Conspiracy of Beards is excited to join forces with Litquake and Lit Crawl San Francisco once again to bring the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen to the literary fans of the Bay Area. There are two opportunities to catch a free Conspiracy of Beards performance in October.
Second: On Saturday, October 18th we are excited to take part in the Litquake Lit Crawl San Francisco again this year. We had a blast singing to a packed crowd at the Fellow Barber SF, Valencia St. last year, and this time we’ll be performing at the newly designed McCoppin Hub at the corner of Valencia St. & McCoppin St. We are part of Phase 1, so start the evening off at 6pm with a little Leonard Cohen in 4-part a cappella harmony!
Show Times: 7pm & 8pm
This is a FREE event!
This Friday, September 5th, Conspiracy of Beards kicks off our 12th season with two free performances at the de Young Museum as part of the Soundwave ((6)) Biennial. This year’s theme is Water and we will be performing songs inspired by this beautiful and essential liquid. Come early and check out the other art and performances taking part in this event!
Show Times: 6:20pm & 8:00pm
This is a FREE event!
We are honored to announce that we will be kicking off our 12th season on Friday, September 5th as part of the Soundwave ((6)), San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial of innovative sound, art, and music presented by MEDIATE Art Group! Conspiracy of Beards will sing two sets at Friday Nights at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. This year’s Soundwave theme is water, so we will be performing a set of Leonard Cohen songs that touch on this subject in one way or another.
There are also a few other performers taking part in the event including:
Jay Kreimer, who has toured widely, performing on his invented instruments and computer configurations. He has composed and performed a series of conceptual, audience-interactive computer compositions, notably in the last three Soundwave series in San Francisco.
Moses Hacmon, a collaborative artist, photographer, and architect whose main interest is the constant creation of physical objects that represent the spirit of the present time and space, both in architecture and art. This project he calls Faces Of Water, which exposes the movement within water, previously invisible to our eyes.
Luciano Chessa, a composer, conductor, pianist, and musical saw/Vietnamese dan bau soloist, active in Europe, the U.S., Australia, and South America. Recent compositions include Set and Setting, a San Francisco Contemporary Music Players commission; LIGHTEST, an SFMOMA commission; Squeeze! Squeeze! Squeeze!, a large-scale work written for The Living Earth Show; and A Heavenly Act, an opera with original video by Kalup Linzy commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Conspiracy of Beards will be taking the summer off as usual. We’ll be back in the fall with details of our upcoming travels for the 2014/2015 season…our 12th! We’ll be adding new arrangements to our repertoire and singing the songs of Leonard Cohen in new venues. In the mean time check out our YouTube page for some intriguing videos of our exploits over the last few years. Follow us on Instagram for photographic evidence that we are taking selfies over the break. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to see our realtime updates throughout the summer! You can also join our Email List to receive the monthly email newsletter with our concert dates and news. You can also find our most recent CD, Live at Heritage Hall in Vancouver Canada on our Merchandise Page. Have a lovely summer!
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We are gearing up for our Season Finale Performance this Friday, May 23rd, at The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley California with The Mark Growden Quintet supporting! This is going to be a special night filled with Leonard Cohen classics and rarities, with guest singers, small ensembles, and full choir arrangements, it will certainly be a night to remember. We take the summer months off so choir members can rest, relax, travel, and spend time with their families, so come see us while you can. If you love Leonard Cohen or know someone who does, join us for this special show at an amazing venue!
More Info: Details
Conspiracy of Beards heads to the North Bay Area one last time before we take the summer off. Please join us on Thursday, May 8th in Petaluma at The Mystic Theatre for an evening of high energy harmony and song with the very talented Misner & Smith opening the evening. The show will be hosted and emceed by our local friend, and the hardest working man in folk, Arann Harris of Arann Harris and the Farm Band.
Conspiracy of Beards has traveled to New York City annually for the last 6 years for a show at the Highline Ballroom, and every year Esther Cohen, Leonard Cohen‘s sister, and her friends have come to our performance. Esther is one of the sweetest and most supportive fans of the choir. This year the choir decided to focus on touring the greater Bay Area and to skip the NY trip. Our only regret is not being able to serenade our friend Esther. Here is a short clip of Esther from our documentary project “A Midnight Choir.”
The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma
Thursday, May 8th – 8:30pm
Event Page: Conspiracy of Beards at The Mystic Theatre
Tickets: The Mystic Theatre
Misner & Smith will open the evening. Crafting songs rich in meaning and texture, Misner & Smith’s sound is anchored by their unique vocal harmonies and evocative lyrics.
Kanbar Center Celebration Day
Saturday, April 26th – 1:30pm-7:30pm
Event Page: Kanbar Center Celebration!
Our next performance is a FREE celebration event for the San Francisco Girls Chorus‘s Kanbar Center, the space that many local choruses and musicians use for rehearsal. Conspiracy of Venus, Chanticleer LAB Choir, Musae, and Cypress String Quartet will all perform and there will be all sorts of activities and fun. Bring your family and friends Saturday, April 26th from 1:30-7:30pm. Conspiracy of Beards sings at 6pm.
In 2008 Conspiracy of Beards performed at The Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur California.