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Julie Egger's Musical Birthday Bash!
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
San Geronimo, CA
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Julie Egger's Musical Birthday Bash!
Come enjoy this multi-genre musical blowout featuring stellar local violinist Julie Egger! With her multi-award-winning klezmer fusion band The Red Hot Chachkas (as seen with SF Symphony), her outside the box string act The Convergents, Solstice soprano Emily Bender, jazz vocalist Mwanza Furaha & others.

What people are saying about Julie Egger:

"Julie is a gifted violinist and band leader. She truly has passion for her cause of keeping Yiddish culture alive and evolving. ...don't miss the chance to celebrate with her."   - Glenn Hartman (band leader of New Orleans Klezmer All Stars)

"Wonderfully versatile and talented musician with whom I very much  
enjoyed collaborating"  Randall Fleisher (Guest conductor, SF Symphony)

"Julie Egger is an excellent and versatile violinist/musician who straddles many musical genres and inspires her audiences with her virtuosity and her obvious passion for her craft." - Tom Finch (Tom Finch Group, Big Brother & the Holding Company)

"...a "maestra" of this art, somebody, who not only has a lot of musicality ...but a big "know how" as well." - Boris Livschitz, Violinist (The Zurich String Quintet, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Opera House Orchestra, etc.)

"Julie Egger is a musical force to be reckoned with! intuitive fiddle player who refuses to be intimidated...she seems possessed by the soul of Klezmer" - Julian Smedley (George Cole Group)

Egger has played the violin since the age of seven. As a teenager, she performed with the Long Island Youth Orchestra, which traveled all over the world playing music. She received a Bachelor of Music in Education from Crane School of Music, where she studied with the Carnegie String Quartet and Ruth Iogha. Julie lived for nine years in Boston, where she performed classical, jazz, and liturgical music. She has performed with master artists such as Stuart Brotman and Joshua Horowitz. She founded and performs with the Red Hot Chachkas, as well as The Convergents, teaches Klezmer music as well as classical and jazz to students of all ages, conducts workshops in Klezmer music, and freelances in the Bay Area.  She was a co-founder of KlezCalifornia. She lives in West Marin with her husband and two teenage daughters. For more visit

The Red Hot Chachkas:

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the internationally-acclaimed Red Hot Chachkas infuse the klezmer tradition of Eastern European Yiddish music with jazz, rock, oldtime, classical, and latin influences in their original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations. They have won the J. Weekly Reader's Choice Award for Best Klezmer Band 4 years in a row. Their contagious musical performances inspire and transform audiences. At concert performances <>  from the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto to San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, favorite clubs, theaters, galleries, community centers, schools, and Jewish congregations, as well as private parties and simchas <>  ranging from orthodox to outlandish, their hot sound and uptempo beat has folks up dancing. Led by bandleader and classical violinist Julie Egger, the seasoned musicians <>  draw on disparate influences and backgrounds, including soulful Barbara Speed (clarinet), balkanized Diana Strong (accordion), bluegrass Tony Phillips (mandolin), jazzy Breck Diebel (bass), and rockin' Michael Arrow (drums). Their latest CD "Beats Without Borders <> " (2010) presents all new tunes composed by band members, and follows "Spice It Up! <> " (2007), and "Family Album <> " (2002).

the Convergents

The Convergents is an improvisational string act borne out of the inspiration and influence of the players diverse musical backgrounds.  Julie Egger and Michele McCulloch  (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra) use familiar music as their palette and weave together an entirely new tapestry of sound.  Their introspective artistry touches the inner sanctum of the listener, bringing them along on a journey to places unknown.  All compositions are spontaneous, in the moment, and impossible to clone. Inspired by the European free jazz movement, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and avant-garde music.

Mwanza Furaha
"The heavy hitting Mwanza Furaha sings with a powerful and sublime voice that lifts each song above the ordinary." Baum Biem, Marinscope 2008
Mwanza Furaha is a gifted vocalist, actor, dancer, producer, instructor, and all-around entertainer. She has shared the stage singing and acting with many famous legends/artists, as Richard 'Groove' Holmes, Eddie 'Snakepit' Edwards, Pharaoh Sanders, Norman Bishop Williams, Merle Saunders, Maya Angelou, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Esther Phillips, Lou Rawls, Harold Nicholas of the Nicholas Brothers, and Sun Ra. She has established herself as a skilled professional in a career that has spanned over 50 plus years. She has performed with The Fringe Marin Players and The Bay Area Repertory Theatre Company.

Emily Bender
Fairfax-based Soprano Emily Bender is a member of the national award winning vocal group Solstice, which has performed to many sold out houses at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. She has also sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Pacific Collegium, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, with whom she sang a solo in a Carnegie Hall event honoring avant-garde legend Meredith Monk. Bender recently won the College of Marin concerto competition and had the opportunity to sing Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber with the College of Marin orchestra. She also performed with Amy X Neuburg in Belliebig F├╝llen (a song cycle based on recipes exchanged by women in the Terezin concentration camp during WWII) at the Jewish Music Festival in 2005.

Advance tickets recommended!



San Geronimo Valley Community Center (View)
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Geronimo, CA 94963
United States

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