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SAN FRANCISCO: Now in its fifth year, the Switchboard Music Festival is an 8-hour, non-stop music spectacle presenting composers and musicians who push the boundaries of their respective genres—be it rock, jazz, classical, hip-hop, world, or something less defined. It is a showcase for innovative, accessible local music that easily traverses disparate musical worlds, a physical analog for a borderless, digital world. In that regard, Switchboard has joined the likes of New York's famous Bang on a Can Festival, and an international trend toward bridging the gap between art and popular music.

"We started the Festival to highlight Bay Area musicians who are making incredibly creative music that, because it doesn't fall easily into a single style, has no obvious home of its own," says Ryan Brown, one of Switchboard's co-founders. The organization has grown tremendously over the past five years, becoming a non-profit organization, attracting national attention, and, last year, moving to Brava Theater—a larger venue to accommodate an ever-increasing audience size.

The Switchboard Music Festival will feature the groundbreaking chamber choir Volti and Oakland-based Faun Fables, whose theatrical "songtelling" draws on folk music from around the world and through the ages. Included among the eleven other acts are local performers Jeff Anderle, Beep, Cornelius Boots, Dan Cantrell, Grains, Danny Holt, the Hurd Ensemble, Dominique Leone, The Living Earth Show, Mercury Falls, Nonsemble 6, Ramon & Jessica, and the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble, plus music composed by works by Hauschka, Ryan Brown, Caleb Burhans, Nico Muhly, Robin Estrada, Jonathan Russell, and many more.

 

Reviews, previews, and more:

SF Chronicle preview, 2012 link

SF Bay Guardian preview, 2012 link

SF Weekly preview, 2012 link

SF Examiner preview (2), 2012 link

SF Classical Voice preview, 2012 link

SF Examiner preview (1), 2012 link

SF Examiner preview, 2010 link

SF Weekly preview, 2010 link

SF Chronicle review, 2009 link

SF Classical Voice review, 2009 link

Piedmont Post review, 2009 link

 
 

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