Conspiracy of Beards: a Choir of Men Sing Leonard Cohen

EARLY SHOW!

Conspiracy of Beards: a Choir of Men Sing Leonard Cohen

Daniel Kahn & Friends

Sat, May 2, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

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Conspiracy of Beards: a Choir of Men Sing Leonard Cohen
Conspiracy of Beards: a Choir of Men Sing Leonard Cohen
San Francisco's Conspiracy of Beards is a 30 member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.

Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen's lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, and with a wide variety of small ensemble and full choir pieces, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. Drawing on influences ranging from jazz and gospel to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing, and spirituality.

Formed in 2003 through the inspiration of the late San Francisco performance artist Peter Kadyk, his brother Patrick Kadyk, along with friend and composer Daryl Henline, gathered a small group of friends to learn and sing a couple of Leonard Cohen songs as a tribute. Since then the choir, still directed by Daryl Henline, has grown to over 30 members.

Conspiracy of Beards has become an integral part of the San Francisco music scene with performances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Jewish Music Festival, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco City Hall, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as dozens of bars, bookstores, galleries, hospices, and various other community centers. The choir has also been featured on several radio programs including NPR’s "West Coast Live," "The California Report," "Weekend Edition," KQED, KFOG, KPFA, WFMU, and on PBS television.
Daniel Kahn & Friends
Daniel Kahn & Friends
A Detroit area native, he attended the University of Michigan where he studied acting, directing, playwriting and poetry. After finishing his studies he lived, played music, recorded, acted, directed plays and composed theatre music in New Orleans, New York, and Michigan. As a singer/songwriter he recorded 4 solo albums as a founding member of the folk collective Earthwork Music. In 2005 Daniel moved to Berlin and formed the band "The Painted Bird.” His primary engagement with Yiddish song as a translator, adaptor and performer is to re-contextualize traditional material into contemporary frameworks. The music has been called "Alienation-Klezmer", mixing in elements of punk, folk, cabaret, and jazz. Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird has produced four albums for Oriente Musik, winning three prizes from the German Record Critics' Association.

Performing throughout Europe, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Turkey, and North America, Daniel regularly works and collaborates with artists including Michael Winograd, Dan Blacksberg, Alan Bern, Michael Tuttle, Steve Greenman, Adrienne Cooper z"l, Frank London, Vanya Zhuk, and Psoy Korolenko, with whom he has the projects “The Unternationale” and the forthcoming Smithsonian/Folkways project "Brothers Nazaroff" (with Jake Shulman-Ment, Michael Alpert, Bob Cohen, and Hampus Melin). He has taught regularly at Klez Kanada, Klez Kamp, and Yiddish Summer Weimar. He is co-founder and organizer of the Berliner Klezmer Bund, producing and promoting progressive Yiddish music and cultural events. In Berlin, he continues to work in the theatre, frequently at the renowned post-migratory theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse and the Maxim Gorki theater, where he curates the Studio Я "unternational" concert series and has worked as a director, actor, composer, and musician. His work as a journalist, poet, and essayist has been published in Die Zeit, Jewish Quarterly, Spielzeit, Freitext, the poetry monograph "Daylight Savings," and in the book "Dissonant Memories / Fragmented Present."