Shenson Faculty Concert Series: Charlie Gurke, saxophone

August 20, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Shenson Faculty Concert Series returns this summer with free concert broadcasts spotlighting CMC talented faculty members. Each year, the Shenson Foundation sponsors free community concerts for CMC faculty music projects to support CMC Faculty as performing artists and ensure their work on stage is shared and celebrated in our community.

This year’s presenters will highlight a wide variety of musical styles, techniques, and creative inspirations, Chopin to Chick Corea and Loteria cards to flutes of all shapes and sizes. Enjoy compelling programs of classical, jazz, contemporary, Afro-Cuban music, and more with artistic performances, composer interviews, and a chance to connect with faculty through Q&A

June 25: Josepha Fath, violin
July 9: Elektra Schmidt, piano
July 23:  Diane Grubbe, flute
August 6: Erick Peralta, piano
August 20: Charlie Gurke, saxophone


Music Inspired by the Lotería with Charlie Gurke
Friday August 20, 2021 at 5:30pm (PDT)

This program will debut a suite of original compositions inspired by images and characters from the iconic Mexican Lotería card deck. This music was developed during a monthly residency over the past year and a half, and recorded just before shelter-in-place. CMC Jazz faculty member Charlie Gurke and friends will premiere these performances and share the composition process and inspirations.

Featuring Charlie Gurke, composition/saxophone; David Flores, drums; Marlon Aldana, percussion; Isaac Narell, sax/flute; Luke Kirley,trombone/tuba

El Diablito
El Sol La Corona
La Bota
La Estrella
La Mano
La Muerte
La Escalera
El Pajaro

This event will be presented online via video conferencing. RSVP to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.


About the Performers:

Charlie Gurke is a saxophonist, composer, and educator active in the jazz and latin music scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can hear him perform at venues and festivals around the bay with his own ensemble, Gurkestra, with cuban son quintet Latido, and with the salsa band Candela. Charlie teaches jazz ensembles and jazz history at Laney College in Oakland, CA, has been an artist-in-residence at the SF School of the Arts, and a performing artist with the SF Symphony’s Adventures in Music program. He holds a BA in music composition from Cal State East Bay, and a MM in jazz studies from the University of Oregon, where he was a graduate teaching fellow.