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Down, but not out!

Left to right: Maria Caswell, Gwyneth Davis, Judiyaba, Ruth Cunningham, Phebe Craig

Well! We never made it to hell, the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, or Galway! We did, however, have wonderful audiences at Iota Press, the Throckmorton Theater, and the Westhaven Center for the Arts. I am happy to report that the Galway Early Music Festival has invited us for 2021, so we do have that to look forward to. Thank you, GEMF!

We remain safe in our homes, and trust that you are all as well. The music industry does not know what our future holds. The loss of our ability to play for live audiences is a gut punch, not to mention not being able to play in the same room together. And we watch with great sadness as the virus moves through our communities.

In the meantime, those of us that teach are doing virtual lessons. You can study violin or viola with Maria, Gamba or cello with Judiyaba and Gwyneth, and harpsichord or theory with Phebe (if she is not too crazy trying to teach her university courses online). Contact us through this web page. In addition, Ruth Cunningham, a sound healing practitioner, can teach the following: using voice as tool for meditation and relaxation, improvisation, singing poems/prayers, voice lessons specializing in chant, and recorder and baroque flute. Go to to contact her. Ruth has been posting lovely improvisations on prayers, hymns and poems on her Facebook page.

Best wishes to all of you! We are all in this together, and we look forward to playing for you once again when it is safe!


Keeping Going with ‘Coffee’!

Well, we enjoyed performing our Coffee with Friends concert in Mill Valley on the Throckmorton Theater series, and also at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. In January we will be in Palo Alto, at Channing House, on Jan 10 at 4 pm, keeping you awake with caffeine oriented music! And, we are looking into bringing the whole Coffee and Donuts to Westhaven, but more on that at a later date!

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An Amazing, and tasty, year!

The Alphabet Baroque Club had a great year! We started off in August 2017 at the Iota Press in Sebastopol with our Country Gardens/All British Concert, inspired by the obtaining of Masters Degrees in the English Country house by our very own Judiyaba and Gwyneth Davis! We presented this concert another four times, in Mill Valley, in Berkeley as part of the SFEMS ¬†series at the Jazz School, at the SFEMS Garden Party benefit for the BFX, and at the home of Ruth and Steve Escher, ¬†all to great audience reviews. I mean, what’s not to like about a concert that ends with Phebe banging on the harpsichord and waving a British flag?

At the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition we presented our Coffee and Doughnuts program to a nearly full house, that is, full of coffee and doughnuts! Also full of people, including one amazing baby, who made not a peep during the show. Despite a broken and irreparable string breakage near the end of the show, we again had wonderful audience response. We have fun, and so does the audience.

We have great ideas for next year. Watch this space for more action, after we have a nice summer slowdown! Happy summer to everyone, and see you in October at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Throckmorton Theater noon concert series in Mill Valley!