astonishingly florid solo...”
The Washington Post
Frances Feldon is quite sure she was a troubadour in a former life; in her present existence, she performs on baroque flute and recorder, and is a conductor, educator, and arranger. She has performed with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Sonoma Bach, Ensemble Mirabile, in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and at the California Jazz Conservatory.
Born and raised near Boston, cellist Susanna Porte earned a B.Mus. in Violoncello Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, a B.A. with Honors in Russian from Oberlin College, an M.A. in Russian literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Teaching Certificate in Music from Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed extensively as a classical cellist in orchestras and chamber groups in Eastern Massachusetts and the Bay Area. Susanna was a founding member of the Cello Chix, an electric-cello-and-drums band featuring her arrangements of classic rock and Latin tunes. The Cello Chix played to critical acclaim in the Boston area from 2002 to 2011 and in 2008 produced a CD, Under the Covers. Better weather and food lured Susanna to Berkeley in 2011, and since then she has freelanced there as a cellist, music arranger, Russian tutor, and proofreader. Susanna is currently pursuing a B.A. in Jazz Studies at the California Jazz Conservatory. Recently, she has studied with Mads Tolling and Mark Summer of the Turtle Island Quartet, Eugene Friesen of Berklee College of Music, and Paul Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco, and has made frequent guest appearances with Mehling’s gypsy jazz trio, Le Jazz Hot.
Tickets for this show are $15 and are available in advance at the link below, or at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (21+) space. Please call us if you have any questions or need more information: #510-654-3808.