Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present
Featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest jazz and improvising musicians, Vitamin Em brings its own special brand of jazz, funk, R&B, and fiddle music to the piano store. Its unique instrumentation makes for rich and distinctive renditions of Tower of Power, Duke Ellington, Joe Zawinul along with imaginative originals. Performances are gutsy, spirited, joyful, and along the way fearless improv abounds. Vitamin Em is Matthew Szemela, Evan Price, Philip Brezina – violins; Emily Onderdonk – viola; Michael Graham, Joseph Hébert – celli; Paul Hanson – bassoon; and Dan Cantrell – accordion.
$20 General Admission
$10 Seniors, Children 12 and under
Formed in 2015 by Grammy®-nominated and award-winning musicians from around the Bay Area, Vitamin Em celebrates jazz, funk, R&B, soul and fiddle music with verve and enthusiasm. The band is serious about having fun, and its members, steeped in an abundance of musical traditions - jazz, funk, blues, Klezmer, indie, rock, Balkan, fiddle, classical – bring a wealth of experience, creativity and fearless improvisation to each performance. For their 2017 debut CD “Shake it Up”, Vitamin Em put their creative spin on the music of Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, Väsen and Duke Ellington along with their own hip-hop and contemporary music-inspired originals. This band is about sharing with audiences a fun-loving spontaneity and exhilaration for the groove. Vitamin Em has appeared around the Bay Area as featured artists with: Mason Bates and Mercury Soul; Berkeley Symphony & Friends; Pt. Richmond Jazz. Members can also be found performing with the Hot Club of San Francisco, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Brothers Comatose, Randy Brecker, the Klezmatics, at SF Jazz or in the pit of Hamilton and the San Francisco Ballet. Vitamin Em is currently working on their 2nd CD, due out in 2020. vitaminemmusic.com