It’s hip to be classical

The Mark Growden sextet have teamed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestrato provide a nightclub after the concert, according to the Contra Costa Times:

S.F. Symphony is deeply involved in a new initiative called Davies After Hours. It launches March 20, right after the last strains of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony die away in the concert hall. Adventurous audience members who troop up to the second-tier lobby will find it transformed into an impromptu nightclub, with tables and specialty cocktails awaiting. Guest artists Alex Kelly and Friends will entertain, providing their own musical reflections on the evening’s classical program. Kelly is a Bay Area-based cellist and composer who has performed and recorded with all kinds of ensembles — from jazz to rock, avant-garde to classical, even klezmer — all over the United States and Canada. His “Friends” for the evening are the other members of the Bay Area’s Mark Growden Sextet — multi-intrumentalist and vocalist Growden, trumpeter Chris Grady, guitarist Myles Boisen and percussionists Seth Ford-Young and Jenya Chernoff.

Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, visual artist, educator, cyclist, and father based in San Francisco, CA, and has a tribe of followers.

I haven’t found a link between his Growden family and mine yet — he is descended from Martin Buckner Growden, son of Francis Neil Growden, son of Francis Neil Growdon of Ohio, descended from William B. Growden and Ann Cocker of Warleggan-St Neot in Cornwall.

Emily Growden

I’m not sure if this is one of ours, but I found it on Athens Exchange:

Say It In Slang is a vocally sound record, excuse the corny pun. Gonzales delivers his signature dreamlike vocals, but one thing that sets this album apart from other M Coast records is that Emily Growden, wife of band member Derek Almstead, contributed her voice to lead a few of the songs. Her light, feathery voice is a perfect complement to Gonzales’ guitar work. It’s almost flute-like. The opening track, “Sailing Around the World” starts the album off with her voice, and is more than enough to catch your attention. Needless to say, Emily’s voice is a wonderful addition to M Coast’s laidback and lazy sound.

Anyway, I’m collecting information on all Growdens, hoping I’ll find connections between them some day.

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