The 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, San Francisco is about to open and music will be in the air at the SFEMS Saturday evening Gala Benefit Reception.

The  SFEMS Board of Directors and John Shepard, Head Librarian of the Hargrove Music Library at UC Berkeley, are hosting a reception offering wine and hors d’oeuvres as well as musical entertainment by noted SFEMS members and Affiliates. Most importantly you are INVITED.  All proceeds go the the support of SFEMS and the Berkeley Festival.

Voices of Music will play 14th century Istampittas as well as tunes from across the globe, including  Dutch,Turkish, Arabian and Scottish favorites. Shira Kammen, David Morris and Yuko Tanaka will play trio sonatas of Abel, Telemann, Purcell, Pauls Steeple (from The Division Violin).  Yuko Tanaka will delight us with a few harpsichord solo movements from Louis Couperin and JS Bach.

Meet the artists performing at the Gala

Yuko Tanaka; SFEMS Vice President, harpsichord

Yuko, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is active as harpsichord and fortepiano soloist, ensemble performer and educator. She performs with numerous ensembles including Musica Pacifica, Music of the Spheres, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists. She has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. She maintains a private studio, conducts master classes, and appears as guest lecturer at various universities. Recent engagements include performances at the Frick Collection (New York City), Tage Alter Musik Regensburg (Germany) and the Istanbul International Music Festival, as well as performances on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation transmissions. Yuko has studied with Margaret Fabrizio at Stanford, Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Ketil Haugsand in Oslo, Norway. She performs on a Taskin harpsichord built in 1987 by Kevin Fryer, a Vaundry harpsichord built by Kevin Fryer in 1992, and a copy of a Stein Fortepiano, rebuilt by Janine Johnson and John Phillips. She has recorded for Koch International and Delos International.

Shira Kammen, baroque violin

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, anensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue and Klamath Rivers.

Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several new groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune’s Wheel: a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea; as well as frequent collaborations with performers such as storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, sopranos Anne Azema , Susan Rode Morris, medieval music expert Margriet Tindemans, and in many theatrical and dance productions.

She has played on several television and movie soundtracks, including ‘O’, amodern high school-setting of Othello. Some of her original music can be heard in an independent film about fans of the work of JRR Tolkien. The strangest place Shira has played is in the elephant pit of the Jerusalem Zoo. She hopes to spend more time playing music of all kinds in the wilderness.

Peter Maund, percussion

Peter Maund, a native of San Francisco, studied percussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; tabla with Swapan Chauduri at the Ali Akbar College of Music; and music, folklore, and ethnomusicology at the University of California, Berkeley (A.B., M.A.). As a Ph.D. candidate at Berkeley, he specialized in the music of north India. Mr. Maund specializes in hand percussion from the Middle East and North Africa. He has performed and recorded with various early music, contemporary music, and world music ensembles throughout North American, the U.K., and Europe, including Chanticleer, Ensemble Project Ars Nova, Paul Hillier, Quaternaria, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He has toured with Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XX in a program of medieval Spanish music, and performs and records regularly as a member of Ensemble Alcatraz, Davka and Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance. He has played on film and television soundtracks and has appeared on dozens of recordings. He also enjoys teaching and presenting lectures, workshops and classes.
“…the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists” – The Glasgow Herald

David Morris, cello/viola da gamba

David Morris is a member of Musica Pacifica, The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quicksilver, the Sex Chordae Consort of Viols and NYS Baroque. He has performed with The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Company, and Pacific Opera Works (Seattle). He was the founder and musical director of the Bay Area baroque opera ensemble Teatro Bacchino, and has produced operas for the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Francisco Early Music Society series. Mr. Morris received his B.A. and M.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley, and has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mills College, Oberlin College, the Madison Early Music Festival and Cornell University. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, New Albion, Dorian, New World Records, Drag City Records (with Joanna Newsom) and New Line Cinema. In addition to performing on baroque cello, viola da gamba, bass violin and lirone, Mr. Morris plays modern cello with the ensemble “Parlor Tango”.

Voices of Music

Voices of Music, directed by David Tayler and Hanneke van Proosdij, is hailed for its passion, artistry and technical brilliance. Featuring the best performers in Early Music, the ensemble is dedicated to the idea of the importance of the individual voices of the musicians in performance.

Voices of Music is an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society. Voices of Music offers a Concerts Series with concerts in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Albany. In addition to the Concert Series, Voices of Music sponsors the Young Artist Recitals, which are specifically designed to work with the next generation of singers and musicians. Voices of Music has more than four million online viewers for their High Definition Videos; these concert videos are introducing a worldwide audience to Early Music performance. The educational impact of these videos is elemental, as they reach people in areas with limited access to classical music events. Please visit their website at

Hanneke van Proosdij performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen, Voices of Music, Concerto Palatino, Magnificat and American Bach Soloists. She has appeared as a guest artist with Hesperion XX, Concerto Köln, Chanticleer, Orchestre d’Ambronnay, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy. She received her solo and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she studied recorder, harpsichord and composition. She has recorded over fifty discs for Magnatune, BIS, Koch, Musica Omnia, Carus, AVIE and Delos. Hanneke teaches recorder at UC Berkeley and has been guest professor at Stanford, Oberlin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Wisconsin and the University of Vermont. Hanneke enjoys reading books and downhill skiing.