Paul McCandless & Charged Particles in Benefit Concert
Three-time Grammy winning reed player McCandless, gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer in both classical and jazz disciplines, performs with his trio. During a distinguished career spanning over four decades, Paul McCandless has brought the soaring lyricism in his playing and composing to the ensemble sound of two seminal iconic bands of jazz: the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON.
The McCandless/Charged Particles project is bringing alive McCandless repertoire of original compositions that have been featured on his solo records over the years. This collaboration with Charged Particles showcases music from his records with a fresh twist and new energy.
This performance kicks off a world-wide tour promoting two new CD releases. McCandless recently celebrated his 47th anniversary as co-leader of the jazz super-group Oregon. McCandless plays soprano, tenor, and sopranino saxophones, oboes, English horn, bass clarinet, penny whistles, and a collection of folk flutes. As a leader, McCandless has released 40 records.
One of the new CD releases is Morning Sun - Adventures with Oboe (Living Music Records, LMU-49), billed as A Retrospective Celebrating 45 Years of Genre-Bending Iconic Mastery by McCandless in collaboration with his long-time collaborator: Paul Winter. In the 32-page liner notes, Winter said: "With this anthology, I set out to gather a treasury of Paul McCandless masterful playing. Listing through the entire album, I am thrilled with every note."
The second CD is the 30th album by Oregon, the super-group that McCandless co-founded, entitled Lantern (Camjazz 7916). Downbeat Magazine said of this recording: "...an amalgam of sounds and musical attitudes melding earthy tones, sinuous melodies and subtle meters into improvisatory postcards that lure our imaginations from familiar waters into uncharted depths."
As a collaborator and solo artist, McCandless has performed on more than 200 albums and appeared with such renowned all-star musicians as Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Carla Bley, Tony Furtado, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7, Fred Simon, and many more.
This performance, and the entire season of concerts at the Swedenborgian Church, benefits three local non-profit groups that do wonders for the people and environment of San Francisco:
- Nature in the City, which engages residents in butterfly, bee, and wildlife habitat restoration projects in diverse San Francisco neighborhoods;
- Young Womens Choral Projects of SF, which transforms girls lives through choral music education and performance; and
- Canine Companions for Independence which enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support.
The 100-seat venue for the concert is the Swedenborgian Church, an Arts and Crafts architectural jewel, and a National Historic Landmark the only house of worship in San Francisco so designated by the federal government. This hidden gem tucked away at the corner of Lyon and Washington Streets is a wonderful venue for intimate concerts, has excellent acoustics and makes for a magical evening of live music.
SF Swedenborgian Church (View)
2107 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94115