NORTH BEACH FIRST FRIDAYS: out of the chamber artist collective

Please join us on Friday, March 7th at 8pm for a very special evening, presented in collaboration with Artist Migration, with Out of the Chamber Artist Collective, who will perform legendary works for clarinet, cello and piano, including the Brahms Clarinet Trio Op. 114 and the Nino Rota Clarinet Trio. Featuring Karla Avila (clarinet), Samsun Van Loon (cello), and Elektra Schmidt (piano).

OTC emtab flyerOut of the Chamber is a collaborative gathering of the artistic minds across all genres of art. Our mission is to help preserve art in our local culture by bringing fine and performance art “Out of the Chamber”, presenting great performances and unique collaborations  in intimate settings and neighborhood venues. We believe intimacy between audience and performer creates a powerful experience for each, and music and art witnessed in such intimacy can be a powerful transcendental experience. This season, we celebrate our deep love of chamber music with a series of intimate concerts for ensembles small in size but great in spirit.

To listen to a sample of the Brahms Clarinet Trio Op. 114 recorded live, visit

Clarinetist Karla Avila has performed with prestigious ensembles throughout the world, from solo clarinet concerti appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest, to playing clarinets and saxophones of all sizes in several European and American orchestras as well as the National Broadway tours of Wicked and West Side Story, to sharing the stage in chamber music appearances with legendary artists such as clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, mandolin virtuoso David Grisman and jazz greats Al Di Meola and Arturo Sandoval. She writes for the San Francisco Classical Voice and The Clarinet, magazine of the International Clarinet Association, and teaches in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

Cellist Samsun Van Loon is a San Francisco native, and founder and curator of the Bay Area’s Transfiguration Chamber Music Series. While studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he received the M. Alan Neys Award for first prize at the Pacific Music Society Competition. He has been critically praised as a “promising talent” with “the rhetorical polish of a skilled storyteller.” He has recorded for the Phoenix Ensemble and the Arcos Chamber Orchestra on the Neos Label. An active supporter of new chamber music, he performs regularly for ongoing projects such as the Crowden School’s John Adams Young Composers Program, the Monterey Composers Forum, and San Francisco’s Classical Revolution String Quartet.

Elektra Schmidt is a pianist and curator originally from Athens, Greece. She performs as a solo artist and in chamber groups in Greece, France, the US and the United Kingdom and has had the good fortune to work with such visionaries as Marios Papadopoulos, Neil Immelman, Theodor Paraskeveku, the Ganev duo and others. After graduating summa cum laude from the National Conservatory of her native Greece, Elektra pursued her post-graduate studies in Paris at the Schola Cantorum and the Conservatoire Raoul Pugno under the guidance of distinguished pianist Lilia Boyadjieva. Elektra enjoys participating in arts festivals both as performer and organizer and is the founder of Artist Migration, an organization dedicated to the integration and mobility of international artists. She curates music for the San Francisco International Arts Festival and other local arts organizations.

North Beach First Fridays: out of the chamber artist collective
Friday March 7th 2014, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$15 suggested donation, sliding scale. Door donations go to the musicians!
Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks by donation.

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