Mandolin Showcase: A Night of Music at the Hearst Museum

Performing Arts - Music | August 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

After an introductory history of the mandolin, “mad mandolinist" Patrick Fahey will exhibit the differing rich timbers of exquisite vintage mandolins from his collection. Patrick will then perform works in progress from his upcoming classical CD, and will be joined by Polish-born violinist Ela Pollack and bassist Alex Baum. Ela Pollack will play some selected pieces by Ysaye and Bach; Patrick will play Bach’s “Arioso”, Paganini’s “Cantabile” and a piece sung by Andrea Bocelli, Romanza, then transition into modern pieces by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny. Pat, Ela and bassist Alex Baum will form a trio on a piece written by both Duke Ellington and Cuban composer Juan Tisol in 1959, “Caravan”, with influences by Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

A 1981 UC Berkeley grad in Psychology, Patrick Fahey has been entertaining audiences for 40 years around the US and in 13 countries around the world. In 1981, immediately upon graduation, he did a European tour starting in Paris, then Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. In 1985, Pat worked as a carpenter and played music concerts with Luis Mejia Godoy and Grupo Mancotal in war-torn Nicaragua. In 1986, Pat started a 32-year tradition of The Pat Fahey Jazz Ensemble for hundreds of homeless folks at St. Martin De Porres at Thanksgiving and Christmas meals with top Bay Area luminaries, including local pianist Randy Craig, bassist Richard Saunders and others. In 1990, Pat’s acoustic trio played in concert at Great American Music Hall with The David Grisman Quintet, Mike Marshall's Modern Jazz Quartet and composer Rudy Cippola. In 1999 & 2000, Pat played mandolin & guitar on three US tours with Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding. From 1999 to 2016, Pat played in the Ramana Vieira Fado Ensemble, including 3 CDs and tours to Hawaii, Oregon & Arizona. In 2013, 2015, and 2017, Pat toured the EU to do cathedral recordings in Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Mallorca and Finland.

His recent CD, “Psalm For Charlie”, dedicated to jazz bassist Charlie Haden, contains special musical arrangements of Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington & Juan Tisol, Miles Davis, and Charlie Haden.